A Local’s Guide to the Best Views in West Yellowstone, MT

Don’t miss these unforgettable spots around town.

When you think of West Yellowstone, what’s the first thing you see? Maybe it’s our snowcapped mountains during the winter season. Maybe you imagine the warm summer sunlight bouncing off the lake as you reel in your latest catch. No matter which scenario you picture first, we bet it involves Montana’s beautiful views. West Yellowstone draws in thousands of visitors a year who are eager to spot diverse wildlife and enjoy the town’s spectacular sightseeing opportunities. If you’re looking for experiences off the beaten path (or national park path), here are a few stunning sights recommended by the locals who know them best.

There’s nothing more beautiful than a majestic sunrise and sunset, and there’s no place more perfect for viewing them than West Yellowstone. You won’t mind the early morning wake-up call as you watch the day begin over Horse Butte Lookout just north of town. Located 20 minutes away, Horse Butte Lookout offers an incredible view of Hebgen Lake and the surrounding Gallatin mountain range. Pack a blanket and your lunch to picnic like a local as you take in the 300-degree view of the area from 40 feet in the air.

Hebgen Lake is loved by humans and creatures alike. It is a premier fishing spot during the day; browns, cutthroats, and rainbows call the lake home year-round. Wildlife enthusiasts should bring their binoculars for a chance to watch osprey dive for fish on the north shore of the lake around lunchtime. After spending a day boating, camping, or fishing, unwind by watching the sunset over the water. If you’re lucky enough, you may even spot a mountain goat at the dam admiring the view with you!

For an experience that’s a bit more down-to-earth, hike the Boundary Trail for some beautiful views of the western Yellowstone corridor. Feel free to bring your furry friend with you—the Boundary Trail is pet-friendly! Walk along miles of trails that curve through tall trees and tranquil meadows. And of course, stroll through the town itself to admire the rustic charm of West Yellowstone’s local shops and eateries.

For more trip ideas and sights to see, check out our travel planners. Happy exploring!