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Three Bear Lodge
Luna-Kay from: Huntsville, Alabama
Trip Type: Family
Published Date: Jan, 13, 2023 Travel Date: Jan, 1, 2023 Rating: 5
Wonderful Snowmobile Tours
We did a package for motel stay + breakfast + 1 dinner + 2 days of snowmobiling + 1 day of snowcoach.
1. If you have a timed activity in the morning, get to breakfast before they open at 6:30. We got there at 6:50 one morning and it was already a 30-minute wait, so we would have missed our tour start time.
2. The restaurant is really really good. I recommend biscuits & gravy for breakfast. For dinner, I had bison & elk meatloaf, also really good. I had a weird huckleberry white russian, which was not good.
3. The gift shop doesn't always keep the shirts stocked on the rack, so you may have to ask them to check the back for sizes.
4. Make sure you print out all of your reservation info. We booked & paid for a private snowcoach tour, but they didn't write the "private" part down, so we had other people in our group.
5. For the snowcoach, they provide a packed lunch. They have different options (turkey, ham, roast beef, veggie, and maybe something else) and are SUPPOSED to ask you ahead of time what you want. They didn't, and we didn't know there were options, so we were given the default of turkey. Which was really tasty. The have the extras (lettuce, tomato, mustard, mayo) in a separate ziplock baggie so you can make it how you want. Also had an apple, chips, and kitkat bar.
6. The snowmobile guides are REALLY great. Evidently there was a big corporate buy-out so most of the experienced guides bailed from those other tour companies that were bought and went to the few that were still locally-owned. Three Bear being one of them. So both of our guides were absolutely phenomenal. Kept an eye out for animals, made sure we stayed together as a group, had tons of knowledge about the area, kept a safe speed, etc. Seriously, I felt very very safe out there with them. We had Chris in the park and Joe, THE avalanche instructor, outside of the park.
7. Not sure if this is "good" advice, but maybe keep yourself a little bit dehydrated. The first 2 bathroom stops in the park were out of order. It's tough to go out in the woods to pee in the winter since the snow is up to your waist. And if you're stuck because there are bison hanging out in the road, well...that's not fun if you have to pee. And you can't get out! Our snowcoach guide, Larry, has been stopped by bison before for 2 HOURS. Not all of the bathrooms have hand sanitizer, so bring your own.
8. When you get your gear, check that the pairs (gloves and boots) are the same size.
9. Bring a pair of glove liners to wear under the gloves they give you. Some of them STINK.
10. Some of the snowmobiles have enclosed cases on the back, but some don't. Bring a bag for snacks/clothes layers that can be bungee-corded.
11. At least for the 2 we did, the ride in the park is easier than the one outside (Two Top). If you've never snowmobiled before, do the ones in the park first.
12. Other miscellaneous hotel stuff, I thought the beds were perfectly comfortable, bathroom and everything seemed really clean. I like that they provide makeup remover wipes. Fridge in the room worked great, never used the microwave. Very quiet at night. Would be happy to stay here again.
- Sleep Quality: 5
- Cleanliness: 5
- Service: 4
pmt1234 from: Grand Rapids
Trip Type: Friends getaway
Published Date: Jan, 7, 2023 Travel Date: Jan, 1, 2023 Rating: 5
Great visit to Yellowstone and Snowmobiling.
Great place to stay and snowmobile from. Very nice rooms, good food, and the snowmobiles provided were great.
Our last day their we decided we wanted to snowmobile and the were able to help us out and find sleds for our entire group. We rode two days in the park with guides, then three days out of the park. The views are great, trails are great.
The breakfast vouchers in our package were great. Issac was a great bartender.
scubabug from: Pearland
Published Date: Dec, 31, 2022 Travel Date: Oct, 1, 2022 Rating: 5
Great location to YNP
We stayed at the motel. The motel was clean. It was a good place to stay for our two night stay at YNP. There is a refrigerator and microwave in the room. Good wifi available. Good access to the park. You are given a voucher for breakfast at the Three Bear Restaurant. You choose select items from the menu. The food was good. I would recommend staying here.
- Value: 4
- Location: 5
- Service: 5
MitchFarber from: Huntington Beach, California
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Oct, 28, 2022 Travel Date: Oct, 1, 2022 Rating: 4
Really nice and cozy
Very cozy hotel with a friendly staff and decent size rooms. Excellent location for access to Yellowstone. It's a great time of year to be there right before winter hits and the park roads close on November 1. I think the first week in October Or late September is preferred. I highly recommend this hotel.
Michael M from: Ashburn, Virginia
Trip Type: Family
Published Date: Oct, 16, 2022 Travel Date: Sep, 1, 2022 Rating: 5
Great experience at Three Bears Lodge in West Yellowstone, MT/Skip using third parties
My son and I stayed for 4 nights (Sept 23-Sept 26) and had a wonderful stay. The hotel is about 20 miles from the actual entrance to Yellowstone National Park. While checking in I learned [overheard a guest who was checking out] that I would have saved approximately 30% had I booked through the hotel's web site [stay 3 but only pay for 2 nights] instead of using National Park Reservations, a third-party reservation source whose fees are not particularly inexpensive.
Jodi, working the front desk, offered me the same rate which saved roughly a hundred dollars.
The hotel staff is excellent for advice on hotel and things to do. Please check out the Discovery Center for wolves and grizzly bears about a mile away. Great for young children. They also have otters at that center,
I had scheduled a tour for the upper loop of Yellowstone (including part of Lamar Valley) through Viator weeks before departure for Saturday morning. Yellowstone Hiking Guides was supposed to be at the hotel at 6 AM for pick up. No one showed up. I learned later that the tour was cancelled. An email had been sent the day AFTER I left for the trip. There was no text. Really disappointed with Viator as they have a good rating.
Jodi, the hotel representative, saved the day. She made one or two calls and my son and I were able to take the tour for roughly 40% less using Yellowstone Alpen Guides (Doug was a great guide). Booked another tour with them Sunday. Paul was also good but go with Doug if you have a chance. Folks at another hotel were left on the hook as they received little notice of cancellation and ended up joining us.
By staying at the Three Bears Lodge we were given breakfast coupons ($8 each daily) at the restaurant next door. The service there was good as well as the breakfast.
The room itself was fine. Quiet and comfortable. All front desk staff nice and helpful, particularly Jodi.
- Value: 4
- Cleanliness: 5
- Service: 5