Dormitories & Employee Support Buildings

Concession Employee Housing

The vast majority of people who work for concessionaires in the park are housed in dorms (some bring their own RV and stay in one of the employee RV areas).  The following is a listing of many of the major employee housing and support facilities throughout the park.  Most are shown on the maps so that new employees will have a sense of where they’ll be staying.  The year shown in parenthesis is the year the facility was constructed.

Mammoth Area  [MAP]

  • Spruce Dorm (1936):  This dorm is located on the west side of the Esplanade behind the new Justice Center (JC).  It is used by Xanterra employees who work in the Mammoth area.  Labeled as “SD” on the map.
  • Aspen Dorm (1978):  This dorm is located on the Esplanade grounds across from the Post Office (PO), and is used by Xanterra employees.  Labeled as “AD” on the map.
  • Juniper Dorm (1936):  This dorm is located directly behind the Mammoth Terrace Grill/Mammoth Dining Room building (DR), and is used by Xanterra employees.  Labeled as “JD” on the map.
  • Lodgepole Dorm (1936):  This dorm is located directly behind the Yellowstone General Store (GS), and is used by Xanterra employees.  Labeled as “LD” on the map.  The building also houses the employee pub (open to all employees).
  • Hamilton Dorm (1945):  This dorm is located in the southwest corner of the upper Mammoth complex, three buildings back from the Yellowstone General Store (GS).  It is used by YPSS employees.  Labeled as “HD” on the map.
  • YACC Dorm 1 and Dorm 2 (both 1978):  These dorms (D1 and D2) are used by seasonal NPS road, trail, and fire crews, and are located in the YACC complex south of Mammoth. [Map].
  • Utah Dorm (1979):  This dorm (UT) is also used by seasonal NPS road, trail, and fire crews and is located in the YACC complex south of Mammoth. [Map]
  • Recreation Hall (1936):  The Recreation Hall is located directly behind the Mammoth Hotel (MH), and is available for use by all concession employees.  Labeled as “RH” on the map.
  • Employee Dining Room (1937):  The Xanterra Employee Dining Room is located on the back side of the Mammoth Terrace Grill/Mammoth Dining Room Building (DR).
  • YACC Mess Hall (1978):  Cafeteria located in the YACC Compound for employees living there, located across the lot from the D1 and D2 dorms.  Labeled as “MH” on the YACC Compound map. [Map]

Tower/Roosevelt Area  [Map]

Most employees in the Roosevelt area are housed in cabins around the Lodge.  There is no dorm at Roosevelt.  At Tower Falls, employees of the Yellowstone General Store are housed in a dorm (some bring their own RVs and stay in RV slots in the campground).  There are Recreation Halls at both locations.

  • YGS Dorm (1941):  This dorm is located on road to the Tower Falls Campground.  Labeled as “GD” on the map.
  • Tower Recreation Hall (1947):  Located across the lot from the YGS Dorm.  Labeled as “RH” on the map.
  • Roosevelt Employee Recreation Hall (1927):  Located a short walk from the Lodge.  Not shown on the map.

Canyon Area  [MAP]

Concession employees in the Canyon area stay in one of six dorms, each located near the facility it serves.

  • YGS Dorm (1956):  The YGS dorm is located directly behind the main YGS Store (GS), and houses employees of Delaware North who work at the General Store and the Adventure Store (AS).  It is labeled “YD” on the map.
  • YPSS Dorm (1968):  The YPSS dorm houses employees of the Yellowstone Park Service Station (SS) located at Canyon Junction.  It is labeled “SD” on the map.
  • Bison Dorm (1957), Grizzly Dorm (1957), Wapiti Dorm (1957), Bighorn Dorm (1968):  These dorms are located southeast/behind the Canyon Lodge and Dining Room (CL).  Used by Xanterra Employees, they are labeled “ID”, “GD”, “WD”, and “BD” respectively.
  • An employee pub and recreation hall is located in the basement of the Canyon Lodge.

Note that the map for the Canyon Area is of relatively poor quality due to clouds in the satellite image.  A better map is coming soon.

Lake/Fishing Bridge/Bridge Bay Area [Lake Hotel Area Map] [Lake Admin Area Map] [Fishing Bridge Area Map]

Concession employees who work in these developments are housed in a variety of dorms and cabins spread across three areas.

  • Xanterra employees working at the Lake Hotel (LH + LX) are housed at one of four dorms behind the Lake Hotel:
  • Xanterra employees working at the Lodge (LL) are generally housed at one of two dorms:
  • Employees of Delaware North working at the General Store (GS) are housed at the YGS Dorm (1919), located east of the Lake Hotel (LH).  It is labeled “YD” on the map.
  • Employees of MEDCOR, working at the Lake Hospital are housed at one of three buildings:
    • The Trumpeter Dorm (also referred to as the “Nurses Dorm”, 1962), labeled as “ND” on the map.
    • One of two smaller residential duplexes, labeled “M1″ and “M2″ on the map.  These buildings are typically for the physician’s assistants and doctors.
  • Bridge Bay employees of Xanterra are housed in the Utah Dorm (1979) located in the Lake Administrative Area.  It is labeled “UD” on the Lake Administrative Area map.
  • Fishing Bridge employees are generally housed in the Fishing Bridge Area, though overflow is housed at either the Utah Dorm (UD) or one of the dorms in the Lake Commercial Area.
    • Delaware North employees are housed at the YGS Dorm (1925), located east of the Yellowstone General Store (GS).  The dorm is labeled “GD” on the Fishing Bridge map.
    • Employees of the Yellowstone Park Service Station (SS & SR) are housed at the YPSS dorm (1959), labeled “SD” n the map, or one of the four housing units located west of the YPSS Dorm.
  • Some employees bring their own RVs and occupy spots at the Lake employee RV parks in either the Lake Administrative Area or the Lake Commercial Area.  Additionally, some employees are housed in cabins behind the Lake Hotel and near the Lake Lodge.
  • There is an employee pub (1926) located next to the Lake Lodge, for use by all concession employees.  It is labeled “LP” on the Lake Commercial Area map.

Grant/West Thumb Area  [MAP]

Housing for Grant Village employees consists of dorms or quadriplexes.

  • Xanterra employees are housed in the Grayling Dorm (1982), labeled “GD” on the map, or one of the quadriplexes (A1 on the map is an example).  These quadriplexes were built in 1939 and relocated to Grant from other parts of the park.
  • Delaware North employees who work at the Yellowstone General Store (GS) or the Mini Store (MS) are housed in the YGS Dorm (1984), labeled “YD” on the map.
  • Employees of Yellowstone Park Service Stations (SS) are housed in a group of three mobile homes labeled “SSD” on the map.

Old Faithful Area  [Old Faithful Area Map] [Old Faithful Admin Area Map]

Employees of concessionaires in the Old Faithful area are housed in dorms in either the Old Faithful Commercial Area or the Old Faithful Administrative Area (across the main road from the commercial area).

  • Many of the Xanterra employees who work in the Old Faithful Inn (OFI) are housed in the Laurel Dorm (1925), located immediately to the west of the Inn itself.  It is labeled “LD” on the Commercial Area map.
  • Bellmen who work at the OFI stay in a special area built specifically for bellmen in the Inn itself.
  • Xanterra employees who work in the Old Faithful Lodge, its cabins, and provide many of the other services in the area stay in either the Columbine Dorm (1940) or one of the employee cabins in the area around that dorm (exemplified by the cabin at 161 on the map, all built in the 1939-1941 time frame).  The dorm itself is labeled as “CD” on the Commercial Area map.
  • Xanterra employees who work at the Old Faithful Snow Lodge are housed at the Obsidian Dorm (1982), located behind the Upper General Store.  It is labeled “OD” on the Commercial Area map.
  • Delaware North employees who work the Upper General Store (US) or Lower General Store (LS) are housed at the YGS Dorm (1952), located immediately behind the Upper Store.  It is labeled “SD” on the Commercial Area map.
  • Employees of the YPSS Upper Service Station (SU) or Lower Service Station (SL) are housed at the YPSS Dorm (1989), located in the Old Faithful Administrative Area.  It is labeled with a “YD” on the Admin Area map.
  • MEDCOR employees who work at the Old Faithful Clinic are housed in a portable dorm, designated “MC” on the Administrative Area map.
  • Additional employees, including overflow from the other dorms, are housed in several other dorms in the Old Faithful Administrative Area, including the 50-unit Larkspur Dorm (1994, labeled “LK” on the map – link takes you to Judy’s page, she’s staying in Larkspur this summer), the 50-unit Bitterroot Dorm (1982, labeled “BR” on the map, primarily for Snow Lodge employees), the 50-unit Lupine Dorm (1983, labeled “LU” on the map), or the Xanterra Employee Apartment Building (2002, labeled “EA” on the map, primarily for managers and supervisors).
  • There is a pub for employees in the Administrative area across from the Emergency Services Building (ES) (built in 1994, and labeled “PB” on the Administrative Area map), as well as a Recreation Hall located adjacent to the Old Faithful Lodge (labeled “RH” on the Commercial Area map).

NPS Employee Housing

Park Service employees are housed in a variety of different buildings, including some historic structures in the Fort Yellowstone area, in various log structures throughout the park, and in some newer facilities in the various developed areas.  A majority of NPS employees and their families are housed in wood frame structures in the Middle and Lower Mammoth areas, however.

Here are some examples of employee housing around the park.

See Also

You can find more information about concession dorms on the Yellowstone Wiki page HERE.  You can also find more about NPS housing HERE.