Yellowstone Park Wildlife Guide

Towns on the Way to Yellowstone

Adventure awaits outside the gates of Yellowstone. Enjoy the outdoors, experience culture, and relax on your way to or from Yellowstone Park.

For more information on our favorite Yellowstone gateway towns visit our featured regions page.


Yellowstone-Eastern-IdahoVisit Idaho

The region offers year-round and off-the-beaten path activities for outdoor enthusiasts and families. The natural grandeur of the lush valley that follows the Snake River between the Teton Mountains to the east, and the Lemhi Range to the west, will thrill visitors of all ages. And the natural beauty and abundant wildlife of Eastern Idaho can turn an ordinary vacation into the trip of a lifetime.

For the adventurer, Idaho has something for everyone—less the crowds. Recreational activities abound, including fly-fishing, river rafting, hiking, mountain biking, camping and rock climbing.



Visit Idaho Falls

With western hospitality, a booming economic base, a diverse arts community and a backyard filled with recreational opportunities, Idaho Falls is a great place for business and destination travel.

More Information:
(866) 365-6943


Yellowstone Teton Territory, Idaho

Your adventure begins in Eastern Idaho! The rugged bauty of Yellowstone and the Tetons doesn’t stop at the national parks’ gates; it rolls on and spills over into Eastern Idaho, where similar geologic and natural forces have been sculpting the land for millions of years.

More Information:
(208) 656-0654



Visit Billingsyellowstone-visit-billings-montana

In the heart of southeast Montana is Billings, “Montana’s Trailhead.” Here, you’ll find adrenaline-pumping adventure or easy-paced experiences; this is the perfect place for starting your journey.

More Information:
(406) 245-4111


Yellowstone-Phillipsburg-Sweet-PlaceVisit Philipsburg, Montana

Smack your lips in anticipation because halfway between Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks in the center ofPhilipsburg, Montana you are in for a treat.

More Information:
(406) 859-3236


Visit Glacier County – Kalispell, Missoula, Whitefish, Montanayosemite-hike-glacier-county

Located in Western Montana, Glacier Country is an outdoor hotspot with the perfect splash of arts and culture. Home to Glacier National Park, Flathead Lake, two Indian reservations, endless outdoor recreation, stunning scenery and charming small towns, this corner of Montana is ready to be explored.

For more information: 
Destination Missoula Visitor Information Center:
101 East Main Street
Missoula, MT 59802
(406) 532-3250

Discover Kalispell Visitor Information Center:
15 Depot Park
Kalispell, MT 59901
(406) 758-2800

Explore Whitefish Visitor Information Center:
307 Spokane Avenue, Suite 103
Whitefish, MT 59937
(877) 862-3548






Yellowstone-Phillipsburg-Sweet-PlaceVisit Philipsburg, Montana

Smack your lips in anticipation because halfway between Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks in the center ofPhilipsburg, Montana you are in for a treat.

More Information:
(406) 859-3236





Visit Hill City, South Dakota

Nestled in one of the most picturesque settings in all the world, Hill City is a great launching point to see all that the Black Hill has to offer. From here, the possibilities are endless. You can explore it, hike it, bike it, climb it and fish it.

More Information:
(800) 888-1798


Visit Sturgis, South Dakota

Sturgis, the City of Riders is nestled at the base of the northeastern Black Hills in western South Dakota. Sturgis is not only home to the world’s largest motorcycle rally (August 5-11), but many other major events.

More Information:
(605) 347-2556



yellowstone-visit-utah-moabVist Utah

Utah is a state of unparalleled scenic beauty and four seasons of world-class outdoor recreation. Whether you seek desert solitude or high-altitude exhilaration, a backcountry hike, dinosaur discovery,mountain biking, or Native American exploration, Utah offers 80,000 square miles of possibilities.

More Information:
(801) 538-1030



Davis County, Utah

Davis County is one of Utah’s most exciting destinations! the opportunities and activities are endless, close to one another and affordable for budget conscious families and meeting planners.

More Information:
(888) 777-9771

yellowstone-salt-lake-city-downtownVisit Salt Lake City, Utah

Begin your National Park Adventure in Salt Lake City. With easy access to iconic National Parks (Yellowstone, Arches, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Zion and Grand Canyon), numerous National Monuments, and some of the most scenic landscapes anywhere, Salt Lake City is Your Gateway to Adventure. Naturally.

More Information:
(801) 534-4900


Visit Top Of Utah

Stay and play awhile in the Top of Utah, the most scenic way to Yellowstone and Teton National Parks. The northernmost Top of Utah is packed with adventure-from rock-climbing and bird-watching to opera, living history, fishing, golf, and snowmobiling.

More Information:
(800) 952-UTAH




yellowstone-buffalo-kaycee-wyoming-horseVisit Buffalo and Kaycee, Wyoming

In Buffalo, Wyoming, you’ll find the laid-back charm of a true Western community. Buffalo is nestled at the base of the Big Horn Mountains.

More Information:
(307) 684-5544



Carbon County, Wyoming

Prairie lands and Rocky Mountain peaks filled with endless space for backpacking, hiking, rafting, camping, scenic drives, fishing and exploring.

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Casper, Wyoming

Established in 1888, promised adventure to all who traveled its famous trails. It’s a promise that continues to this day. Whether you seek the excitement of rivers, mountains or plains, Casper is Wyoming’s Adventure Capital.

More Information:
(800) 852-1889


 Cheyenne, Wyoming

Cheyenne boasts many attractions that hearken back to its early days. Victorian mansions and historic buildings like the Capitol and Governor’s Mansion dominate downtown. The Union Pacific Depot is home to a visitors center, restaurant, and the Cheyenne Depot Museum.

More Information:
(307) 778-3133


Visit Buffalo Bills Yellowstone Country, Cody, Wyoming

For centuries, Buffalo Bill’s Cody / Yellowstone Country has been a natural gathering place. Buffalo Bill’s legacy remains in Cody, Wyoming, east gateway to Yellowstone National Park, as do the natural wonders and wildlife that make a visit to Cody, Wyoming so exciting.

More Information:
(307) 587-2997

Visit Converse County, Wyoming

yellowstone-CusterRails and Trails to the West await you in Converse County, Wyoming. Come explore our scenic wonders and historical treasures!

More Information:
(307) 358-2950


yellowstone-fossil-basinFossil Basin, Wyoming

Gateway to the Bridger and Teton National Forest, including Yellowstone. Unearth a fossil, visit the JC Penney Motherstore and camp in the Hamsfork Recreation Area.

More Information:
(307) 877-9761


Visit Goshen County, Wyoming


The Oregon, Mormon, California and Pony Express trails pass through Goshen County, adding a deep sense of history to the communities in this southeastern Wyoming county.

More Information:
(307) 532-3879


Visit Riverton, Wyoming

Wyoming Riverton has long been a gathering point, from early man to the 1838 Mountain Man Rendezvous. The town has played host to many legendary characters, such as Jim Bridger, Kit Carson, and Lewis and Clark. Enjoy the Balloon Rally, annual 1838 Mountain Man Rendezvous, Boysen Reservoir, Wind River Casino, and Native American dancing and powwows.

More Information:
(307) 856-4801


Wind River Country, Wyoming

Here you will discover Native American culture, Indian powwows, the Oregon Trail, and rodeos. You’ll find friendly locals in Dubois, Hudson, Lander, Riverton, and Shoshoni.

More Information:
(800) 645-6233


yellowstone-sweetwater-county-wyomingSweetwater County, Wyoming

Sweetwater County is home to 10,500 square miles of pure, high desert adventure. You’ll find something for everyone, from hiking, biking, fishing, golfing, sightseeing, hunting dinosaurs, shopping, or just plain getting away from it all.

More Information:
(307) 382-2538


Tensleep and Worland, Wyoming


Enjoy the majestic beauty of the Big Horn Mountains along US Highway 16 while driving to Yellowstone or the Black Hills. Called the best and easiest route to Yellowstone, “The Sweet 16” features mountain vistas along the Cloud Peak Scenic Byway, the awe-inspiring Ten Sleep Canyon, and abundant wildlife. See the true West in Ten Sleep, cool off at Worland’s new Aquatic Center, or learn about ancient mammoth hunters at the Washakie Museum and Cultural Center.

More Information:
(307) 347-3226



Wind River Country, WyomingYellowstone Wind River Sacajawea

Here you will discover Native American culture, Indian powwows, the Oregon Trail, and rodeos. You’ll find friendly locals in Dubois, Hudson, Lander, Riverton, and Shoshoni.

More Information:

(800) 645-6233






Top Ten Things to do in Yellowstone

1. Take a Hike

To explore Yellowstone’s wild side, get off the beaten path and onto the park’s 1,300-mile trail system. Read More...

2. Watch Geysers Erupt

Yellowstone is the largest active geyser field in the world. Read More...

3. Go Rafting

Looking for an escape from the summer heat? Can’t beat a whitewater rafting adventure! Read More...

4. Experience the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone

The Grand Canyon of Yellowstone is breathtaking!

5. Attend a Powwow

Powwows serve to preserve the rich heritage of Native American culture and allow tribal members to participate in traditional rituals. Read More...

6. Ride a Horse

No other activity fulfills the Western dream for families visiting this region like a horseback ride. Read More...

7. Go Camping

One of the best ways to experience the Yellowstone region is by spending a night or more under the stars. Read More...

8. Catch a Fish

Fishing in Yellowstone is an experience that compares with few other places on earth. Read More...

9. Watch a Rodeo

Every town in Yellowstone country has a rodeo. Try Cheyenne Frontier Days, Cody Nite Rodeo, Rock Springs’ Red Desert Rodeo or Lander’s Pioneer Days Rodeo. Read More...

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