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Visit Yellowstone National Park

The oldest national park in the USA is just minutes from town. West Yellowstone is the closest entry point to see Old Faithful, one of Yellowstone’s iconic natural landmarks, and there’s so much more to do. Hike to the steaming natural chimneys at Monument Geyser Basin, see the 26-meter cascade at Gibbon Falls, go for a swim at the Firehole Falls summer swimming hole, and cast a line on the Madison and Firehole Rivers. Depending on the time of year, you might spy elk, bison or bald eagles. Note that road access changes throughout the year due to weather conditions; visit the park’s website to view current conditions.

 

Outdoors and Western Experiences

Montana is quintessential cowboy country. Join an authentic chuckwagon dinner at a dude ranch, complete with campfire cooking, cowboy poetry and storytelling under the stars. June through August, watch daredevil cowboys climb on bucking horses and bulls at the Wild West Yellowstone Rodeo. West Yellowstone’s outdoor experiences abound including hunting, fishing and boating around Hegben Lake, and horseback riding in the mountains. In 1959, a massive earthquake rocked the region, causing a landslide that dammed the Madison River and created Earthquake Lake. See fascinating photos and informative displays at Earthquake Lake & Visitor Center, then go out boating and fishing on “Quake Lake.”

 

Can’t-miss Local Experiences

Housed in a historic train depot, the Yellowstone Historic Center documents the history of travel to and within the national park through a collection of antique vehicles, from stage coaches to snow plows. The Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center gives you the rare opportunity to safely view grizzly bears and three packs of wolves (bonus: the bears don’t hibernate, so they’re visible year round). Book a day of high-altitude, high-speed fun on ropes courses and zip lines at Yellowstone Aerial Adventures. It’s the perfect activity for thrill-seekers and families traveling with older kids. For a break from the outdoors, catch a Hollywood hit or the breathtaking nature documentary, “Yellowstone,” on the aptly named Yellowstone Giant Screen theater at a whopping six stories tall.

Fun Fact

Snowshoeing, one way to get around West Yellowstone in the winter
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The streets of West Yellowstone weren’t paved until 1988, the same year sidewalks were added. But during the winter, a layer of snow is still left on the roads to allow travel around town by snowmobile, ski or snowshoe.

Photo: Dobson Ent. Inc./Courtesy of West Yellowstone

Mountain biking in one of the national forests surrounding West Yellowstone, Montana
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West Yellowstone is completely bordered by three national forests and Yellowstone National Park.

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A grizzly bear at The Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center in West Yellowstone, Montana
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The Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center guarantees that you’ll see grizzly bears 365 days a year. It’s also home to wolves, birds and river otters.

Photo: Holly Scholl Photography/Courtesy of West Yellowstone

Taking in an epic sunrise over Yellowstone Lake
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Nearby Experiences
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Upcoming events

A cross-country skiing race during the Yellowstone Ski Festival in West Yellowstone, Montana
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Yellowstone Ski Festival

November

Family-friendly snowmobiling during KidsNSnow Weekends in West Yellowstone, Montana
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Kids 'N' Snow Weekends

December - March

Competitors during the Rendezvous Ski Race in West Yellowstone, Montana
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Rendezvous Ski Race

March

The annual Snowmobile EXPO, Powersports & Races in West Yellowstone, Montana
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Catching a live concert during Music in the Park in West Yellowstone, Montana
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Music in the Park

July – August

A classic car on display at the Yellowstone Rod Run Car Show in West Yellowstone, Montana
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A cowboy in the Diamond P Cowboy Mounted Shooting Competition in West Yellowstone, Montana
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Vendors at the Smokin' Waters Mountain Man Rendezvous in West Yellowstone, Montana
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