Welcome to West Yellowstone


As Yellowstone National Park's busiest entrance – admitting over 1.8 million visitors per year, more than twice as many as the next-most popular south entrance – traffic here can come to a standstill throughout town as everyone funnels through the gates. Expect every hotel to be booked early and restaurants to have a wait. If you do stay here, get up and get out early before the rest of Montana and Idaho arrive.


Top experiences in West Yellowstone

Amazing hotels and hostels

We've pre-picked the best hotels, hostels and bed and breakfasts to make your stay as enjoyable as possible.

Travel guides

Starting at $38.99

Image for

West Yellowstone activities

$650 Outdoor Activities

Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks 2-Day Wildlife Tour

See a panoply of wildlife and capture amazing photos on this 2-day adventure in two of America’s most revered national parks: Yellowstone and Grand Teton. With the help of your guide, spot impressive animals it would be difficult to find on your own. Visit famous landmarks in the parks and stay overnight at a hotel in Montana, soaking up the wild and pristine beauty of this distinctive region.Day 1: Jackson or Teton Village – Grand Teton – Yellowstone (L)Your 2-day wilderness escape starts in the early morning in Wyoming with pickup from your Jackson or Teton Village area hotel. As you travel by coach among the towering peaks of Grand Teton National Park glowing in the gentle morning light, enjoy complimentary snacks and refreshments and keep your eyes peeled for moose, elk, bison, grizzlies, black bears, wolves, coyotes and eagles. Binoculars will be provided for optimal viewing. Continue to nearby Yellowstone National Park, the first national park ever established, and see two of its many lovely waterfalls: the Upper Falls and Lower Falls. Take in views of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, a chasm on the Yellowstone River that cuts up to 1200 feet (366 m) deep. Savor a picnic lunch in this park teeming with animal and plant life as your guide shares facts about the geological and human forces that have shaped this area over thousands of years. Spend the evening in Yellowstone’s Lamar Valley – often called the ‘American Serengeti’ – searching for more wildlife. It was here that bison were brought back from the brink of extinction in the early 1900s. Look for these great woolly beasts and herds of elk coming out for their evening meal. Afterward, cross just over the border into Montana and have your own hearty dinner (own expense) at a local restaurant to finish off your day of exploration before settling into your comfortable hotel room for the night. Overnight: Hotel in West Yellowstone or Cooke City, MontanaDay 2: Yellowstone – Jackson or Teton Village Head back to Yellowstone’s Lamar Valley this morning to search for bears and wolves. Wolves were successfully re-introduced to this area in the 1990s, and your chances of seeing one are high. Lamar Valley is also the best place in Yellowstone to spy a grizzly bear, so have your camera ready!Spend the rest of the day taking short and easy hikes around some of the many geothermal features at Yellowstone created by volcanic activity. See famous Old Faithful’s massive eruption of water and the dramatic rock terraces at Mammoth Hot Springs. Reminisce about the most memorable wildlife sightings from your small-group tour as you are driven from Yellowstone back to your hotel in the early evening.

$65 Day Trips & Excursions

Grand Teton Park Self-Guided Tour from West Yellowstone

Your self-guided tour of Grand Teton National Park will be sent in an email so you can print it at your hotel or at home, or download the app if you use iOS. (For android devices, you can download the app for free.) Once your tour is downloaded, you can access it offline on your phone or iPad, and you will be able to travel around the park without the need for internet connection. The tour is packed with all the information you need before starting your adventure. It guides you precisely and is accessible at any time, so you can refer to it as many times as you wish.Your route is designed by a seasoned tour guide and will be sent to you within minutes of purchase. You will start from West Yellowstone, Montana, driving through Yellowstone Park and then beginning your tour at Jackson Lake. You will stop at Jenney Lake, Teton Village, the town of Jackson, Flat Creek, Mormon Row and many other attractions. Be sure to look for wildlife while you drive! This tour serves as a mile-by-mile guide for those who want to sightsee on their own schedule, while enjoying a route selected by an expert.

$65 Water Sports

Gallatin River Whitewater Rafting

Get Wet! Families never forget their rafting experience with Geyser Whitewater.  A great departure from driving around the Park.  Join us today and "Do Something Extraordinary!" The closest Rafting to West Yellowstone and Old Faithful!

$4600 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Grand Teton Yellowstone MT Rushmore

Day One: Salt Lake City  begin  tour in Salt Lake City at 9:00 AM with airport pickup.  will start out Downtown Salt Lake City Utah with a tour then travel to park city and Heber city, and then have a welcome dinner.  will stay at a Hotel Downtown Salt Lake City.Day Two: Jackson Hole, Wyoming Welcome to the West. Along the way, you will visit viewpoints. This trail was the main overland route for hundreds of thousands of settlers migrating from the east coast to the western US.  will travel to the Bar J ranch western village where gift shops await, take a stroll down the history trail, sample Dutch oven biscuits, wet your whistle at the Watering Hole, and chat with the Wranglers! You will have a welcome dinner the Bar J it is a dinner show. The Bar J Chuckwagon, originated on a working cattle ranch, takes you back to the spirit of the old west with a relaxing atmosphere, a rib stickin’ meal and authentic cowboy entertainment.Day Three: Grand Tetons Park On this day, you will be exploring Grand Teton National Park. This national park was first set up as a National Monument by the labors of the Rockefellers and other philanthropists.Day Four: Yellowstone National Park. This morning you will enjoy the unique area known in Yellowstone. This morning you will enjoy the unique area known in Yellowstone as Mammoth Hot Springs. After visiting this area, you will travel along the western side of the park to Gibson Falls and Norris Geyser Basin. and then return to West Yellowstone for the evening.  visit the nearby Grizzly Bear and Wolf.Day Five and Six: Yellowstone Today  want to visit the Yellowstone River and the famous “Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone”Day Seven: Yellowstone Today then traveling Devils Tower Tour Breakfast is at Bubba’s (wait until you see the size of the biscuits and pancakes)  then drive over the Big Horn Mountains and have lunch in Sheridan WY.Day Eight: Deadwood, South Dakota Devils Tower. Then drive over the Big Horn Mountains. will see many sites along the way to Mount Rushmore: Cheyenne Indian reservation, Custard last stand Little Bighorn, Museums and much moreDay Nine: Mount Rushmore/DEADWOOD MT Rushmore tour After Breakfast take the Black hills South Dakota and take an extensive tour of famous Mt Rushmore.  visit the Crazy Horse Memorial.Day Ten:  take a morning tour of the Badlands located near the Sioux Indian Reservation.Day Eleven: RETURN TO SALT LAKE CITY seeing sites