Web Extra: Where to stay in Yellowstone

In the The Great Trails of the West Collector''s Edition, we wrote about Western explorer John Colter''s journey into Yellowstone Park. Here are our picks—cowboy-approved ranches and hotels—to set up base camp for adventures of your own.

1. The Old Faithful Inn in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, features a clear view of the renowned Old Faithful Geyser. The historic, multi-story log lobby is an architectural wonder. 866-439-7375, www.yellowstonenationalparklodges.com

2. Absaroka Lodge. This hotel is on the banks of the Yellowstone River, close to the north entrance of the park. 800-755-7414, www.yellowstonemotel.com

3. Bar N Ranch. This 200-acre ranch is 6 miles from the west entrance of Yellowstone Park. 406-646-0300, www.bar-n-ranch.com

4. Lake Yellowstone Hotel and Cabins. Guest rooms have a 1920s feel, and the hotel is on the shore of Yellowstone Lake. 866-439-7375, www.yellowstonenationalparklodges.com

5. Old Faithful Snow Lodge and Cabins. There are bears everywhere here—wrought-iron ones—in this award-winning building. 866-439-7375, www.yellowstonenationalparklodges.com

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