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West Yellowstone, Montana, is a rustic mountain town nestled between National Forest lands and is the gateway to Yellowstone National Park. It is only a mile from the park entrance, and the town's airport is the closest to the park, and to attractions like Old Faithful.


West Yellowstone is a tourist town with tourist prices. You will find many souvenir items in the stores and specialty Montana-made products. During summer be prepared to wait in any restaurant.

This is the only place to gather supplies for quite a while in any direction. Be sure you are stocked up for whatever season. Water! There will be little opportunity to fill your water bottles so take more than you think you will need.

  • Hebgen Lake District forest service office: West Yellowstone, +1 406 823-6961

Get in[edit]

Welcome sign West Yellowstone, Montana

By plane[edit]

By bus[edit]

Salt Lake Express provides intercity bus service from Idaho.

Get around[edit]

Map of West Yellowstone

West Yellowstone town center, including the museum, shops and restaurants, is small enough to easily walk around.


  • 1 Museum of the Yellowstone, 104 Yellowstone Ave (in the old Union Pacific Station Building). Mid-May to mid-Oct. Shows a history of Yellowstone National Park and the tourist train service to West Yellowstone. Includes a collection of historic railway china. $6.


  • Montana Whitewater Raft Company, Mile 64 on highway 191 between Bozeman and Big Sky; North of West Yellowstone, the West Entrance to the Park, toll-free: +1-800-799-4465. Offering trips on the Gallatin, Madison and Yellowstone Rivers.


There is a large variety of local souvenirs available from the many shops in West Yellowstone.

  • 1 Seldom Seen Knives and Gifts, 115 Yellowstone Ave (on street that goes into Yellowstone National Park across from the museum), +1 406-646-4116. Handcrafted gifts. Montana made, unique and usable.




West Yellowstone is very much a tourist gateway to Yellowstone National Park and a large variety of accommodation options are available.


Go next[edit]

Routes through West Yellowstone
Idaho FallsIsland Park  W  E  Yellowstone N.P.Casper
BozemanBig Sky  N  S  Yellowstone N.P.Grand Teton N.P.
HelenaThree Forks  N  S  Yellowstone N.P.Grand Teton N.P.

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