Volume Two by Christine Barnes

COMPANION BOOK to the 2008 Two-part PBS Series

An Illustrated History

GREAT LODGES of the NATIONAL PARKS, VOLUME TWO sets you on the edge of a volcano in Hawaii, surrounds you with comfort in the Alaskan wilderness, and fills your view with the rugged mountain peaks and pristine lakes in the Colorado Rockies and Wyoming’s Grand Tetons.

GREAT LODGES blends stunning nature, perfect environments, and fascinating histories to transport you to another world.


Furnace Creek Inn
Stanley Hotel

The selected lodges represent an eclectic collection of architectural styles over the course of one hundred years that reflect America’s social changes. From neo-classical grand resorts and Spanish revival villas to traditional lake lodges, and log cabins in the mountains, GREAT LODGES showcases the myriad ways to experience the richness of our National Parks.  “They’re solid, functioning examples of American history:  museums with beds, restaurants, and places to look at and reflect on the grandeur of it all,” says the author.


The idea of another great lodge book grew from the interest and success of past volumes and the three previous PBS television series. Selecting the lodges was another matter!


At Jackson Lake Lodge, John D. Rockefeller, Jr. financed and Gilbert Stanley Underwood designed this International style concrete and glass retreat that frames the peaks of the Teton Range. “Most lodges such as The Ahwahnee in Yosemite National Park (another Underwood masterpiece) are about the building,” explains architectural historian, Paula S. Reed. “When you go into Old Faithful Inn or The Ahwahnee, it’s all about the building. You go, wow, and look at the building. You walk into Jackson Lake Lodge and you go, wow, and you look at the view outside the building.” Jackson Lake Lodge opened in 1955 and is a National Historic Landmark.

Jackson Lake Lodge

Alaska’s Glacier Bay Lodge can only be reached by plane or boat giving guests an unparalleled opportunity to discover Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve’s inspiring beauty. It is the only National Park lodge constructed during the Park Service’s modernist Mission 66 period. The asymmetrical design is sheathed in cedar siding and topped with cedar shingles. Cabins, designed as miniature versions of the lodge, are placed along the shoreline and within the forest with each group connected by elevated wooden walkways giving visitors a forest experience before they ever get to their rooms.

The Pacific Borax Company identified Death Valley as a natural wonder years before it was recognized by the National Park Service, and they built the predominately Spanish revival Furnace Creek Inn in 1927 to provide lush tourist lodging in what they called “Nature’s Inferno”. The Inn, designed by Los Angeles architect, Albert Martin, and the grounds, created by NPS landscape architect, Daniel Hull are the perfect blending of building and landscape that create a true desert oasis.  The Inn’s spring-fed swimming pool makes this shimmering oasis a hell’s paradise.

Lodges featured in Great Lodges of the National Parks, Volume Two:

The Stanley Hotel, Estes Park, Gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park CO; Lake Yellowstone Hotel, Yellowstone National Park, WY; Furnace Creek Inn, Death Valley National Park, CA; Lake Crescent Lodge, Olympic National Park, WA; Lake Quinault Lodge, Olympic National Forest, WA; Wallowa Lake Lodge, Gateway to Eagle Cap Wilderness, Wallowa, OR; Volcano House, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Island of Hawaii; Jackson Lake Lodge, Grand Tetons National Park, WY; Glacier Bay Lodge, Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve, AK; Camp Denali, Denali National Park & Preserve, AK.

Lake Quinault Lodge


Great Lodges of the National Parks, Volume Two
Author: Christine Barnes
Photography: Fred Pflughoft & David Morris
Format: 176 pages, 11" x 10", hardcover
Illustrations: 250 full-color photographs, historical photographs, and architectural drawings
Publisher: Farcountry Press, Helena, Montana (2012)
ISBN: 10: 1-56007-520-5
ISBN: 13: 978-1-56037-520-3
Release Date:
Summer 2008; Second Edition, Spring 2012
Price: $35.00 US

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