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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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
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 June 29 – Sun July 3
Where: Riverton, Wyoming
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