West Yellowstone Travel Guide

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West Yellowstone Things to Do

  • Rafting in West Yellowstone

    Had a great time rafting with Geyser Whitewater in Big Sky. Nice drive to the river company and a great staff.


    The Holiday Inn has an original 1903 rail car from the Oregon Short Line, so named because it was the shortest distance between Oregon and Wyoming. Part of the Union Pacific Railway it's first run was in 1884, until it became it's own identity in 1897, then repurchased by the new Union Pacific Railroad in 1899. The tie in to West Yellowstone was in...


    If you enter Yellowstone National Park from the west entrance, make sure you stop at the Parks visitor center in West Yellowstone. It is located with the West Yellowstone Chamber of Commerce on the road to the park and only a block out of town. The Rangers are most helpful, with maps, things to see and do in the park and any warnings. This is a big...

  • The West Yellowstone IMAX Theater

    The West Yellowstone IMAX Theater has a six-story screen and stereo surround sound. A standard film here is Yellowstone, which is a good introduction or enhancement to your visit to Yellowstone National Park. The film features the history, wildlife, beauty, and geothermal activity in the park. Besides this standard feature, the theater also always...

  • Yellowstone Historic Center

    The Yellowstone Historic Center is a small museum, located in a 1909 Union Pacific Railroad depot. The museum covers the Yellowstone area’s history from early tourism to today. This includes the railroad history, and continues to the 1988 fires and how it has effected the park's ecology. Exhibits contain historic artifacts, including stagecoaches,...

  • Visiting Yellowstone National Park

    Although Yellowstone’s West Entrance begins just outside the little town of West Yellowstone, you will need to drive 14 miles to Madison Junction to get on the park’s main figure eight road. When in Yellowstone, don't just go to Old Faithful and leave. There is SO much more. One thing that is fun is to take the Old Faithful Lodge historic tour,...


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West Yellowstone Restaurants

  • Skip!

    This is located in the Holiday Inn. The kitchen is very slow. The breakfast bar is poor at best. One of the meals was missing the bacon. Another had cold hash browns and when I ordered my eggs al lacart, they cam on a plate that was so small I thought it would slop all over.

  • Eat Outside, or In

    Buckaroo Bill’s is the only West Yellowstone restaurant that I have eaten in. It is a casual restaurant, and on nice days you have the option of eating outside. They have a good variety of items on the menu, such as BBQ pork ribs, BBQ chicken, beef steaks, buffalo steaks, and elk. The restaurant also has what they call a Buckaroo Bill’s Grub Menu...

  • Breakfast

    I try to stay at places that give you some kind of free breakfast as part of the deal because breakfast is ridiculously expensive. There were hot breakfast biscuits, cold cereal, and various pastries and beverages.

  • Brunch?

    Our plane was to board at 11:10 and get to SLC after 1300, and they would not give us anything except peanuts, so I thought maybe we should get lunch. There was a little place there called the Smoke Jumpers Cafe The man there said he was still doing breakfast, but he could do mozzarella sticks or hamburger. So I had a hamburger. We just barely...

  • Drive Through

    When we came out of the park after two days without computer access, we dumped our stuff in our room. I wanted to get something for lunch where I didn't have to get out of the car. So we went through the KFC drive-through and got some mac and cheese (comfort food). I considered other fast food possibilities which are Arby's, 138 Firehole Ave, West...

  • Parking

    We were really involved editing our photos, but finally about 7:30 I decided that we should go to dinner. I drove around the restaurant area and finally said - the next parking place I see, we will eat near there. And I found a parking place in front of the playhouse and the Old Town Cafe was across the street. This was the only place not on the...


West Yellowstone Nightlife

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    by museberry Updated Nov 29, 2005

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    The Playmill Theatre is an intimate (meaning slightly packed in) local theatre that features a few shows each season. Actors are pulled in from neighboring states and those summer stock shows run nightly (except Sunday) May thru mid September. (During peak season it's a good idea to reserve ahead of time as the theatre usually fills up.)

    Don't expect Broadway quality, and if you're bored easily by theatre in general don't bother. The Playmill is a spot for those looking to relax and have a nice interactive time while appreciating some of northwest talents. The nightlife scene in Yellowstone extends to a few bars so picking up tickets to a show makes for a fuller evening out.

    All seats are: Friday/ Saturday: $15... and Mon-Thurs $12.50
    (Group/ Senior and Child rates are available Mon-Thurs)

    The Box Office is open 11am-10pm Daily/ Closed Sundays.

    **Remember to let the seaters know if you have a birthday/ Anniversary/ etc in your group as they will come and sing to them with the opening of the show.**

    (If you're an actor and interested in performing for a season with the theatre watch the website for upcoming audition information)

    Dress Code: Relaxed attire is entirely appropriate, dress up if you like but most are fairly casual usually in jeans as they've spent the day hanging out in the great outdoors.

    An evening of local theatrics...
    Related to:
    • Theater Travel
    • National/State Park
    • Road Trip

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West Yellowstone Transportation

  • Yellowstone Airport Montana

    The Yellowstone Airport, code WYS, is a state owned public use airport, that is located a little over 1 mile north of West Yellowstone’s business district. This is a small commercial airport, with a large amount of its air traffic from private planes. No large jets fly in and out of West Yellowstone, so if you do not like small computer type...

  • Car Rental

    Since we flew in to the West Yellowstone airport, we needed to rent a car. There are two car rental kiosks at the airport - Avis and Budget. We rented from Avis. They had a somewhat different gas policy - if we didn't drive 70 miles, they would charge us extra for gas.Budget also has a place in West Yellowstone at 131 Dunraven Street -West...

  • Fly In

    West Yellowstone’s airport is THE closest airport to Yellowstone Park. WYS is the 8th largest of Montana’s 121 airports. It is one of the ten smoke jump bases for USFS Interagency Fire Control. The Cafe is named for the Smoke Jumpers. Primarily the airport serves private pilots.The commercial flights from Salt Lake - Skywest Airlines (Delta...


West Yellowstone Shopping


    Special? Many reasons for the Cradleboard to be special. Let's start off with the greeting. A welcoming hello and Sherrian took me by the hand. She and her husband Paul, co-own the gift store and were very helpful in locating that perfect piece of turquoise jewelry my wife was looking for. Turquoise jewelry is only a part of this expansive gift...

  • As You Stroll the Town’s Streets

    As you walk the streets of this small town, you will find an assortment of stores, including bakeries, art galleries, and specialty shops. You will find such items as custom designed jewelry, Indian handicrafts, western clothing, homemade candy, ice cream cones, fly-fishing items, sports equipment, original artwork and prints, plus souvenirs such...

  • Groceries

    I didn't do any shopping here except for gas. But there are groceries available Things that are available include• Custom-designed jewelry created by a local silversmith.• Specialty “Made in Montana” products and Indian handicrafts.• Yellowstone memorabilia, authentic western wear, and antiques.• A wildlife Christmas ornament, homemade fudge and...


West Yellowstone Local Customs

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    by mrclay2000 Updated Jan 10, 2003

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    Do not call aloud for the animals' attention. Other visitors have come a long way to witness the animals, not to listen to some clown who needs a mug shot for his photo album. Be patient and silent, let the animals do their thing while you hunt for the best perspective -- but above all, respect the rights of others.

    everyone needs a little peace and quiet

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West Yellowstone Warnings and Dangers

  • Flights May Reschedule

    When I made my reservations to fly to West Yellowstone to visit Yellowstone Park, the Delta website said that flights started to West Yellowstone in early June. But after I booked a flight with Delta for June 9th, changing in Salt Lake, Delta canceled the June 9th flight. They did not offer any options, just canceled that one segment.It was easier...

  • Wildlife Should Always Be Considered...

    As you explore the National Forests around West Yellowstone, or drive and hike in Yellowstone National Park, remember the wildlife you see can do you harm. Heed Yellowstone’s warning, and follow their rules. Although most people understand bears are dangerous, I have see some really stupid behavior, mainly people approaching bears to get a close up...

  • If You Don't Like Little Airplanes

    This airport only has a couple of commercial flights in and out each day. SkyWest Airlines serves West Yellowstone Airport out of Salt Lake City, Utah. The airplane only seats 30 people. If you have any kind of fear of flying, don't consider flying into this airport. Also although they say that they have services from June 1 to September 30, Delta...


West Yellowstone Tourist Traps


    Well, this one takes the cake. Either great thinking in marketing or a big tourist trap!!! Maybe both!The Visitors Bureau Gift Shop at 107 Canyon St. may well be operated by the City of West Yellowstone and maybe it isn't. What it really isn't, is the City of West Yellowstone Chamber of Commerce Visitors Bureau. The whole name of the store is the...

  • West Yellowstone-Is it the best place to...

    Although West Yellowstone is located at the west entrance to Yellowstone National Park, that doesn’t mean you are close to the main attractions in the park. You still have to drive 14 miles to the main park road, which is 142-miles in size. Yes, Yellowstone is huge, so expect a lot of driving. Plus the speed limit is slow, at 45 miles per hour in...

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West Yellowstone Off The Beaten Path

  • Grand Teton National Park

    If you can, fit in a visit to Grand Teton National Park, even if it is just a day to drive the park road. Located outside the South Entrance to Yellowstone National Park, this park offers spectacular mountain scenery of one of the most beautiful mountain ranges in the country. The peaks in the Teton Range stand a sheer 7,000 feet above the valley...

  • Idaho

    As far as I can remember, I have never been to the state of Idaho. So I wanted to make a little jaunt over there, just so I could say that I had been. From our hotel it would only have been about 9 miles down US 20 to the state line. Our rental car had an Idaho license.Some of Yellowstone National Park is in Idaho, but it is the southeast corner...

  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

West Yellowstone Favorites

  • Airline Logos

    The restuarant was decorated with old airline logos and other paraphinalia. In addition to Frontier Airlines there was one for Piedmont (photo 2), and Ozark (photo 5), plus posters for a Blue Angels show in Idaho Falls (photo 3) and a flyer for a show at Preston Airport (photo 4) starring Buddy Bruce.I had a good time taking the pictures

  • Driving From the West Entrance to...

    The 14 mile drive from the West Entrance of Yellowstone to the main park road, gives you the opportunity to watch for wildlife. This Yellowstone Park Road lies along the Madison River, and takes you to Madison Junction. Elk, are particularly common along the open meadows that lie along the river. You may wish to stop at the parking lot you will see...

  • Airport Time

    West Yellowstone appears to be a cute little town. Most of the time I was driving through to get to the park, or I was in a motel room, or I was in the airport waiting to fly out so I really didn't get to see much of it. The airport is about 2.5 miles from town.I can tell you exactly what is in the airport (bathrooms, food counter, one gate (photo...


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