Local Area Guide > Activities & Attractions

We love our town… 
 

 
We are the closest town to world famous Yellowstone National Park, our country’s very first national park! West Yellowstone not only has that great 'small town' feel, but also many opportunities to experience the West in all its glory! We are a tiny town of about 1400 year-round residents who brave temperatures as low as -66 F (ok once;) that’s the record low in any town in the lower 48! We live side by side with the local wildlife, doing all we can to preserve our heritage as well as our environment! 

In addition to all Yellowstone National Park has to offer, our town boasts many unique activities and attractions including one of our personal favorites, the acclaimed Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center. The GWDC is a wildlife preserve and learning center. This important facility houses animals that could no longer survivie in the wild, giving them a chance to thrive in a natural habitat while educating the public about conservation and co-existence.

We are thrilled to welcome you to our town and excited to be part of your Yellowstone adventure!
 

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Why WEST is best...
 
We think its pretty great that one of the world's most famous destinations, Yellowstone National Park, is right at the edge of our tiny little town! Its proximity creates a perfect balance between traditional vacation perks, like trying out new restaurants and shopping, and enjoying the one-of-a-kind experiences the Yellowstone area provides. In and around town, a variety of interesting offerings abound for history buffs, foodies can experience local cuisine with Montana flair, and there is so much more including hiking, biking, zip line adventures, horseback riding, a local playhouse theatre, a giant screen IMAX theatre and some of the best fly-fishing in the world! 

   Take a leisurely stroll through town (It REALLY IS small enough to walk everywhere!) and you'll find great opportunities
   to take a little something home to remember your trip! From traditional souvenirs to locally created artisan works
   and great boutiques, there's something for everyone!


 


Get a true taste of the west with a trail ride or an old-fashioned cowboy cookout with the crew at Parade Rest Guest Ranch or see live action at the Wild West Yellowstone Rodeo
These are just a few of the many ways you can immerse yourself in western culture and our amazing natural environment while you’re here! 
                                                       View a category below to see some of our favorites!                                                  

 

Restaurants

Restaurants

West Yellowstone has a variety of eateries to suit your needs. From Taco Buses & Asian food to fantastic BBQ, down home cafes, fine dining & pizza - you`ll find something for everyone. Don`t forget to try some outstanding Montana beef or bison while you`re here, you`ll be glad you did! ***Many restaurants in town are seasonal and closed during the off-season, be sure to check the `Just for Today` page on the Chamber of Commerce website for updated information on restaurant open & closed dates. This list is updated as often as the Chamber staff can get information.***
Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park

One of the most unique and wondrous places in the world, Yellowstone National Park boasts breathtaking scenery, geothermal features unlike any found elsewhere and unparalleled wildlife viewing. The park has a rich history, being our very first National Park, and is an important part of American culture. Remember to tread lightly and treat this amazing place with the respect it deserves from us.
Things To Do In Town

Things To Do In Town

There are lots of fun adventures to be had outside of Yellowstone National Park. Explore our area and the great attractions in town too!
Things To Do Outside West Yellowstone

Things To Do Outside West Yellowstone

The area surrounding West Yellowstone and Yellowstone National Park is almost entirely Forest Service land and is awaiting your company for hiking, biking & exploring of all kinds! Hebgen Lake is less than 15 minutes away with access to fishing, swimming, paddle-boarding, canoeing, boat rentals and more! Take a drive down Highway 287 and enjoy a lakeside view of Hebgen Lake and Quake Lake (the Quake Lake Observatory is an interesting stop filled with info about the 7.2m earthquake that devastated the area and formed Quake Lake in 1959). Henry`s Lake in Idaho is a short drive down Highway 20 and is also a beautiful spot to recreate. Some of the most fantastic fly-fishing in the world can be had in Yellowstone National Park and its surrounding areas, visit a local fly shop for tips on great spots outside the park to find solitude and lunkers!