West Yellowstone, Montana is a fun-filled destination. Located just outside the west entrance to Yellowstone National Park, this adventure-packed destination oozes with western-style charm and entertainment.
Popular attractions in West Yellowstone include:
- Yellowstone National Park Visitors Center – This is a must-see destination for those entering Yellowstone National Park, as the onsite rangers are extremely helpful, provide maps to the park area and recommend walks, sites and attractions. They also have the latest information about wildlife sightings in the park, including bears, moose, elk, buffalo, antelope and much more!
- West Yellowstone IMAX Theater – This theater has been playing a traditional introduction to Yellowstone’s vast history for decades. They also feature rotating films, including those highlighting scenic areas worldwide. This theater offers a six-story screen and surround sound stereo, making it a must-visit destination for adults and children alike.
- Yellowstone Historic Center – Located on the historic 1909 Union Pacific Railroad depot, this museum highlights the area’s history from historic through modern times. Their exhibits include railroad artifacts and information about the devastating 1988 wildfires that swept across the park. Other exhibits also include trains, buses, stagecoaches, historic photos, films and wildlife specimens.
- Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center – Open every day, this discovery center highlights information about local grizzly and wolf species. As a non-profit facility, this wildlife educational center is home to animals that were no longer permitted to remain in the wild. This includes orphaned animals or those that were deemed a nuisance to the public. These animals have been rescued, instead of meeting their alternative fate, which would have been death. Families and children enjoy this interactive adventure into learning about native animal species.
- Fishing at Hebgen Lake – This lake is a premiere destination for Montana fly-fishing. The lake boasts giant rainbow, cutthroat and brown trout, which average 15- to 20-inches! An additional popular fly-fishing area is nearby Quake Lake. With a small boat ramp, these areas accommodate kayaks, canoes, paddleboats and small sailboats.
- Camping – For people looking to rough it in the wild, camping is abundant in this neck of the woods. Some popular public campgrounds include Baker’s Hole, Beaver Creek Cabin Creek, Lonesomehurst and Hebgen Lake campgrounds. Unfortunately, the great outdoors comes with a variety of warnings, which does include bears.
- West Yellowstone Cabins – For people that would prefer the comfort of living in a basic cabin, instead of anxiety-filled evenings worrying about bears, Yellowstone Holiday is located on the shores of Hebgen Lake and offers a RV campground and a marina. Making for fun-filled family vacations, this destination is conveniently located to West Yellowstone and Yellowstone National Park.