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West Yellowstone, MT
Travel Guide

Outdoor opportunities abound in this gateway to Yellowstone National Park, with fishing, hiking and wildlife encounters all on your doorstep.

West Yellowstone is a town in Montana surrounded by national parks and many miles from a big city. See grizzly bears and wolves in their natural environment and explore the geysers, hot pools and hiking trails of neighboring Yellowstone Park. Get to West Yellowstone by car from Salt Lake City in Utah, about 325 miles (523 kilometers) south. Ride a snow mobile to get around the town and surrounding wilderness in winter. Attractions such as an IMAX theater and the Yellowstone Historic Center keep you entertained indoors.

Nestled beside the world-famous Yellowstone National Park, West Yellowstone has served as a gateway for those looking to explore its natural riches since 1908. Despite having a permanent population of just 1,200 the town receives more than 3.5 million visitors per year and is well set up to help tourists make the most of their time in the area.

Head out into the park and waterfalls, geysers and rejuvenating hot pools that are all within easy reach of the town. Try and catch a trout in the nearby Madison and Gallatin rivers or rent a boat and enjoy a day on the water on Hebgen Lake. Enjoy a scenic drive out to the Earthquake Lake, which was formed in 1959 by a 7.5-magnitude earthquake.

As you’d expect for a town that sits 7,000 feet (2,134 meters) above sea level, the winters can be harsh. This doesn’t have to stop you from getting into the outdoors. Wrap up warm and jump onto a snowmobile or take a tour of the area in a sled pulled by dogs. Cross-country skiing is also a popular activity.

Visit the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery center, where you can see grizzly bears and raptors in their natural environment. Learn about the town’s history in the Yellowstone Historic Center, which holds old coaches and trains from the area and a display on the 1959 earthquake. Enjoy the area’s stunning scenery from the comfort of a seat in the IMAX cinema, or catch a show at the Bears Den Cinema. There are also outdoor theater and musical performances in the town center during the summer.

Gray Wolf Inn & Suites
Gray Wolf Inn & Suites
2 out of 5
250 S Canyon St, West Yellowstone, MT
The price is $109 per night from Mar 14 to Mar 15

Located in the heart of West Yellowstone, this hotel is steps from Gallatin National Forest and Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center. Yellowstone Park West Entrance ...

4.2/5Excellent! (983 reviews)

"The Grey Wolf was very convenient for us and we will be back. There was a lot of snow when we were there but they cleared plenty of spots for parking, even with all of the snowmobile trailers and big trucks parked there and in nearby hotel parking lots. We traveled with our dogs and they made it ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb 26, 2021

Gray Wolf Inn & Suites
Yellowstone Lodge
Yellowstone Lodge
2 out of 5
251 S. Electric Street, West Yellowstone, MT
The price is $79 per night from Mar 15 to Mar 16

Situated in a national park, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Gallatin National Forest, Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, and Yellowstone IMAX Theatre. ...

4.2/5Very Good! (995 reviews)

"Location was good. Service and rooms were as expected for the price. Breakfast was good given Covid restrictions. Parking was kind of a mess given all the snowmobile trailers and snow piles."…"

Reviewed on Feb 17, 2021

Yellowstone Lodge
Stage Coach Inn
Stage Coach Inn
2.5 out of 5
209 Madison Ave, West Yellowstone, MT
The price is $66 per night from Mar 8 to Mar 9

Located in the heart of West Yellowstone, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Gallatin National Forest and Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center. Yellowstone ...

3.9/5Very Good! (980 reviews)

"Great location and authentic experience to West Yellowstone."…"

Reviewed on Mar 6, 2021

Stage Coach Inn
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Terra Nova Cabins
Terra Nova Cabins
3 out of 5
35 Kirkwood Creek Road, West Yellowstone, MT
The price is $85 per night from Mar 8 to Mar 9

Situated in West Yellowstone, this cabin is steps from Gallatin National Forest and Hebgen Lake. Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center and Yellowstone Park West ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (138 reviews)

"5 stars for location, 3 stars for the place itself. Communication wasn't great...we arrived later"…"

Reviewed on Mar 5, 2021

Terra Nova Cabins
Golden Stone Inn
Golden Stone Inn
2.5 out of 5
115 S Faithful St, West Yellowstone, MT
The price is $114 per night from Mar 11 to Mar 12

Situated in West Yellowstone, this cabin is within a 10-minute walk of Gallatin National Forest and Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center. Yellowstone Park West ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (163 reviews)

"Fantastic location, nicely decorated and great space for all of our gear. Very clean and private. Would absolutely return to this wonderful little inn!"…"

Reviewed on Feb 10, 2021

Golden Stone Inn
Under Canvas Yellowstone
Under Canvas Yellowstone
2 out of 5
890 Buttermilk Creek Rd., West Yellowstone, MT

Situated on a river, this campground is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Gallatin National Forest and within 6 mi (10 km) of Hebgen Lake and Two Top. Yellowstone Park Zipline ...

3.9/5Good! (739 reviews)

"beautiful and good location (less than 30 mins from major view points of West Yellow stone. there is a river family can swim and walk by.. woodier inside of tent (fun and pretty) but there is no electricity, no WIFI (this could be good to someone who really want to take off.. ).. and it was quite ..."…"

Reviewed on Sep 20, 2020

Under Canvas Yellowstone
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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