T O U R I S M H I G H L I G H T S
West Yellowstone was incorporated in 1966 and has existed as a gateway community to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s. Although a small community in geography, visitation to West Yellowstone tops 4 million people per year. Because of its proximity to Yellowstone National Park, the town receives a large amount of tourism, especially from China. To cater to these tourists, the town has commercial signage in Mandarin as well as six Chinese restaurants. It is estimated to receive more than half its annual business from Chinese tourists.
SUMMER S E A S O N
This small, fun-filled town is a mecca for year-round outdoor recreation enthusiasts. Summer finds visitors fly fishing, river rafting, mountain biking, trail rides and hiking. West Yellowstone has unparalleled year-round fishing. Top blue-ribbon trout streams surround town making it the heart of fly fishing in the Rocky Mountains. The national forests and mountain ranges surrounding West Yellowstone are a hiker’s dream, offering an abundance of options on millions of acres of public land. Miles of trails wind past aspen and pine, tranquil meadows, and impressive peaks.
W I N T E R S E A S O N
In the winter come to enjoy cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and touring
snow coaches. Wildlife watching is a year-round activity, while great shopping can be found along the boardwalks. Over 50 kilometers of groomed Nordic ski trails accessed right from the edge of West Yellowstone, Montana. The town is also centrally located (within 2 hours) of some great downhill skiing as well at Bridger Bowl, Big Sky Resort, and Targhee.