West Yellowstone

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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.

Yellowstone Lodge
Yellowstone Lodge
2 out of 5
251 S. Electric Street, West Yellowstone, MT
The price is £81 per night from 6 Dec to 6 Dec
Situated in the mountains, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Gallatin National Forest, Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center and Yellowstone IMAX Theatre. ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (1,015 reviews)
"I liked the location which was very accessible to the park entrance. Breakfast options were reasonable, room was comfortable, and staff were helpful. I did think the room was pricey, especially for being pretty off season."

Reviewed on 29 Nov 2021

Yellowstone Lodge
Kelly Inn West Yellowstone
Kelly Inn West Yellowstone
2.5 out of 5
104 South Canyon, West Yellowstone, MT
Fully refundable
The price is £94 per night from 6 Dec to 6 Dec
Situated in a national park, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, Yellowstone Park West Entrance and Yellowstone National ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (889 reviews)
"Really lovely place and it's within walking distance of the Main Street with all of the shops /restaurants. Unfortunately I had to cut my trip short due to an unforeseen snowstorm event - the hotel was accommodating and refunded the days I didn't stay and were completely understanding of the situation. ..."

Reviewed on 26 Nov 2021

Kelly Inn West Yellowstone
Gray Wolf Inn & Suites
Gray Wolf Inn & Suites
3 out of 5
250 S Canyon St, West Yellowstone, MT
The price is £101 per night from 13 Dec to 13 Dec
Located in the heart of West Yellowstone, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, Yellowstone Park West Entrance and Yellowstone ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (940 reviews)
"The staff was amazing."

Reviewed on 4 Dec 2021

Gray Wolf Inn & Suites
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Terra Nova Cabins
Terra Nova Cabins
3 out of 5
35 Kirkwood Creek Road, West Yellowstone, MT
Situated in the mountains, this cabin is steps away from Gallatin National Forest and Hebgen Lake. Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center and Yellowstone Park West ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (359 reviews)
"20 minutes away from Yellowstone park. Beautiful scenery peaceful. Great place to stay. Bed are great and shower has strong water flow. Would stay there again."

Reviewed on 2 Nov 2021

Terra Nova Cabins
Bar N Ranch
Bar N Ranch
2.5 out of 5
890 Buttermilk Creek Road, West Yellowstone, MT
Situated in the mountains, this cabin is within 9 mi (15 km) of Yellowstone Park Zipline, Playmill Theatre and Yellowstone Big Gun Fun. Yellowstone IMAX Theatre ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (199 reviews)
"Bar N Ranch exceeded our expectations! The staff was wonderful and the property was awesome! We absolutely loved the old rustic charm this place had. I found myself pretty often at the hot chocolate/ coffee bar HUGE PLUS!!!"

Reviewed on 30 Sep 2021

Bar N Ranch
Book now for Summer! A minute to Yellowstone's entrance. Clean family cabin!!
Book now for Summer! A minute to Yellowstone's entrance. Clean family cabin!!
623 Firehole Ave, West Yellowstone, MT
This family-friendly West Yellowstone cabin is located in a rural location, within a 5-minute walk of Gallatin National Forest and Two Top. Yellowstone Park ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (91 reviews)
“Cabin The Sky”
"The whole process of renting cabin was very smooth and quick. The property manager was very helpful and understanding even offered to return funds if I felt uncomfortable with the contract and fees."

Reviewed on 31 Oct 2021

Book now for Summer! A minute to Yellowstone's entrance. Clean family cabin!!
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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