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West Yellowstone, Montana

Located 1.5 miles from Wyoming and 8 miles from Idaho, West Yellowstone, Montana sits at 6,666 feet and is the only western entrance to Yellowstone National Park.

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  • West Yellowstone, Montana is the western gateway to Yellowstone National Park
  • Find comfortable lodging and great food in West Yellowstone
  • Go horseback riding in the wilderness around Yellowstone
  • Visit the geysers and mud pots within the park
  • Watch brave cowboys at the Wild West Yellowstone Rodeo


West Yellowstone, Montana is a town that is the doorway to Yellowstone National Park and is a must-see on your western vacation to Cody, Wyoming and surrounding sights.


West Yellowstone is the only entrance on the west side of Yellowstone National Park in the southwestern corner of Montana, 1.5 miles from the Wyoming border.


From comfortable lodges and inns to traditional chain motels and hotels, West Yellowstone offers everything a visitor could be looking for in the way of accommodations. Find a rustic cabin in the forest or a bed and breakfast in town.

Culinary dreams come true in West Yellowstone. There’s nothing like an excellent steak dinner after a long day of adventures. You’ll find restaurants and eateries that provide wonderful meals, and you can get fast food too, when you are on the go.


Summertime in West Yellowstone is the perfect time to get outdoors and have some excitement and challenge. You can hike, bike, fish or swim. There are endless opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts at every turn. Rafting and hunting hold fascination for all ages. Horseback riding through wilderness trails makes you feel as if you’ve traveled into the earlier era of trappers and explorers.

Winter is a great time of year too. With fewer crowds, you have some elbowroom to enjoy skiing, snowboarding, dog sledding and sleigh riding.


The closest attraction is, of course, Yellowstone National Park, where you can take in the natural wonders of the geysers, hot springs and mud pots. Grand Teton National Park is also nearby and offers some of the most amazing scenery in the US.

The Yellowstone Historic Center Museum is worth a visit. Here you will walk through the historic Union Pacific Depot, see displays on vintage Park transportation, watch films of the fires of 1988 and much more.

Another fun adventure is to go to the Wild West Yellowstone Rodeo in June, July or August. There’s plenty of bronc riding, barrel racing and bull riding to thrill young and old alike.

Getting Here

To get to Cody, Wyoming from West Yellowstone, Montana, you can go through Yellowstone Park, leaving by the East Entrance and taking US 14 directly to Cody.