Hotels and tourist camps of Yellowstone National Park

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McCartney's Hotel, Clematis Gulch, the 1st hotel in Yellowstone. Built in 1871

Since before the creation of Yellowstone National Park in 1872, entrepreneurs have established hotels and permanent tourist camps to accommodate visitors to the park. Today, Xanterra Parks and Resorts operates hotel and camping concessions in the park on behalf of the National Park Service. This is a list of hotels and permanent tourist camps that have operated or continue to operate in the park.


Mammoth Hot Springs area[edit]

Mammoth Hotel, ca 1913


Norris Hotel, 1887[3]
  • Norris Hotel, 1886–87, 1901–1917, built and operated the Yellowstone Park Association

Lower Geyser Basin[edit]

Fountain Hotel, ca 1910

Upper Geyser Basin[edit]


Third Canyon Hotel, ca 1912

Tower Roosevelt[edit]


Lake Hotel, 2010

West Thumb[edit]

Permanent Tourist Camps[edit]

Wylie's Swan Lake, ca 1900
  • Shaw and Powell Permanent Camping Company[7]
    • Created by Amos Shaw and J. D. Powell, Shaw and Powell operated mobile camps on one year leases from the Department of Interior from 1898 until 1913 when they were granted a ten-year lease for seven permanent camps.[8]
    • Locations at Shaw Powell Camp (Willow Park), Shaw Powell Camp (Gibbon Falls), Shaw Powell Camp (Nez Perce Creek), Shaw Powell Camp (Old Faithful), Shaw Powell Camp (Canyon), Shaw Powell Camp (Little Thumb Creek), Shaw Powell Camp (Bridge Bay)
  • Wylie Camping Company
    • The Wylie Permanent Camping Company was created by William Wallace Wylie, a Bozeman, Montana school superintendent with a two-year lease in 1893.[9]
    • The camps, nicknamed the Wylie Way were located at Wylie Camp (Lake), Wylie Camp (Lost Creek) (1906- precursor to Camp Roosevelt), Wylie Camp (Canyon), Wylie Camp (Old Faithful), Wylie Camp (Riverside), Wylie Camp (Sleepy Hollow), Wylie Camp (Swan Lake Flats)

Further reading[edit]

  • Waite, Thornton (2006). Yellowstone by Train-A History of Rail Travel to America's First National Park. Missoula, MT: Pictorial Histories Publishing Inc. ISBN 9781575101293.
  • Whittlesey, Lee H. (2007). Storytelling in Yellowstone-Horse and Buggy Tour Guides. Albuquerque, NM: University of New Mexico Press. ISBN 9780826341174.
  • Whittlesey, Lee H.; Watry, Elizabeth A. (2009). Ho! For Wonderland-Travelers' Accounts of Yellowstone, 1872-1914. Albuquerque, New Mexico: University of New Mexico Press. ISBN 9780826346162.


  1. ^ a b Culpin, Mary Shivers (2003). "Appendix E - Timeline of Concessioners in Yellowstone National Park". For the Benefit and Enjoyment of the People: A History of Concession Development in Yellowstone National Park-1872-1966. Yellowstone National Park, WY: Yellowstone Center for Resources. pp. 126–132.
  2. ^ a b c d e Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel Historic Structures Report. A&E Architects. March 2015.
  3. ^ William L. Lang, ed. (1981). F. Jay Haynes-Photographer. Helena, Montana: Montana Historical Society Press. p. 144. ISBN 0917298047.
  4. ^ Whittelsey, Lee H. (Winter 2003). "Music, Song, and Laughter-Yellowstone National Park's Fountain Hotel, 1891-1916". Montana The Magazine of Western History. Helena, Montana: Montana Historical Society Press. 53 (4): 63–65.
  5. ^ Coordinates derived from map location in "The Marshall/Firehole Hotel Underwater Archeology Project". Archived from the original on 2011-09-27. Retrieved 2010-11-10. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  6. ^ "Pleasant Valley". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  7. ^ Vivian A. Paladin; S. Rose Shaw (Summer 1972). "Yellowstone Park by Camp: Shaw &Powell Camping Company". Montana: The Magazine of Western History. Helena, MT: Montana Historical Society. 22 (3): 94–101. JSTOR 451771.
  8. ^ Paladin, Vivian A.; Shaw, S. Rose (Summer 1972). "Yellowstone Park by Camp". Montana The Magazine of Western History. Helena, Montana: Montana Historical Society Press. XXII (3): 94–101.
  9. ^ Haines, Aubrey L. (1996). The Yellowstone Story-A History of Our First National Park. II (Second Revised ed.). Niwot, CO: University Press of Colorado. pp. 134–141. ISBN 0870813919.