There is so much to do, in and around West Yellowstone during your stay.
Yellowstone National Park is Open, albeit limited. There is over 3,472 square miles, or over 2 million acres, in Yellowstone National Park – which means that while they are repairing the damage in the north loop, approximately half, or 1,700 square miles of the southern loop are open to explore, hike and experience.
While the Park is working diligently to repair damage and re-open the northern loop, what better time to take the opportunity to explore the area and all the activities outside of the park, in and around West Yellowstone! From being able to see live grizzly bears, wolves, and other creatures of the area to spending the day flying through the forest on a zipline at Yellowstone Aerial Adventures. We encourage all travelers to take advantage of the change in their itinerary to experience life in the West.
Check out all the activities located in and around West Yellowstone that are open to visitors.
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center
See live grizzly bears, wolves, otters, birds of prey, and more at this one-of-a-kind AZA accredited, not-for-profit wildlife park.
Yellowstone Aerial Adventures
Zipline and Adventure Course.
Yellowstone Giant Screen Theatre
You haven’t experienced Yellowstone until you’ve been to the Yellowstone Giant Screen Theatre, located at the west entrance of Yellowstone National Park.
Museum of the Yellowstone
Explore the history of Yellowstone National Park and take the self-guided Historic Walking Tour. along the Oregon Short Line Historic District.
West Yellowstone’s most popular and easy to access mountain biking. Trailhead is located at the south end of Geyser Street. Bike rentals available at Freeheel and Wheel
A 3.8 mile trail surrounding the town of West Yellowstone. Trailhead at the north end of Boundary Street.
Experience the traditional art of live performances at the Playmill Theatre with shows centered around fun and family values. This year’s shows include Disney’s Tarzan, Bright Star, and Singin’ in the Rain.
The same trail system that made West Yellowstone famous for snowmobiling is available for ATV and UTV use in the summer. ATV Rental Businesses
Just Outside of Town
A Little Farther From Town
Earthquake Lake Visitor’s Center
The center provides a panoramic view of the “mountain that fell” and the lake that was formed. Located 27 miles from West Yellowstone on US Highway 287.
Refuge Point Hiking Trail
A 2.5 mile loop trail located on Highway 287 between Hebgen and Earthquake lake.
West Yellowstone Rodeo & Trail Rides
Rodeo Events, One-hour Trail Rides, and half-hour Wagon Rides. Located 7 miles from West Yellowstone just off Highway 20.
Guided trail rides at the Diamon P Ranch and the Parade Rest Guest Ranch.
Go fishing on the Madison River or Hebgen Lake.
Boating, Canoeing, Kayaking, & Paddle Boarding
Rentals available at Madison Arm Resort and Kirkwood Marina for watersports on Hebgen Lake.
Big Springs & Johnny Sack Cabin
Big Springs is one of the 40 largest natural springs in the world, producing over 120 million gallons of water a day. Adjacent to the springs is Johnny Sack Cabin, a historic handcrafted log and stone cabin featuring wood furnishings and artifacts. Located 28 miles from West Yellowstone on Big Springs Loop Road.
Drive the Mesa Falls Scenic Byway and take a short hike to the Upper and Lower Falls. The Scenic Byway starts approximately 37 miles from West Yellowstone on US Highway 20.
Harriman State Park
A 16,000 acre wildlife refuge known for its beautiful scenery and wildlife, with 22 miles of hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding trails. Located 38 miles from West Yellowstone on US Highway 20.
Go rafting on the Gallatin River near Big Sky with Montana Whitewater or Geyser Whitewater Expeditions.
Ousel Falls Hiking Trail
Ousel Falls is a short but stunning hike in the heart of Big Sky.
Big Sky Resort
More than just a ski resort, offering tram rides to the top of Lone Peak, downhill mountain biking, hiking and more.
Dinner theatre with family friendly musical spoofs. This year’s shows include Ramona’s Home School Musical, Phantom of the Grand Old Opry, and Idaho Jones and the Quest for the Yellow-Stone.
Virginia City & Nevada City
Visit the historic Montana Territorial Capital and Nevada City Ghost Town. Ride the train on the Alder Gulch Shortline Railroad, pan for gold, and visit the Museum & Music Hall.
Museum of the Rockies
A Smithsonian Affiliate renowned for its extensive collection of dinosaur fossils – including a full-sized T-Rex!
Lewis and Clark Caverns
Hike and experience amazing geologic wonders at Montana’s first and best-known state park, showcasing one of the most highly decorated limestone caverns in the Northwest.
As you can see, there are still adventures to be had and activities for every member of your traveling party. We will continue to update you as we receive new information, and in the meantime, venture out and try something new, outside of the park.