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Roughrider Cabins in Yellowstone Park

Tonya Prater, Owner

The Roughrider Cabins in Yellowstone Park are some of the best places to Stay in Yellowstone for budget travelers who don’t want to camp.Best Places to Stay in Yellowstone: Rough Rider Cabins

If you’re looking for inexpensive lodging, and don’t mind roughing it just a bit, the Roughrider cabins are for you. Of course, there is plenty of camping in Yellowstone, but these are a nice little upgrade from the Yellowstone campgrounds. 

Staying in one of these rustic cabins was a highlight during my recent visit to Yellowstone National Park. If they would have had openings, I would have stayed at least one more day to explore the park.

Exterior of the Roughrider cabins

The quaint cabins are located at the Roosevelt Lodge; about midway between the Northeast Entrance of the park and the North Entrance of the park. Built in 1920, the cabins are near Tower Falls and located near a campsite once used by President Theodore Roosevelt.

The lodge features family-style dining, a bar, and a seating area, plus a large front porch with rocking chairs where visitors can relax and enjoy the view.

There are two types of cabins at Roosevelt Lodge. The Frontier Cabin (under $150 per night) is outfitted with double beds, electric heat, and a private bathroom with shower. The Roughrider cabins (under $100 per night) do not have a bathroom or electric heat but are furnished with a full-size bed, desk, end table, and wood-burning stove.

limited parking is available by the roughrider cabins

Limited parking is available near the cabins. You can unload your gear and park in the main dining lodge parking lot.

Clean public bathhouses are a short walk from the cabin and offer hot showers and toiletries.

Interior of the roughrider cabins

Our home away from home was comfortable and toasty until my husband crawled out of bed in the wee hours of the morning to visit the bathhouse and failed to close the door.

Even in mid-July, the cool temperature required a fire to take the chill out of the cabin. We could have braved the cold or snuggled a bit closer, but why let the wood-burner stove go to waste?  Two presto logs were provided for the fire and in seconds we had a roaring, toasty fire that kept us warm the rest of the night.

The village was quiet and we slept comfortably. We awoke early and found an empty bathhouse. After quick showers, we packed up, turned in our key, and headed out to explore Yellowstone for the day.

The view from inside the roughrider cabin looking out

We drove to Lamar Valley, minutes away, to view the bison which were plentiful in the morning.

Bison in Lamar Valley a short distance from the Roughrider Cabins in Yellowstone national park.

My husband and I stopped at Yellowstone during a cross-country drive from Ohio to Oregon. We weren’t sure how long we would stay at Yellowstone so I did not call ahead for reservations, which was a big mistake on our part.

Yellowstone is beautiful and we were extremely lucky that the park had a cancellation for this cabin on the day we arrived.  If availability would not have been an issue we would have stayed in the park for several days.

the view from the roughrider cabins

The Roosevelt Lodge and Roughrider Cabins will definitely be on my radar for future visits. The Roughrider cabins in Yellowstone are a comfortable, budget-friendly option.

I loved that the cabin provided added privacy that you simply don’t get when tent camping (which was what we had hoped to do in Yellowstone), but if you’re not one to rough it, you may consider one of the other properties at Yellowstone. Just head my advice and book far in advance for the best rates, lodging options, and availability.

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The Roughrider Cabins at Yellowstone National Park are a welcome alternative to tent camping and affordable lodging within the park.


Friday 25th of March 2016

We're hoping to visit next summer! Not sure how much we want to rough it as we're pretty adventurous during the day so I love having a super comfy place to relax (and cook dinner) at night :) and a bathroom in the cabin is a must for me because I am a little terrified of walking into a wild animal at night (lol!) Oh the worries of a nature mom!

Michele {Malaysian Meanders}

Saturday 15th of August 2015

Well, I'll definitely admit that the Roughrider Cabins are significantly cheaper than where we ended up. I was completely surprised by how cold it got while we were there -- 30F one morning. I have no idea how to build a fire, so it's a good thing I always bring along a few Boy Scouts when I travel. That's fascinating about how they are doing modular construction for the new cabins.


Saturday 15th of August 2015

We had three options when I called, with my fingers crossed, to see if they had rooms open anywhere in the park. One room was nearly $400- we almost splurged since it was our anniversary. Another was $200ish- but when the operator said cabins, that was more what I was looking for in the park anyway so the low price was an added benefit. :)

The wood-burner came with two Presto logs so the fire really couldn't have been any easier to light. Now starting a fire without those...that's another story. ;)


Friday 14th of August 2015

The photos are beautiful and I have never been to Yellowstone. Someday SOON I hope to visit, camp (perhaps stay at one of these lodging options you recommended), hike and explore! :)

Jennifer H

Friday 14th of August 2015

I've never visited there, but would love to some day. It sounds like they have a great selection of places to stay.


Thursday 13th of August 2015

OH MY! I am in LOVE with those RoughRider cabins! I would LOVE to have one of those on my property, but I guess I'll have visit the park instead. I can't help but think- what a perfect place to go in case of a Zombie Apocalypse! lol Protection Status
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