West Yellowstone, MT

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West Yellowstone
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.

Where to stay in West Yellowstone

Kelly Inn West Yellowstone
Kelly Inn West Yellowstone
2.5 out of 5
104 South Canyon, West Yellowstone, MT, 59758
The price is $110 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 2
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in West Yellowstone. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (1,003 reviews)
"Close to the park, clean, easy parking, and nice interior."

Reviewed on Sep 30, 2022

Gray Wolf Inn & Suites
Gray Wolf Inn & Suites
3 out of 5
250 S Canyon St, West Yellowstone, MT, 59758
The price is $117 per night from Nov 2 to Nov 3
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in West Yellowstone. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a 24-hour fitness center. Our guests praise the helpful staff ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (1,006 reviews)
"It was a wonderful property. We were upgraded to a suite and it was lovely. Wish we could have stayed longer."

Reviewed on Oct 1, 2022

Yellowstone Westgate Hotel
Yellowstone Westgate Hotel
2.5 out of 5
638 Madison Ave, West Yellowstone, MT, 59758
The price is $200 per night from Oct 7 to Oct 8
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in West Yellowstone. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (1,011 reviews)
"We were so grateful for the superb cleanliness throughout the whole facility from our rooms to the swimming pool. The owners/mgrs take great pride in their work and everything was so well prepared, comfortable, and CLEAN for all of their guests! They also have a great hot breakfast to send you off ..."

Reviewed on Oct 2, 2022

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Terra Nova Cabins
Terra Nova Cabins
3 out of 5
35 Kirkwood Creek Road, West Yellowstone, MT, 59758
Stay at this 3-star cabin in West Yellowstone. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and daily housekeeping. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (501 reviews)
"Spacious and comfortable room in a beautiful area. It was in the low 30F outside, but inside it was nice and warm."

Reviewed on Sep 29, 2022

Little Tuckaway
Little Tuckaway
4 out of 5
239 Madison Ave, West Yellowstone, MT, 59758
Stay at this 4-star vacation home in West Yellowstone. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and laundry facilities. Popular attractions Yellowstone Park West Entrance ...
Castle in the Sky Unit X
Castle in the Sky Unit X
3.5 out of 5
128 D Pkwy, West Yellowstone, MT, 59758
Stay at this 3.5-star vacation home in West Yellowstone. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and Netflix. Popular attractions Yellowstone Park West Entrance and Playmill ...
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