The Yellowstone Forever Institute offers lodging for program participants at several different locations, all guaranteeing stunning views and memorable Yellowstone experiences.
All Lodging & Learning programs are held at park hotels. Field Seminars may be based at either the Institute’s Lamar Buffalo Ranch field campus, the Yellowstone Overlook Field Campus, or at a park hotel. Backcountry programs take place in the wilderness in and around Yellowstone National Park. Private Tours and Youth & College programs take place in and around Yellowstone National Park. Program locations are included in each program description.
Lamar Buffalo Ranch
Located in Yellowstone’s scenic Lamar Valley and far from other development, the historic Lamar Buffalo Ranch Field Campus offers comfortable lodging in a wilderness setting. Step back in time and experience the park at this unique, rustic facility surrounded by mountain views and native wildlife.
Each shared log cabin has three single beds, chairs, propane heaters, and reading lamps. Guests should bring a sleeping bag, pillow, extra blankets if desired, a flashlight for getting around at night, and a non-electric alarm clock. Cabins do not have electrical outlets or plumbing. The heated bathhouse with private showers is nearby, and guests bring their own towels.
The “off-the-grid” ranch runs on limited solar power with backup generators. For this reason, guests should not bring electrical appliances such as radios, hair dryers, and crock pots as these items overload the system and can cause black-outs. Camping and pets (with the exception of service animals) are not allowed. There is no cell phone reception in the Lamar Valley and there is no Internet service. Many guests bring a calling card to use with the common phone.
Unless the program includes catered meals, guests bring and prepare all their own food. The kitchen is a community area where everyone does their own cooking and cleans up after themselves. It is equipped with gas stoves, a microwave, toaster, plates, silverware, and pots and pans.
The bunkhouse is open at all times and is the center of activity, housing classrooms, the kitchen, and bathrooms. Make yourself at home in the bunkhouse; meet new people; enjoy a midnight snack; relax with classmates and enjoy your experience!
Images of the Lamar Buffalo Ranch
Yellowstone Overlook Field Campus
Perfect for families and small groups, the Yellowstone Overlook Field Campus features comfortable cabins on 80 acres, awe-inspiring views, and easy access to the northern section of the park. Cabins have self-serve kitchens for preparing meals and open floor plans that are perfect for group dining and evening activities.
Groups that need a formal classroom setting can make arrangements to use the classroom space at our headquarters, located just down the hill in Gardiner. Our small group packages include lodging during the program, or if you prefer to build your own program you are welcome to stay the nights before and after your tour(s).
Guests at the Overlook Field Campus will need to bring their own food and toiletries, and groceries are available nearby in Gardiner. Linens and towels are provided, but we do not have a housekeeping staff at the Overlook. Most of the beds at our facilities are bunk beds; please let us know if you require a bottom bunk. Each cabin has a TV/DVD player and an educational library with books and videos. Camping and pets (with the exception of service animals) are not permitted.
If you are visiting during the winter we recommend an all-wheel- or 4-wheel-drive vehicle as roads can be snow-packed and icy.
Our volunteer caretakers live on-site and they will help orient you to the Overlook campus. An emergency phone is available all hours outside their cabin. Verizon is the only cell phone provider currently providing reliable coverage at the campus. Wireless Internet is available in the cabins and at several businesses in Gardiner.
The Overlook is designed to be a comfortable and peaceful base from which to explore and learn in America’s first national park. The campus has a picnic table and pond. A marked, 1-mile-long trail leads down to the Yellowstone River. Wildlife is abundant—you may see bison, wolves, elk, and deer right from your cabin!
Images of the Yellowstone Overlook Field Campus