West Yellowstone, MT, USA

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West Yellowstone, MT, USA

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Wilderness on your doorstep in West Yellowstone

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.

Happy trails in West Yellowstone

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.

West Yellowstone’s IMAX screens and ice creams

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.

Highs and lows in West Yellowstone

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.

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.