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14 Stunning Airbnbs Near Yellowstone National Park

by K.C. Dermody
Updated May 16, 2021

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Yellowstone National Park was the first national park established in the U.S., and it remains one of the magnificent.

Home to everything from the iconic Old Faithful geyser and myriad geothermal features to abundant wildlife like elk, moose, bison, bears, and wolves, a visit here is something you’ll remember for a lifetime.

While the majority of the park’s 3,471-square-miles are in Wyoming, it also spreads into parts of Montana and Idaho. When looking at the airbnbs near Yellowstone National Park, you’ll want to think about where you plan to spend the most time.

The north entrance is located in Gardiner, Montana and is open year-round. The others are open seasonally to vehicle traffic but may be passable for snowmobiles and cross-country skiers in the winter. The west entrance at West Yellowstone, Montana is the first to open in the spring (usually around mid-April), while the northeast entrance at Silver Gate is near Cooke City, Montana. The closest town to the south entrance is Jackson, Wyoming.

No matter what town you stay in, you’ll find that the airbnbs near Yellowstone offer everything from a Wild West-type of stay to luxurious condos and ranches.

1. Worldmark West Condo

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Why you should stay: A minute from the park, and a Jacuzzi for post-hike soaks.

  • Location: West Yellowstone, Montana
  • Sleeps: 8
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $259/night

Just a half-mile from Yellowstone’s west entrance, this three-bedroom condo offers plenty of space to unwind after a day exploring the park, and it’s one of the more affordable airbnbs near Yellowstone, considering the great location and number of guests. You’ll have access to an indoor pool so you can swim year-round plus a Jacuzzi to soothe sore muscles after a day logging the miles on boardwalks and trails.

The condo is also close to a place that most visitors miss: the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center, where you can have close encounters with both grizzlies and wolves, plus otters, raptors, and more North American species.

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2. Luxury Mountain Escape

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Why you should stay: A large, lux home near the west entrance of Yellowstone.

  • Location: Island Park, Idaho
  • Sleeps: 15
  • Minimum stay: 4 nights
  • Rates from: $599/night

Ideal for vacationing with extended family and friends, this large and luxurious home has every amenity imaginable, from a chef’s kitchen to a ping-pong table and hot tub. It’s also just across the border in Idaho less than 15 minutes from the west entrance. It’s even closer to Henry’s Lake, smack in the middle of the continental divide, providing everything from renowned fishing to hiking and wildlife watching. It may seem like one of the pricier airbnbs near Yellowstone, but it’s a pretty good deal when you consider it sleeps 15.

“Huge cabin. Very well appointed. Large wrap around porch overlooking the forest and mountains. Large kitchen and everything needed. Beautiful bathrooms. I highly recommend this property.”

Jim, Frisco, TX
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3. Beaver Springs Chalet

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Why you should stay: Far from tourists, close to the park, and full of wildlife (the lot, not the house.)

  • Location: Island Park, Idaho
  • Sleeps: 10
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $470/night

Book this spectacular chalet and you’re just about guaranteed total peace and quiet, other than the sounds of the breeze rippling across the pond and the sounds of wildlife like moose, owls, and eagles passing by. It sits on a two-acre lot overlooking lush meadows, the Tetons, and Yellowstone Basin beyond. Enjoy the beauty of nearby Mesa Falls or the world-renowned Henry’s Fork River (great for fishing), while still having Yellowstone’s west entrance only about 30 miles away. Be sure to check out Eagle Ridge Ranch if you want to do a horseback ride through the hills.

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4. Mountain View Lodge

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Why you should stay: A home so close to the park that bison and bears are your neighbors.

  • Location: West Yellowstone, Montana
  • Sleeps: 10
  • Minimum stay: 3 nights
  • Rates from: $331/night

If you like wildlife, this is one of the best airbnbs near Yellowstone for you. Since the park is so close, it’s not uncommon for wildlife to go past the park boundaries and end up right in the front yard of this spacious lodge-style cabin. With wood paneling and tree branch details, the home is the perfect compliment to a Yellowstone vacation, and the fact that bison and moose might walk by is just the icing on the cake.

While the cabin includes a large, fully stocked kitchen and a grill for when you don’t want to dine out, you’ll want to splurge at least one dinner in town. Firehole Bar-B-Que Company is considered the place to go in West Yellowstone, serving delicious Texas-style smoked meats, including a full rack of ribs and comfort sides like the often-raved-about corn salad. 

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5. Luxury Yellowstone Chalet

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Why you should stay: A five-star stay with loads of amenities and space for everyone to spread out.

  • Location: Cooke City, Montana
  • Sleeps: 12
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $468/night

No matter what the season, this gorgeous chalet makes an ideal base for exploring Yellowstone from the northeast entrance. In the winter, you can ski to just about anywhere you want to go. With three bedrooms, a loft with extra beds, and pull-out couches in the living room, there’s room for everyone to have their own space. There are even two different kitchens – cookie baking contest, anyone?

The location is good, but the amenities are what guests rave about. The largest bedroom suite has a jacuzzi tub and the owners provide coffee, cocoa, and popcorn. There are two decks for hanging out outside and watching wildlife, and the space is high tech too, with super fast Wi-Fi and a Google Nest system to control music throughout the house.

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6. Yellowstone River View

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Why you should stay: A river runs through it (and “it” is the backyard.)

  • Location: Gardiner, Montana
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $266/night

This 1920s cabin offers not just views of the Yellowstone River – it’s so close that you get to hear the river’s sounds as you relax on the deck, too. It’s the perfect way to end a day, or the perfect ways to start your day as you enjoy a local coffee. You may even see elk wander by or deer grazing in the field just next to the home. Between the views, the location, and the relatively low starting price, this place is hard to beat.

“For anyone looking for a place to stay while visiting Yellowstone, this spot is top notch. Convenient location while being surrounded by physical beauty and wildlife. 10/10 would do again!”

Mateo, New York, NY
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7. West of West

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Why you should stay: A postcard-perfect cabin for avid outdoor explorers who still want to be close to town.

  • Location: West Yellowstone, Montana
  • Sleeps: 8
  • Minimum stay: 3 nights
  • Rates from: $180night

Just eight miles from Yellowstone’s west entrance, the West of West Lodge is ideal for outdoor adventurers who want to do more than just take a drive through the park. It’s surrounded by national forest and provides direct access to hiking trails and snowmobile routes to take you deep into the wilderness. But you’re also not very far from town, so you can run by Mountain Mama’s Cafe and Bakery for breakfast muffins or grab a beer at Buffalo Bar. But all good if you want to stay in – the home has a warm ambiance with a gas fireplace and a wrap-around porch for enjoying the serene views and fresh air.

There’s plenty of space for a large family, spread over 2,400 square feet, with lots to keep the younger ones happy like toys, games, and kids’ movies.

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8. Wapiti Vista

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Why you should stay: Get the best of Cody and Yellowstone (plus epic Wyoming views)

  • Location: Cody, Wyoming
  • Sleeps: 10
  • Minimum stay: 3 nights
  • Rates from: $685/night

The Wapiti Vista is ideal for large families with kids (and maybe even some of the cousins, too) with windows in nearly every direction for gazing out at the breathtaking views. It sits halfway between the park and the town of Cody, which means you can easily enjoy day trips to either. In Cody, named after William Cody, a.k.a. Buffalo Bill, you can explore the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, known as the “Smithsonian of the West.” It includes five different themed museums providing the most informative intro to the American West you’ll find anywhere. It’s a super cool town if you’re into old-timey saloons.

When you’re back at the cabin, you’ll have a wide range of options for relaxation and entertainment, including a soothing sauna, a pool table, foosball, board games, and a fireplace with room for the whole group to hang out. But if you don’t all want to hang out, no problem: there are five TVs, so everyone can do their own thing if they want.

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9. Whispering Pines Retreat

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Why you should stay: A new cabin with a sweeping great room and perfectly swaying pines.

  • Location: Island Park, Idaho
  • Sleeps: 10
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $249/night

Nestled in a forest landscape on an acre of land, Whispering Pines Retreat is aptly named – expect just the sounds of rustling trees (and maybe an occasional coyote.) It’s one of the most private airbnbs near Yellowstone, so feel free to hang out in the hot tub in your birthday suit. You’ll be able 30 miles from Yellowstone, pretty close to the cool ghost town of Virginia City, Montana, and not too far from the great fly fishing around Ashton, either.

” The common areas are open to leave room for people to have their space and still cozy when the group wants to come together. The hot tub is amazing and the view from any window is magical…”

Terry, Huntley, MT
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10. Basecamp @ Island Park

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Why you should stay: For epic adventures on the river and day trips to Yellowstone.

  • Location: Island Park, Idaho
  • Sleeps: 5
  • Minimum stay: 3 nights
  • Rates from: $325/night

Basecamp @ Island Park is ideal for avid fly fishing enthusiasts, close to some of the world’s top streams for landing a rainbow, brown, cutthroat or brook trout. Not into fishing? Try paddling along the National Water Trail in a canoe, surrounded by awe-inspiring scenery and abundant wildlife. Of course, you also have Yellowstone within easy reach for a day trip; the West Yellowstone gate about a 45-minute drive away.

A stay in this comfortable A-frame also includes plenty of special extras like complimentary bikes and helmets, coolers, an extensive movie collection, fresh-ground coffee, and a fire pit so you can spend evenings under the stars.

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11. Rustic Cabin Near Yellowstone

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Why you should stay: An affordable oasis on the east side of Island Park.

  • Location: Island Park, Idaho
  • Sleeps: 14
  • Minimum stay: 3 nights
  • Rates from: $347/night

This rustic cabin is one of the best airbnbs near Yellowstone for a big group, with a great starting price. It has four bedrooms and pull-out couches in the common areas and you’ll be just 25 minutes from West Yellowstone. You’re also walking distance to Henry’s Lake. If you want to be close to Yellowstone and fish huge cutthroat, brook, and rainbow-cutthroat hybrids, it’s the place to book. It’s an angler’s paradise.

Great cabin to stay at when visiting Yellowstone. The only problem is that you’ll be torn between visiting the park and wanting to relax at this great spot.”

Ben, Springfield, MO

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12. Mountain Life Cabin

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Why you should stay: A great value home with rooms for parents and a bunk room for the kids.

  • Location: Island Park, Idaho
  • Sleeps: 12
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $210/night

The Mountain Life Cabin is a bargain for a place so large. There are two private bedrooms, a loft with futons, and another bedroom with bunks for the kids (or your friends who decided to tag along last-minute.) You’ll want to plan on spending at least some of your days here, with opportunities for off-roading, hiking, fishing, and horseback riding at nearby Harriman State Park. In the winter, you can snowmobile in the stunning winter wonderland just outside your front door. Island Park also has plenty of outfitters for wildlife tours or fishing guides.

No matter what you do, you’ll love coming back to relax in the big hot tub on the edge of the woods.

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13. Big Horn Lodge

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Why you should stay: A classic western luxury lodge, right down to the elk-antler chandelier.

  • Location: Island Park, Idaho
  • Sleeps: 12
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $349/night

The Big Horn Lodge feels like a luxurious property, so it’s a little unbelievable that the price isn’t higher – especially since it’s just 10-15 minutes from the west entrance of Yellowstone. It sits on half an acre surrounded by the Targhee National Forest, so you won’t have to far for forest bathing or snowshoeing.

Spend your days marveling at the geysers, hot springs, and wildlife in the park before coming back to a clean, comfortable space with everything you could ever need. If you forget your camera or the one you have malfunctions, no worries – the hosts even provide a high-end camera for you to use while in the park. If that weren’t enough, you also get binoculars, park guides, a toy box, a large Smart TV, a hot tub, a and fire pit. And the hosts even provide hot cocoa and marshmallows. That’s a lot of perks for the price.

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14. Imperial Elk Lodge

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Why you should stay: Checks all the boxes – convenience, cleanliness, amenities, and great views.

  • Location: Island Park, Idaho
  • Sleeps: 10
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $349/night

The Imperial Elk Lodge is a luxurious cabin in a setting as pretty as a postcard and a short drive from Yellowstone. You’ll have everything you need for a fantastic stay, including an outdoor space for grilling, two Smart TVs, a washer and dryer, and a hot tub. It has four bedrooms plus a common area for whomever decides to jump in the car at the last minute.

“So many small touches and the place itself was gorgeous and superbly clean. Not to mention the beautiful location and how easy it was to get to both West Yellowstone for tours and Island Park for snowmobiles.”

Niserg, Valrico, FL
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