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Living in Yellowstone

Get to know life in Yellowstone!

In Yellowstone, there are several options regarding employee housing, but the most common option is a dorm (we do have a very limited number of RV sites available). Dorm life can be a great opportunity for bonding with employees from all over the world and creating friendships that last a lifetime. Community living does come with some challenges and being prepared can help your transition.

To help you prepare for what to expect for living in the dorms, we’ve put together some photos, maps, FAQs, and more.

Housing Interiors

No matter what dorm you live in, take the opportunity to make it your own! After all, you will be living in Yellowstone for a few months. Why not decorate and make your dorm home sweet Yellowstone home? If you are looking for more of the comforts of home, check out the common areas of our dorms. These community gathering spaces offer items such as books, puzzles, games, computers, and more.

Housing Exteriors

Each housing option varies across locations, some are new, others are historic. Take a look at what some of our dorms look like from the outside.

First and foremost, you will have at least one roommate. For some people, this may not seem like an issue, but for others, sharing a bedroom can be quite an adjustment. You will share your living space with other people. But keep in mind those people are likely there for similar reasons you are, and your roommate(s) can become some of your best friends.

Most dorm buildings have community bathrooms, meaning everyone shares the same restrooms (the plus side to this arrangement is that a dorm custodian cleans the community bathrooms, meaning you won’t have to worry about it). There are a few dorms with two rooms sharing one bathroom and a couple of dorms that have private bathrooms.

Every dorm building enforces quiet hours; some only for evening hours, some 24/7. This is to help ensure that residents can get proper rest for their working hours. The quiet hours are enforced by a Resident Coordinator (RC) and local area security.

WiFi is available in almost every employee residence (Roosevelt Lodge is an exception), but comes through a third-party provider with limited bandwidth, meaning your internet connection won’t always be stable or reliable. There are cellular towers located within the park at Canyon, Mammoth, Grant, Old Faithful, and Lake. Reception varies based on your provider and the service plan you choose


Things like toilet paper, sheets, blankets and pillows are provided for you (though keep in mind you will have to provide your own toiletries). Read over our packing list for more details.

Matt Rafferty, a former employee who lived in the dorms, explained the ease living in the dorms offers to residents. He quit his job back home and came to Yellowstone looking for something different, and said he loved how simple it was to live in the dorms, because he never had to worry about it (room and board costs are automatically deducted from your paycheck).

“To get to live in a place like this, and yet having housing taken care of, food taken care of, it’s so easy,” Rafferty said. “Any place else, you’re trying to find your own apartment and you have to figure out how you’re going to make ends meet. Here, it’s like, that’s all taken care of, and you can just work and then get outside and have fun.”

Full disclosure: this experience, no matter how incredible, isn’t for everyone. If you can’t go without stable WiFi, constant cell phone service and having a private bathroom, you might not find a home here. But remember: you aren’t here to stay in your dorm.

You live and work in one of the most amazing places on earth and Yellowstone’s 2.2 million acres are just begging to be explored. Why waste your time in this wonderland by sitting in a room only intended for you to sleep in? Get out there and have the adventures you can’t have anywhere else.

Community living is part of the adventure. Like all experiences in life, it is what you make of it. So choose to make the most of it.


Canyon is our most centrally located village in the Park. It is made up of a sprawling community of folks who love being next to the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River. Canyon is also the highest elevation of all the villages in the park (7,980 ft. / 2,432 meters).

Old Faithful

Old Faithful is the main hub of activity in the park. This is a prime location for geyser gazers and socialites. Old Faithful is also the most bike-friendly village in the park and many employees love commuting by bike.


Lake’s Colonial Revival heritage invites a slower pace. Beautiful sunsets, water activities, and off-the-beaten-path adventures await on the edge of the water. Yellowstone Lake is the largest high elevation lake (above 7,000 feet) in North America.


Mammoth is the hub for our year-round operations in the park. It is also where wildlife roams. Bison and elk can often be spotted. As the lowest elevation of all the villages in the park (6,239 ft. / 1,902 meters), hiking around Mammoth is a favorite spring and fall activity.


Grant Village is our southernmost village and one of Yellowstone’s best-kept secrets. This quiet spot is located near the West Thumb of Yellowstone Lake. Grant’s casual atmosphere is the best of both worlds: lodgepole pine forests and water access.


Roosevelt Lodge is our smallest village but includes our largest corral. This rustic location includes our horse operations and has an Old West spirit. You won’t find any cell phone coverage here, but you will find a strong connection with your co-workers (both human and horse).


Gardiner, Montana is the base of operations for our Human Resources, Laundry, Warehouse, and Transportation departments. Gardiner is a thriving community located at the Northern Entrance (with great mountain views!).

Area Maps

Look over maps so you can see where you will live and work in each village. All dorms (blue boxes) are within walking distance of where you will be working.

Note: Bridge Bay Marina is ~2 miles from the dorms at Lake. Many of those employees bike to work.