It has always been a challenge to find summer accomodations inside Yellowstone National Park. Well, it just got tougher.
Crews this spring have torn down 220 of the 400 Frontier cabins at Canyon Village, near the lower and upper falls on the Yellowstone River.
The work is the first step in construction of a series of five multi-story lodges at Canyon Village.
Rick Hoeninghausen marketing director for the park’s lodging concessionaire, Xanterra, said the company is investing more than $134 million in the park, most going toward construction of the new lodges.The first three lodges are expected to be completed by next year and the remaining two will be done in 2016. The new lodges will have common meeting areas and a total of 409 rooms.
With the loss of that many cabins – that go for $99 a night – there will be more people trying to find a room in the already limited lodging options inside the park. That’s why officials are urging people to make reservations early, or consider staying in one of the gateway communities, such as Cody, Wyoming; and West Yellowstone, Gardiner or Cooke City, Montana.