Welcome to Gardiner


The border of the park is marked by the Roosevelt arch, constructed in 1903 and emblazoned with the powerful reminder, 'For the benefit and enjoyment of the people.' Originally, visitors traveled through the arch on the old stagecoach road. Today the highway has to wind awkwardly back on itself to route you through the historic portal.

This is the only entrance to Yellowstone open to automobile traffic year-round. Mammoth Hot Springs is just 5 miles away.


Top experiences in Gardiner

Gardiner activities

$47 Water Sports

Yellowstone River Rafting 2-Hour Family-Friendly Guided Tour

The trip begins with check-in at the rafting office in Gardiner, Montana a half-hour before the scheduled rafting trip. After you get checked in, you will be offered facilities to change into wetsuits or other appropriate water gear provided. Once everyone is ready, your guides will shuttle you to the river where they will provide safety instruction. From there, you board your raft and paddle off, with your guide giving constant instruction. You will see 8 miles of the beautiful Yellowstone River and experience Class II, III and even a Class IV depending on the time of the year. The Gallatin National Forest borders the Yellowstone to your left and you will have plenty of scenic viewing opportunity. Your guide will even let you jump in for a swim! About 20 minutes into your trip, you can expect to be photographed by a professional photographer. As your trip draws to a close, your guides will pick you up and drive 10 minutes back to Gardiner where you can change out of your river garb, view your photos and purchase other mementos from your trip.

$92 Water Sports

Yellowstone River Half-Day Rafting Tour with Yankee Jim Canyon

The trip begins with check-in at the rafting office in Gardiner, Montana, thirty minutes prior to departure. Once everyone is changed into wetsuits or other provided water gear, guides will shuttle you to the river where you will learn about water safety. From there, you board your raft and paddle off! You will see 18 miles of the beautiful Yellowstone River and experience Class II, III and even a Class IV depending on the time of the year. The Gallatin National Forest boarders the Yellowstone to your left and you will have plenty of scenic viewing opportunity. Your guide will even let you jump in for a swim! About 20 minutes into your trip, you can expect to be photographed by a professional photographer.Halfway through the excursion, your party will take a break and enjoy a homemade picnic lunch. Once lunch is finished, it's off through Yankee Jim Canyon for the last leg of the adventure.As your trip draws to a close, guides pick you up and drive 20 minutes back to Gardiner where you can change out of your river garb, view your photos and purchase other mementos from your trip.

$1499 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Yellowstone Winter Wildlife 4-Day Tour

Day 1: Bozeman to Yellowstone National Park8 a.m to 9 a.m. — Your guide picks you up at your hotel in Bozeman to head to Yellowstone National Park. On the way, stop for wildlife and winter scenery photo opportunities. Here, you may see bald eagles, golden eagles, bison, bighorn sheep, pronghorn antelope, elk, mule deer, white-tailed deer, and coyote. Overnight stay at Best Western (or similar accommodation) in Gardiner, MontanaDay 2: Gardiner to Cooke City (B)Depart your hotel at 5 a.m. — for guests to have their best chances at seeing wolves we'll depart early and eat breakfast in the field while looking for wolves. The northern range of Yellowstone is where wolves were first reintroduced in 1995 to bring the ecosystem back into its natural balance and has been called one of the best places on Earth to view wolves. Other wildlife you may see are bison, elk, mule deer, bighorn sheep, pronghorn antelope, coyote, red foxes, bald eagles, and golden eagles. Overnight stay at Super 8 (or similar accommodation) in Cooke City, Montana Day 3: Wildlife in the morning, afternoon of leisure (B)Depart your hotel at 5 a.m. for game drives. Your first pack territory will be the Lamar Canyon pack. You will post up, drink warm drinks, and wait for the light to present what the morning has to offer. Guides will be communicating with other guides and wolf researchers in the area to offer you the best sightings available for the day. By 11 a.m. you will head back to your hotel for an opportunity to choose from a variety of activities, including an afternoon ski or snowshoe trip (booked by customer, not included), enjoy your mountain cabin, or an afternoon wildlife viewing into Yellowstone National Park.Overnight stay at Super 8 (or similar accommodation) in Cooke City, Montana Day 4: Cooke City to Bozeman (B)Head out at 6 a.m. for a great opportunity to see wolves in their native state. You may witness wolves interacting with other wolf packs in territorial disputes, or see wolves trailing along the river bank during the morning hunt. You may also observe wolves social posturing, howling, eating, or just resting. After the morning wildlife viewing, you will make your way to Mammoth Hot Springs and out the Yellowstone River corridor to Bozeman where you will say our goodbyes.

$66 Water Sports

Yellowstone River Whitewater Rafting through Yankee Jim Canyon

The trip begins with check-in at the rafting office in Gardiner, Montana thirty minutes prior to departure. Once everyone is changed into wetsuits and water gear, guides will shuttle you 15 minutes to the river where you will learn about water safety. From there, you board your raft and paddle off, with a guide present for constant instruction. Paddle hard! Yankee Jim Canyon is an unforgettable whitewater rafting experience for enthusiasts. You will enjoy views from the Yellowstone River, facing class III and class IV rapids. Minimum trip size is 6, maximum is 8 adults looking for a thrilling ride. You must be in good physical condition for this 2-3 hour trip. As your trip draws to a close, guides will pick you up and drive 20 minutes back to Gardiner where you can change out of your river garb, view your photos and purchase other mementos from your trip.

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