Yellowstone National Park Canyon Village

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

The Canyon Village Lodging Redevelopment Plan replaced the 410 obsolete, cabin-style lodging units (constructed in 1957) with an equal number of units consolidated into five larger buildings, built in the grand lodge tradition of the National Park Service. A new registration building was constructed, and circulation and parking was improved.

LocationYellowstone National Park, Wyoming

ClientNational Park Service
Xanterra Parks & Resorts,Inc.

TypeRecreation, Park, Hospitality

CategoryCertified Sustainable, Other

SustainabilityLEED Gold & Silver

Square Footage184,000



The site area for the outdated cabin units was well over 28 acres, but new development is consolidated in a 14.5-acre site area with bulk of the park area being restored to its natural condition. The new lodging was developed in two phases designed to serve visitors in the summer season only. Phase 1 included three new lodge buildings with 252 units, while Phase 2 completed the lodging development with 158 units for a total of 410 units.

Each lodge includes guest accommodations, lounge spaces, meeting spaces, laundry facilities and office space. The total accommodation mix has three types of units, including 60 budget rooms with common baths, 340 standard rooms, and 10 deluxe two-bedroom units. Four of the five buildings are LEED Gold certified, and the fifth is LEED Silver.

The project was constructed with modular factory-built construction and assembled at the site to accommodate the short construction season and harsh winter environment. 

Exterior materials include natural stone, wood-shingle siding and heavy timber construction reminiscent of the historic Old Faithful Lodge in Yellowstone National Park. The interiors feature a finished rustic lodge appearance with wood wainscot and trim, large window areas and beamed ceilings. Many of the rooms tuck into cozy dormer spaces, lending a unique character to each room.

National Park History

Through tours and archival research BRS collected a library of precedents. The design was based on Yellowstone's historic "parkitecture" style and were to complement the two remaining lodges on site, Cascade Lodge which opened in 1993 and Dunraven Lodge which was completed in 1998. The exterior materials consisted of stained cedar shake shingles, Douglas fir logs, and moss rock common to the area and building upon the existing vocabulary of Yellowstone's historic buildings.

Painter of Yellowstone

Each lodge features a different mural by Thomas Moran. After a visit to the Denver Art Museum to see Mr. Moran's watercolor paintings from his famous 1871 expedition, the BRS team reached out to see if his studies could be displayed in the lodges. We learned that the collection was owned by the National Park Service and they welcomed the reproduction of Moran's monumental work for the park.

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