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5 Reasons To Stay In a Yellowstone Lodge Instead of a Tent or RV.

Friday, July 12th, 2013

 

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When traveling to Yellowstone National Park your options for lodging are limitless. Some might want to go the camping route but we feel that staying in a lodge or hotel in or around Yellowstone is the way to go. We’ve listed the top five reasons why we feel this way.

1-)Availability! Yellowstone only has 12 campgrounds with a total of just over 2000 campsites. Considering that over 2.3 million people visit the park each summer these sites fill up very quickly. National Park Reservations handles reservations bookings for nine lodges inside the park and more than twenty five lodges just outside the park borders. Offering many types of accommodation from a standard hotel room to a luxury stand alone cabin.

2-) Historic Lodges! The Old Faithful Inn, built in 1903/04 is the largest log hotel still in use today! Right next door is the Old Faithful Lodge built in 1928. Both of these lodges are on the National Historic Registry! Both are also located in the heart of Yellowstone. With in walking distance of the Old Faithful Geyser the location of these lodges are unbeatable! Just looking out your window you have a great possibility of seeing all different wildlife.

 

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3-) Safety from the elements! Yellowstone is anywhere from 5,282 feet to 11,358 feet in elevation so weather is changing all the time and can be quite brutal at times. It is not unlikely for a storm to roll in unannounced in Yellowstone. So having a nice warm dry place to escape to is always a comforting thought. One of the reasons a person comes to Yellowstone National Park is to see the wildlife. While not to many people are seriously wounded, there are injuries from animal human contact each year. Some of the animals you might encounter are bears, coyotes, elk and the most common, bison. Bison are quite defensive and it is well advised to keep your distance. After all they are wild animals!

4-) Comfort and convenience! There is nothing like crawling into a nice big comfortable bed at the end of a long day of adventures, or taking a nice hot shower after cross country skiing or snowshoeing! How about the simple convenience of a toilet? You don’t realize how much you use the bathroom until there isn’t one to use! Yellowstone does get cold so the convenience of heat is nice to have available. Even in the summer the temperature can dip down to freezing in the evenings. Then at the opposite end it can get into the high 80′s or low 90′s in the summer also, so air conditioning is a treat to enjoy after a soak in the hot springs or a trip to the summit of Purple Mountain.

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5-)Location, location, location! Yellowstone covers 3472 square miles. That’s over 2.2 million acres! With lodges at every entrance and in several different locations inside the park location is everything! Depending on what you are there to see we have something for you! Each spot having something special to offer. Whether you are at the north entrance for the hot springs, or the Lake Yellowstone area, or the south entrance on your way down to the Tetons we have a lodge that will suit you and yours!

We hope that your experience in Yellowstone is like none other! Full of adventure, relaxation, inspiration, and comfort!

You can learn more about all of the hotels and lodging options inside Yellowstone and it’s gateway communities by visiting http://www.usparklodging.com/yellowstone/

Old Faithful Inn: Yellowstone Accommodations With Steadfast Rustic Charm

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

Old Faithful Inn | Yellowstone Located next to the Old Faithful Geyser, in the Southwest corner of Yellowstone National Park, sits the historic and rustic Old Faithful Inn. A large log structure with a towering pitched roof and an air of permanence about it, the Old Faithful Inn sits quiet and unpresuming in this harsh land of thermal waters and geysers.

Built during the warm summer and harsh winter of 1903-04, from the timbers of native lodge-pole pines and quarried stones from the Black Sand Basin, the Old Faithful Inn was created to enhance its breathtaking surroundings by mimicking the shape and temperament of the land. Surviving earthquakes, fires, and the sands of time, the Old Faithful Inn, like the geyser it was named after, is a constant seemingly permanent fixture in Yellowstone National Park.

Old Faithful Inn is a National Historic Landmark which is most famous for its colossal lobby. Made up of a lattice work of balconies and lodge-pole pine pillars, guests are able to gaze up seven stories and soak in the vastness and scale of the historic log building. Set off from the center of the lobby is a gigantic stone fireplace that features four hearths were guests can gather after a long day in Yellowstone National Park and reflect. A large custom made ironwork clock hangs on the North face of the stone chimney. With an activities desk, gift shop, and lounge nearby, the lobby creates the ideal place for groups to gather and plan their next adventure in the park.

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The Old Faithful Inn is situated adjacent to it’s namesake geyser and guests can check the schedule for the next eruption in the lobby or even explore Geyser Hill and the Castle-Grand Area for other geysers and thermal features. If you’re hungry, grab some lunch or an ice cream treat from the Bear Paw Deli before you take off on a hike in the park. Guests looking for tours in the historic yellow busses can head over to the activities desk to sign up. If you’re more of the independent type who prefer exploring on their own, whether you stay in the area or head out to other locations in Yellowstone National Park, you will find plenty of sights and activities. During hot summer days, head over to Lake Yellowstone and rent a boat or if you’re into fishing, head over to one of the streams. Get wet and cool off on a rafting trip or grab your camera and head off to the Lamar and Hayden Valleys where wildlife is abundant.

After a day of activities in the park, dine at the Old Faithful Inn Dining Room or browse the Gift Shop for some souvenirs. Need to fuel up after exploring all day? There’s a service station nearby and a general store too for supplies.

Accommodations

Old Faithfull Inn: Standard Room

Suites

The East Wing, which was extended and finished construction in 1913, added numerous new rooms to the historic Old Faithful Inn and set to lie parallel to the famous Old Faithful Geyser. The Old Faithful Inn offers six Suites, each with a parlor and separate bedroom. Located on the front side of the East Wing, each Suite is furnished with two queen beds and an en suite bathroom. Suites offer telephones, elevator access, and mini refrigerators.

Semi-Suites

The East Wing, which was extended and finished construction in 1913, added numerous new rooms to the historic Old Faithful Inn and set to lie parallel to the famous Old Faithful Geyser. The Old Faithful Inn offers four Semi-Suites. Each Semi-Suite offers more space than a East Wing Standard Room, with a sitting area in the room with a sofa and two queen beds. These rooms also have the convenience of an en suite bathroom.

Geyserside Rooms

The East Wing, which was extended and finished construction in 1913, added numerous new rooms to the historic Old Faithful Inn and set to lie parallel to the famous Old Faithful Geyser. Renovated in 1992-93, the Geyserside Rooms offer limited views of the Geyser Basin and the Old Faithful Geyser. Furnished with one queen bed or two queen beds, these rooms also have the convenience of an en suite bathroom. Geyserside Rooms offer telephones, elevator access, and a select number of ADA rooms for guests with disabilities.

East Wing Standard Rooms

The East Wing, which was extended and finished construction in 1913, added numerous new rooms to the historic Old Faithful Inn and set to lie parallel to the famous Old Faithful Geyser. Renovated in 1992-93, the East Wing Standard Rooms face towards the rear of the hotel and are furnished with one queen bed or two queen beds. These rooms also have the convenience of an en suite bathroom. East Wing Standard Rooms offer telephones, elevator access, and a select number of ADA rooms for guests with disabilities.

West Wing Frontside Rooms

The West Wing, built in 1927, was the final addition to the historic Old Faithful Inn. Shaped like a “Y”, the West Wing looks towards Geyser Hill and the Castle-Grand Area. Renovated in 1998-99, the West Wing Frontside Rooms offer limited views of the Geyser Basin Area. Modernly furnished with one queen bed or two queen beds, these rooms also have the convenience of an en suite bathroom. West Wing Frontside Rooms have telephones and are accessible by stairs only.

West Wing Standard Rooms

The West Wing, built in 1927, was the final addition to the historic Old Faithful Inn. Shaped like a “Y”, the West Wing looks towards Geyser Hill and the Castle-Grand Area. Renovated in 1998-99, the West Wing Standard Rooms face towards the rear of the hotel and are modernly furnished with one queen bed or two queen beds. These rooms also have the convenience of an en suite bathroom. West Wing Standard Rooms have telephones and are accessible by stairs only.

Old House 2 Room Units with Bath

Located in the section of the hotel now known fondly as the Old House, the Old House 2 Room Units with Bath were completed during the first phase of construction in 1904 of the famous Old Faithful Inn. Simplistic yet charming, these rooms reflect the unique style and structure of the time period with knotted lodgepole pine paneling and custom ironwork fixtures . Located on either the first or third floor and furnished with one queen bed in each bedroom, these rooms also have the convenience of an en suite bathroom.

Old House 2 Room Units without Bath

Located in the section of the hotel now known fondly as the Old House, the Old House 2 Room Units without Bath were completed during the first phase of construction in 1904 of the famous Old Faithful Inn. Simplistic yet charming, these rooms reflect the unique style and structure of the time period with knotted lodge-pole pine paneling and custom ironwork fixtures . Located on either the first or second floor and furnished with one queen bed in one bedroom and two queen beds in the other bedroom, these rooms are ideal for larger groups or families. Central bath houses are located just down the hall, and bath robes are provided in each room for guests’ convenience and comfort.

Old House Rooms with Bath

Located in the section of the hotel now known fondly as the Old House, the Old House Rooms with Bath were completed during the first phase of construction in 1904 of the famous Old Faithful Inn. Simplistic yet charming, these rooms reflect the unique style and structure of the time period with knotted lodge-pole pine paneling and custom ironwork fixtures . Furnished with one queen bed or two queen beds, these rooms also have the convenience of an en suite bathroom.

Old House Rooms without Bath

Located in the section of the hotel now known fondly as the Old House, the Old House Rooms without Bath were completed during the first phase of construction in 1904 of the famous Old Faithful Inn. Simplistic yet charming, these rooms reflect the unique style and structure of the time period with knotted lodge-pole pine paneling and custom ironwork fixtures . Furnished with one queen bed or two queen beds, these rooms are ideal for those who wish to experience the historic hotel as it was when it first opened. Central bath houses are located just down the hall, and bath robes are provided in each room for guests’ convenience and comfort.

If you are looking for history and comfort, look no farther than the Old Faithful Inn. With its rustic charm, numerous guest rooms, fine dining, and spectacular sights, the Old Faithful Inn offers the perfect location to spend your vacation in Yellowstone National Park.

To find out more information about the Old Faithful Inn, visit http://usparklodging.com/yellowstone/old_faithful_inn.php. If you’d like to reserve your own piece of history at the Old Faithful Inn, contact our knowledgeable staff at 866.256.9046 or fill out our easy and convenient online booking form.  

Kachina Lodge

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

Kachina Lodge in Grand Canyon National Park

Kachina LodgeImagine waking up to a sunrise over the majestic Grand Canyon, elk and mule deer grazing in the lawn, an endangered California condor glides by in the morning updrafts. Too good to be true? Not for those that stay in the Kachina Lodge, located on the south rim of the incredible Grand Canyon National Park. Arizona attracts 5 million people a year to come and visit one of the seven natural wonders of the world. The Grand Canyon holds a place of honor along with such places as the Great Barrier Reef and Mount Everest. Plan for adventure and excitement as well as deep thought and quiet retrospect in the one of a kind grandest of all canyons.

Explore the many attractions that the Grand Canyon has to offer. The South Rim has breathtaking viewpoints. Investigate the Grand Canyon Village’s historic buildings and overwhelming vistas. This is also where the park’s most popular Bright Angel Trail begins. Inquire about the different rafting companies that offer a range of scenic river tours, from relaxing smooth water experiences to fast paced whitewater adventures. Check out the very popular mule rides that are offered year round, or find a secluded spot to star gaze. Learn amazing things at the ranger interpretive talks and informational museums. Other popular activities include hiking, biking, motorcoach tours, Aerial tours, and jeep tours. A free park shuttle is offered by the park service, providing an environmentally friendly way to get around the park. Check out a shuttle schedule, there are more times and routes offered during the summer.

Open year round the Kachina Lodge is a great place to start the day planning for the fantastic adventures that the Grand Canyon has to offer. When arriving at the south rim check into the Kachina Lodge rooms with the friendly staff of the El Tovar Hotel. The location on the south rim make reservations at Kachina Lodge well worth the stay. Built in the 1960′s with thick concrete walls, this contemporary lodge is decorated in the subtle colors of the canyon.

While there is no on-site dining available at Kachina Lodge, the El Tovar Hotel and Bright Angel Lodge both have excellent restaurants and are located just a short walking distance to either side of the Kachine Lodge. There are other options located further away as well, which cater to every need and appetite one could have.

There are 49 rooms to choose from at the Kachine Lodge. All rooms use evaporative coolers for temperature regulation. Room amenities include either 2 queen beds or a single king, a refrigerator, coffee, TV, Telephones, a safe, and a full bathroom. There are rooms available for those people with disabilities. Due to the fact that requests for canyon view rooms are high, these rooms are often booked up much more quickly. Sorry but pets and smoking are not allowed in any of the Kachina Lodge rooms. Parking is free but limited.

Adventure and quiet awe-inspiring moments abound in Arizona’s Grand Canyon National Park. This marvelous place will always stay in the hearts and souls of those lucky enough to glimpse the wondrous chasm. Enjoy the affordability of the centrally located Kachina Lodge at the south rim of the Grand Canyon. Reserve the trip of a lifetime today by visiting: www.usparklodging.com/grandcanyon or call toll free 866.315.2980.

Bright Angel Lodge and Cabins – Historic Lodging on the South Rim

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

When visiting the south rim of the Grand Canyon, why not stay at the rustic Bright Angel Lodge and Cabins?  Registered as a National Historic Landmark, Bright Angel sits a few feet from the rim of the Grand Canyon.

Bright Angel provides basic lodging for visitors to the Grand Canyon and  it is the starting point for mule rides.   They have a restaurant which is open for breakfast lunch and dinner.  Lodging at the south rim of the Grand Canyon can be booked up to 13 months prior to arrival date.  So securing lodging on the rim can be difficult.  

You will find most lodging at Bright Angel is geared toward the individual hiker or couples.  In the Lodge , the largest bed is a double and there is only one.  No space is available for a roll-a-way bed or cot.  You can stay in a room with a bathroom or a more budget friendly room with a shared tub/shower located down the hall, or choose the room with no bathroom.  All rooms in the lodge are non smoking and are very basic.  If you  require a TV while staying  at  the Bright Angel, you will want to choose one of their cabins. Each cabin only has 1 Queen size bed although certain cabins can house a roll-away increasing the maximum occupancy to three people.  The historic cabins do not have views of the Canyon, but the Rim Cabins do.  There are also Rim Cabins available with a fireplace.   Two Cabin  Suites are available at Bright Angel , the Buckey O’Neil  and Red Horse Cabin.

Bright Angel is a wonderful place to call home during your Grand Canyon South Rim visit.  Plan early to get the room type you prefer.  Call our reservations dept. today at 866-315-2980 or find more information online at http://www.usparklodging.com/grandcanyon/index.php.

Crater Lake Winter: Cross Country Skiing Adventure

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

Some may not know that Crater Lake National Park is a celebrated winter destination. Crater Lake winter is not only gorgeous, but bustling with outdoor enthusiasts enjoying the snow covered terrain. The Diamond Lake Lodge is open all year and provides a warm place to spend your downtime between wintery adventures. The Diamond Lake Lodge is five miles north of Crater Lake on another pristine lake called Diamond Lake. This lodge is a full-blown resort offering a long list of winter activities for guests of all ages.

Crater Lake winter guests to The Diamond Lake Lodge spend their time snowmobiling, sledding/tubing, ice-skating and cross country skiing. Guided and unguided snowmobiling tours are also available. 60 miles north are downhill skiing resorts for skiers and snowboarders. The Diamond Lake Lodge has an almost 90 year long history of providing shelter from the storm. Take this fun story from the past as an example.

In 1948, a young man named Jack Meissner, 28 years old and already a war veteran, decided to set out on a 300-mile solo adventure on cross-country skis. He announced his lofty and dangerous plan to the world to which he received plenty of criticism for his dangerous ambition. The CAP (Civil Air Patrol) and the Willamette Ski Patrol studied the planned route with Meissner before the grand departure. The CAP planned to make a supply drop for Meissner at a Forest Service shelter along the way. A Eugene outdoors group called The Obsidians offered the use of trained carrier pigeons, Homer and Cynthia, to communicate his condition from the isolated trail. Meissner was a woodsman, trapper, back country guide and serviceman. He was determined and prepared.

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Crater Lake Winter photo by ex_magician on Flickr

Jack Meissner set out from Mt. Hood’s Government Camp on Friday the 13th of February, 1948 aboard his cross-country skis. Meissner’s finish line was Crater Lake National Park. His pack weighed in at about 55 lbs. It contained everything he would need along the way, aside from the supplies that would be dropped for him later. Meissner planned to travel 10 miles a day for 300 miles of fresh tracks at elevations ranging from 4,000-10,000 feet. And, for the most part, that is just what he did.

1948 went on the books as one of the harshest and coldest winters with the most snowfall in many years. Meissner traded work at various stops along the way in exchange for room and board where it was available, which was seldom. The last half of his route was quite secluded. On one stormy day, he fell into a deep and snowy ravine and had to rescue himself by making ledges out of his skis where he climbed one step at a time out of the trouble.

Those waiting for Jack’s return had no way of knowing if he had made it to the supply drop, because the pigeons, Homer and Cynthia had not returned to Eugene. The normal travel time from the pigeon drop-zone was three hours as the crow flies, or pigeons in this case. The storms and blizzards were a life threatening obstacle for the feathered pair as well as for Meissner. The Obsidians knew that Homer was slower and held Cynthia back. The pigeons were feared dead as they were many days late. Then, to their surprise, Cynthia returned with a note on her leg indicating that Meissner had gotten at least as far as the pigeon drop-zone. Homer, was proclaimed lost until he also made it home four days after Cynthia. Still, with the harsh weather conditions and heavy snowfall, Meissner’s current condition was unknowable.

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Crater Lake Winter photo by Tracy Vierra on Flickr

As it turned out, he successfully found the dropped supplies from the CAP and he also managed to locate the pigeons to attach the note to Cynthia’s leg. He skied into the Diamond Lake Lodge where he warmed up by the fire and traded his room and dinner for shoveling snow. In eight hours, it snowed as many as 10 inches in the Crater Lake area causing a power outage to most of Klamath County. He had his shoveling work cut out for him. In the morning, he set out for Crater Lake National Park where his journey would come to a relieved and triumphant close one week later.

The end of this adventure story finds Jack Meissner a celebrated outdoorsman who was the first and last person to attempt such a feat. Crater Lake National Park was the 25th and final campsite of Jack Meissner’s 300-mile journey on cross country skis from Mt. Hood. He accomplished this in 33 total skiing days with 20 days scattered in-between where he did work trades and waited out storms for a total of 53 days from start to finish.

To this day, The Diamond Lake Lodge provides comfort for many Crater Lake winter guests. Spend the holidays at The Diamond Lake Lodge for a full resort experience. Give the professionals at US Park Lodging a call, toll free, to secure your Crater Lake winter reservations at the Diamond Lake Lodge.

The Historic Grand Canyon

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

The Historic Grand Canyon

“The Grand Canyon fills me with awe. It is beyond comparison—beyond description; absolutely unparalleled throughout the wide world. … Let this great wonder of nature remain as it now is. Do nothing to mar its grandeur, sublimity and loveliness. You cannot improve on it. But what you can do is to keep it for your children, your children’s children, and all who come after you, as the one great sight which every American should see.”

~ President Theodore Roosevelt

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Over 100 years later, the beauty and awe of the Grand Canyon has been preserved to be revered by millions of people each year. The Grand Canyon will continue to impress and inspire for many years to come.

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Most Grand Canyon hotels are in close proximity to these spectacular Grand Canyon National Park scenes. Many people report a sense of extreme spirituality and emotion when they first lay eyes upon this great Wonder of the World. There are several Grand Canyon hotel choices to choose from. Give the friendly professionals at US Park Lodging a call to assist you in your Grand Canyon hotel selection. US Park Lodging will ensure that you get the best possible Grand Canyon hotel for your budget and vacation priorities. You cannot put a price on the Grand Canyon experience.

Zion National Park: Zion Narrows

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

Zion National Park is an iconic national park most noted by the gorgeous Zion Narrows where the Virgin River has carved a beautiful canyon running the length of the park. The Virgin River is navigated by wading through the water due to very few river banks and a smooth, walkable river bottom. Some places in the Zion Narrows are only about six feet wide. The sides of the canyon are 1,500 foot cliffs rising above the river. Trekking the Zion Narrows is, by far, the most popular activity for visitors of Zion National Park. The Zion Narrows can be tranquil as well as dangerous. It is important to take note of the weather forecasts in the surrounding region before voyaging into the Zion Narrows. Flash floods are common during sudden rains that can leave people in immediate danger.

An interesting example of this Zion Narrows danger goes back to 1965 when 48 people went missing in the Virgin River canyon after unexpected rains. Weather predictions have gotten better over the years, but on this particular day, September 6, 1965, the weather forecasters did not expect rain. Around dawn that morning, there was a downpour in the area. Several groups had begun trekking the Zion Narrows from outside of the park a day or two prior to the rains. As it was, the Zion National Park employees had closed down access of the Zion Narrows from within the park, but had no access to those who entered from outside of Zion National Park.

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Zion National Park Narrows photo by markbyzewski on Flickr

The waters of a flash flood (especially in the desert where the water doesn’t absorb into the earth) can travel pretty fast to reach the lowest ground. By the time the waters rumbled over the desert floor and into the park, the various groups were well into the Virgin River canyon. Suddenly water that was at their ankles swelled to well above their heads. The rampaging waters did not begin to recede until well after dark that night. In total, 48 people were reported missing when they did not return as expected.

As the waters rose in the narrow canyon, survival became the most important thing. People clung to trees and ledges or anywhere they could hold on. Several crouched behind a waterfall trying to avoid the surging waters. They clung to each other not knowing their fates. The flood began on a Sunday and there was no word of the missing. On Monday, the missing began trickling home, much to the excitement of the nation who were waiting and praying for their return. By Tuesday, all 48 missing people made it out alive! One man sustained a leg injury from a log pummeling into him as the waters were at their peak.

This story was a triumphant one as these 48 adventurers all survived the dangers of a flash flood in the Zion Narrows. Many have not been so fortunate. This story is not meant to discourage anyone from trekking the gorgeous Zion Narrows, but to caution them of the dangers of even a little rain storm. The Zion Narrows are a spectacle to see. They are an icon of the national parks in general and specifically the superstar of Zion National Park. When you visit Zion, check the weather and take a trek into the gorgeous Zion Narrows. If you feel a little unsure, hire a guide to lead you. The Virgin River’s Zion Narrows are like nothing you have seen before or will see again. Come to Zion and trek the Zion Narrows! You will not regret it. Give US Park Lodging a call to book your Zion National Park accommodations.

Yellowstone Winter: Snowmobiling & Yellowstone Winter Lodging

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

Winter in Yellowstone National Park is fast approaching. It’s time to make your reservations for the snowy season as soon as possible. There are a wide variety of things to do during Yellowstone’s winter. One of the most popular Yellowstone winter activities is snowmobiling. Snowmobiling rentals and tours in and around Yellowstone National Park is an exhilarating way to experience the park. Snowmobiling inside Yellowstone National Park must be with a guide. Snowmobile adventures outside of the park can be guided or unguided. There are several places to book your snowmobile tours into the winter wonderland of Yellowstone National Park or the nearby National Forests.

Many of the Yellowstone hotels close during the winter, but still many Yellowstone winter lodging options remain. For those who want to stay inside Yellowstone National Park, a great Yellowstone winter lodging choice is the Old Faithful Snow Lodge & Cabins. Others may prefer to be amongst the action of West Yellowstone. In that case, the Hibernation Station is very well suited for Yellowstone winter guests. Either of these Yellowstone winter lodging choices offer immediate access to snowmobile tours as well as snowcoach public transportation.

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Yellowstone National Park Geysers photo by Adventurous Wench on Flickr

The Old Faithful Snow Lodge & Cabins is located adjacent to Old Faithful in the center of the in-park Yellowstone winter action. Cabins as well as lodge rooms are available to accommodate a variety of preferences. The Old Faithful Snow Lodge & Cabins features a restaurant and gift shop as well as other comfortable amenities. The snowcoaches pick up and drop off here, so guests are not left out in the cold.

The Hibernation Station is central to the action of the exciting town of West Yellowstone with it’s many restaurants, attractions and shopping. Park your snowmobile at your cabin and enjoy immediate access to the National Forest trails or your Yellowstone snowmobile or snowcoach tour. At the end of the day, enjoy a relaxing soak in the steaming outdoor hot tub. Everything is at your fingertips when you stay at Hibernation Station.

Regardless of whether your lodging is inside Yellowstone Park or in the gateway communities, the silent landscape of Yellowstone National Park is close at hand. Choose to rent a snowmobile for self-exploration in the National Forest or take a guided tour into Yellowstone National Park or the National Forest. Winter in Yellowstone National Park is like being in a completely different place compared to summer in the park. Call up US Park Lodging today to arrange your Yellowstone winter lodging and snowmobile tours today.

Death Valley National Park: Furnace Creek Resort

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

Death Valley National Park is a glimpse of what life may be like on Mars or the moon. This surreal perspective is something everyone should experience at least once. Between the several sand dune locations, Badwater Basin at 282 feet below sea level and the horizon filled with snow capped peaks, Death Valley National Park is a marvel of earthly creations. The Furnace Creek Ranch and Furnace Creek Inn are centrally located in Death Valley National Park. Both the Furnace Creek Ranch and the Furnace Creek Inn are great choices for your Death Valley hotel home-base.

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Death Valley National Park Dunes photo by TommyJ/Pictin.com on Flickr

The Furnace Creek Inn is the more upscale of the two Death Valley hotels, whereas the Furnace Creek Ranch offers a more affordable choice for your stay in Death Valley. These Death Valley hotels are adjacent to each other and have a lot to offer between the two. Furnace Creek Inn has an elegant restaurant, spa, tennis courts, spring-fed swimming pool and gift shops. The Furnace Creek Ranch offers three distinct restaurants, spring-fed swimming pool, general store, museum and several on-site activities such as horseback riding, carriage rides and tours.

The Furnace Creek Inn and the Furnace Creek Ranch are great Death Valley hotels for your vacation into this foreign land of dunes, oases and unusual aridity. These two Death valley hotel options are centrally located to the attractions and sights of Death Valley National Park. You will feel like you have landed on the moon when you arrive, but the wonders of Death Valley National Park will not disappoint you. The stark difference to the normal landscapes will delight travelers and the Furnace Creek Resort will accommodate you beyond your expectations. Call US Park Lodging today to make your reservations in this driest, hottest and lowest place in this hemisphere.

Grand Canyon Lodging: Kachina Lodge

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

When making the decision of which Grand Canyon lodging choice to pick, things can get quite confusing. Is it important to ask yourself what your goals are. If you want a great location combined with cleanliness and a view, the Kachina Lodge is for you. Your vacation to Grand Canyon National Park is a chance of a lifetime. You will want to have your bases covered so you can venture away from the Grand Canyon hotels and explore the best of Grand Canyon National Park. The south rim has a lot to offer visitors to Grand Canyon National Park with many gift shops, restaurants and services in the Grand Canyon Village.

The Grand Canyon hotels on the south rim are mostly a fair distance from the actual rim. The Kachina Lodge is butted up to the south rim with spectacular views of one of the seven wonders of the world, Grand Canyon National Park. Not only is the location ideal to the Grand Canyon, the Kachina Lodge also enjoys immediate access to the bustling Grand Canyon Village. From this prime location, guests can venture away from the Grand Canyon hotels and out to the most popular vistas in Grand Canyon National Park such as Yavapai Point and Hopi Point. Everything is at your fingertips when you stay at the Kachina Lodge.

Grand Canyon Yavapai Point From the Kachina Lodge

Yavapai Point photo by Tobias Alt, available from wikipedia

The Kachina Lodge is a great choice for those who find disappointment in arriving at their hotel only to find that their room has been smoked in or has been used for pets. This scenario doesn’t happen at the Kachina Lodge because of their no smoking and no pets policies. This is an important element for those with animal dander allergies or intolerance to the smell of smoke. The Kachina Lodge is a well kept Grand Canyon hotel.

When figuring out your Grand Canyon lodging, definitely consider staying at the Kachina Lodge. This Grand Canyon hotel provides just the right amenities while also exhibiting an ideal location on the south rim of Grand Canyon National Park. The rooms are comfortable, clean and many have canyon views. The location is just right with the El Tovar and Bright Angel Lodge just steps away. The Grand Canyon Village offers entertainment and access to tours as well as services. Staying at the Kachina Lodge puts guests right in the middle of the action, which is where you wanna be if you are on the south rim. Give US Park Lodging a call to arrange your Kachina Lodge or Grand Canyon lodging reservations.