Scenic Winter Overview
Photo courtesy: West Yellowstone Chamber
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center
Photo courtesy: Discovery Center
West Yellowstone Rodeo
Photo courtesy: MTOT
Yellowstone Historic Center
Photo courtesy: MTOT
West Yellowstone serves as the western entrance to the famous Yellowstone National Park. Though comparatively quiet during winter, West Yellowstone booms in the spring when summer residents return and tourists come to visit Yellowstone National Park. (from Cheney's Names on the Face of Montana, Mountain Press Publishing Company) The natural scenic wonders of the nation's oldest national park include geysers, brilliant hot pools, bubbling mud cauldrons, rugged mountain peaks, majestic waterfalls, streams and beautiful lakes.
West Yellowstone is known as the trout fishing and snowmobiling capital of the world. Many companies in West Yellowstone offer snowmobile and ski rentals. Anglers come from all over the world to test their skills in the blue-ribbon trout streams surrounding the area. The town sits on a high plateau and receives an extraordinary amount of snow in winter. The town takes advantage of this by grooming hundreds of miles of snowmobile and cross-country ski trails and hosting races in both sports. In summer, the area also offers extraordinary locations with Hebgen and Quake lakes and the picturesque Madison River. The town's convention center can accommodate up to 1,000 for meetings and banquets.
Visit Montana's first IMAX Theatre, presenting a six-story high screen with stereo surround sound. The film Yellowstone interprets the history, wildlife, geothermal activity and grandeur of our first national park. The Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center offers an educational experience and viewing area for visitors to watch live grizzles and wolves in their own natural habitat.
Experience the lure of Yellowstone National Park. Located in the historic Union Pacific Depot at West Yellowstone, the museum showcases the history of visitation and transportation to our nation's first national park. The museum contains displays on stage coach and railroad companies that brought tens of thousands of visitors to the park, artifacts, weekly educational programs, guest speakers, daily films, and guided walking tours of the historic district. Open daily from the middle of May through the middle of October. Group rates available.
The West Yellowstone Chamber of Commerce, a statewide travel information center offers extensive information on the area.
Elevation: 6,667 feet
West Yellowstone Chamber