Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park

Old Canyon Hotel and Lodge

The old Canyon Hotel was located about one mile south of Canyon Junction at the present site of the horse corrals. It was a huge building--its perimeter was nearly a mile. Canyon Hotel was dismantled and burned in 1962. A great account of this event is told in Aubrey Haines' The Yellowstone Story, Vol. II.

Photographs of the hotel are available for viewing in an album at the Canyon Visitor Education Center and in the park's historic photo collection. Little if anything is left of the hotel building itself, but the hotel's cistern and the dump remain. The winterkeeper's house, in which Steve Fuller (a concession employee) lives, is also from this era. The cistern is being studied for removal, the dump is an archeological site that must be evaluated before further action is taken, and the house is being considered for the National Register of Historic Places.

The old Canyon Lodge was located at the present site of Uncle Tom's parking lot and in the meadows just east of the rest rooms. Remnants of this complex can still be found in the meadows.