Destination guide

Nature and wildlife at West Yellowstone vacation home rentals

A truly year-round destination, West Yellowstone is a charming small town that’s home to the western entrance to the vast Yellowstone National Park, and the closest entrance to the Old Faithful geyser. In the summer, hikers flock here to kick off their Yellowstone vacation by dining at the town’s restaurants, stocking up on camping equipment, and soaking up the authentic Wild West ambience. In the cooler months, West Yellowstone vacation rentals are a magnet for winter sports fans, who come to explore the 400 miles of trails on snowmobiles, or cross-country ski in nearby Gallatin National Forest.

Things to do

Sightseeing near West Yellowstone vacation rentals

Outdoor enthusiasts head to West Yellowstone for its proximity to Yellowstone National Park, but you'll find that there’s plenty to do in between hikes and excursions. After a long day of hiking, why not reward the kids with a trip to see a family-friendly show at the Playmill Theatre, followed by an indulgent dessert in one of downtown’s ice cream parlors? Or, to explore the majesty of Yellowstone without worrying about blisters or bears, check out the Yellowstone Giant Screen, an IMAX theater with a 6-story-high screen which offers daily showings of films about the park and its history.

Activities

Activities near West Yellowstone vacation homes

Fans of the great outdoors will be in heaven in West Yellowstone; there are few outdoor activities that you can't do here, so whether your idea of the perfect vacation is mountain biking along rugged trails, kayaking through unspoilt wilderness, fly-fishing in the sparkling waters of Quake Lake, or simply listening to the bugle-like calls of elk from the porch of your West Yellowstone vacation rental, this town has it all. Winter blankets the park in snow, making the trails ripe for cross-country skiing and snowcoach tours, while summer brings horseback rides past majestic geysers and waterfalls.

Day trips

Day trips near West Yellowstone vacation homes

West Yellowstone is an ideal base camp to explore the wonders of Big Sky. Vacation rentals are available near places like Gallatin National Forest, a vast wilderness area with hiking trails and streams teeming with wildlife, and Gallatin Canyon, a deep gorge and river with campsites and opportunities for climbing and water adventures. You'll also like Ousel Falls Park, a park with scenic waterfalls and hiking trails, and Spanish Peaks, a mountain range with streams, rivers, lakes, and alpine terrain.

Weather

Climate during your stay in West Yellowstone getaway cabins

West Yellowstone’s weather, like many other things in this one-of-a-kind frontier town, is varied and awe-inspiring. The sub-arctic climate gives rise to cold winters which blanket the town in twinkling drifts of snow; temperatures plunge precipitously between October and March, and the coldest temperature in the lower 48 states—minus 54 degrees—was recorded here. But spring brings the land back to life, and summers are pleasantly warm, with highs in the top end of the 70s—perfect hiking weather.

Natural features

Park yourself in West Yellowstone to enjoy stunning scenery

The most notable feature of West Yellowstone’s location is, without a doubt, its proximity to Yellowstone Park; it’s adjacent to the most popular entrance, and a West Yellowstone vacation rental puts you in the ideal spot if you’re planning on hiking to the Old Faithful geyser, just over 30 miles away. The land here is rugged and wild but stunningly beautiful, marbled with ice in winter and strewn with wildflowers in the summer, and is home to a dizzying variety of animals, including elk, bison, and bears.

How to get there

Transportation to and around West Yellowstone

Fly into West Yellowstone, MT (WYS-Yellowstone), the closest airport, located 2.5 mi (4.1 km) from the city center.

Family friendly

Family fun near West Yellowstone vacation rentals

West Yellowstone is filled with family-friendly attractions for all ages. Vacation homes are available near places like the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center, a park with close-up views of grizzly bears and gray wolves, and Yellowstone Historic Center, a museum in a former train depot with artifacts from local history. Kids will also like Yellowstone Aerial Adventures, an adventure park with zip lines through the wilderness and rafting excursions.

Where to stay around West Yellowstone?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 493 vacation rentals near West Yellowstone. From 223 Cabins to 115 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near West Yellowstone for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to West Yellowstone?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in West Yellowstone. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Yellowstone National Park - West Entrance: 671 vacation rentals
  • Yellowstone Historic Center: 470 vacation rentals
  • Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center: 470 vacation rentals
  • Yellowstone IMAX Theatre: 473 vacation rentals
  • Yellowstone Big Gun Fun: 467 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around West Yellowstone listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Cabins in West Yellowstone?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 223 Cabins in West Yellowstone. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in West Yellowstone include:

  • Houses: 115 rentals available
  • Cottages: 223 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 70 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in West Yellowstone?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 83 vacation rentals with pool available in West Yellowstone. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.