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ATV/UTV

The same trail system that made West Yellowstone famous for snowmobiling is available for ATV  and UTV use in the summer. Many trails are limited to machines under 50 inches, so make sure to inquire before heading out in your OHV or side-by-side. Managed by the U.S. Forest Service, the trail system is well marked with excellent, maintained trails, and free trail maps are available. Local trail favorites include Two Top Mountain and Lionhead, where scenic vistas overlook Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming. This trail system links into Island Park, Idaho’s extensive trails, including a route along the old railroad bed that passes Big Springs and an old cattle stop. ATV rentals are available in West Yellowstone, Montana. Note: ATV riding is not permitted in Yellowstone National Park. USFS Hebgen Lake District Road-Use Map (PDF) see all activities

Fishing

West Yellowstone has unparalleled year-round fishing. Top blue-ribbon trout streams surround town making it the heart of fly fishing in the Rocky Mountains. Unbeatable float and deep-water fishing abound on the lakes near West Yellowstone. Hebgen Lake is known as one of Montana’s premier stillwater and dry fly fisheries. Several marinas offer convenient boating and fishing supplies, including rentals. In the spring, fishermen test their skills to catch rainbow and brown trout covered in stunning patterns and vivid color. Early summer brings the amazing salmonfly hatch. Late summer and fall offer the chance to hook trout chasing the Callibaetis moth hatches and the famous Hebgen Lake gulpers. Fishing isn’t only a fair weather excursion. Fly fishermen can be seen wading waste deep in the icy waters of the Gallatin and Madison Rivers, and ice fishing on the lakes is quickly becoming a popular winter experience. Take a day and enjoy the waters of Montana with an experienced guide making it a trip to remember. Be careful as you may become hooked for life. Montana Fishing Regulations Yellowstone [...]

For Families & Kids

West Yellowstone abounds with fun activities and events for families and kids year-round, including the Junior Smokejumper program, Yellowstone's Junior Ranger program, and the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center’s Keeper Kids program. And don't miss the annual award-winning Kids'N'Snow program or the cross-country ski races and events just for kids. see all activities

Golf

Golf in West Yellowstone, at these elevations, golfers get longer drives, spectacular views, and wildlife spectators. Tee up and get a round in at two nearby courses. There’s a beautiful, casual nine-hole course located only 20 miles from West Yellowstone at Island Park, Idaho. During some of the season, a pause to gather morel mushrooms can be an added bonus to a par score. In Big Sky, 45 minutes north, golfers can enjoy classic links-style golf under the watchful eye of Lone Mountain. This Arnold Palmer eighteen-hole course, nestled among the mountains of a ski community, makes the brief drive worth the experience. see all activities

Guided Tours

Summer (Yellowstone/Grand Teton) Sit back and let someone else do the driving! Private or group-narrated sightseeing tours of Yellowstone National Park are available daily. These comfortable, intimate, and informative tours are a unique way to see Yellowstone. Some companies offer step-on guides for motorcoaches and many offer specialized tours for wildlife, photography, or backcountry excursions. Snowmobile (National Forests) West Yellowstone is surrounded by three national forests: Custer Gallatin, Beaverhead-Deerlodge, and Caribou-Targhee. These forests offer scenic vistas; high-mountain meadows, lakes, and rivers; and extensive groomed trail systems. During the winter, authorized guides offer snowmobile trips along trails or to backcountry locations. Avalanche equipment and training is also available. Snowcoach & Snowmobile (Yellowstone Park) Snowcoaches (vehicles with tracks or large overinflated tires) and snowmobiles are the only options for motorized travel into Yellowstone’s wintry interior. Snowcoaches, which depart daily, offer expert local guides and a warm, comfortable setting. Daily tour options travel to Old Faithful or the [...]

Hiking & Biking

The national forests and mountain ranges surrounding West Yellowstone are a hiker’s dream, offering an abundance of options on millions of acres of public land. Miles of trails wind past aspen and pine, tranquil meadows, and impressive peaks. A highly popular cross-country ski trail system in the winter, the Rendezvous Trail System is open to hikers and bikers in the summer. Another trail used year-round is the pet-friendly Boundary Trail, which is accessed on the northeast end of town and follows along the Yellowstone National Park border. Within the park, there are over 1,000 miles of hiking trails with something to fit every ability. The Riverside Trail starts right in West Yellowstone and follows a mellow path along the river. To have information about our trails sent to your phone text "TRAILS" to 91090. You will receive up to 4 messages each week from West Yellowstone Chamber of Commerce. Message & Data rates may apply. View our Terms here. Text STOP to 91090 to unsubscribe. Mountain biking and road cycling are also popular. West Yellowstone is very close to [...]

Photography

The area around West Yellowstone is perfect for photography, nestled among majestic mountains with unspoiled nature and beautiful scenery, lends itself to the pictures postcards are made of. You will be sure to find a subject around every corner, during every season. “Photography isn’t just snapping pictures of beautiful scenes, loved ones, or animals: it’s preserving memories of things you treasure. Through photography, you can bring a person from their spot in the world to yours. You can open worlds to them that they’ve never experienced.” Carolyn Fox, local photographer see all activities

Scenic Drives

Take a road trip along one of the scenic driving routes surrounding West Yellowstone. Explore the beautiful landscapes of southwest Montana and Yellowstone Country, or find the hidden gems on the backcountry roads. These routes will allow you to experience the unspoiled nature along winding rivers and the breathtaking views of the snowcapped mountains and wide open meadows. Free maps, information, and more suggestions available at the West Yellowstone Visitor Center. “Around the Block” - West Yellowstone (64 miles round trip) This 64-mile round trip—called “the block” among local residents—travels through two states, over two mountain passes, and winds around three lakes. It also features gorgeous scenery and the best wildlife spotting opportunities. Depart from West Yellowstone on Hwy 191 heading north towards Bozeman, Montana. Hwy 191 straddles the western boundary of Yellowstone National Park. Approximately nine miles north of West Yellowstone, watch for the junction with Hwy 287. Turn left (west) on Hwy 287 towards Ennis and Virginia City, Montana, which runs along Hebgen and Quake Lakes. Turn left (south) at the junction [...]

Shopping

Forget about power shopping and get into a relaxed mode. Casually stroll down West Yellowstone’s streets and you will find an assortment of stores, galleries, and specialty shops. In West Yellowstone, there’s always a little something for everyone. Enjoy the old-fashioned friendliness and pause on a bench to do some people-watching while indulging in a sweet treat or hot drink. Whether it is honest advice about fishing, suggestions for a day trip, or opinions on the best area trails, you’ll find gracious courtesy and locals willing to share. see all activities

Simple Tips To Get The Best Photos Of Yellowstone

Photo courtesy of PhotoMixLtd. Home to abundant wildlife, spectacular peaks, and over 500 active geysers, Yellowstone National Park is one of the most inspiring and captivating natural locations in the world. Along with happy memories, taking a collection of beautiful photos is the best souvenir you can bring back from your visit. In fact, in the face of such awe-inspiring beauty, you’ll find it impossible not to pull your camera out. So, it’s important to know how to take the best snaps possible. Get out early If you’re an early bird, venture out before sunrise to explore and take some magical shots you won’t be able to replicate at other times of the day. The sunrise, colorful skies, and soft morning light offer a beautiful opportunity to capture Yellowstone’s geothermal features, including, hot springs, mudpots, and geysers — get a snap of Old Faithful which erupts several times each day. There may even be early morning mist and fog to add to the atmosphere. This time of day is also very quiet, allowing you to take photos without interruption. Be creative Rather than just [...]

Skiing

What could be better than escaping into the outdoors on a day colored by wintry mountain landscapes and brilliant blue skies? You can’t go wrong with over 50 kilometers of groomed trails accessed right from the edge of West Yellowstone, Montana. The town is also centrally located (within 2 hours) of some great downhill skiing as well at Bridger Bowl, Big Sky Resort and Targhee. The Rendezvous Ski Trails offer great trails and scenery for skiers of all abilities, as well as a biathlon course. The pet-friendly Boundary Ski and Snowshoe Trail offers 7.9 kilometers of trail that parallels Yellowstone Park’s western border. Ski straight into Yellowstone National Park on the Riverside Trail, which glides along the Madison River where you can catch a glimpse of bald eagles soaring, frosty bison grazing, or trumpeter swans swimming by. Equipment rentals and local expertise are available at area businesses. You can also take a snowcoach excursion into Yellowstone National Park to access trails near Old Faithful. Rendezvous Ski Trail Conditions Yellowstone Ski Trail Report Backcountry Avalanche Forecast Rendezvous Ski Trail Web [...]

Snowmobiling

Topping the list of favorite sledding destinations, West Yellowstone, Montana, is undoubtedly a snowmobiler’s paradise, with some of the most breathtaking scenery anywhere. There isn’t a more exhilarating way to enjoy the 150 inches of annual snowfall and explore over 400 miles of trails. The mountain trail system begins directly in town, where sledders share city streets with motorists, and continues on to trails in the Custer Gallatin, Beaverhead-Deerlodge, and Caribou-Targhee National Forests. Groomed trails provide access to pristine powder meadows and backcountry riding. Snowmobile rentals, available at many local businesses, range from two-up easy riding and trail models to high-powered sleds adapted for mountain and backcountry riding. National forest guide services are available for snowmobilers new to the area, those who want to learn more about the trail system, or for backcountry riding. West Yellowstone is also the most convenient entrance for a guided trip into Yellowstone National Park. Montana Snowmobile Permits Grooming Trail Reports see all activities [...]

Unique Adventures

What’s on your adventure bucket list? How about seeing live grizzly bears, wolves, and birds of prey? Or becoming a Junior Smokejumper? Maybe floating down the river or exploring a working cattle ranch or historic Western town is more your pace. No matter how laid back or thrill seeking you are, there is unique adventures for everyone around West Yellowstone. see all activities

Western Adventures – Horseback Riding, Hunting, & Rodeo

When most people think of the Wild West, they imagine cowboys, ghost towns, horseback riding, hunting, and fishing. In West Yellowstone and the surrounding area, we have all that and so much more! Horseback Riding Nothing is more Western than exploring the mountains around West Yellowstone from the back of a steady equine. Riding a horse is one of the most popular visitor experiences. Explore a scenic mountain trail in a nearby national forest or ride into Yellowstone Park for the day or an overnight adventure. Rides lasting from one hour to overnight pack trips are available, with options for beginners who have never ridden before up to experienced riders. Local ranches and outfitters offer guided horseback rides for any budget from May until early October (weather dependent), and a few even offer winter rides. For the ultimate Western experience, ride a horse to a mountain cookout or base your Yellowstone vacation from one of our area guest ranches. Hunting Surrounded by national forests, hunting around West Yellowstone offers a [...]

Wet and Wild Water Fun – Boating, Kayaking, & Rafting

Nothing beats the heat of a summer afternoon like getting out on the water around West Yellowstone. We suggest a quiet float down the river or kayak adventure along the lakeshore. If you have a need for speed or an adrenaline rush, then rent a boat on the lake for waterskiing or jump on a whitewater raft trip. Boating Area lakes are great for a casual wildlife-watching cruise, fishing excursion, or high-speed watersports. Ice moves off in late April, and the water warms for swimming by July. From July through September is the best time for water sports. Hebgen Lake accommodates both large and small boats, personal watercraft, kayaks, canoes, paddleboats, and sailboats. Marinas have motorboat, canoe, and kayak rentals as well as gas and supplies. Hebgen Lake Map (PDF) Kayaking Looking for a unique way to experience the beautiful waters of the Yellowstone region? Try kayaking or a stand up paddleboard (SUP) on the area lakes in and around Yellowstone National Park. Whether you desire a quiet day of [...]

Wildlife Viewing & Birdwatching

Yellowstone Park and our surrounding national forests offer wildlife viewing and birdwatching year-round. You will see bison migrating to their calving grounds, elk bugling during rut, antelope babies playing tag, and bear cubs rolling in the meadow under their mother’s watchful eye. Excellent birding surrounds West Yellowstone. Serious bird-watchers can explore the trails, forests, and waterways in search of elusive species. Over 311 species of birds have been documented in Yellowstone Park with an array of birds unique to this area of North America. Stop by the visitor center for free maps, a birding trail brochure, and the latest wildlife sighting information. Birding Brochure (PDF) West of Yellowstone Map (PDF) see all activities

Winter Adventures – Dogsledding, Snowshoeing, & Sleigh Rides

If you thought winter excursions ended with snowcoaches, snowmobiles, and skis, then you were wrong! There are many ways to experience the snowy landscape of West Yellowstone in the winter, from a romantic sleigh ride to a thrilling ride through the forest dogsledding. Dog Sledding Imagine gliding through snow-covered forests, smelling the pungent pines and crisp clean mountain air, warmly snuggled in blankets, with only the sound of paws hitting the soft snow. Dog sledding is the most unusual way to experience winter in Yellowstone country. Sled dog tours are available daily with sleds that can handle up to a family of four. It’s one experience no one will ever forget. Don't miss the annual Sled Dog Races in West Yellowstone. Snowshoeing The western corridor of Yellowstone Park and adjoining national forests offer incredible snowshoeing. The Rendezvous Ski Trails, the Riverside Trail, and the pet-friendly Boundary Trail in West Yellowstone, along with 40 miles of trails in the Old Faithful area, provide great trails and scenery for snowshoers of all [...]

Yellowstone Helicopters $69 Helicopter Tours

$69 Yellowstone Helicopter Flights & Tours at West Yellowstone Helicopter tours and scenic flights at Yellowstone. Yellowstone National Park is a bucket list adventure for an estimated 4.5 million visitors each year. Helicopter tours take your Yellowstone outback adventures up to 10,000 feet to experience the wild and scenic American West by air. Same day flights available! Exciting helicopter tours at Yellowstone are the best way to experience the majesty and thrilling scenic vistas of America’s West. Go where the large crowds and bus tours of Yellowstone National Park cannot, up in the air at 10,000 feet to soar like an eagle over craggy snow capped mountains, scenic lakes, hidden valleys and Yellowstone’s outback today! 10 Minute Soar Like An Eagle, Explore Yellowstone’s Outback Eagle Peak is a soaring 10,000 foot granite mountain peak that’s covered in pristine white snow for most of the year. It also overlooks the widest swath of Yellowstone’s craggy mountain ranges, deep valleys, lost lakes and rivers. This value helicopter tour gets you and the entire family into the American West without breaking your travel [...]

Zipline

Find exhilarating experiences at Yellowstone Aerial Adventures, including the country’s only self-navigating zipline and a 49-adventure course featuring elements as high as fifty feet off the ground. This zipline adventure park was inspired by European aerial adventure courses to combine the popularity and thrill of 3,000 feet of ziplines with 10 stories of complex and challenging acrobatic high ropes elements. They created and patented a self-belay harness system that gives you the freedom to navigate the course at your own pace while always being securely clipped to a static webbing/harness system. The course is a one-of-a-kind highlight opportunity for any Yellowstone vacation! see all activities