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.

Super 8 by Wyndham Gardiner/Yellowstone Park Area
Super 8 by Wyndham Gardiner/Yellowstone Park Area
2 out of 5
702 Scott St. West, Hwy 89/ PO Box 739, Gardiner, MT, 59030
The price is $140 per night from Aug 18 to Aug 19
Stay at this business-friendly motel in Gardiner. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (1,001 reviews)
"Good stay!"

Reviewed on Jul 26, 2022

Super 8 by Wyndham Gardiner/Yellowstone Park Area
Absaroka Lodge
Absaroka Lodge
2 out of 5
310 Scott Street West, Gardiner, MT, 59030
The price is $150 per night from Aug 18 to Aug 19
Stay at this hotel in Gardiner. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a terrace. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in our reviews. Popular ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,003 reviews)
"People working there are very nice"

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2022

Absaroka Lodge
Dreamcatcher Tipi Hotel
Dreamcatcher Tipi Hotel
2 out of 5
20 Maiden Basin Dr., Gardiner, MT, 59030
The price is $202 per night from Aug 29 to Aug 30
Stay at this campground in Gardiner. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and onsite parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in our reviews. ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (246 reviews)
"Matt, the property manager, was very helpful and attentive. A beautiful and very comfortable place."

Reviewed on Aug 8, 2022

Dreamcatcher Tipi Hotel
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.
Yellowstone's Treasure Cabins
Yellowstone's Treasure Cabins
3 out of 5
318 5th St W, Gardiner, MT, 59030
The price is $150 per night from Aug 18 to Aug 19
Stay at this 3-star vacation home in Gardiner. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a picnic area. Our guests praise the WiFi and the property condition in our ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (173 reviews)
"Loved the cabin: decor, amenities, landscaping!! Great location for walking the town. informative e-mails from the host, posted instructions in the cabin, and a great cabin manual with up-to-date info that helped us get last-minute spots on a Yellowstone tour.Super-easy check/in and out. Would love ..."

Reviewed on Jul 25, 2022

Yellowstone's Treasure Cabins
Dreamcatcher Tipi Hotel
Dreamcatcher Tipi Hotel
2 out of 5
20 Maiden Basin Dr., Gardiner, MT, 59030
The price is $202 per night from Aug 29 to Aug 30
Stay at this campground in Gardiner. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and onsite parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in our reviews. ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (246 reviews)
"Matt, the property manager, was very helpful and attentive. A beautiful and very comfortable place."

Reviewed on Aug 8, 2022

Dreamcatcher Tipi Hotel
Hide-away at Yellowstone Archview
Hide-away at Yellowstone Archview
Gardiner, MT
Stay at this family-friendly vacation home in Gardiner. Enjoy WiFi, onsite parking, and barbecue grills. Popular attractions Mammoth Hot Springs and Yellowstone ...
5/5 Exceptional! (31 reviews)
Great location and view
"We enjoyed our stay at the Hideaway! Everything we needed was provided including a bottle of wine and chocolate! Clean, well appointed and care to details."

Reviewed on Aug 16, 2022

Hide-away at Yellowstone Archview
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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