Best Summer Events in West Yellowstone

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West Yellowstone, Montana is more than just a gateway to Yellowstone National Park. There is so much to experience West of the Park, including an array of unique events. Here are just a few:

West Yellowstone is known for its hometown 4th of July celebration, with one-of-a-kind events. Festivities begin with the Fire Department BBQ. Make sure to get in line at the Yellowstone Historic Center for Pie on the Porch, to buy a slice of homemade pie. We even put all of those bison droppings to use during the Buffalo Chip Chuck Contest at Pioneer Park. The parade starts at 6 p.m., followed by live music at the town park, ending with a firework display at dusk.

Biathlon is not only a winter sport. During the Mountain Bike Biathlon, mountain bikes replace skis on the Rendezvous Trails. The result is a unique, challenging test of speed, cardio endurance, and precision rifle shooting. There is novice training and competitions are open to all ages and skill levels.

The Smoking Waters Mountain Man Rendezvous is a week-long living history encampment that taking place every August. Organizers try to keep things true to the period from the late 1800s. There are demonstrations of skills from the era, as well as local storytellers to help visitors imagine the unique story of the American mountain man.

At the Diamond P Shootout, (cowboy mounted shooting), in early August, you can watch some of the best in the country compete in an event that combines barrel racing and shooting. More than 80 competitors run in this timed event for cash and prizes. It is actually the fastest growing equestrian sport in the country, and this event is one of the largest in the western United States.

The Annual Rod Run Classic Car Show takes place the first weekend in August, bringing in car enthusiasts from across the country. After a parade down main street, the Show & Shine is open to the public. Vendors and live music round out the event.

Free Music in the Park has been entertaining locals and visitors alike for nearly 15 years. Local, regional and national musicians take the stage throughout the summer for relaxing, fun-filled evenings in Pioneer Park. The public is encouraged to bring their lawn chairs and blankets and kick back with friends. 2019 dates are July 4, July 20, August 2 and August 17.

If you’re planning to visit this summer, why not check out what this small town in the heart of Yellowstone Country has to offer? For lodging, dining and other attractions visit


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