Gardiner

United States of America

Gardiner

4.5/5Top Destination

Love nature, rivers, and dining out? Get away to Gardiner!

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.

Known for

Nature, Wildlife and Hunting

Top Hotels in Gardiner

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Travelodge by Wyndham Gardiner Yellowstone Park North
2 out of 5
109 Hellroaring Street, Gardiner, MT
$169/night
Sep 8 - Sep 9
4.2/5Excellent! (1,359 reviews)

Situated in Gardiner, this hotel is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Roosevelt Arch and 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Yellowstone National Park North Entrance. Gallatin National ...

4.2/5Excellent! (1,359 reviews)

"Very close to the north entrance of Yellowstone. Standard room for a 2-star hotel! Really nice staff. The breakfast could improve a bit! Would stay here again if I visit Yellowstone!"…"

Reviewed on Aug 15, 2019

Travelodge by Wyndham Gardiner Yellowstone Park North
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The Roosevelt Hotel - Yellowstone
2.5 out of 5
1014 Scott St. West, Gardiner, MT
$152/night
Aug 29 - Aug 30
4.6/5Wonderful! (162 reviews)

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. Gallatin National ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (162 reviews)

"Very comfortable beds and you can management takes pride in their property"…"

Reviewed on Aug 20, 2019

The Roosevelt Hotel - Yellowstone
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Yellowstone Condo Suites
3 out of 5
224 Stone Street, Gardiner, MT
$167/night
Aug 23 - Aug 24
3.9/5Good! (569 reviews)

Located in the heart of Gardiner, this condo building is within a 15-minute walk of Roosevelt Arch and Yellowstone National Park North Entrance. Mammoth Hot ...

3.9/5Good! (569 reviews)

"The room was nice and the location was excellent: walking distance to restaurants and a quick drive (about 5 miles) to Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone."…"

Reviewed on Aug 19, 2019

Yellowstone Condo Suites

Popular things to do in Gardiner

Roosevelt Arch
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Roosevelt Arch

4.5/5 (113 Ratings)

Get a glimpse into the park’s quaint past and make your way under this arch, as horse-drawn carriages did more than a century ago.

Mammoth Hot Springs
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Mammoth Hot Springs

4.5/5 (590 Ratings)

Enjoy the mountain views and explore Mammoth Hot Springs, a well-known green space in Mammoth Hot Springs. While you're in the area, wander around the natural setting.

Gallatin National Forest
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Photo provided by Travel Montana / Donnie Sexton

Gallatin National Forest

4.5/5 (491 Ratings)

Explore the great outdoors with a trip to Gallatin National Forest, a popular green space in Gallatin Gateway. While you're in the area, wander around the natural setting.

Shoshone National Forest
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Shoshone National Forest

4.5/5 (300 Ratings)

Explore the great outdoors at Shoshone National Forest, a lovely green space in Wapiti. Discover the area's mountain views and restaurants.

Norris Geyser Basin
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Norris Geyser Basin

4.5/5 (268 Ratings)

Get close to the bubbling hot springs and spouting geysers of the hottest and most changeable geothermal area of Yellowstone National Park. 

Tower Fall
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Tower Fall

4.5/5 (130 Ratings)

Gaze up at the iconic towers at the head of this tall waterfall and climb down to the creek for a view from below.

Top activities in Gardiner

Bear Creek Segway Tour
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Bear Creek Segway Tour

$46

Roll out for a once-in-a-lifetime tour of the hills and valleys just north of Yellowstone on a rugged, easy-to-ride Segway. This adventure gives you the chance to admire the rustic scenery as you visit hidden sites that only your expert guide knows to share with you.

Lamar Valley Wolf and Wildlife Safari Hike
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Lamar Valley Wolf and Wildlife Safari Hike

$146

Take a six-mile hike among the wildlife of the Lamar Valley. This area is known as the American Serengeti. It is a great place in Yellowstone to see wildlife, including wolves! Also grizzlies, moose, bison, pronghorn, elk and more.

Reviews of Gardiner

4.5

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
205
4 - Good
146
3 - Okay
40
2 - Disappointing
4
1 - Terrible
2

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Aug 20, 2019

Wonderland restaurant for dinner was AMAZING!

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Aug 19, 2019

Gardiner is an ok town. Has a lot of very run down properties as well as very nice properties. It’s ok for what it is—the gateway to the north entrance of Yellowstone.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Aug 18, 2019

I had never stayed in Gardiner as we usually stay in West Yellowstone or in the park itself. I would definitely stay again.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Aug 18, 2019

Loved a restaurant near the best western. They had amazing bison and elk burgers! Ate there the two days that we were there !

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Aug 18, 2019

Excellent quaint town. Friendly people and abundant wildlife. Perfect location next to Yellowstone National Park

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Aug 12, 2019

It’s a nice small town that is close and convenient to the Yellowstone National Park, and has very nice diners and nearby activities.