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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Junior Smokejumper Program in West Yellowstone
Youth and adult education on fire ecology because the 1988 Fires had a profound impact on the Greater Yellowstone Area. These fires lead us to understanding its role in the ecosystem and how we can live in harmony with the land. 10am & 3pm, $5 per person, 406-646-7557, Info@YellowstoneNatureConnection.org
When: Sun May 1 – Fri September 30
Where: Yellowstone Nature Connection, 10 Yellowstone Avenue, West Yellowstone, MT 59758
Jackson Hole Shootout
Monday-Saturday at 6:00pm on Town Square from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Free to the public. No reservations necessary. The Jackson Hole Shootout has been a Wyoming tradition since 1957. The fun begins at 6:15pm every summer evening, except Sundays –there’s no shootin’ on Sundays! Spectators begin gathering on the northeast corner of Jackson’s Town Square beginning at about 5:30pm and enjoy ice cream and other refreshments available at businesses around the Square. The Shootout is the longest, continuously running gunfight in the United States and it is estimated that more than 4 million people have witnessed the Shootout through the years.
When: Mon May 30 – Mon September 5
Where: Jackson, Wyoming Town Square
Cody Nite Rodeo
Every Night at 8:00 p.m. Gates open at 7:00 p.m. so come early get your photo taken on Hollywood the Bull, meet the clowns & bullfighters, get your face painted and shop in our exclusive souvenir store. The Cody Nite Rodeo is the longest running and the only place that rodeos every night for 76 years of fun family western entertainment! Let the kids join in the Calf Scramble as well.
When: Wed June 1 – Wed August 31
Where: Cody, WY
Wild West Yellowstone Rodeo in West Yellowstone, Montana
Watch cowboys ride bucking broncos and bulls. See website for specific dates or call 406-560-6913.
When: Wed June 15 – Sat August 27
Where: West Yellowstone, Montana
Cheyenne Frontier Days – World’s Largest Outdoor Rodeo
Cheyenne Frontier Days attracts big names from all over the country. It provides spectators with the best outdoor rodeo action in the world by hosting the top names each year. These top riders don’t want to miss competing for the largest purse on the professional circuit. Besides the exciting PRCA rodeo action, there is a carnival midway, top-name entertainment concerts, Indian village and dancing, USAF Thunderbirds Air Show, free parades, a free chili cook-off plus much more. For a change of pace, don’t miss the Old West Museum and Cheyenne Frontier Days Western Art Show and Sale.
When: Fri July 22 – Sun July 31
Where: Cheyenne, Wyoming
Where is Yellowstone National Park?
Yellowstone is mostly in the state of Wyoming with small sections in Montana and Idaho.
Which entrance to Yellowstone National Park should I take?
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, Silver Gate/Cooke City and Gardiner in Montana, are the closest towns to Yellowstone and have many hotels, resorts, and camping areas.
How should I get to Yellowstone?
Most people drive to the park. Here are some road trip ideas. There are also several airports near the park including in Cody, Jackson Hole, West Yellowstone, and Bozeman. Once you get to the park, you will need a car or tour transportation to get around because there are no shuttles.
Where should I stay on my Yellowstone vacation?
There are several campgrounds, cabins, and lodges inside the park. There are also many lodging options near Yellowstone’s entrances. Depending on the season, you will need to reserve hotels and campgrounds well in advance.
Do cell phones work in Yellowstone? Is there WiFi?
There is cell phone service in the most developed parts of the park. Wifi is available at some hotels and restaurants.
What animals will I see in Yellowstone?
Grizzly and black bears are the most popular to watch for in the park. Gray wolves and bison round out the top three. Be sure to stay a safe distance from wild animals.
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