In the summer, don't miss nearby hiking trails, great rivers for fly fishing, and of course the many attractions within the park. In the winter, make sure to take a snowmobile or snowcoach tour of the park, go ice fishing on Hebgen Lake, or go skiing at Big Sky Resort. Year-round activities include the IMAX Theater, Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, and self guided Historic Walking Tours.
Top 10 Things to do in West Yellowstone
- Yellowstone National Park: This is an obvious one since West Yellowstone is located just outside the park's West Entrance. Enter the park and divvy up your time between the Upper and Lower Loops in the park. You won't want to miss top attractions like Old Faithful, Norris Geyser Basin, Lake Yellowstone, Grand Canyon
of the Yellowstone, and Mammoth Hot Springs.
- Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center: See LIVE bears, wolves, otters and birds of prey at this AZA accredited, Not-for-Profit Wildlife Park and Educational Facility. Open 365 days a year (GWDC bears do NOT hibernate) located in West Yellowstone one block from Yellowstone National Park.
- Yellowstone Giant Screen Theater: This theater in West Yellowstone is open year-round and features a handful of movies, typically one about Yellowstone and the area and other seasonal features.
- Yellowstone Historic Center: This museum is located in the old
train depot in West Yellowstone and features many exhibits on local history. Get into the history a little deeper by picking up a Historic Walking Tour brochure from the West Yellowstone Chamber.
- Hebgen Lake: Go fishing, boating, and camping along Hebgen Lake, just north of West Yellowstone. In the winter, check out the ice fishing options.
- Bike the Historic Rail Bed: Rent a bike and venture out onto a path where the Union Pacific rail bed once ran between West Yellowstone and
Island Park, Idaho. You'll enjoy 30 miles of wilderness scenery and
- Madison River: Pick up your $25 Montana fishing permit and hook up with guide who will
point you in the right direction for world-class fishing on the the
nearby Madison River. The river runs from the Madison Junction in Yellowstone north to Three Forks, Montana.
- Riverside Trails: The trailhead for this riverside trails is located right in town, near the entrance to the park. In the summer you can follow the trail until it meets up with the Madison River. In the winter, these trails are great for cross country skiing.
- Historic Virginia City: Northwest of West Yellowstone, take a day to explore Virginia City and revisit the days of the Wild West in this historic gold-rush boom
town. Pan for gold in Alder Gulch, then catch a lift in a stagecoach to
see an old-time melodrama by the Virginia City Payers at the Opera
- Winter in Yellowstone: Once the snow flies, the West Entrance of Yellowstone National Park is only open to oversnow vehicles like snowmobiles and snowcoaches. Hop aboard a snowcoach for the best wildlife and sightseeing tour in the park during the
winter. Tour options can include Old Faithful and the Grand Canyon of
the Yellowstone. Other winter park activities include cross country skiing along the Riverside Trail, accessible right from West Yellowstone.