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The hardest part of your vacation will be deciding what to do! Whether you are planning to visit next week or next year, we can help you find the best things to do and see in the West Yellowstone area.

Check out our trip ideas and articles for all the inspiration you need to enjoy unspoiled natural beauty and small-town hospitality. Find tips on visiting Yellowstone National Park, preparing for an outdoor adventure, and much more.
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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

NAPA Auto Parts

Riverside Station

Super Save Conoco

Traveler’s Service Center

Westgate Auto Body & Towing

ClearBlu Business Servicess

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

Bozeman Health


Fire Website Hosting & Design, LLC

Terrell’s Office Machines

Quickprint of West Yellowstone

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Big Sky Photography and Design

FoxDen Images

Silver Cloud Photography

Quickprint of West Yellowstone

Berkshire Hathaway Home Services – Montana Properties

Montana Territorial Land Co.

Yellowstone Realty, LLC

Mobile One RV Service

Mobile RV Tech

Montana Mobile Tech

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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
  • Google Directions

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)
  • Google Directions

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 May 9 through October 13, 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.

West Yellowstone Foundation Bus

Karst Stage

Shuttle to Big Sky and Taxi

Salt Lake Express

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

Big Sky Car Rentals

Budget Rent A Car

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

Yellowstone Road Runner

Vacation Planning / Tour & Travel Agencies
West Yellowstone businesses offer tours throughout the year. Several can also help with planning that dream vacation.

Two Top Snowmobile Rental & Yellowstone Winter Tours

Yellowstone Vacations, LLC

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.

Brandin’ Iron Inn

Buffalo Bus Touring Company (Yellowstone Vacations)

Easy Tours Yellowstone

Free Heel & Wheel

Rendezvous Snowmobile Rentals/Yellowstone Vacations

The Diamond P Ranch

Three Bear Lodge

Tour Yellowstone

Two Top Snowmobile Rental & Yellowstone Winter Tours

Yellowstone Arctic Yamaha

GaperGuide, Inc.

Yellowstone Luxury Tours

Yellowstone Wildlife Adventures

Mountain Mikes Tours


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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Plan Your Gathering

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.

Free Travel Planner

No matter the season, we can help you plan an unforgettable visit to West Yellowstone. Download our free travel guide to learn about activities, services, local tips, and more to make the most of your vacation. We’d love to share adventures with you!



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