West Yellowstone offers plenty of entertainment for visitors this spring and summer. Whether guests are experiencing the wonders of Yellowstone National Park or are planning to take an excursion back in time through West Yellowstone, here is what is on the calendar this spring and summer.
- West Yellowstone Historic Walking Tour – This free interactive walking tour is self guided and allows visitors to relive life in early West Yellowstone. It starts at the Green Bar Paw Trail, which features paintings on the sidewalks that help guide visitors toward the next site. Maps are available at the local Chamber of Commerce and 21 sites are included on the walking tour. There is also a complimentary map online. Since these tours are self-guided, they are available daily.
- May 10 Early Season Hebgen Lake Fishing Contest – Mother’s Day through Father’s Day, people can enter their biggest fish caught in Hebgen Lake to Kirkwood Resort. Contestants are also able to take photos using a tape measure or other measurable object with a time-stamp. Winners will be announced on Father’s Day with special prizes being awarded.
- Yellowstone Historic Center Museum Opening Day – The museum reopens May 16, 2015. The museum features a variety of stagecoaches, buses, trains, snow machines that once transported visitors to the park. There will be a new exhibit unveiled this year – the Panama Pacific International Exposition, Yellowstone and the Union Pacific Railroad. A reception begins at 5PM at the museum.
- Earthquake Lake Visitor Center Opens for the Season – Quake Lake measures five miles long and the lake is stocked yearly with brown and cutthroat trout. The visitor center highlights a Memorial Boulder with a plaque that is dedicated to the 28 people that died and the events explaining the earthquake. The center reopens May 22 and is open daily 10AM to 6PM.
- Experiencing Wildlife in Yellowstone Workshop – This workshop includes interactive demonstrations conducted by park rangers to help teach visitors about local animals and how to watch wildlife watching experiences.
- Explore Yellowstone! With a Yellowstone Park Ranger – Open May 25th through August 31st, visitors can meet with park rangers at the West Yellowstone visitor Information Center.
- Yellowstone Nature Connection – Located on the Historic Madison Ranger Station, children ages six years and up can learn about smokejumpers, fire ecology, tools, parachutes, equipment, physical fitness, and much more. Open Sunday through Wednesday and Friday 10AM and 3PM and Thursday and Saturday 3PM and 7PM. This program is open May 27 through September 30.
- Evening Program with A Yellowstone Park Ranger – Park rangers offer illustrated programs highlighting Yellowstone’s natural wonders. This event runs June 3 through August 29, Tuesday and Friday at 7PM.
These events are nearby Yellowstone RV campgrounds and Hebgen Lake RV park. Hebgen Lake cabins are also nearby, which are comfortable for extended stays to West Yellowstone and Yellowstone National Park.