Make the most of the spring season!
The weather is getting warmer and spring is in full bloom! With Yellowstone National Park having opened to vehicle traffic on April 15, West Yellowstone is excited to welcome new visitors through its gates and give them the full Montana experience. It’s time to explore everything our town has to offer!
West Yellowstone is known for its abundance of unique wildlife viewing opportunities. As the icy surface of Hebgen Lake defrosts, eagle-eyed visitors should be able to spot osprey diving for browns, cutthroats, and rainbow fish along the north shore. Hundreds of mountain goats may be soaking up the lingering winter chill near the highway on your way to the lake!
Avid birdwatchers will put their binoculars to good use within the national forests surrounding West Yellowstone. Over 311 species of birds are known to inhabit the area. As flocks travel to warmer areas for springtime, you’ll likely spot some migratory species (like sandhill cranes) in the skies. Download our birding trail brochure to give yourself the highest chance of spotting plenty of feathered friends. Every once in a while, take your eyes from the skies and into the meadows: bears, bison, and elk are welcoming spring just like you are!
For those who prefer to take adventure into their own hands, West Yellowstone is home to thousands of miles of trails that are perfect for staying active. The snow is melting along the popular Rendezvous Trail System, so trade your skis for a bicycle and enjoy the stunning views of aspen and pine! The mountain ranges overlooking town are fit for hikers of all abilities and interests, from those looking for a casual stroll to those seeking an exciting challenge.
The Yellowstone Shortline Trail is an exciting new addition to our town’s outdoor activity scene. A 9-mile section of abandoned railroad bed will be converted into a world-class hiking and biking trail that reaches the west boundary of Yellowstone National Park in West Yellowstone. The trail will be a 10-foot-wide path with a paved surface, several bridges, and amenities such as pavilions, benches, and educational signage focused on the history of the area. The Yellowstone Shortline Trail is expected to open in 2022; keep an eye out for an official opening announcement!
We’re so excited for another fantastic spring season here in West Yellowstone. Pick your path and start planning your trip today.