Traveling to Yellowstone
Where is Yellowstone Park? Yellowstone is mostly in the state of Wyoming with small sections in Montana and Idaho.
Yellowstone’s five entrance gates make it accessible from all directions. The popular Yellowstone gateway towns of Jackson Hole and Cody in Wyoming, plus West Yellowstone, Cooke City and Gardiner in Montana, are the closest towns to Yellowstone and have many hotels, resorts, and camping areas.
People always ask: “How far is Yellowstone from Jackson Hole, Wyoming?” Jackson is about 60 miles from Yellowstone’s South Entrance and about 100 miles from Old Faithful. Cody, Wyoming, is 52 miles from Yellowstone’s East Entrance.
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Yellowstone Area Events
Yellowstone National Park is open year-round, but the events and activities in, and around the park, change with the seasons. From road openings and closings, to festivals and activities, even the hot times to photograph a baby black bear, we have your complete guide to the happenings in Yellowstone National Park, as well as in nearby gateway towns in Montana and Wyoming.
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Cody Nite Rodeo
Every night at 8:00 pm. Gates open at 7:00 p.m. so come early, get your photo taken on Hollywood the Bull, meet the clowns & bullfighters, and get your face painted and shop in our exclusive souvenir store.
When: Mon June 1 – Mon August 31
Where: Cody, WY (52 miles east of Yellowstone)
Wild West Yellowstone Rodeo in West Yellowstone, Montana
Performances on select dates – see website. Watch cowboys ride bucking broncos and bulls.
When: Wed June 17 – Sat August 29
Where: West Yellowstone, Montana
1838 Mountain Man Rendezvous in Riverton, WY
The Riverton Rendezvous is the only rendezvous re-enactment located on the actual true historic site. Walk in the same footsteps of great trappers and traders from the past such as Jim Bridger, Kit Carson, Joe Meek, Andrew Drips, William Drummond Stewart, Moses “Black” Harris, and others. Watch old fashion black powder shooting, tomahawk ‘n knife competitions from the nostalgic fur trapping era.
When: Wed July 1 – Sun July 5
Where: Riverton, Wyoming
Wednesday Eagle Spirit Dancers
Traditional Native American Indian Dancing at the Museum of the American West. 7-8:30pm. Outside benches. Free. 1445 West Main St. 335-8778
When: Wed July 1 – Wed July 29
Where: Lander, Wyoming
Teton Valley’s Annual Balloon Festival
Come see pilots set up the balloons and also fly using the oldest successful human flight technology. Balloon rides are also available. Spectators of all sizes are welcome.
When: Thu July 2 – Sun July 5
Where: Teton Valley, Idaho
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