THE BEST YELLOWSTONE AIRBNBS FOR EVERY BUDGET

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12 Yellowstone Airbnbs To Book For Your Next Trip

Post Summary: Our pick for the best Yellowstone Airbnbs and which entrance to base your Yellowstone adventure.

Once you’ve made the decision to visit Yellowstone, the next question inevitably becomes – where’s the best place to stay near Yellowstone? Oh, if only the answer were cut and dry.

The thing is, Yellowstone is gigantic. In fact, it is one of the biggest National Parks in the United States.

Planning a trip to Yellowstone is a big undertaking that can quickly become overwhelming once you discover the park spans three states with five different entrances to the park.

I’m going to be honest, when choosing where to stay near Yellowstone, the easiest choice is staying within the National Park. Because of its sheer size, staying inside will significantly reduce your driving time. There are nine choices of Yellowstone lodging, and they range from standard hotel rooms to rustic cabins.

Here’s the thing – they are ridiculously overpriced. Be prepared to pay around $250-400 a night for an average to below average room that might not even have a bathroom! Plus, you’ll be paying for three meals a day, so the price of staying inside the park can quickly add up to a price not attainable to the average traveler.

If staying inside Yellowstone isn’t in your budget, the next option is camping in the park. At $28 a night, you really can’t beat the price. We did it and had a great time…but we recognize that camping isn’t everyone’s idea of a fun time.

The next best choice is finding yourself a cozy Airbnb near Yellowstone.

With most Airbnb’s having free parking, free wifi, a living room, a fully equipped kitchen, and a private room to call your own, the value of an Airbnb can’t be compared to a hotel. I’ve compiled a list of the best Yellowstone Airbnbs that run the gamut from tiny homes to Instagram worthy cabins. They range from affordable to luxury and are spread across the three best entrances to the park for outside lodging.

I’ve also included a mini-guide on the entrances to the park and the cities they are in so you can have a better understanding of the best places to stay outside Yellowstone.

Lastly, you’ll notice I have not included the prices of the Yellowstone Airbnbs. The reason is prices can dramatically change according to the season, and hosts will often offer last-minute discounts or raise prices to deal with demand. Rather than advertise false prices, I left the cost out. You can click through to the Airbnb links I’ve provided to get the most accurate prices.

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A Guide To Airbnb Yellowstone

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When choosing to go the Yellowstone Airbnb route, you’ll need to have an understanding of the best town to stay in when visiting Yellowstone. Here’s a breakdown of the five entrances to the park and each city the entrance is in.

West Entrance (recommended)
The closest towns to the West Entrance are West Yellowstone, MT and Island Park, ID.
This is the most popular entrance and the best choice if staying outside of the park with plenty of restaurants, grocery stores, and gas stations to choose from. This is a great choice for it’s proximity to Old Faithful Geyser, Grand Prismatic, and other popular geothermal features of the park.

North Entrance (recommended)
The closest towns to the North Entrance are Gardiner, MT and Emmigrant, MT.
The North Entrance is a good location for visiting the Lamar Valley, Mammoth Hot Springs, and the Boiling River. It’s further from areas like Old Faithful and West Thumb Geyser Basin, but doable if you don’t mind a long drive. Gardiner is a cute, small town with grocery stores, a small selection of restaurants, and gas stations.

Northeast Entrance
The closest town to the Northeast Entrance is Cooke City, MT.
With a population of just over 100 people, it offers a grocery store, restaurants, and a gas station. The NE entrance is great for its access to the Lamar Valley; however, it is far from everything else in the park. The distance compounded with the road from Tower Roosevelt to Canyon Village being closed till 2022 makes staying at this entrance a less than ideal choice. I would suggest staying nearing this entrance only if you are passionate about animal watching and want to be as close as possible to the Lamar Valley so you can get there before sunrise. It’s also a good choice if you’re visiting in the winter since the NE entrance stays open year round.

East Entrance
The closest town to the East Entrance is Cody, Wyoming.
We don’t suggest staying here simply because Cody is 53 miles from the entrance to the park. That means it will take you around two hours to get to the Grand Loop (the main road) of Yellowstone. While Cody, Wyoming is a cute town with some interesting sights, its distance makes it tough for anyone looking to go in and out of the park every day.

South Entrance
The closest town to the South Entrance is Jackson, Wyoming.
The South Entrance is the gateway to Grand Teton National Park. While 10 miles is all that separates the two parks, you would need to drive 55 miles through Grand Teton National Park to lodge in the hip city of Jackson, Wyoming. Because of traffic and length, staying outside the South Entrance is not recommended for anyone looking to visit the park every day.

West Yellowstone Airbnb Suggestions


We’ll start with airbnbs in West Yellowstone since it offers the closest and easiest access to the west yellowstone park entrance.

West of West Airbnb

If you’re looking for cabins near Yellowstone National Park, this is the spot for you. Exuding all kinds of dreamy cabin vibes, this four-bedroom home is perfect for family travel or anyone visiting Yellowstone in a large group. With plenty of space to sprawl out and a family room with fully stocked games and movies, this is the kind of Airbnb you’ll want to relax in as well. With a kitchen designed for large family meals and an outdoor Weber grill, you’ll want to plan for a few memorable meals in this amazing Yellowstone Airbnb.

Airbnb Listing: West of West Airbnb
Superhost: Yes
Bedrooms: 4
Pets Allowed: Yes
Kids Allowed: Yes
Driving Distance to Yellowstone: 15 minutes


Main Family House Airbnb

This welcoming cabin comes with a full house and an adjacent guest house as part of the rental. Perfect for families traveling with teenagers or for groups traveling together who want the privacy of their own space. Located a short distance from the park entrance, this house offers a warm respite after dealing with the inevitable crowds and traffic of Yellowstone. The guest house is packed with fun games, including a Nintendo Wii, a ping pong table, basketball hoop, board games, and more.

Airbnb Listing: Main Family House Airbnb
Superhost: Yes
Bedrooms: 3
Pets Allowed: No
Kids Allowed: Yes
Driving Distance to Yellowstone: 10 minutes


Yellowstone Park Entrance Airbnb

Located a mere minutes away from the West Entrance, this two-bedroom corner townhouse is a steal. Cozy, comfortable, and a great value for what you get, this Yellowstone Airbnb would be top on my list for places to stay outside Yellowstone. It comes with a full kitchen, washer and dryer, and a fireplace that’s the perfect wind down spot after a long day at Yellowstone.

Airbnb Listing: Yellowstone Park Entrance
Superhost: Yes
Bedrooms: 2
Pets Allowed: No
Kids Allowed: Listed as not suitable for kids under 12
Driving Distance to Yellowstone: 5 minute


Studio Apartment Airbnb

If you’re looking for a clean, comfortable place to stay while you spend most of your day in Yellowstone, then this studio apartment located right outside of the park is a perfect choice. With a full kitchen to have breakfast and dinner in and a coin-operated laundry machine, the studio offers more than a standard hotel room. Perfect for a solo traveler or a couple looking to save money.

Airbnb Listing: Studio Apartment
Superhost: Yes
Bedrooms: 1
Pets Allowed: No
Kids Allowed: Yes
Driving Distance to Yellowstone: 5 minutes

Island Park Airbnb Suggestions


Island Park, Idaho is the town right next to West Yellowstone and is a little further out from the West Entrance, but offers great cabin rentals near Yellowstone that tend to be cheaper because of the further distance.

Bighorn Lodge Airbnb

This Yellowstone Airbnb cabin is a luxurious getaway that’s perfect for large groups or families traveling together. With space to accommodate 16 guests, this inviting home begs you to sit back and relax with the people you love. With a private outdoor hot tub, a 1/2 acre of land, a fire pit, and an outdoor barbecue, it’ll be hard to leave the place! With amenities like binoculars, a camera, baby crib, games, and more, the Bighorn Lodge delivers a full-service experience.

Airbnb Listing: Bighorn Lodge
Superhost: Yes
Bedrooms: 4
Pets Allowed: No
Kids Allowed: Yes
Driving Distance to Yellowstone: 10 minutes


Big Springs Bungalow Airbnb

Located a little further away from Yellowstone, this warm cabin is a great deal for anyone who doesn’t mind driving further if it’ll mean big savings in lodging prices. With three bedrooms and a full kitchen, the lodge is perfect for families, groups traveling together…or a couple who want a lot of room! Simple, clean, and affordable make this Yellowstone Airbnb a great choice for the average traveler looking to save money.

Airbnb Listing: Big Springs Bungalow
Superhost: Yes
Bedrooms: 3
Pets Allowed: No
Kids Allowed: Yes
Driving Distance to Yellowstone: 25 minutes

Gardiner Airbnb Suggestions


Gardiner, Montana is the closest town from the North Entrance to Yellowstone. While further north, it has the advantage of several Airbnb that look over the Yellowstone River.

Overlooking Yellowstone River Airbnb

This amazing rental is all about the glorious 30-foot deck overlooking the Yellowstone River. While the inside is beautiful with updated, sleek decoration, it’s the opportunity to sit out on the deck and watch elk or moose grazing at the riverbed that makes this Airbnb unbeatable. With the price being comparable to hotels in the national park – you can’t beat having two bedrooms, a kitchen, and a view in every room. The home is perfect for families traveling with older kids or a couple wanting a luxurious respite.

Airbnb Listing: Overlooking Yellowstone River
Superhost: Yes
Bedrooms: 2
Pets Allowed: No
Kids Allowed: No kids under 10
Driving Distance to Yellowstone: 5 minutes


Yellowstone Lodge Airbnb

The beautiful contemporary design makes this Airbnb a standout choice. With a lofted bedroom and stellar views of the mountains, you can’t go wrong with this tastefully decorated home. Its short distance to Yellowstone’s entrance makes this a great choice for anyone who wants to go in and out of the park every day. If we hadn’t chosen to camp, I would’ve wanted to stay here!

Airbnb Listing: Yellowstone Lodge
Superhost: No
Bedrooms: 3
Pets Allowed: No
Kids Allowed: Yes
Driving Distance to Yellowstone: 2 minutes


Arch View Studio Airbnb

If you want to stay near the North Entrance and your needs are simple- a comfortable and clean place to sleep after long days exploring Yellowstone, then this studio is the perfect fit. A mere two minute drive from the park makes this affordable studio a great fit for solo travelers or couples. With a mini-fridge and coffee maker, you can eat your own breakfast and prepare a picnic lunch before heading out to explore Yellowstone.

Airbnb Listing: Arch View Studio
Superhost: Yes
Bedrooms: 1
Pets Allowed: No
Kids Allowed: Yes
Driving Distance to Yellowstone: 2 minutes

Emmigrant Airbnb Recommendations


Emmigrant, Montana is just a bit further from the North Entrance to Yellowstone than Gardiner, Montana and offers cheaper vacation rentals for travelers looking to save money. If you are interested in exploring beyond Yellowstone, Emmigrant is close to the hip tiny town of Livingston, Montana, and to the posh bigger city of Bozeman, Montana.

Boutique Camping Tents Airbnb

If you don’t want to camp, you can always glamp! Located further out, this small campground elevates camping to an upscale experience with beautiful canvas tents complete with queen-sized beds, electricity, and mountain views. At under $100 per night, you can’t beat the price. It is still camping, albeit fancy camping, so you will share bathrooms and use a communal kitchen. Perfect for the adventurous traveler who finds joy in sleeping under the stars.

Airbnb Listing: Boutique Camping Tents
Superhost: Yes
Bedrooms: 1
Pets Allowed: No
Kids Allowed: Listed as not suitable for children and infants
Driving Distance to Yellowstone: 30 minutes


Artisan Studio Cabin Airbnb

This peaceful cabin is a no brainer if you’re traveling solo or in a pair. A beautifully decorated space with a sitting area, kitchen, bathroom, washer/dryer, and outdoor area make this studio a screaming deal compared with prices in the park. Located away from the main hub of the entrance to Yellowstone, the studio is a great choice if you’re looking for a peaceful place to rest your head after visiting the park.

Airbnb Listing: Artisan Studio Cabin
Superhost: Yes
Bedrooms: 1
Pets Allowed: No
Kids Allowed: Listed as not suitable for children 2-12 years
Driving Distance to Yellowstone: 20 minutes

Cooke City-Silver Gate Airbnb Recommendations


MTNLUX Refuge Airbnb

While the Northeast Entrance is far from most of the park’s main highlights, this luxury chalet might convince you to stay there! With a hot tub, sauna, pool table, “heavenly” beds, and a decadent place to call your home, it would be hard to leave this beautiful place. Because of its sheer size and remoteness, this rental is perfect for a family gathering where just as much time will be spent hanging out in the home. If traveling in a large group, you can rent the other two adjacent properties.

Airbnb Listing: MTNLUX Refuge
Superhost: Yes
Bedrooms: 4
Pets Allowed: No
Kids Allowed: Yes
Driving Distance to Yellowstone: 4 minutes


That’s our collection of 12 Yellowstone Airbnbs for every budget. If you want one easy page to view them all, you can click on our Airbnb page HERE

We strongly advise you to book early. Yellowstone cabins tend to book out a year to six months in advance.

We hope you enjoy your visit to the first National Park in the US! Interested in more info on Yellowstone and how to plan a trip? Check out all our guides to Yellowstone here.

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