Roosevelt Lodge is named after former President Teddy Roosevelt. The location of the lodge is the camping location that President Roosevelt frequented on his camping trips to Northwest Wyoming back in 1903. A lover of nature and the Father of our National Parks, this is a fitting. Yellowstone pit-stop in one of the Nation’s finest National Parks.
Roosevelt Lodge has 97 ‘Rough Rider’ cabins that are quite comfortable. I was initially concerned about the ‘rustic’ nature of these cabins, the shared bath, and how our family would react. It turned out to be one of their favorite locations and was very comfortable. We had plenty of room for the 6 of us, and the nice little potbelly stove came in handy to take the chill out of the morning air. The bathrooms were close-by, clean, and convenient. When in a place like Yellowstone, room items like TV, microwave, and other amenities were hardly missed (there was coffee and food in the main lodge).
The extremely popular Cowboy Cookout departs and returns from the lodge location which was very convenient. The lodge location is also just a short ride from Tower Falls and Lamar Valley – must see attractions in the park. It was just down the road from the lodge where we had a close encounter with a Buffalo jam, as they slowly lumbered down the road beside our vehicles for what seemed like an eternity (if I rolled down my window, I could have touched them?!)…all I could think about at the time was how I could explain a dented-up van to the rental car company!
We also got to see a few bears while here, which increased the excitement level: One black bear adjacent to the lodge; and one grizzly bear when sitting on the benches awaiting the covered wagons to take us to the cookout. The lodge area is known for its bear activity – a coveted sight and causer of traffic jams, but it will give you some great stories, pictures and memories!
I would definitely stay at Roosevelt Lodge again. The price was right and the comfort-level was perfect. The cabins look close in the picture above, but we felt like we were on a remote camp-out.
They were plenty private and the bathrooms were just fine (short walk over in flip-flops to brush teeth and get washed). The “Rough Rider” cabins were not as rough, as advertised…great spot!