Archive: May, 2012

What’s new at the Yellowstone Basin Inn for 2012

Wow, we have some really cool new things here at the Yellowstone Basin Inn for 2012:

First of all, we now offer online reservations.  It makes it easier for our guests to make a reservation and check availability any time day or night.

We now offer a place to have small weddings or conferences. With our new Electric Peak room that offers incredible views of Electric Peak and the surrounding ranch lands, we can now accommodate groups up to 30 people.  So, give us a call to get the ball rolling (800-624-3364).

We have new log furniture in our Electric Peak room (our dining room / conference center / wedding room) from Montana Woodworks.  They only use dead standing trees and are made right here in Montana (how cool is that).

We now have a gift store at our reception area.  We are selling Bear Spray (the cheapest price in Gardiner), wildlife photos, bear back scratches, books on Yellowstone and Montana, gourds, and more.

We are implementing a more aggressive recycling program.  We now offer separate recycling bins in each room for the convenience of our guests.

We are replacing our plastic drinking cups with glasses, so that we can wash them and create less recycling and waste.

We are changing our amenities (soaps, shampoos, conditioners, lotions) with a new organic product called Desert Breeze.  This product is more environmentally and people friendly.

We have new bison fencing all around our property for the protection of our trees.  We love bison and want them to come here, but now instead of rubbing against our trees they can now rub our heavy duty fences.  These fences have been made possible with the help of many conservation groups like the Sierra Club and the Defenders of Wildlife.

We have a new Magpie nest being made here in one of our pine trees between the Inn and the Electric Peak building. It is always entertaining seeing the baby Magpie's coming out of the nest with short tails.

We continually strive to upgrade the experience of our guests by offering new programs and making the Yellowstone Basin Inn a great place to stay.


Opening of Yellowstone National Park

National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior

Yellowstone National Park
P.O. Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190

May 10, 2012 12-027


Yellowstone’s South Entrance Opens To Cars Tomorrow

The South Entrance to Yellowstone National Park opens for automobile travel
at 8:00 a.m. Friday, May 11, allowing spring visitors from the Jackson,
Wyoming, area access to Lake and Old Faithful. The roads from the park’s
North and West Entrances opened as scheduled on April 20, and the East
Entrance opened May 4.

Visitors should be aware that spring in Yellowstone is very unpredictable
and can still bring cold temperatures, high winds and falling snow. Even
cleared sections of roads can be narrow and covered with a layer of snow,
ice and debris. Drivers should use extreme caution as road clearing
operations can be ongoing at any time throughout the park.

By Friday, most visitor facilities will be open at Mammoth Hot Springs and
Old Faithful, and limited facilities will be available at Canyon, Fishing
Bridge and Grant Village. The opening of popular campgrounds and trails,
especially those in the backcountry, could be delayed. A complete list of
facility and road closures can be found on the web at

Updated Yellowstone National Park road information is available 24 hours a
day by calling 307-344-2117.

For information on roads outside of the park from Cooke City over Colter
Pass to the Chief Joseph Scenic Highway, travelers in Wyoming may dial 511;
those outside of Wyoming may call 1-888-996-7623, or visit the Wyoming
Department of Transportation website at

For information on the Beartooth Highway to Red Lodge, Montana, travelers
in Montana may dial 511; those outside Montana may call 1-800-226-7623, or
visit the Montana Department of Transportation website at

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Summer is upon us…..

Hi Everyone,

We are finally ready to officially open for Summer on Tuesday May 15.  Which includes a great buffet breakfast, free calf roping lessons, a concierge service + fantastic views of Electric Peak (that is covered in snow now).  We have been very busy with reservation and we are expecting a busy summer.  Now is the time to book your Yellowstone Experience with us. You can check out our specials and availability here on our website.

We look forward to meeting you and making your Yellowstone Experience memorable,

Greg & Sabina Strauss

Yellowstone Basin Inn