Destination guide

Yellowstone National Park is a leading wildlife hotspot

The 3,500-square-mile national park is so big it shoulders Wyoming, Montana and Idaho. It's a truly spectacular landscape of hot springs, rocky canyons and gushing rivers which cut through mile-upon-mile of forest, providing habitat for an impressive list of species. If you want to spot herds of giant bison, solitary moose, or ambling grizzlies catching wild trout, you've come to the right place. When you stay in a Yellowstone National Park vacation rental, you're not far from the wildlife action. Just be sure to get in quick, the park draws in over 4,000,000 visitors annually.

Things to do

Natural wonders at Yellowstone National Park

If you want to take a break from spotting critters in the park, there's much to do near your Yellowstone National Park vacation rental. The park is full of natural wonders, the most famous of which is the Mammoth Hot Springs, an unworldly landscape of bubbling, steamy limestone terraces. If you've got some time to kill, consider driving up to Gardiner, where the century-old Roosevelt Arch marks the gateway to Yellowstone's northern entrance. For a little mystery, you could swing by Smith Mansion near the town of Cody, a rambling and unwieldy log structure.

Activities

The hiking trails of Yellowstone National Park

You've got a 1,300-mile-strong network of trails to amble along near your Yellowstone National Park vacation rental, more than you could possibly explore in a lifetime of trips here. If you're not an experienced hiker, fear not. The trails range for challenging canyon treks to gentle kid-friendly trails and everything in between. Another popular way to experience the park is by paddling down the river, or along the lake passing the steamy geysers. If all that sounds like too much effort, find a sunny spot on the river banks and try your luck at reeling in a wild trout.

Weather

Yellowstone National Park opens year-round

The summer season when the kids break from school is the busiest time to visit Yellowstone National Park and families set up camp in the hot weather. Don't bank on consistent weather, it's famously fickle with swings in temperature even at the height of summer. If you're looking to skip the summer crowds, consider booking up a Yellowstone National Park vacation rental during the spring or fall, when the climate is still warm, the crowds have thinned out and the prices drop. Even colder months can be beautiful, with flurries of snow creating a winter wonderland.

Natural features

Watch grizzlies in Yellowstone National Park

It's no secret that the park is home to a staggering number of wildlife species. There are few places which have the same concentration of critters, making it somewhat of a mecca for wildlife enthusiasts. One of the highlights is spotting some of the 500 grizzlies which roam the park, along with packs of wolves which were successfully reintroduced to Yellowstone in the mid-90s. You can't miss the herds of bison wandering past your Yellowstone National Park vacation rental, nor the elk or moose. If you're really lucky, you may even spot a wolverine or lynx.

How to get there

How to get to and around Yellowstone National Park

The nearest airport is in West Yellowstone, MT (WYS-Yellowstone), located 30.1 mi (48.4 km) from the city center.

Where to stay around Yellowstone National Park?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 803 vacation rentals near Yellowstone National Park. From 415 Cabins to 156 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Yellowstone National Park are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Yellowstone National Park?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Yellowstone National Park. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Jackson Hole: 1,434 vacation rentals
  • Montana: 4,917 vacation rentals
  • West Yellowstone: 490 vacation rentals
  • Big Sky: 1,030 vacation rentals
  • Island Park: 707 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Yellowstone National Park! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Yellowstone National Park?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Yellowstone National Park:

  • West Yellowstone: 490 rentals
  • Big Sky: 1,030 rentals
  • Island Park: 707 rentals
  • Gardiner: 242 rentals
  • Cody: 238 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Yellowstone National Park?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Yellowstone National Park. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Yellowstone National Park - West Entrance: 677 rentals
  • Yellowstone National Park - North Entrance: 217 rentals
  • Moonlight Basin Ski Area: 741 rentals
  • Old Faithful: 88 rentals
  • Big Sky Town Center: 667 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Yellowstone National Park listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.