Contrary to what the name may imply, Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel is not a spa. In fact, it has no hot springs that service it for soaking. But it is a delightful throwback to the early park years in Yellowstone. It also makes the perfect base for exploring the travertine terraces above the village and exploring the northern section of Yellowstone.
Accommodations are varied at the hotel. Historic rooms come with shared baths down the hall, while standard hotel rooms have en suite baths. The hotel also has two pricey suites. Behind the hotel, some cabins have private baths while others use a shared community shower house and restroom. A few cabins have hot tubs.
Upon arrival, elk may greet you on the front lawn. After check in, you can walk across the street to Albright Visitor Center, tour historic Fort Yellowstone buildings, and eat in the dining room or grill. A five-minute walk leads to the Mammoth Hot Springs terraces. Tours also depart from the lodge.
Roads to Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel are plowed in winter, so you can reach it year round. But the hotel only opens late April through early October and mid-December through early March. In winter, the lodge’s ski shop rents cross-country skis, snowshoes, and cleats for walking on the icy boardwalks of the hot springs.
Please note that Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel will be closed winter 2018-19 for renovations. But plenty of lodging is available in the town of Gardiner, Montana, located 5 miles north.