Unforgettable Yellowstone Glamping: Yellowstone Tipis
A trip to Yellowstone National Park is bucket list-worthy in itself, but one way to make it even more memorable is to experience Yellowstone glamping. At Yellowstone Tipis, you’ll stay in an authentic canvas tipi with plenty of upscale amenities, while being just steps from the park.
Yellowstone National Park is home to some of the world’s most stunning landscapes, spectacular natural wonders, and abundant wildlife. It’s truly a one-of-a-kind, magical place to visit — and a stay at Yellowstone Tipis only enhances this magic.
Not only do the tipis offer an unforgettable Montana glamping experience, they’re also about as close as you can get to the park without staying IN the park. Yellowstone Tipis is in Gardiner, just four minutes from the North Entrance (the only one open year-round and the only place you can go whitewater rafting in the park!).
While Yellowstone and Gardiner are both infamous for being extremely busy, Yellowstone Tipis is tucked juuuuust enough off the main thoroughfare that you’ll enjoy relaxing among peace and quiet after a day full of adventure.
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Yellowstone Tipis Overview
- Location: Gardiner, Montana, literally four minutes from Yellowstone’s North Entrance
- Price: starting at about $300 per night
- Amenities: Outrageously comfy beds, wi-fi, private bathrooms, and access to community media room fire pit
- Open: mid-May through late September (the exception is the Hawkeye Suite, which is open year-round)
- Best thing about Yellowstone Tipis: Having a cozy bed to sleep in and great amenities while being SO close to the park
After arriving at Yellowstone Tipis, you’ll instantly be greeted with amazing panoramic views. The property thoughtfully designed its outdoor lounge area, where guests can relax and take in the views (i.e.; watch for wildlife!) with coffee or cozy up by the fire in the evenings.
When you manage to pull yourself away from the views, start your Yellowstone glamping experience by stepping into your luxurious, custom-decorated tipi. Each one is just under 400 square feet and equipped with either two double beds or one king, as well as cozy linens, seating, a dresser, a fan for hot days, and a space heater for cool nights, which occur even in the peak of summer.
Yellowstone Tipis even offers guests access to private bathrooms in the community bathhouse. If you’ve ever been glamping before, you know a private bathroom is a bit of a rarity!
At this Yellowstone glamping resort, you also have full access to the Tipi Lodge, with a large indoor dining area, microwave, coffee station, and TV with streaming channels. And if you need it, Yellowstone Tipis even has high-speed wifi!
- Double or king beds with luxurious bedding
- Fans and space heaters
- Private full bathrooms
- Access to indoor lounge with microwave, coffee station, games, TV, and dining area
- High-speed wi-fi
- Outdoor lounge area with fireplace
- Individual fire pits on tipi “patios”
If you’re traveling with a group, you may want to check out the Hawkeye Suite at Yellowstone Tipis. Located above the Tipi Lodge, the 2,400 square foot suite sleeps up to 10 guests with 4 bedrooms and 3.5 baths.
The Hawkeye Suite has central A/C, strong wi-fi, a large dining table, a fully-equipped kitchen, and absolutely stunning views into Yellowstone. It’s the perfect place to relax, enjoy time with family and friends, and regroup after busy days exploring the park.
And if you’ve been to this area before, you know that finding group accommodation is tricky without everyone having to stay in individual hotel rooms! Who would have ever expected to find this setup while glamping near Yellowstone?!
Note that the Hawkeye Suite is open year-round and is only rented as the entire property.
Things to Know About Yellowstone Glamping
Although the tipis are plush and cozy inside, Yellowstone glamping means you’re still technically sleeping outside. With that in mind, there are several things to be aware of before visiting.
Yellowstone is in bear country. A large free-roaming elk population also calls this area home, so it’s crucial that you properly store any food. That means no leftovers in your tipi or s’mores residue by the firepit! There’s a fridge in the lodge for guest storage, or you can put food items in your vehicle before going to bed.
Being that you’re sleeping in a tipi without sealing doors, there’s also a very real possibility of encountering a critter or two…inside. If you see a spider, lizard, flying insect, or anything else, remind yourself that, much like camping, you’re sleeping in its home. For the record, we didn’t see a single creature during our late July stay.
Finally, although Yellowstone Tipis is only open in the summer, the weather can still be quite unpredictable. Pack and wear layers so that you’re comfortable no matter what Mother Nature surprises you with. This is Montana, after all, so she will throw you a curveball!
As long as you’re well prepared and have the right mindset, this Yellowstone glamping experience will be one you never forget!
Best Time to Go Glamping Near Yellowstone
Yellowstone Tipis is open seasonally, typically from early May through the end of September.
If you’re hoping to avoid some of the crowds in the park, we recommend visiting as close to the season opening or closing as possible (May or September). Having said that, keep in mind that Yellowstone is notoriously one of the country’s busiest national parks.
Remember, if you want to visit in the off-season, you can still stay in the Hawkeye Suite at Yellowstone Tipis.
Getting to Yellowstone Tipis
Yellowstone Tipis is in Gardiner, Montana, just over one mile from Yellowstone’s North Entrance.
If this is your main destination or first stop, flying into the Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport (BZN) is your best bet. The super scenic drive is just under 1.5 hours, taking you down by Livingston and then through aptly-named Paradise Valley along the Yellowstone River.
Since Yellowstone glamping is a summer-only activity, you shouldn’t need to worry about any inclement weather or road closures (besides the occasional bison traffic jam). However, if you’re staying at the Hawkeye Suite in the winter, you’ll need to pay close attention to both.
Also, remember that Yellowstone’s North Entrance is the only one that remains open to regular vehicle traffic in the winter. The rest of the park roads close, remaining open only to skiing, snowmobiles, and snowcoach tours.
If you’re already in the park or traveling from Grand Teton, simply head toward Mammoth Hot Springs. Gardiner is five miles north, just on the other side of the North Entrance.
Ready to Experience Yellowstone Glamping?
What are you waiting for?! Book your Yellowstone Tipis glamping experience now, either directly or, if you want to save $10, through Hipcamp. Keep in mind that summer weekends book FAR in advance, along with holiday weeks.
Let us know if you book a stay (or if you’ve already stayed!) and what you think. Enjoy!