Gateway Towns

The towns near Yellowstone's five 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, Island Park, Cooke City, or Jackson, you will find many recreational activities within a stone's throw from Yellowstone National Park.

Rafting past Fall Creek Falls on the Snake River in Idaho

6 Amazing Places on the Other Side of the Tetons

Can’t-miss stops from Idaho Falls to Ririe on the way to Yellowstone

A girl sticks her feet into Lake Hebgen near West Yellowstone, Montana

7 Sights in West Yellowstone

The town of West Yellowstone sits right at the West Entrance to Yellowstone. Here are the top 7 ways to avoid the park’s crowds and see the best of the area.

Downtown Cooke City, Montana

Cooke City and Silver Gate, Tiny Outposts to Yellowstone

Scenic beauty, outdoor recreation, and unique small-town charm dominate in the tiny outpost between Yellowstone and the imposing Beartooth Mountains.

View of the Shoshone River from the Buffalo Bill Dam

Find the Wild West in Cody

Locals like to brag Cody, Wyo., and the surrounding area is where your great American adventure begins. Here is our list of the top 9 things to do.

Gardiner, Montana

Gardiner, Montana - Yellowstone's Northern Gateway

Quaint Gardiner sits on the north edge of Yellowstone, making it a convenient gateway town. It's the only year-round park entrance.

Johnny Sack Cabin at Big Springs, Idaho

Island Park, Yellowstone's Quiet Western Satellite town

A 36.8-mile Main Street (the world's longest) and a 23-mile diameter caldera (the world's largest) is Island Park's claim to fame.

Downtown Jackson, Wyoming, with its Million Dollar Cowboy Bar and a town square cornered with antler arches

Jackson, Wyo., Gateway to Yellowstone and Grand Teton

Just 15 minutes from Grand Teton National Park and less than two hours from Yellowstone, stop at this old West town with a touch of class and a lot of fun.

Livingston, Montana

Livingston, Montana, the Northern Gateway to Yellowstone

This quaint town has attracted cowboys, ranchers, the rich and famous and artists enamored by the scenery for more than 100 years. Stop at these 4 places.