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West Yellowstone Travel Guide: 93 reviews and 246 photos

West Yellowstone is a great place to stay

I'll start off by saying, I enjoyed staying in West Yellowstone and visiting Yellowstone National Park each day and returning to the hotel in West Yellowstone before sundown. I found that the restaurant choices were greater and less crowded than in the park itself as was the price for gasoline a lot lower than the park stations. If you like to shop around for a souvenir or a great gift, the town is full of specialty stores. Walking around the town is easy and the shop owners are very friendly. Yes, it may be nice to stay right in the park, but for my money, I prefer West Yellowstone rates for the lodging as well as more choices of where to stay.

The amazing thing is the travel time to get to each area of the park is only a short time to be going in the direction you want. I do know that many of the entrances do close for winter and the West entrance is one of them that closes to all except snowcoaches and snowmobiles of which there are several companies in town to use. In summer, the park gets crowded and leaving from West Yellowstone to get into the park allows you choices as to which way to go during your stay. One area may be more crowded than another, so take the road less used. Closing road date for regular vehicles is usually in early November and opening is around the middle of April. Another plus is that there is a Yellowstone National Park Visitor Information Center right in town, just before the entrance to the park. This way you can obtain a map for the entire area and you can ask a Park Ranger for the areas of interest like exactly where to see the animals or how far to a certain geyser or waterfall. Yes, for me, West Yellowstone is the place to stay.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Prices are cheaper than inside the Park
  • Cons:It is a 20 minute drive to Madison inside the Park
  • In a nutshell:On the outside, but has the inside track on where to stay.
  • Last visit to West Yellowstone: Jun 2007
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Oct 24, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    It has been 30 years ago, but the scenery are still vivid, with a bit of emphasis from your good pictures and comments

  • wise23girl's Profile Photo
    Oct 22, 2010 at 4:18 AM

    Did you ever hear of a restaurant Buck T 4 ? We were close but on a Wild West Tour and did not make it. It is a long story. would have to rake out my notes to check where we were.

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Dec 28, 2009 at 12:44 PM

    Great food choices and the 1903 rail car mini museum looks fantastic. Nice page!

  • jumpingnorman's Profile Photo
    Nov 20, 2009 at 12:28 PM

    Haven't been to Yellowstone yet, Larry --- they say it could be a supervolcano area --- and wow, it snows in June! That's interesting...and I want to try that BUFFALO burger, hehehe...Ciao, Norman :)


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