Travel Blogs from West Yellowstone
Yellowstone is gorgeous. It's huge (and incidentally not the best way to take a day off from driving since I was in my car most of the time). Live and learn I guess. I made it there at 7:30 am. Considering I'm not usually a morning person that's quite the feat for me. It was nice to beat some of the crowds. My first stop was Old Faithful. I didn't have to wait too long for it to go off. Despite the rain, it was a ...
... Time to go see if Old Faithful is still faithful. Old Faithful is the most famous of Yellowstone geysers. Old Faithful currently erupts about every 90 minutes ( +/-10min). I am not sure exactly how high she blows but it seemed to be at least 70 feet. The eruption lasts about 2-3 minutes so people wait patiently every 90 minutes to take pictures and video of the show. Prior to Old Faithful some other geysers in the same area began to erupt. After ...
... was already 3pm and our next plan was to get to the campground and then go explore the park.
We drove past the west thumb geyser basin towards bridge bay. On the way we saw a bunch of people gathered around something and so we stopped. It was a herd of elk. Someone told us they were only two to four years old but they were huge and had very long antlers. The drive itself is beautiful between pine trees. ...
We left Billings and drove down toward Yellowstone National Park. We had intended to travel down by the Beartooth scenic road from Red Lodge to Cooke City, at the NE corner of the park, but weather reports and gossip from the locals told us that there was a lot of snow up that way, and that it had been closed earlier in the week. So we decided to give that way a miss. Instead, we went via Livingston, and down through the north gates and down through Mammoth Hotsprings, turning ...
... mph we’re glad we’re safe and sound….
We often park in a parking lot, Wal-Mart, Costco, Safeway, when we’re traveling… we always ask… always clean up after ourselves and we start the gen set… Burn about ¾ gallon of fuel and while the gen ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hibernation Station West Yellowstone
We arrived on Sept 16, 2004 we spent 4 nights the log cabins were beautiful the downside was the poor reception on the television which is important because there is no evening entertainment. when asked to fix the reception we were told it was due to weather conditions of which there was no snow. At checkout we asked for some sort of compensation due to television reception and they were very uncooperative for the price that we paid 250.00 a night we expected at least better service.
They make you sign something at check in that you are responsible for the full amount even if you check out early. If television is unimportant to you this is a nice place to stay. Otherwise checkout all
the chains i.e. holiday inn, best western 2 locations,
fairfield inn etc. and looked very nice and new from the outside.
We stayed at hibernation cabins in west yellowstone we will go back again great
we went in july an august the cabins were great, the park was out of this world had a buffalo 3 feet walking next to our car. you have to go
Hibernation Station, West Yellowstone
My brother and sister-in-law, and my husband and I stayed at Hibernation Station in June, 2003. We were on a motorcycle vacation through Yellowstone, and needed to check in early due to "snow conditions". We found the staff extremely accommodating, and the cabin was exceptionally clean and comfortable. It was, by far, the best place we stayed at for our entire vacation. We were sorry we had reserved with them for only one night. We would go back to Hibernation Station again in a heartbeat. We only regretted that we had not reserved for our entire vacation. We found Hibernation Station highly superior to our stays at Old Faithful Inn and Mammoth Hot Springs' accommodations.
Best place we've stayed in years
There was a light dusting of snow the first night that we stayed there. We've been coming back ever since 1994. You can sometimes hear the wolves at night from the privacy of the in room hot tub. This is the nicest and most comfortable place that I can recommend. Down comforters on the beds, fireplace, hot tub, heated floors, and privacy!
What else could you ask for?
We're on our way in in two months.
Sandy and Patty
I stayed there in June '04. I wish I had not. It was dirty and dark. There was so much wrong with this room . It is a cute idea ..and when you first walk in you think how charming.. Til u see the worn ripped sheets, bath facet that sprays all over, shower that is disgusting and floors that look like they were never mopped. They are WAY over priced as well.
Better than a motel, but.......
My family and I rented two cabins at Hibernation Station June 1st - the 4th. We reserved cabins 9 & 10. Upon arrival we were informed we had been given cabin 8 instead of 10 because the heat wasn't working. However, that evening someone else moved into cabin 10 without us being given the option of taking that cabin since it was originally reserved by us. We would have preferred that cabin since it was on a corner. Our ceiling fan didn't work, and the TV would not turn off. The only way to turn it off was to unplug it. We were unable to make outgoing calls because "all the circuits were busy" every time we tried. The decor of the cabins is lovely, the bathrooms are roomy and clean. But we had the impression this place was on the edge of the park and in fact it is completely asphalt paved and surrounded by empty dirt lots, hotels, and trailer parks. I must say that although Hibernation Station wasn't exactly what I thought and has a few bugs, it is still much preferable to any motel.
Could Have Stayed a Month!
We stayed at Hibernation Station in October of 2003. We loved it and wished we could have stayed longer, but the trip did not permit it. Of all the places we stayed in the Idaho, Wyoming and Montana area, it was one of our very favorites, and the couple we travelled with would agree. Wish I were there right now! Laurel Ryan
Read the other two reviews
The Hibernation Station has potential, but it has a some bugs it needs to work out. The log cabins are quaint, comfortably sized. When the on-premises trees grow, it will be much nicer aesthetically.
But, as you read in the other review, there is no air conditioning. A/C is not normally needed in Montana, but some summer days can hit 100 degrees.
We stayed in Cabin #13 the first night. The pilot light for the gas fireplace was on, and generated tons of heat. Additionally, the refrigerator motor was putting out a lot of heat. The two appliances combined made for a very sweaty night.
The second night, we were in Cabin #1, which has no amenities--just the bed & bathroom. The temperature in that cabin was perfect all day & all night.
Same problems as noted before with the TV stations -- apparently they now get satellite fine, but no locals. Not that you need TV when you're on vacation in Yellowstone.
The spa was not working properly, and nobody was around that knew what to do with it. But, again, not a biggie.
Overall, we enjoyed staying in the little log cabins, and would do it again.
Did not work out well for us
My wife and I started saving three years ago to go to Europe for our 20th anniversary. But, earlier in the year with the international situation so unsettled, we decided to postpone the trip overseas and do some domestic travel. We had never been to Yellowstone National Park, so we decided to take a driving trip.Since it was already late in the game, we were not able to get reservations at any of the lodges inside the park. So, we went searching on the Internet and found a place called Hibernation Station in West Yellowstone, Montana.The website invites travelers to experience the pristine beauty of their luxurious cabins, and talks about streams, lakes, fly fishing, trails and other outdoor adventures.This sounded like the place for us. So, we made a reservation for five nights, and gave them permission to charge our credit card for the first night as a deposit.Upon arriving in the town of West Yellowstone, we easily found Hibernation Station. But, we were immediately disappointed. To see that it was not located in a wilderness area as we had imagined, the cabins were set in an paved parking lot.We checked in, and were shown to our cabin, which was set in a dirt and gravel with no grass or trees, right next to a trailer park.I will say that the inside of the cabin itself was very attractive, and looked exactly depicted on the website. There was a kitchen with a dining table, a fireplace, two queen beds, a television, a telephone and large restroom. There was also a separate bedroom with a queen size bed and another television.In looking over the kitchen, we noticed that while there was a full size refrigerator, there was no stove. We called to the front desk to ask how we were supposed to cook, and the clerk told us that there was a hot plate in one of the cupboards.The website advertised satellite TV, which may well have been true, but both TVs could only pick up four stations clearly, which did not include the three major networks.The area was experiencing a record heat wave, and the cabin did not have air conditioning. There were no ceiling fans, or other cooling devices, making it very uncomfortable, even at night.The door from the master bedroom to the bathroom would not close properly. If you forced it to close, you risked not being able to open it again.Our cabin #27 was one of four two-story units on the property. Our neighbors upstairs were apparently part of a much larger group, that included a lot of children, who were invited to come up and play, causing an unreasonable amount of noise above us. Also, the plumbing was very noisy, so when the upstairs family would shower, there would be a very loud groaning noise that would continue during the entire shower. We could also hear the water coming down the pipes in the walls. When someone upstairs would flush the toilet, we could not only hear the plumbing noises but the sound of whatever they flushed trickling down our walls.Within about an hour of arriving, my wife went to the front desk to complain and ask to be moved. They asked us to check back a little later and they would see what they could do.We went and had dinner, and came back. At that time we were told that there was nothing they could do for us, other than ask the people upstairs to try and make less noise. When my wife pointed out that there seemed to be several empty cabins, the clerk said that there were, but that the empty cabins had dont move orders on them.The people upstairs were not going out of their way to be noisy. In our opinion, the cabin was poorly constructed. We have stayed downstairs in other places many times and not been disturbed.Since we had already paid for the first night long ago, we decided to stick it out, in good faith, and perhaps we could make the best of it.It was so hot in the cabin; we were forced to sleep with the windows open. This made us very uncomfortable having our daughters sleeping in the next room, with all the recent stories about children being taken from their beds by kidnappers.Between the heat and the noise upstairs, we got very little sleep that night. So, the next morning I went around town to see if any of the hotels had space. We found space at the local Holiday Inn, and went back to Hibernation Station to check out.When I came to the front desk and let them know that we would be leaving, I was informed that I would be held responsible for all of the nights on my reservation, regardless of when we left. The outstanding balance was over $1,100.00, and we would not receive a refund.I told them that I would take the matter up with my credit card company, because I felt that they had misrepresented the property in their advertising and failed to provide adequate accommodations.The next day, I drove by the cabin and could see that they had rented it to someone else. I had hoped that when I received my credit card bill, I would see that I had been credited for the four nights that we did not use. However, they did charge the card thus receiving a double rental on the cabin. The matter is in dispute with our credit card company at this time.It is possible that someone with different expectations could have a good time at Hibernation Station. We did not. We expected a wilderness resort. Instead we were in a parking lot, within walking distance to McDonalds. It would certainly be more comfortable in the wintertime, with snow outside and the fireplace roaring. I would not recommend this establishment to anyone during the summer.
The Hibernation station is a great place to stay, it is located right on the edge of West Yellowstone an is about a stones throw away from the West entrance of the park.
The " family cabin " that we stayed in worked out great, the bed was comfortable, the bathroom was big enough for two people move around in easily ( 3 girls in our family ), and the whole family could have fit in the tub together,
it was that big, the house keeping was also a plus, the cabin was kept neat and clean w/ an abundance of what ever you needed to make your say very comfortable.
The staff was about as Friendly an Understanding as you can get, they give great information on places to eat around town, and what was happening inside an outside the park.
Their building a Lodge there an it should be done in 2004, it should make an already great place, a fantastic place to stay.........
Thank you Hibernation Station !
David, Julie, Sammy, Allie & Sarah