DOWNLOAD DESTINATION YELLOWSTONE TRAVEL PLANNER
Yellowstone is a park like no other, with activities for all abilities. Begin planning your itinerary by checking out the most popular activities below. Click around the map below to see more adventure-worthy hotspots in Yellowstone Park in relation to our cabins! Simply click on-off the sites that you are interested in by filtering in the upper left corner.box. More information can be found through the links to the left.
“Watching Old Faithful erupt is a Yellowstone National Park tradition. People from all over the world have journeyed here to watch this famous geyser. The park’s wildlife and scenery might be as well-known today, but it was the unique thermal features that inspired the establishment of Yellowstone as the world’s first national park in 1872.
Old Faithful is one of nearly 500 geysers in Yellowstone and one of six that park rangers can currently predict. It is uncommon to be able to predict geyser eruptions with regularity and Old Faithful has lived up to its name, only lengthening the time between eruptions by about 30 minutes in the last 30 years. The reliability of Old Faithful inspired early developers to build special viewing areas, lodging, and concessions for visitors to watch eruptions.”
“Yellowstone's abundant wildlife is as famous as its geysers. In the park, animals have over 3,000 square miles (over 7,500 square km) of habitat available to them, so seeing them usually involves both luck and timing. Check at visitor centers for information about recent sightings, or join one of several companies that provide wildlife watching tours in the park..”
Grand Prismatic Spring
“The hot spring has bright bands of orange, yellow, and green ring the deep blue waters in the spring. The multicolored layers get their hues from different species of thermophile (heat-loving) bacteria living in the progressively cooler water around the spring. And the deep blue center? That’s because water scatters the blue wavelengths of light more than others, reflecting blues back to our eyes.”
We’re know our guests are always up for an adventure and Yellowstone is brimming with once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Whether it’s summer or winter, there’s no shortage of outdoor activities to participate in — both in and outside the park. Click around our map to learn about local summer recreation businesses. Simply click on-off the services that you are interested in by filtering in the upper left corner.box.
“Yellowstone is home to the largest concentration of mammals in the lower 48 states. In addition to having a diversity of small animals, Yellowstone is notable for its predator–prey complex of large mammals, including eight ungulate species (bighorn sheep, bison, elk, moose, mountain goats, mule deer, pronghorn, and white-tailed deer) and seven large predators (black bears, Canada lynx, coyotes, grizzly bears, mountain lions, wolverines, and wolves).”
— National Park Service
“Yellowstone National Park is as wondrous as it is complex. Established primarily to protect geothermal areas that contain about half the world's active geysers, the park also forms the core of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. At 28,000 square miles, it is one of the largest, nearly intact temperate-zone ecosystems on Earth. It preserves a great variety of terrestrial, aquatic, and microbial life.”
“Natural processes operate in an ecological context that has been less subject to human alteration than most others throughout the nation—and throughout the world. This makes the park an invaluable natural reserve and reservoir of information.”
— National Park Service
“When it comes to summertime activities the West Yellowstone area is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise. The long summer days provide visitors unlimited access to explore and play in the splendor of the high country. You can fish blue ribbon trout streams, hike in pristine wilderness, experience real western horseback riding, go whitewater rafting or mountain bike on hundreds of miles of single track and forest service roads. In addition to regal Yellowstone National Park right next door, with its famous geysers, wildlife and waterfalls, there’s adventure to be found just to the West. Hebgen Lake, with its miles and miles of shoreline offers camping, boating, canoeing and the best still water fishing in Montana. Or, take an afternoon and learn to kayak on this clear mountain lake surrounded by beautiful mountains. Just beyond is Earthquake Lake, formed the night of August 17, 1959 when a 7.5 quake rocked the Madison Valley and a mountain fell. With summer comes a choice of activities; weekly Wild West Yellowstone Rodeo, the Yellowstone Historic Museum Center, daily Yellowstone Ranger talks, and other programs just for kids like the Junior Smokejumper’s Program.”
Click around our map to learn about local winter recreation businesses. Simply click on-off the services that you are interested in by filtering in the upper left corner.box.
“Your guides will give you hands-on instruction and tips for you to experience first hand the thrill of driving a sleddog team. In a winter wonderland surrounded by majestic Montana mountains, imagine gliding behind a team of Alaskan huskies. They are well trained spirited athletes who love what they do. Their energy, excitement, and enthusiasm is a wonder to behold. Their high spirits and big lovable hearts will quickly win yours.
Every effort is made to ensure your comfort and safety to make this day a most memorable occasion. Opportunities are given for pictures and for everyone to "mush", along with a snack time on the trail. All ages are welcome!”
Skiing & Snowshoeing
“The western corridor of Yellowstone Park and adjoining national forests offer incredible snowshoeing. The Rendezvous Ski Trails, the Riverside Trail, and the pet-friendly Boundary Trail in West Yellowstone, along with 40 miles of trails in the Old Faithful area, provide great trails and scenery for snowshoers of all abilities. Free ranger-guided interpretive snowshoe hikes are offered throughout the winter into Yellowstone National Park and the surrounding national forests. Pick up the free all-seasons area trail map from the visitor center. Snowshoe rentals, lessons, and guided tours are also available in town.”
“West Yellowstone is surrounded by three national forests: Custer Gallatin, Beaverhead-Deerlodge, and Caribou-Targhee. These forests offer scenic vistas; high-mountain meadows, lakes, and rivers; and extensive groomed trail systems. During the winter, authorized guides offer snowmobile trips along trails or to backcountry locations. Avalanche equipment and training is also available.”
EXPLORE GRAND TETON
A whole other park is just a couple of hours away.
“Rising above a scene rich with extraordinary wildlife, pristine lakes, and alpine terrain, the Teton Range stands monument to the people who fought to protect it. These are mountains of the imagination. Mountains that led to the creation of Grand Teton National Park where you can explore over two hundred miles of trails, float the Snake River or enjoy the serenity of this remarkable place.” — nps.gov
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EAT YOUR HEART OUT
Below are some of our favorite places to dine when we aren’t cooking at home. Click the icons on the map to view restaurants and bars within a 20 minute drive from our cabins. Simply click on-off the restaurants/bars that you are interested in by filtering in the upper left corner.box.
The Branch Restaurant & Bar
“Inspired by the natural beauty of Yellowstone, The Branch Restaurant celebrates "Open Range Cuisine," where beef and game dishes are infused with local flavor and enjoyed with a selection of regional microbrews and handcrafted premium cocktails. A selection of tasty vegetarian and gluten-free options are available.”
— The Branch
Running Bear Pancake House
“Running Bear Pancake House offers family style dining also including a children's menu. We are known for our delicious pancakes, homemade baked goods and our clean and friendly atmosphere. We proudly serve locally roasted Hellroaring Espresso with our in house espresso machine. Box Lunches are available for any adventure your taking and Groups are Welcome.”
— Running Bear Pancake House
Gusher Pizza & Sandwich Shoppe
“The Gusher Pizza and Sandwich Shoppe offers food and fun for the whole family. Our locally owned and operated restaurant, pub and casino serves up fresh and delicious meal options for lunch and dinner. We also have a cozy pub and casino complete with TVs, video poker, keno and slots. The Gusher also features video games for kids as well.”
Click around the map below to find all the services you will need during your stay — from car rentals to grocery stores to hair salons. Simply click on-off the services that you are interested in by filtering in the upper left corner.box.