Took a family white water rafting trip with Wild West Rafting on the Yellowstone River. Nice clean water, lots of big splashes - had an awesome time, the highlight of our Yellowstone Trip. The guide was great and its a kid friendly river.
As you enter Gardiner after exiting Yellowstone National park thought the Roosevelt arch, the road curves around and plops you right onto a one sided drag(wouldn't want to obstruct views of the park now) which is full of resturants and gift shops. Take a stroll down the strip, it only takes a few moments. There is a great little western shop to buy your hats or belts, ect... a jewlery gallery, interesting to poke your head into, and chatchkey filled shops for all your souvenier needs.
For our wedding favors, I wanted to get the guests something I found to be useful, not just another bag of Jordan Almonds or some awful figurine they would throw out. So I bought them the gift of life, I planted trees for each one of them. Now the coincidence is this, I bought the trees through the Arbor Day Foundation, they choose the location, and they chose Gallatin National Forest! Gallatin is just north of Yellowstone where we would be honeymooning, we had to pop over. The forest itself is huge, I have no idea where all my little trees would be living, but we did drive through a small portion of Gallatin.
The portion we were in had a pulloff for a viewpoint of Devil's Slide. This interesting stripe in the mountain actually used to be horizontal! The stripe is layers of sediment and rock, when the mountain was formed it was pushed into a vertical position.
It's just a few miles north of the town of Gardiner, actually, you might technically be in the forest while you are IN gardiner. We saw Gallatin National Forest signs right in the middle of town.
The arch was designed by the same architect that designed the Old Faithful Inn, Robert Reamer.
President Theodore Roosevelt dedicated the arch to the people in a speech on April 24, 1903. "The Yellowstone Park is something absolutely unique in the world....This Park was created and is now administered for the benefit and enjoyment of the people.....it is the property of Uncle Sam and therefore all of us."
The arch was erected near the train station in Gardiner. Visitors to the park would board stagecoaches and proceed through the arch to Yellowstone. Of course today visitors stop some distance from the arch for photos then proceed to drive through.
height - 50 ft.
materials - basalt, quarried locally
We stayed here for 2 nights to be closer to the sites of Mammoth and Tower, as the road between...more
109 Hellroaring Road, Gardiner, MT, 59030
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