Plan your visit to West Yellowstone, Montana

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Area Information

Things happen, even when you are traveling. Whether you need to fix a flat tire, print out some photos, or get a prescription filled, West Yellowstone offers all the services you need while away from home.

Emergency Services

  • For all emergencies, dial 911
  • Ambulance and Fire Department are located at 400 Yellowstone Ave., 406-646-9094 (non-emergencies)
  • Police Department is located at 124 Yellowstone Ave., 406-646-7600 (non-emergencies)

Other Government

First Security Bank

Food Round-Up

Market Place

Yellowstone Basin Bank

Corner Cenex

Jake’s Automotive & Tire

NAPA Auto Parts

Riverside Station

Super Save Conoco

Traveler’s Service Center

Westgate Auto Body & Towing

Old Faithful Carpet Cleaning

Squeaky Clean Montana


Food Round-Up

Market Place

Lakeside Lodge and Resort

Community Health Partners-West Yellowstone

West Yellowstone Back & Neck Clinic


Terrell’s Office Machines

Quickprint of West Yellowstone

Send it Home

Lone Peak Veterinary Hospital

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Fox Den Images

Ken Takata Photography

Mike Polkowski Photography

Prismatic Photography

Silver Cloud Photography

Quickprint of West Yellowstone

Misty Mountain Property, LLC

Montana Territorial Land Co.

Yellowstone Realty, LLC

Mobile RV Tech

Montana Mobile Tech

SnoDaisie Salon LLC


Charter Spectrum (Cable TV)

Energy West -West Yellowstone

Fall River Electric

Fall River Propane

Two Seasons Recycling

West Yellowstone Transfer Station

L and L Site Services

Republic Services

Travel Info

Getting Here

From Bozeman, Montana

From Salt Lake City, Utah

  • Take I-15 north to Idaho Falls, Idaho (119 miles)
  • At exit 119, take ramp RIGHT to US-20 E
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From Idaho Falls, Idaho

From Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and Grand Teton National Park

  • Take WY-22 W (17.1 miles) over Teton Pass into Idaho
  • Stay on ID-33 heading northwest (23.9 miles)
  • Turn RIGHT (north) onto ID-32 (28.4 miles) towards Ashton
  • Remain on ID-32/ID-47 for one mile through the town of Ashton
  • Then turn RIGHT (north) onto US-20 E (37 miles) to West Yellowstone (50 miles)
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Note: The west gate into Yellowstone National Park is open to regular auto travel in the summer months only, from mid-April through early November. Winter access is by commercially guided snowcoach or snowmobile only—no personal motor vehicles.

Yellowstone Airport (WYS)

Located just one mile north of West Yellowstone, the Yellowstone Airport is open June through September and is served by SkyWest Airlines (Delta Connection). It is open for private aviation from June 1st through November 30th, and from December 1st through May 31st with PPR. The Yellowstone Airport offers accurate weather forecasts; safe, nonmountainous approaches onto an 8000-foot-long runway; and an ILS landing system accommodating private aircraft from a single-engine Cessna to a Boeing 747. This airport is non-towered; however, the common traffic advisory frequency is 123.0. The airport is fully lighted for nighttime use with IFR lead-in and approach lighting as well. Car rentals are available on site.

Other area airports serving West Yellowstone year-round include Bozeman, Montana (90 miles north), and Idaho Falls, Idaho (110 miles south).

Traveling with Pets

Here in West Yellowstone, there are pet-friendly lodging properties that can be found by searching in the Sleep section. The Boundary Trail is also pet-friendly for skiing and hiking.

There are NO BOARDING FACILITIES available in West Yellowstone. The closest kennels are in Ennis, Belgrade, and Bozeman, Montana, or Idaho Falls, Idaho. You can also contact White & White Veterinary for possible arrangements prior to your arrival.

Pets are allowed in Yellowstone National Park, but there are strict guidelines you will need to follow. Pets are allowed in public areas, parking lots, and within 100 feet of any road. They must be on a leash that is no more than six feet in length at all times. Visitors are not allowed to tie their pets to trees or other objects and leave them unattended. Pet kennels cannot be left outside of vehicles.


Bus & Shuttle

  • Bus and shuttle service is available from several operators for transfers to and from airports in Bozeman, Montana; Idaho Falls, Idaho; and Salt Lake City, Utah. Reservations are required and fees do apply. Local shuttles can also provide drop-offs from the West Yellowstone area to Yellowstone Park trailheads in the warm season and by snowcoach in the winter.

Car Rental

  • Rental cars are available on a seasonal basis in West Yellowstone at multiple locations, including the Yellowstone Airport and in-town businesses.


  • Taxi service is available year-round in West Yellowstone and to drop-off locations within Yellowstone Park. Reservations are required.

Vacation Planning / Tour & Travel Agencies

  • West Yellowstone businesses offer tours throughout the year. Several can also help with planning that dream vacation.

Guided Tours

  • During the warm months, park-approved tour operators offer tours into Yellowstone Park and to the Grand Teton National Park/Jackson area. Guided winter tours into Yellowstone Park and the Custer Gallatin National Forest are offered via snowcoach or snowmobile. Learn more about guided tours.

West Yellowstone Foundation Bus

Karst Stage


Located at an elevation of 6,666 feet, mountain weather can be unpredictable. Summer average temperatures are in the 70s and 80s (F), with lows in the 40s and 50s (F). Winter temperatures can be among the coldest in the Lower 48, with highs in the 20s and 30s (F) during the day to below zero at night and ground that is covered with snow. In fall and spring, crisp mornings are frequently followed by cool, brilliant days.

What to Wear

  • Layering clothes will help keep you comfortable all day. You should also have a water-resistant, windproof outer layer. Boots, hats, and gloves are a must for winter.

Driving Tips


  • Use turnouts to let others pass
  • No littering. Never throw cigarettes out the window.
  • Watch for wildlife on the road.

Winter: We have snow—be prepared!

  • Roads can be snowpacked and icy. SLOW DOWN.
  • Carry chains at all times from November through April.
  • Keep your gas tank and windshield wiper fluid full.


  • Keep air conditioning off to prevent overheating.
  • Carry plenty of water with you.

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Fall in West Yellowstone

FallFall brings spectacular scenery and the annual elk mating season (rut), where huge bull elk battle for their harems with eerie, echoing bugles across wide valleys. Cooler fall temperatures create incredible photo opportunities in Yellowstone Park, with the fog turning to steam over the rivers and geysers. It’s a great time for mountain biking, road cycling, hiking, and photography in Yellowstone and the surrounding national forests.

Spawning runs of big, battling brown and rainbow trout migrate from Hebgen Lake up the area rivers. Being one of the top fall fishing destinations just adds to the reason we are the heart of fly fishing in the Rockies.

Even a rainy fall day can be fun with a visit to the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center. Meet the two wolf packs and resident grizzly bears, observe the raptors, talk to a naturalist, and check out the Keeper Kids program. Next door, the movie Yellowstone plays daily at the Yellowstone Giant Screen with a six-story-high movie screen.

Late fall features the annual West Yellowstone Old Faithful Cycle Tour. Or join the Yellowstone Rendezvous Trail Run with several distances, including a half marathon, that take place entirely on groomed forest service trails.

Winter in West Yellowstone

With over 150 inches of annual snowfall and nearly as many days of sunshine, West Yellowstone, Montana, has earned its place on the list of “11 Coolest Winter Places in America” (Budget Travel) and as one of the “Top 10 Winter Towns” (National Geographic Traveler). It is also continuously voted as one of the top snowmobile destinations. Snowmobilers can play in the powder of open meadows or sled along winding rivers to the top of the mountains on over 400 miles of groomed trails that surround West Yellowstone. Nordic skiers can glide along the Rendezvous Trail System, offering 35 kilometers of trails groomed daily and available November through April, or the Boundary Trail (pet-friendly) and Yellowstone Park’s Riverside Trail, both starting at the edge of town.

Experience the thrill of riding behind a team of sled dogs as you race down the trails of a national forest, or watch the canine athletes in their element during the annual Sled Dog Races. Compete in one of the many Nordic ski races or events throughout winter, or bring your family and friends to our Kids’N’Snow program, the NAIFC Ice Fishing Tournament, or the World Snowmobiling EXPO.

Vacationing in Yellowstone during the winter is a rare treat. The snow-covered landscape, frozen waterfalls, and frosted trees contrasted with geysers and other geothermal features create a surreal winter scape. West Yellowstone tour companies offer over-the-snow day-long tours into Yellowstone via snowmobile or snowcoach from December 15th to March 15th, weather dependent.

Spring in West Yellowstone

SpringSpring is a time of change and renewal in West Yellowstone, Montana, as white gives way to green grass and colorful wildflowers. Mini waterfalls flow from the mountainsides as the snow begins to melt. It is a great time of year for scenic drives and wildlife watching. Fishing for large trout also starts to pick up as ice melts off the lakes.

From mid-March to mid-April, the west entrance to Yellowstone opens to bicyclists only. These cycle-only days allow bikers to experience the first splashes of color as green sedges and bright yellow monkey-flowers emerge. Watch as bison trudge along the roads and elk feed along the rivers.

May brings bison jams on the roadways, even outside the park. Bison begin calving in mid-April and by May you can start to see hundreds of bright reddish-brown calves, nicknamed “red dogs” by locals, among the bison herds.

It is also the best time for bear sightings as grizzly and black bears make their way down from higher elevations. Where else but Yellowstone can you have a ringside seat to witness the sheer strength of a bear tearing apart a rotten tree stump or carcass? Then, perhaps just a few miles down the road, watch as a sow gently noses her wayward cubs across a busy road as everyone stops for the first bear jam of the season.

Summer in West Yellowstone

SummerWhen it comes to summertime activities, the West Yellowstone area is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise. The long summer days provide visitors unlimited access to explore and play in the splendor of the high country. You can fish blue-ribbon trout streams, hike in pristine wilderness, experience real Western horseback riding, go whitewater rafting, or mountain bike on hundreds of miles of singletrack and forest service roads.

In addition to the regal Yellowstone National Park right next door with its famous geysers, wildlife, and waterfalls, there’s adventure to be found just to the west. Hebgen Lake, with its miles of shoreline, offers camping, boating, canoeing, and the best stillwater fishing in Montana. Take an afternoon and learn to kayak on this clear lake surrounded by beautiful mountains. Just beyond is Quake Lake, formed during the night in 1959 when a 7.9 quake rocked the Madison Valley causing a mountain to fall.

With summer comes a wide variety of activity choices, like the weekly Wild West Yellowstone Rodeo, the Yellowstone Historic Center Museum, daily Yellowstone Ranger talks, and other programs just for kids, like the Junior Smokejumper program. Don’t miss special events, like the 4th of July activities, free music in the park, the annual Yellowstone Rod Run car show, and more.

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Meetings & Weddings

Looking for a truly exceptional location for your next gathering? West Yellowstone offers lodging, meeting facilities, amenities, activities, and friendly, helpful people who will make your meeting, convention, or special event both fun and memorable.

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