Yellowstone Gateway Towns Near Park Entrances

The towns near Yellowstone’s entrances offer convenient access to the park, and each have a unique character, vacation activities, and attractions all their own. Whether you stay in Gardiner, Cody, West Yellowstone, Cooke City, or Jackson, you will find many recreational activities within a stone’s throw from Yellowstone National Park.

Cody Downtown

Cody, Wyoming – Yellowstone’s Eastern Gateway

The closest town to Yellowstone’s East Entrance, Cody is all about history—pioneer history, to be more specific, and Buffalo Bill Cody’s pioneer history, to put an even finer point on it. Read More...

West Yellowstone, Montana Candy Shop

West Yellowstone, Montana – Yellowstone’s Western Gateway

West Yellowstone is a bustling gateway packed with dining, shopping, and attractions for travelers. Located just across the Wyoming border, West Yellowstone is a convenient entrance town for those coming from Idaho or western Montana, especially Missoula and Butte. Read More...

Downtown Cooke City. Photo by Patty Pickett

Cooke City, Montana – Yellowstone’s Northeastern Gateway

Scenic beauty, outdoor recreation, and unique small-town charm dominate in the tiny outpost of Cooke City tucked between Yellowstone’s Northeast Entrance and the imposing Beartooth Mountains. Read More...

Gardiner, Montana. Rick Landry, Photographer, Corvallis, MT

Gardiner, Montana – Yellowstone’s Northern Gateway

Quaint, Old West-style Gardiner sits just 5 miles north of Yellowstone’s North Entrance, making it a convenient gateway town for travelers coming from Livingston, Bozeman, and Glacier National Park. Read More...

Jackson Hole, WY Million Dollar Cowboy Bar

Jackson Hole, Wyoming – Yellowstone’s Southern Gateway

Just 45 minutes from Grand Teton National Park and two hours from Yellowstone, Jackson Hole, Wyoming is a great stop if you’re looking for an old West town with a touch of class and a lot of fun. Read More...