The Heart of Yellowstone

Image Courtesy of West Yellowstone Chamber of Commerce

Nestled among majestic mountain peaks and surrounded by natural scenic wonders, the town of West Yellowstone is rich in history and activities. located just outside the West Entrance to Yellowstone National Park, it is a year-round, family-friendly destination. West Yellowstone is minutes away from some of Yellowstone’s favorite attractions including Old Faithful and the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone.

During the winter, West Yellowstone receives, on average, over 150” of snow, beginning each day with a fresh coat of glistening beauty, begging to be explored. Visitors can glide over 50+ kilometers of groomed Nordic ski trails, sled more than 400 miles of groomed snowmobile trails with access to some of the best backcountry powder in the world, ice fish Hebgen Lake and more. They can also take a guided snowcoach or snowmobile tour into Yellowstone National Park.

Events are something West Yellowstone is proud of. In the fall, cyclists can participate in the Old Faithful Cycle Tour, and in the spring they can bike into Yellowstone before cars can enter during Cycle Only Days. Winter brings national and international Nordic Ski and biathlon events starting in November with our Yellowstone Ski Festival. Ice fisherman descend on West Yellowstone in January for the National Ice Fishing Tournament Qualifier. Snowmobilers gather in March to celebrate the season at the Snowmobile EXPO & Powersports Races. Our award-winning Kids’N’Snow program is offered once a month, December through March, to introduce children and their families to new winter activities.

Known for blue-ribbon trout streams, as well as access to hundreds of miles of hiking and biking trails in the surrounding National Forests, outdoor adventures await. Hebgen and Quake Lakes offer great still-water fishing. There are endless wildlife watching opportunities, photography and scenic drives. June through September, visitors can fly directly into the airport (WYS) just two miles north of town.

Highlights include the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center (open 365 days a year and the bears do not hibernate), Yellowstone Historic Center, Historic Walking Tour, Yellowstone Giant Screen Theatre, Earthquake Lake Visitor Center, Yellowstone Aerial Adventures, and Music in the Park concert series. End the day in front of the fire pit for s’mores, or in the lounge for a drink with friends.

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