When I was working in Jackson Hole, Wyoming a couple of years ago, my friend and I went on a little weekend getaway to Yellowstone National Park. Even though we were living just outside of Grand Teton, we wanted to actually get away from the ranch and stay somewhere between the two parks. Headwaters Lodge & Cabins at Flagg Ranch was the best option.
Accommodation near Yellowstone and Grand Teton is very expensive, especially if you want to book last minute. We considered camping, but we didn’t have a tent. Overall, the camper cabins at Headwaters Lodge were exactly what we were looking for. We got a little bit of the outdoors without sleeping on the ground, and renting one out for the night wasn’t too expensive.
Headwaters Lodge & Campground at Flagg Ranch
Headwaters Lodge & Campground is located on the John D. Rockefeller Jr. Memorial Highway, 2 miles south of the entrance to Yellowstone, and just north of the entrance to Grand Teton. There are a variety of accommodation options for your stay.
The upscale cabins are like traditional motel rooms, with private bathrooms, plush beds, and some include a mini-fridge. At the campground, there are full-powered hookup sites for RVs, tent sites, and camper cabins.
There is no wifi or cell service at Headwaters Lodge, and there are no TVs in the cabins. This allows you to disconnect and experience the national parks more fully. With all of the scenery, wildlife, and activities, you’ll want to spend most of your time outside anyways. Facilities include a gas station, a small convenience store, and a full-service restaurant.
Accommodation Between Yellowstone and Grand Teton
Flagg Ranch is centrally-positioned between Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. It’s the absolute best location for any visit to the area.
Grand Teton and Yellowstone are so close together, you really do want to visit both parks while you’re in the area. They each have their own charm, their own beauty, and their own incredible views. The main accommodation hubs are in Jackson, West Yellowstone, and Gardiner. But because the parks are so big, you’d spend an entire day just trying to get from one park to another.
By staying right between the two national parks, you’ll find you can easily access both at any time. Spend one day in Grand Teton National Park, head back to Headwaters Lodge for the night, and spend the next day exploring Yellowstone National Park. All without having to switch accommodation or waste time driving through two parks.
The camper cabins at Headwaters Lodge give you the best of both worlds when it comes to camping. Instead of sleeping on the ground in a tent, you get a real bed inside of a real cabin. Still, with the bare bones of the camper cabins, you get an authentic camping-like experience.
The camper cabins are compact but fully-enclosed, with a door, windows, and a roof. Each cabin is equipped with a bunk bed (most are double beds, sleeping up to 4 people) and a small night stand. There is no electricity, so you’ll find yourself going to bed at sundown and waking up at sunrise—which is exactly how it should be when camping.
The cabins don’t have a bathroom, sink, or plumbing, but shared restroom facilities are located around the campground. Linens, pillows, and blankets are not provided, so bring a sleeping bag and anything else you need to sleep. Each cabin has a picnic table and fire pit outside, plus space for a vehicle.
If you love being outdoors but aren’t quite accustomed to sleeping on the ground, or maybe you don’t have a tent, then the camper cabins at Headwaters Lodge will solve your dilemma. They are also a nice budget option for Grand Teton or Yellowstone accommodation.
Address: 100 Grassy Lake Road, Headwaters Lodge & Cabins, Moran, WY (map)
Season: Camper Cabins available approximately June 1-October 1
Cost: around $75/night
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