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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Yellowstone X-country Ski Festival in West Yellowstone, Montana
This is a must for every cross-country skier! West Yellowstone literally comes alive in lycra in November. Hundreds of Nordic ski enthusiasts from all over the world, novice to expert, gather for a celebration of cross-country skiing. Lessons, free demos, evening activities, kids camp, races, and more! 617.697.6126
When: Tue November 24 – Mon November 30
Where: West Yellowstone, MT
An Old Trail Town Christmas in Cody
Victorian and old fashioned decorations, homemade cookies and confections and hot toddies in the saloon. Entertainment and wagon rides (weather permitting). Free admission. (307) 899-2119
Where: 1831 Demaris Drive, Cody, Wyoming
Christmas for the Critters, Grizzly & Wolf Center
Help make the holidays more joyful for the Center’s bears and wolves by donating food. Please call the Center for specific needs at (406) 646-7001. Bring in your donation and we will give you $1.25 off an adult regular admission, 10% off any gift shop purchase and tons of gratitude! To ensure the safety of the animals pleases bring only unopened items.
When: Tue December 1 – Thu December 31
Where: Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center, West Yellowstone, Montana
Tuba Christmas in Jackson Hole
Annual holiday concert by the Jackson Hole Community Band. 2015 is the 42nd anniversary for TUBACHRISTMAS concerts/events which are presented throughout the world. TUBACHRISTMAS was conceived in 1974 by Harvey Phillips as a tribute to his teacher and mentor William J. Bell, born on Christmas Day, 1902. Through the legendary William J. Bell we reflect on our heritage and honor all great artists/teachers whose legacy has given us high performance standards, well structured pedagogy, professional integrity, personal values and a camaraderie envied by all other instrumentalists. Call (307) 733-5771 for more information.
Where: National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson, WY
Grand Targhee Resort Torchlight Parade & Fireworks
A traditional torchlight parade followed by fireworks at Grand Targhee Resort! The Grand Targhee parade and fireworks display runs from 5 – 8 p.m on December 31st. After the parade, enjoy live music and a champagne toast at the Trap Bar & Grill or sit down to a prix fixe dinner from award-winning chef Mike Richey at the Branding Iron Grill. For more information about New Year’s Eve happenings, call 800.TARGHEE.
Where: 3300 Ski Hill Rd, Alta, WY 83414
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