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West YellowstoneUnited States of America

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.

Top hotels in West Yellowstone

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
ClubHouse Inn West Yellowstone
ClubHouse Inn West Yellowstone
2.5 out of 5
105 S Electric St, West Yellowstone, MT
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £117 per night from 13 Oct to 14 Oct

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 ...

4.1/5Very Good! (703 reviews)

"Good place to stay as it’s close to the Park entrance however it’s overpriced"…"

Reviewed on 19 Sep 2020

ClubHouse Inn West Yellowstone
Kelly Inn West Yellowstone
Kelly Inn West Yellowstone
2.5 out of 5
104 South Canyon, West Yellowstone, MT
The price is £91 per night from 22 Oct to 23 Oct

Situated in a national park, this hotel is steps away from Gallatin National Forest and Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center. Yellowstone Park West Entrance is ...

4.3/5Excellent! (481 reviews)

"We loved staying here! We booked last minute and were able to get a super nice and comfortable room.The furniture is so perfect in rustic wood that makes the experience so much more fun. The staff was friendly and working so hard during this difficult time. The breakfast is grab-n-go in a bag and ..."…"

Reviewed on 18 Sep 2020

Kelly Inn West Yellowstone
White Buffalo
White Buffalo
1.5 out of 5
236 Dunraven St, West Yellowstone, MT
The price is £139 per night from 22 Sep to 23 Sep

Situated in the historical district, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Gallatin National Forest and Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center. Yellowstone Park ...

3/5 (435 reviews)

"Loved how close it was to the park entrance and downtown area!"…"

Reviewed on 19 Sep 2020

White Buffalo

Popular places to visit in West Yellowstone

Yellowstone Park West Entrance
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Yellowstone Park West Entrance

4.5/5(9 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors with a trip to Yellowstone Park West Entrance, a popular green space in West Yellowstone. While you're in the area, wander around the natural setting.

Hebgen Lake
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Hebgen Lake

4/5(1 review)

Commune with nature and explore the great outdoors at Hebgen Lake during your travels in West Yellowstone. Wander the area's scenic parks or simply enjoy one of its top-notch restaurants.

Old Faithful
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Old Faithful

4.5/5(10 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors at Old Faithful, a popular spot to commune with nature in Yellowstone National Park. Wander the parks or discover the area's glaciers.

Reviews of West Yellowstone


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4/5 - Good

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28 Oct 2019

It is a small town, not many shops and definitely not good restaurant choices. It is probably good for families during summer holidays and visits to the Park.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

11 Jun 2019

Just wish drivers in the park would obey speed restrictions , some absolutely stupid drivers

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