West Yellowstone, best known as the western entrance to Yellowstone National Park, is the "Hub" of Yellowstone camping and lodging vacations. It is perfectly placed between the Upper & Lower Loop of Yellowstone National Park and is the ideal spot for touring all of Yellowstone and the surrounding scenic area. Old Faithful is only 30 miles from the west entrance and the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone only 40 miles.
Whether you visit Yellowstone during the early spring, summer season or fall, you will always find something to do. Our charming town has many fine restaurants, several grocery stores, a convention center, movie and live theatres, nightclubs, museums, exhibits and a great shopping district with a variety of stores and shops, including western art and antiques.
West Yellowstone Chamber, also our travel information & visitor center, has literature and maps on just about everything and anything you may be interested in and will always be happy to assist you.
Wild West Yellowstone Rodeo has been one of the primary attractions in this area since August, 2000.
Yellowstone Vacations is a one stop vacation planning site for lodging, snowmobile rentals, snowmobile tours, and Yellowstone National Park tours & car rentals.
Yellowstone area activity links
www.discoveringmontana.com....Montana's official state website!
www.westyellowstonechamber.com...Travel Information & Visitor Center
www.yellowstonehistoriccenter.org ....Museum of the Yellowstone - Historic Center
www.playmill.com...West Yellowstone Life Playhouse Theatre
www.virginiacity.com...also Nevada City,(Ghost Towns)...National Monument
www.grizzlydiscoveryctr.com .....Grizzlies and Wolves in their own habitat
www.parade-rest-ranch.com ......Horseback Trail Rides
www.montanawhitewater.com .....Best rafting in Yellowstone & Teton area - Yellowstone National Park rafting experts
www.raftmontana.com .....Geyser White Water Expeditions in Yellowstone & Big Sky Region-Raft & Kayak Trips
www.yellowstone-guides.com ....Yellowstone Premier Outfitter-Guides & Park Trips
www.budlillys.com .....Daily Professional Guide Service -- Float & Wade Trips -- Trout Shop On-Line
www.jacklinsflyshop.com ...Outfitters for the World of Fly Fishing
Water Conditions & up-to-date Fishing Report
www.arricks.com .....Full Service Fly Shop--Professional Guides
Yellowstone National Park
Established on March 1, 1872, Yellowstone National Park is the first and oldest park in the world and the largest in America. Within its two million acres lie the greatest collection of geysers on this earth, the largest alpine lake in our nation,the colorful Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River, thundering waterfalls higher than Niagra, petrified forests, trout-laden streams and an endless array of native wildlife ranging from ground squirrels to grizzly bears. The human history of the Park dates back 12,000 years. Preserved within Yellowstone are Old Faithful Geyser and some 10,000 hot springs and geysers, the majority of the planet's total. These geothermal wonders are evidence of one of the worlds's largest active volcanoes. It's last eruption created a crater or caldera that spans almost half of the Park. An outstanding mountain wildland with clean water and air, Yellowstone is home of the grizzly bear and wolf, and free-ranging herds of bison and elk. It is the core of the greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, one of the largest intact temperate zone ecosystems remaning on the planet.
Yellowstone is much more than a Park. It is a region that includes three
states(Montana, Idaho & Wyoming) and two National Parks -Yellowstone and Grand Teton. While you are so close take a day to see Grand Teton National Park and visit Jackson, Wyoming, rich in frontier history. Look for the Jackson Lake Lodge, built by the Rockefellers' and take a boat ride at Jackson Lake from Colter Bay Marina. Your Yellowsone Pass is good for this Park as well.
Yellowstone National Park Facts
- 3,472 square miles--2,221.823 acres--
- 63 miles N to S --54 miles E to W
- 91% in Wyoming -- 7.6% in Montana--1.4% in Idaho
- 370 miles of paved roads--5 entrances--6 visitors centers
- 97 trailheads -- 300 designated backcountry campsites
- 250+/-active geysers -- Approximately 10,000 thermal features
- One of the world's largest calderas (1,316 square miles)
- Highest Waterfall : "Lower Falls" : 308 feet
Yellowstone Lake is...
- 136 sq miles of surface area -- 110 miles of shoreline--
- 20 miles north to south -- 14 miles east to west--
- Maximum depth: 390 ft
Besides exploring Yellowstone National Park there are many other interesting things to do and see in our town and surrounding area. Activities include fishing, white water rafting, horseback trail riding, hiking sightseeing, mountain climbing and biking and much more....With so much to do around West Yellowstone, you won't want to go home!
Hebgen and Quake Lakes
Hebgen Lake recreational area features a 212,000 acre resevoir with good fishing, boating and sailing. Rafting is available on the nearby rivers: the Yellowstone, Gallatin and Madison. These three rivers and the North Fork of the Snake River, Firehole and other great rivers also provide excellent trout fishing, as does Quake Lake (part of the Madison System), including also Yellowstone Lake and Henry's Lake. Anglers come from all over the world to test their skills in the blue-ribbon trout streams surrounding area. Nowhere else in North America will you find such an abundance of famous trout fishing water all within a short drive from West Yellowstone. There are numerous tackle and fly shops in West Yellowstone, specializing in teaching fly fishing and fly casting for the beginner to the advanced angler. You can purchase or rent fishing equipment, get your licenses and even book a guided fishing trip in Yellowstone National Park, southwest Montana and Idaho's Henry's Fork. In Yellowstone National Park no license is required but you must get a fishing permit and the regulations before trying your luck!
Located just 25 miles from West Yellowstone, a powerful earthquake rocked the West Yellowstone Area in 1959, tumbling 80 million tons of rock down a
mountainside into the Madison River, blocking the river and creating the Quake
Lake. The U.S Forest Service has built a Visitor Center and Memorial, beside
Quake Lake on Highway 287, to this quirk of Nature.
Living History in Nevada City and Virgina City
Nearby, located just an hours drive down Highway 287 from Quake Lake, are
also one of the most popular historic sites, the restored mining towns, Virginia
City and Nevada City, which hold a special place in Montana's history. Virginia
City is a true and original Old West town and held within an incredibly rich
area of natural beauty, recreation and history. The two old gold rush towns sit
side-by side on Highway 287, 85 miles from West Yellowstone. In 1863
prospectors discovered what would be the most productive placer mining
district in the world. Adjacent to Virginia City is Nevada City, filled with
buildings and artifacts that impresses every visitor. A narrow gauge rail way line runs between the two towns.
IMAX Theatre and Museum of the Yellowstone
You will also enjoy a visit to the Museum of the Yellowstone, located in town at the historic Union Pacific Depot, built in 1909. Not to leave out Montana's first IMAX Theatre, presenting a six-story high screen with stereo surrounding
sound. The main attraction film "Yellowstone" interprets the history, wildlife,
geothermal activity and grandeur of Yellowstone National Park. Yellowstone has
more beauty than one can absorb in a life time, so be prepared for a memorable