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 Winterfest
WinterFest highlights the best of winter in Jackson Hole with two weeks of snowy fun. The Annual Cutter Races and Ski Joring events presented by the Jackson Hole Shrine Club are two of the favorite WinterFest events.
When: Fri January 29 – Mon February 15
Where: Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Free Admission to National Parks
National Park Week
When: Sat April 16 – Sun April 24
Where: National Parks
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
Plains Indian Museum Powwow
Join us for the 35th annual Plains Indian Museum Powwow, a cultural celebration and competitive dance competition. Dancers, drum groups, and artists from Northern Plains tribes gather to celebrate their vibrant cultural traditions and histories. Dance categories include traditional, jingle dress, fancy, grass, team dancing, tiny tots, and chicken dance. Men, women, teens, and children compete in various age groups for more than $25,000 in prizes. The Learning Tipi is a popular educational program that invites visitors to discover the traditions of powwow.
When: Sat June 18 – Sun June 19
Where: Cody, Wyoming
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