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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Cody Nite Rodeo
Every night at 8:00 pm. Gates open at 7:00 p.m. so come early, get your photo taken on Hollywood the Bull, meet the clowns & bullfighters, and get your face painted and shop in our exclusive souvenir store.
When: Mon June 1 – Mon August 31
Where: Cody, WY (52 miles east of Yellowstone)
Wild West Yellowstone Rodeo in West Yellowstone, Montana
Performances on select dates – see website. Watch cowboys ride bucking broncos and bulls.
When: Wed June 17 – Sat August 29
Where: West Yellowstone, Montana
Wednesday Eagle Spirit Dancers
Traditional Native American Indian Dancing at the Museum of the American West. 7-8:30pm. Outside benches. Free. 1445 West Main St. 335-8778
When: Wed July 1 – Wed July 29
Where: Lander, Wyoming
Tuesday Northern Arapaho Native American Song and Dance
Traditional Indian Dances, 6-7pm, every Tuesday. Free. Wind River Hotel & Casino, 10269 Hwy. 789. 840-5805
When: Tue July 7 – Tue July 28
Where: Riverton Wind River Casino
Wyoming’s Big Show – Sweetwater County Fair
Named the number one summer event in Wyoming by “Wyoming Lifestyle Magazine,” the Sweetwater County Fair (a.k.a. Wyoming’s Big Show) is the one event you cannot miss this summer. More than 70,000 people will come from hundreds of miles away to experience the carnival, watch the rodeo action, and see the major musical acts take the stage. From big country artists like Eli Young Band to rockers like P.O.D., there are shows that everyone can enjoy.
When: Sun July 26 – Thu July 30
Where: Rock Springs, WY
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