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May 29th, 2020

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK (MONTANA & WYOMING), May 29, 2020 – Xanterra Travel Collection® today announced that operations in Yellowstone National Park including lodges, campgrounds, dining and tours will begin a phased re-opening on a limited basis starting June 1.

The decision to re-open was made after closely monitoring the guidance and recommendations of public health agencies such as the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) as well as federal, state and local governments. The National Park Service (NPS) began the first phase of reopening Yellowstone National Park on May 18, opening the South and East entrances in the state of Wyoming. On May 28, it was announced that the remaining three entrances (North, Northeast, and West) will open on June 1 at 10:00 a.m.

The current schedule for Xanterra operations in Yellowstone National Park has cabins with private baths, campgrounds, take-out food service, gift shops and select tours and activities available as part of a  phased approach to opening beginning on June 8. Opening and closing dates are subject to change based on future conditions and public health guidance as well as the ability to maintain a safe environment for visitors, employees and NPS staff. To learn more about Xanterra’s sanitization measures and ongoing efforts to keep employees and guests safe including physical distancing, ongoing cleaning, employee training, personal protective equipment and more, visit https://www.yellowstonenationalparklodges.com/health-and-safety/.

Visitors should come prepared and follow all CDC and local health guidance including practicing good hygiene and social distancing, wearing facial coverings in public spaces, and staying home and not visiting the park while sick.


At this time, only cabins with private baths are scheduled to open at the following locations. Old Faithful Inn, Grant Village and Roosevelt Lodge are currently closed but may reopen in 2020 if conditions allow.

  • Old Faithful Lodge (June 8-Oct. 4)
  • Old Faithful Snow Lodge (June 8-Oct. 25)
  • Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel (June 1-Nov. 1)
  • Lake Yellowstone Hotel (June 17-Oct. 4)
  • Lake Lodge (June 17-Sept. 2)
  • Canyon Lodge (June 19-Oct. 12)


Xanterra campgrounds are currently scheduled to open as follows:

  • Madison (June 15-Oct. 18)
  • Bridge Bay (June 17-Sept. 7)
  • Grant Village (June 17-Sept. 13)
  • Canyon (June 19-Sept. 20)
  • Fishing Bridge RV Park will remain closed through fall of 2021


Select dining outlets as outlined below will be open with “take out” options only. Based on current public health guidelines, dining room seating and dinner reservations are not available.

  • Mammoth Hot Springs Area
    • Terrace Grill (June 1-Oct. 12), take out only food and beverages including beer and wine
  • Old Faithful Area
    • Geyser Grill at Snow Lodge (May 22-October 25), take out only food and beverages including beer and wine
    • Old Faithful Lodge Bake Shop (June 8-Oct. 4), take out only light meals, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages
    • Old Faithful Lodge Cafeteria (June 8-Oct. 3), take out only food and beverages including beer and wine
  • Canyon Area
    • The Eatery at Canyon Lodge (June 19-Oct. 12), take out only food and beverages including beer and wine
  • Yellowstone Lake Area
    • Wiley’s Canteen at Lake Lodge (June 17-Oct. 4), take out only food and non-alcoholic beverages
    • Lake Lodge Lobby Bar (June 17-Oct. 3), take out only beverages including beer, wine, and cocktails
  • Grant Village Area
    • Grant Village Dining Room (June 17-Sept. 13), take out only food and beverages including beer and wine


Tours and activities will be limited to guide boats, boat rentals, backcountry shuttle, and dock slips at the marina, horseback rides at Canyon Lodge Corral, and bike rentals at Old Faithful Snow Lodge. Road-based tours, Scenicruise tours, Stagecoach rides, or the Old West Cookout will not be offered. Pricing and other details can be found online.

  • Bike Rentals at Old Faithful Snow Lodge (June 8-Sept. 7 or as weather permits, reservations not accepted)
  • Bridge Bay Marina/Dock Slips (June 17-Sept. 13)
  • Boat Rentals (June 17-Sept. 6, first come, first served, reservations not accepted)
  • Guided Fishing/Sightseeing Boats (June 17-Sept 13)
  • Backcountry Shuttle Boat (June 17-Sept. 13)
  • Canyon Lodge Corrals, Horseback Rides (June 18-Sept. 7)
  • Private Tours: Yellowstone Forever is the official nonprofit educational and fund-raising partner of Yellowstone National Park. Information about their private tours can be found here or by calling 406-848-2400.


Select Xanterra gift stores in the following locations will be open, but with controlled access to comply with distancing standards:

  • Mammoth Hotel (June 1-Oct. 12)
  • Old Faithful Snow Lodge (May 22-Nov. 1)
  • Old Faithful Lodge (June 8-Oct. 4)
  • Lake Yellowstone Hotel (June 17-Oct. 4)
  • Canyon Lodge (June 19- Oct. 12)
  • Lake Lodge (June 17-Oct. 4)
  • Madison Campground (June 15-Oct. 18)

For updates on the opening of Xanterra operations in Yellowstone National Park, visit https://www.yellowstonenationalparklodges.com/health-and-safety/. For reservations on or after June 8, visit https://www.yellowstonenationalparklodges.com/, or call 307-344-7311. For updates on the three-phased plan for re-opening Yellowstone National Park as well as the latest information on NPS operations in Yellowstone, visit www.nps.gov/yell.

About Yellowstone National Park Lodges: With nine unique lodging options, including the renowned historic Lake Yellowstone Hotel, Yellowstone National Park Lodges allows you to have the ultimate park experience. Staying in the park is the best way for visitors to experience all it has to offer, including the exciting wildlife watching. Once the day-visitors leave, Yellowstone remains for the in-park overnight guests alone. Yellowstone National Park Lodges offer tours and activities guided by Certified Interpretive Guides that help create memorable experiences. For more information on lodging, tours, and vacation packages visit, yellowstonenationalparklodges.com or call 307-344-7311.

About Xanterra Travel Collection®: Known for its “Legendary Hospitality with a Softer Footprint,” Xanterra Travel Collection® provides a world of unforgettable experiences through its operations in national parks, including lodges, restaurants, tours, and activities, as well as through its ownership of resorts, a cruise line, a railway, and tour companies. Xanterra has operations in Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Zion, Glacier, and Rocky Mountain National Parks, and Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Xanterra Travel Collection® also owns and operates the Grand Canyon Railway & Hotel in Williams, Ariz., The Grand Hotel in Tusayan, Ariz., The Oasis at Death Valley in Death Valley Calif., Windstar Cruises, Holiday Vacations, VBT Bicycling Vacations, and Country Walkers.  Xanterra is also affiliated with two Forbes Five-Star Resorts, The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, CO and Sea Island on the coast of Georgia.

Media Contact:

Rick Hoeninghausen