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.
Roosevelt Arch is a gateway that serves as the northern entrance to Yellowstone National Park. The arch is named after President Theodore Roosevelt, who laid the cornerstone of its construction in a grand opening ceremony in 1903. Capture photos of family members and friends standing beneath this iconic and historic stone archway for a sense of its sheer size.
Read the plaque that marks the upper part of the arch, stating, “For the benefit and enjoyment of the people.” Spot the wooden doors on the pillars of the archway. The structure is 50 feet (15 meters) tall and each tower is 12 feet (3.7 meters) wide.
Enjoy the views of Yellowstone National Park’s famous verdant hills and mountains that form a picturesque backdrop to the gateway. Relax in this peaceful part of the world, away from the bustle of city life. Bring supplies for a picnic in Arch Park, which is adjacent to the archway. The small park has a few trees and picnic tables.
Rent a car to enter through the gateway and explore vast Yellowstone National Park. Among the nearest highlights as you head south is the spectacular Mammoth Hot Springs.
Consider the history of the arch, which was built as an entrance for visitors who arrived via the newly installed railway in 1903. They passed through the gate on horse-drawn carriages. The cornerstone laid by Roosevelt contains a time capsule featuring local newspapers, a Bible and a photo of the president himself.
Pay a fee for a week-long pass. The gate is open year-round and is the only way to reach the park’s northeastern part in winter.
Roosevelt Arch is the northern entrance to Yellowstone National Park. It is a 10-minute walk south from the Yellowstone River. See other nearby attractions, including the Yellowstone Heritage and Research Center, the Gardiner Market and the Gardiner Baptist Fellowship church.