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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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
Pioneer Power Days in Lewistown, MT
Old fashioned power is the focus of the Pioneer Power Days. The event offers the chance to experience history as it was in an early 1900’s town. Highlights of the event include a “slow race” featuring a parade of early model tractors and steam engines, a full blacksmith shop, an early 1900’s shingle mill, old time hay balers and rock crushers and other various demonstrations. Many other things from “the good old days” are featured, including foods ranging from burgers and sausages, to homemade ice cream and fresh baked bread slathered in fresh butter! Show up at the event and enjoy the day just slowing down!
When: Sat June 11 – Sun June 12
Where: Lewistown, Montana
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
Jake Clark’s Mule Days
Jake Clark’s Mule Days was established in 1997 and highlights the diverse ability of the American Saddle Mule. Mules show off their abilities at the all mule rodeo, jack pot team roping and barrel racing. Mounted shooting competition, all mule parade, great rib eye steak dinner and barn dance. Quality mules sold at the Select Mule Auction.
Where: Big Boulder Ranch, Ralston
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