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Welcome to West Yellowstone, Montana

Visit West Yellowstone, the west entrance and gateway community to Yellowstone National Park. Surrounded by three national forests, blue-ribbon trout streams, and beautiful mountain lakes, West Yellowstone features lodgingdiningshopping, and family-friendly events year-round.

This summer, take your ATV out on a trail or enjoy breathtaking scenery while fishinghiking, or biking in and around Yellowstone National Park. You’ll find plenty of small-town hospitality, outdoor adventures, lodgingrestaurants, and much more in West Yellowstone.

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Explore West Yellowstone: Earthquake Lake Visitor Center

August 3rd, 2019|

Did you know that one of the strongest recorded earthquakes in North America occurred just a few miles north of West Yellowstone? On your next scenic drive around West Yellowstone, stop in at the Earthquake Lake Visitor Center to find out more about the 1959 Hebgen Lake Earthquake and the “night of terror” that ensued. Visitors to the center can learn about the area’s rich geologic activity while taking in striking views of the mountain that fell and the lake it created. The Hebgen Lake Earthquake Earthquake Lake Visitor Center. Holly Scholl Photography. The Hebgen Lake Earthquake occurred in the dead of night on August 17, 1959. The earthquake measured 7.5 (later adjusted to 7.3) on the Richter scale and triggered a landslide that brought 80 million tons of rock hurdling down into the Madison River canyon at 100 miles per hour, killing 28 people who were camping nearby. The geologic event blocked the Madison River in less than a minute and formed what is now known as Earthquake (Quake) Lake. The Visitor Center The Earthquake Lake Visitor [...]

Yellowstone’s First Superintendents

July 11th, 2019|

I believe we all know that Yellowstone National Park has a superintendent who is in charge of maintaining the business of the park.   The superintendent resides at Mammoth Hot Springs. There have been many superintendents in the park so I thought I would give you some information about the first three gentlemen who occupied that position. The first was Nathaniel P. Langford.  He led an expedition that was credited for the actual creation of the National Park idea in 1870.  He was appointed superintendent for five years, from 1872 to 1877. This was an unpaid position.  He was reportedly an extremely busy gentleman and It is reported that in those five years he only had time for three trips to the park and time to submit only one full report. Next came Philetus W. Norris who served between 1877 and 1882.  He was considered something of a visionary where our first national park was concerned.  He opened the park’s interior roads and was well aware the need would soon arise for various tourist facilities and accommodations.   He earned a reputation [...]

Simple Tips To Get The Best Photos Of Yellowstone

July 8th, 2019|

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 [...]

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