Only 2 miles outside Yellowstone is Buffalo Bill’s historic “hunting lodge” venture, Pahaska Tepee. We reserved 4 nights in advance since everything inside Yellowstone was sold out.
For $125 /night, we got a small queen room in an A-frame cabin. There’s heat, water and electricity. Basically a bed and a bathroom with shower. Rustic, but clean. Considering the location, this seems to be as good as one can get.
The lodge serves meals all day; as meat-centric and pricey as you’d expect.
The location however is perfect.
On the drive in we saw a white mountain goat mother and her tiny calf bounding past our scenic-view pull off.
Most importantly though, we noticed a group of bystanders watching a full grown grizzly bear about 150 yards from our lodge! He was taking his time eating dinner (likely a mule deer). Someone said this grizzly had returned to this spot most every day for the past two weeks. Unfortunately, we didn’t have a long enough lens on our camera to get a good shot, but one of the other guests made a short video that’s pretty amazing, mostly because the bear was just on the other side of a stream from the lodge, and there was no fence or barrier to stop any animal from “visiting” us anytime. When we checked in, the front desk clerk told us to have a look around before stepping outside, just to make sure there wasn’t a bison or bear or other wildlife just hanging around. (Exciting and scary at the same time)
Screenshot from DesanShirl Peadon
Very cool. Our first wild grizzly bear sighting ever.