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Gardiner, MT
Travel Guide

Gardiner

Access Yellowstone National Park via its only year-round entrance, marked by the remarkable Roosevelt Arch, in this lively town where wildlife roams close by.

Although it was not officially founded until 1880, Gardiner has served as Yellowstone National Park’s main entrance since the park was established in 1872. Find the small town in Montana’s stunning Paradise Valley. The Yellowstone River runs through Gardiner, attracting all sorts of wildlife for postcard-worthy photography.

Learn about the park and its history at Yellowstone National Park Heritage and Research Center. In addition to one of the National Park Service’s largest collections of records and periodicals, the center features over 720,000 museum items, 30 of which are historic vehicles.

Ceremoniously access Yellowstone National Park’s North Entrance via Roosevelt Arch. President Theodore Roosevelt, the arch’s namesake, dedicated it in 1903. Note the quote inscribed at the top of the arch: "For the Benefit and Enjoyment of the People." This is an excerpt from the Organic Act of 1872, the legislation that created Yellowstone.

Gardiner is close to many of the park’s top destinations. Find Mammoth Hot Springs just 6 miles (10 kilometers) south of town. Its soft limestone makes the springs look different from other thermal areas. Some describe its appearance as a cave turned inside out. Walk along the Upper and Lower Terraces, past features such as Liberty Cap and Minerva Spring.

Walk in the footsteps of Yellowstone’s earliest visitors along Old Gardiner Road. Follow the 5-mile (8-kilometer) stretch of dirt road, a historic stagecoach route, between Mammoth Hot Springs and Gardiner. During the spring and fall, watch for bighorn sheep, bison, elk, mule deer and pronghorn antelope.

Go swimming in the Boiling River, one of only two sanctioned swimming areas in Yellowstone National Park. Despite its name, you will find the water pleasantly warm from the hot springs water that mixes with the very cold Yellowstone River.

Use Gardiner as a jumping-off point to explore Yellowstone National Park. Take time to enjoy the friendly town too. While it serves as the park’s northern hub, the town itself also features an array of restaurants, accommodations and cultural destinations.

The Roosevelt Hotel - Yellowstone
The Roosevelt Hotel - Yellowstone
2.5 out of 5
1014 Scott St. West, Gardiner, MT
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $200 per night from May 16 to May 16
Situated in the mountains, this hotel is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Roosevelt Arch and 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from Yellowstone National Park North Entrance. Yellowstone National ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (390 reviews)
"It is new, great room with great beds, linnen, towels, etc. goid coffee and that's it. Suer clean but just a room to sleep 😀"

Reviewed on Sep 28, 2020

The Roosevelt Hotel - Yellowstone
Yellowstone Village Inn and Suites
Yellowstone Village Inn and Suites
2.5 out of 5
1102 Scott St W, Gardiner, MT
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $240 per night from May 16 to May 16
Situated in the mountains, this hotel is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Roosevelt Arch and within 6 mi (10 km) of Gallatin National Forest and Electric Peak. Beaver Ponds ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (29 reviews)
"Location & clean! pool was closed, need hot breakfast and a elevator! Need to reserve rooms first floor rooms go fat older people like me!"

Reviewed on May 14, 2021

Yellowstone Village Inn and Suites
Absaroka Lodge
Absaroka Lodge
2 out of 5
310 Scott Street West, Gardiner, MT
The price is $190 per night from May 17 to May 17
Situated in a regional park, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Roosevelt Arch and Yellowstone National Park North Entrance. Yellowstone National Park ...
4.3/5Excellent! (679 reviews)
"Riverfront and mountain view and proximity to Gardiner and the entrance to Yellowstone."

Reviewed on May 13, 2021

Absaroka Lodge
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
New!! Arch Studio at Yellowstone Park Entrance- 2 Minute Drive to Park Entrance
New!! Arch Studio at Yellowstone Park Entrance- 2 Minute Drive to Park Entrance
Gardiner, MT
The price is $229 per night from May 22 to May 22
Situated in Gardiner, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Roosevelt Arch and Yellowstone National Park North Entrance. Yellowstone National Park ...
5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
"We loved the Arch Studio. After a day of sightseeing and driving it felt like an oasis to us. Loved the decor. The beds were very comfortable and the amenities were amazing. I especially loved the Kerig coffee maker. Had an amazing cup of good tasting coffee before we started on our journey. It has ..."

Reviewed on Oct 3, 2020

New!! Arch Studio at Yellowstone Park Entrance- 2 Minute Drive to Park Entrance
Parks Riverside A in Gardiner, Mt North Entrance to Yellowstone
Parks Riverside A in Gardiner, Mt North Entrance to Yellowstone
Gardiner, MT
Situated on the waterfront, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Roosevelt Arch and Yellowstone National Park North Entrance. Yellowstone National ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (85 reviews)
Great place!
"Great place to stay! View was nice looking out at the river. Walking distance to many restaurants. House was well equipped with everything we needed. Very clean and comfortable."

Reviewed on Apr 12, 2021

Parks Riverside A in Gardiner, Mt North Entrance to Yellowstone
Osprey Point Rest. 5 Minutes From Gardiner, Yellowstone River and Wildlife Views
Osprey Point Rest. 5 Minutes From Gardiner, Yellowstone River and Wildlife Views
Gardiner, MT
Situated in Gardiner, this apartment building is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Gallatin National Forest and 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Yellowstone Hot Springs. Yellowstone ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (16 reviews)
Small, but convenient to the North Yellowstone Entrance at Gardiner
"Comfortable"

Reviewed on Oct 8, 2020

Osprey Point Rest. 5 Minutes From Gardiner, Yellowstone River and Wildlife Views
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Gardiner

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3/5 - Okay

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Feb 12, 2020

We ate one night at the Ridgeline, but we had a hard time finding a restaurant the next night since most were closed.

4/5 - Good

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Feb 7, 2020

It’s a quiet town in the winter and most businesses are closed. The supermarket around the block remained open and we were able to get most of the things we needed there.

3/5 - Okay

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Feb 3, 2020

Lots of places closed in the winter; many areas look a little dumpy and run down

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Nov 15, 2019

Gardiner is a little touristy for my taste but they do have what you need there, and they have some great food, beverages and people.

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveler

Oct 24, 2019

Old dirty town would never stay there again. Will never let anyone I know stay there.

4/5 - Good

EE

Oct 19, 2019

They should add more restaurants!

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