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Yellowstone Tours from West Yellowstone, Montana

Located in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, West Yellowstone serves as the gateway to the world-renowned Yellowstone National Park. Whether you’re drawn to the natural wonders of Yellowstone, the cultural heritage of the town, or the outdoor recreational opportunities in the surrounding areas, West Yellowstone provides a diverse range of experiences for every type of traveler.

West Yellowstone is a destination for all seasons, offering scenic hiking trails, mountain biking adventures, wildlife safaris, National Park tours, and serene fishing spots in the summer. As winter descends, the town transforms into a winter wonderland, inviting you to embrace the thrill of snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing against a backdrop of snow-covered landscapes.

Yellowstone Safari Company offers summer and winter tours to Yellowstone National Park, departing daily from West Yellowstone, Montana.

Old West History of West Yellowstone

Long before the arrival of European settlers, the area around West Yellowstone was inhabited by indigenous peoples, including the Shoshone, Bannock, and Nez Perce people. These Native American tribes had a deep connection to the land and its resources. The establishment of Yellowstone National Park in 1872 marked a significant milestone in the history of West Yellowstone. West Yellowstone was officially incorporated as a town in 1908 when the Oregon Short Line Railroad was completed. As tourism continued to flourish, the town expanded its infrastructure to meet the needs of visitors. Over the years, West Yellowstone became synonymous with adventure and exploration.

Things to Do in West Yellowstone

West Yellowstone is a destination for all seasons, offering scenic hiking trails, mountain biking adventures, and serene fishing spots in the summer. As winter descends, the town transforms into a winter wonderland, inviting you to embrace the thrill of snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing against a backdrop of snow-covered landscapes. For moments of tranquility, Hebgen Lake serves as a serene retreat. The still waters mirror the breathtaking mountain views, providing an idyllic setting for leisurely boat rides, fishing excursions, or moments of quiet reflection.

While exploring the town itself, there is something for everyone! Wander through unique shops, peruse galleries showcasing local artistry, and indulge in delicious dining options that capture the essence of the region. Embark on a cultural odyssey at the Museum of the Yellowstone, where exhibits weave tales of Native American heritage, the courageous journeys of early explorers, and the geological wonders that make Yellowstone National Park a timeless marvel. Treat yourself to a day of relaxation at one of the local spas, or simply savor the breathtaking views that surround you.

Wildlife enthusiasts will find ample opportunities to spot native animals such as elk, moose, and bison, on guided tours through the iconic Yellowstone National Park. For those seeking an intimate rendezvous with the wild, the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center beckons. This unique experience goes beyond observation, allowing you to witness the magnificence of grizzly bears and gray wolves while gaining insights into the delicate balance of nature.

In every season, West Yellowstone’s natural beauty, coupled with the warm hospitality of its community, ensures a visit that will be etched into your memory. Whether you are an adventure seeker or in pursuit of a more tranquil escape, West Yellowstone promises an unforgettable experience.

Lodging Options in West Yellowstone

West Yellowstone, Montana, offers a diverse array of lodging options to cater to the preferences of every visitor. From rustic lodges and charming cabins to convenient hotels and vacation rentals, the town provides accommodations for various budgets and tastes. Whether you prefer the seclusion of a cottage, the amenities of a hotel, or the personalized experience of a bed & breakfast, West Yellowstone ensures a comfortable and memorable stay, with many options conveniently located near the entrance of Yellowstone National Park.

Book a Tour with Yellowstone Safari Company

Embarking on a tour with Yellowstone Safari Company from West Yellowstone, Montana, promises an immersive and unforgettable adventure. Knowledgeable guides lead you through the wonders of Yellowstone National Park, providing insights into the park’s geothermal features, diverse wildlife, and captivating landscapes. We offer a range of tours, including wildlife safaris, geyser exploration, and photography-focused adventures. With comfortable transportation, expert commentary, and the chance to witness Yellowstone’s iconic sights, a tour with Yellowstone Safari Company is a great way to experience the natural beauty and wildlife of the region. Be sure to book in advance to ensure availability!

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How close is West Yellowstone, Montana to Yellowstone National Park?

Only about 5 minutes! West Yellowstone is an easy access point for touring Yellowstone National Park.  

What are the top attractions in West Yellowstone, Montana?

West Yellowstone is renowned for its proximity to Yellowstone National Park, offering an array of outdoor adventures and guided tours with Yellowstone Safari Company. Key attractions include the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center, where visitors can observe different species found in the park, and the Yellowstone Giant Screen Theatre for educational films about the park. The area is also great for hiking, fishing, and wildlife viewing.  We recommend booking a Best of Yellowstone tour for the summer months, that will showcase the highlights of the park.  During the winter months, explore the interior of Yellowstone National Park via snowcoach, accompanied by a professional naturalist guide.

Are there activities for winter in West Yellowstone?

Winter in West Yellowstone is a wonderland for snow enthusiasts. The area is famous for snowmobiling, with hundreds of miles of groomed trails. Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are also popular, offering a serene way to explore the snowy landscape.  You can join a Yellowstone Safari Company tour into the interior of Yellowstone for an unforgettable experience in a winter wonderland of geysers and other natural wonders.

What accommodations are available in West Yellowstone?

Accommodation options range from cozy cabins and campgrounds to comfortable hotels and vacation rentals, catering to different budgets and preferences.

Is there a recommended time to visit West Yellowstone?

West Yellowstone is a year-round destination. Summer offers excellent hiking and wildlife viewing, while winter is perfect for snow sports. Spring and fall are quieter and ideal for those seeking a more peaceful experience.

Our tour guide made our day and experience one to remember. She was very knowledgeable, answered all of our questions and listened to what our top priorities were for the day/what we wanted to see and made it happen! I would highly recommend this company for your trip to Yellowstone!
Breeana O.

Further Reading

A Month by Month Guide to Yellowstone National Park

Aug 17, 2022

The best time to visit Yellowstone is most dependent on your own planning; each month provides its own outstanding experience. Read through the highlights of each month to help plan your visit according to your interests.

The Best Things to See in Yellowstone National Park

Mar 8, 2021

Yellowstone National Park truly has something for everyone.  From wildlife watchers to geyser gazers, and history buffs to the most intrepid of explorers, this iconic wonderland offers endless opportunities for observation, adventure, and inspiration.