At the west entrance to Yellowstone National Park lays West Yellowstone, Montana. Surrounded on three sides by the Gallatin National Forest, West Yellowstone is a nature enthusiast's paradise. Skiing, dogsledding, biking, hiking and birdwatching are only a few of the many pursuits visitors may choose from during their stay. Camping in nearby Beaver Creek campground offers wildlife viewing among the pine and Aspen trees. Anglers can enjoy fly-fishing on the Madison River for trout, including brown, Yellowstone cutthroat and rainbow varieties. For guests who wish to spend time indoors, the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center is an educational and fun activity for all ages to get up close to these incredible animals.
The nearest airport to the city is West Yellowstone Airport (WYS), which is open seasonally from June 1 to September 30. Rental cars, taxi service and shuttle service are available from the airport. West Yellowstone's downtown, which offers shops, galleries and restaurants, is compact and walkable. If you are venturing into the national park, several private tour companies operate from West Yellowstone and offer specialized tours based on visitors' interests.
Winter can be very cold in West Yellowstone with snowfall measured in feet. Summers offer warm temperatures, and the days are long--a perfect setting to enjoy the many outdoor activities scheduled throughout the season. The Yellowstone Rod Run, held in August, brings 500 to 700 hot rod cars to town for the annual rally.