Gardiner, MT

Travel Guide
Roosevelt Arch
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 Ridgeline Hotel at Yellowstone, Ascend Hotel Collection
The Ridgeline Hotel at Yellowstone, Ascend Hotel Collection
3 out of 5
905 Scott Street W, Gardiner, MT
The price is $209 per night from May 19 to May 20
$209
$241 total
includes taxes & fees
May 19 - May 20
Book a stay at this business-friendly hotel in Gardiner. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast (surcharge). Our guests praise the helpful staff and the ...
8.4/10 Very Good! (1,004 reviews)
Great Stay at a Fair Price. Would Return.
"We spent just one night here after having been at the Snow Lodge in YNP for two. The Ridgeline exceeded our expectations (we'd stayed at this property a few years ago when under previous ownership). We did not have a balcony or mountainside room. The room was quite spacious; ample walking area between ..."

Reviewed on May 15, 2024

The Ridgeline Hotel at Yellowstone, Ascend Hotel Collection
The Roosevelt Hotel - Yellowstone
The Roosevelt Hotel - Yellowstone
2.5 out of 5
1014 Scott St. West, Gardiner, MT
The price is $238 per night from May 20 to May 21
$238
$267 total
includes taxes & fees
May 20 - May 21
Stay at this hotel in Gardiner. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and satellite TV channels. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in our reviews. ...
9.2/10 Wonderful! (1,000 reviews)
"It has a great view and is close to the downtown area for dinner. Did not have coffee for breakfast."

Reviewed on Mar 31, 2024

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
The price is $204 per night from May 23 to May 24
$204
$220 total
includes taxes & fees
May 23 - May 24
Stay at this hotel in Gardiner. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and daily housekeeping. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in our reviews. ...
9.2/10 Wonderful! (471 reviews)
"Nice"

Reviewed on May 16, 2024

Yellowstone Village Inn and Suites
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.
Dreamcatcher Tipi Hotel
Dreamcatcher Tipi Hotel
2 out of 5
20 Maiden Basin Dr., Gardiner, MT
Stay at this campground in Gardiner. Enjoy free breakfast, parking (surcharge), and a garden. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
9.8/10 Exceptional! (310 reviews)
"Very nice, unique property. Great views and manager very helpful. Heaters in tipi kept things comfortable on a 38F night"

Reviewed on May 12, 2024

Dreamcatcher Tipi Hotel
Beautiful Mountain Views with Trout Creek Frontage!  Ten Miles from Yellowstone!
Beautiful Mountain Views with Trout Creek Frontage! Ten Miles from Yellowstone!
Gardiner
Book a stay at this family-friendly vacation home in Gardiner. Enjoy free WiFi, a garden, and patios. Popular attractions Yellowstone Hot Springs and Yankee ...
9.8/10 Exceptional! (273 reviews)
Paradise Found!
"Our stay in Gardiner was wonderful! The house was so cozy, homey, and had a very well stocked kitchen. The beds were comfy, and we all loved the old western decor. Host was responsive to an issue we had, which was much appreciated. I would love to come back someday!"

Reviewed on Apr 16, 2024

Beautiful Mountain Views with Trout Creek Frontage! Ten Miles from Yellowstone!
Yellowstone's Treasure Cabins
Yellowstone's Treasure Cabins
3 out of 5
318 5th St W, Gardiner, MT
Stay at this 3-star vacation home in Gardiner. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a picnic area. Our guests praise the clean rooms and the property condition ...
9.4/10 Exceptional! (236 reviews)
"This was the perfect place for our small family to stay while exploring Yellowstone The location was great, with the market directly across the street. My husband and daughter loved taking morning walks to see the elk and deer around town. The cabin was fully stocked with everything we needed. Great ..."

Reviewed on May 14, 2024

Yellowstone's Treasure Cabins
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.