Mammoth Hot Springs hotel

Yellowstone National Park and Xanterra will celebrate the reopening of the Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel on Thursday after a $30 million renovation.

The historic hotel near Yellowstone’s headquarters has had its facelift. Now it’s ready to reopen.

Yellowstone National Park and Xanterra Travel Collection are hosting a ribbon-cutting ceremony and tours of the Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel on Aug. 30, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., to celebrate its reopening after a $30 million renovation.

The park and the concession company that manages the hotel worked together to preserve the look and feel of the hotel, and they made upgrades to reduce its carbon footprint and improve accessibility. Seismic standards were also brought up to code, and National Park Service restoration specialists rehabilitated the famous wooden map in the Map Room.

Much of the hotel has been closed for the past year. Rooms closed for renovation in September 2018 and stayed closed through the winter and most of the summer. They’re open again now and have been accommodating people for a few weeks, said Yellowstone spokeswoman Linda Veress.

The Mammoth Hotel has been in the park for a century. The first version, also called the National Hotel, was built in 1883 in Queen Anne style, according to Yellowstone’s website. It underwent major renovations in 1913 and 1936 under architect Robert Reamer, who designed the Old Faithful Inn.

The celebration next week will include the following events:

  • 10 a.m.-10:30 a.m., listen to remarks from Yellowstone National Park’s superintendent, the project manager, and Xanterra’s general manager.
  • 11 a.m.-1 p.m. take a tour of the refurbished hotel led by Xanterra. Tours start in the hotel lobby.
  • 11 a.m.-1 p.m., visit with the NPS in the Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel Map Room about the carefully restored Reamer Map.
  • 11:30 a.m., meet a park ranger in the hotel lobby for a one-hour Calling in the Cavalry Walk around Fort Yellowstone.

Michael Wright can be reached at mwright@dailychronicle.com or at 406-582-2638. Follow him on Twitter @mj_wright1.

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