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DESTINATION YELLOWSTONE 2013 GUIDEBOOK

West Yellowstone, Montana AND SURROUNDING AREA OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE WEST YELLOWSTONE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE


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Contents publisher

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Traveler Information 10 Welcome to West Yellowstone

Editor

Colleen Valenstein art director

Colleen Valenstein

10 Traveler Tips 11 Make West Yellowstone Base Camp 13 Evenings to Remember

SAles

Geoff Sharp copy editor

Pamela Periconi

16 Area Maps 24 Island Park, Idaho

Contributors

Vicki Anderson Suzie Hultman Jean Arthur Teresa Griswold photography

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Activities 14 Event Calendar 18 Family Fun 20 West Yellowstone Area Tours

Recreation 22 Summer Outdoors 26 Fly Fishing 28 Winter Outdoors 30 Snowmobiling West Yellowstone

IN FO RM ATI ON VISITOR INFORMATION Gallatin National Forest, Hwy 191 North.......... (406) 823-6961 Yellowstone National Park.................................. (足足足307) 344-7381 West Yellowstone Chamber of Commerce.......... (406) 646-7701 Town of West Yellowstone................................... (406) 646-7795 SERVICES Emergencies............................................................................. 911 Ambulance............................................................ (406) 646-7600 Fire Department.................................................. (406) 646-7600 Police Department............................................... (406) 646-7600 Post Office............................................................ (406) 646-7704

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Welcome to West Y ellowstone The year-round gateway to Yellowstone Country—West Yellowstone, Montana. Activities abound, and adventure will be found in every season. Yellowstone’s familiar name conjures visions of natural wonders such as ­geysers, waterfalls, lakes and streams, grizzly bears, bison, trout and wolves. While here, we encourage you to explore all the area has to offer: Yellowstone National Park, our local community and all the natural wonders west of the park. Long summer days offer unlimited access to the splendor of the high country, be it a scenic drive, hiking or horseback riding through flower-covered mountain meadows, whitewater rafting or fishing in crystal-clear rivers. The warmth, beauty and serenity of fall offer vibrant autumn foliage against the evergreen backdrop of our abundant forests. Crisp, cool nights and warm, sunny afternoons are especially perfect when combined with the sounds of bugling elk and honking geese. In winter, Yellowstone has a magic all its own. Snowcovered landscapes, frosty trees and steamy geysers create a wondrous setting. Yellowstone’s geyser-fed rivers remain unfrozen, creating a natural winter refuge for thousands of waterfowl, including majestic trumpeter swans. Breathtaking tours by snowcoach and snowmobile offer indelible memories of this very special season in the park. Snowmobilers and cross-country skiers explore the millions of acres of public lands outside the park, too,

while nearby downhill ski resorts give visitors a variety of thrills and challenges. In spring, the land awakens. Trout are hungry, flowers poke through the snow, birds return from winter habitats— filling the air with song—and wildlife bear their young. Enjoy Yellowstone while you’re here. With every type of amenity available, you’ll find West Yellowstone the perfect base for visiting the entire area. For information on lodging, special events and activities in the area, call the West Yellowstone Chamber of Commerce at (406) 646-7701, visit our official website at destinationyellowstone.com, or stop by the Visitor Center located just one block west of the park entrance.

T raveler Tip s Getting Here Ground traffic enters West Yellowstone from three directions: from the north (Bozeman and Big Sky), take Hwy 191 South. From the south (Idaho Falls or Salt Lake City) follow Hwy 20 North. And if you are traveling through Yellowstone National Park, follow Hwy 20 from Madison Junction to the west entrance of the park. Note: The west gate is open to regular auto travel in the summer months only, from midApril through late November. The West Yellowstone Airport is open with scheduled air service by SkyWest and Delta Connection from June through September. The closest airport in the winter months is in Bozeman, Montana (Gallatin Field Airport), 90 miles north of West Yellowstone. Bozeman is served by Allegiant, Delta, 10 | Destination Yellowstone Guidebook 2013

United Express and Horizon Airlines and is a 2- to 2½-hour drive. Rental cars available at Bozeman include Avis, Budget, Hertz and National. Karst Stage, Inc. also offers regular shuttle service (reservations required) from the Bozeman airport to West Yellowstone in the winter and service by reservation request in the summers. Another option for flyers is the Idaho Falls Airport, approximately 110 miles south of West Yellowstone. Idaho Falls, Idaho, is serviced by Allegiant, SkyWest and Horizon Airlines. Car rental agencies are available, and Salt Lake Express offers ground transportation with reservations.

Climate Mountain weather is always unpredictable. A 70-degree, sunny day can turn into a tumultuous storm

complete with wind, rain and snow in a minute. It pays to always be prepared for cooler weather while enjoying the open blue sky and sunny days that have come to make West Yellowstone such a great place to visit. Even in the heart of summer, mornings can be chilly, averaging around 50 degrees. Layering clothes will help keep you comfortable all day. As the day wears on, temperatures rise into the 70s and 80s in July or August. In the winter, the same rules apply, only thicker, warmer layers are paramount. Temperatures can be among the coldest in the Lower 48, often reaching from the 20s and 30s during the day to below zero at night. You should also have a water-resistant, windproof outer layer. In fall and spring, crisp mornings are frequently followed by cool, brilliant days. destinationyellowstone.com


Clockwise from top left: Whitewater rafting on the Gallatin River, a night out in downtown West Yellowstone, Eagle’s Store soda fountain, bison herd in front of Old Faithful, canoeing on Hebgen Lake, fly fishing on the Madison River.

make west yellowstone base c amp by Teresa Griswold photos by Donnie Sexton

If Yellowstone is your destination, West Yellowstone is your base camp—your place to restore and explore while provisioning and planning for breathtaking journeys into America’s first national park. It’s what Yellowstone’s early explorers did. Imagine members of the Washburn-Doane expedition of 1870 mesmerized by their firsthand experience of the magnificent wonders they witnessed setting up camp at dusk where the misty Firehole and Gibbon rivers joined the trout-filled Madison. Legend has it that at their Madison Junction encampment, 14 miles from West Yellowstone into what is now the park interior, the group sat around a wilderness campfire and dreamed up the idea of preserving the area for future generations. Though more than 140 years have passed since that fateful eve, the setting remains the same. In a sense, West Yellowstone has always been here, it was just waiting to be discovered. Upon the establishment of the park, West Yellowstone quickly became known as the “gateway to wonderland”—a respite for tourists with steam trunks and valets clamoring from trains rolling into the grand depot and dining lodge, which today is the heart of West Yellowstone’s historic district and still bustles with the same exhilaration. Then and now, the free-roaming wildlife, boiling caldrons, destinationyellowstone.com

and plunging waterfalls of Yellowstone await, while West Yellowstone welcomes. Boasting proximity, the town has a street named “Boundary” for a reason. It is that close to Yellowstone. It is also the nearest gateway community to the pulse of the park. The iconic Old Faithful geyser is just 30 miles from West Yellowstone’s gate. Ideally situated and built on legacy, insiders know West Yellowstone is the base camp of modern-day explorers. Yellowstone and the surrounding area is so big that it can easily take days to conquer it all. West Yellowstone gives you accommodations to rest for the night, places to dine, gather up picnic supplies and fill your water bottles. There are ample opportunities to get expert guidance from locals about off-the-beaten-path surprises for your next day’s adventure, in or out of the park. The activities are so endless—from rodeo, live theater, kayaking, mountain biking, fly fishing and hiking in the summer to cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, ice fishing, dog sledding and snowcoach as well as snowmobiling park tours in winter—you will likely run out of time long before you run out of things to do. West Yellowstone offers proximity, amenities and activities for every season. Follow the lead of the early explorers, and make it your base camp. Destination Yellowstone Guidebook 2013 | 11


W ildlife Watc h

by Jean Arthur

BISON

GRIZZLY BEAR

Yellowstone’s largest mammal, the bison stands six feet tall, 12 feet in length and can weigh 2,000 lbs. While bison may look large and lethargic, this shaggy, bearded and horned animal can gallop 32 mph. Watch bison graze, cavort and take dust baths near the Firehole River, in Hayden and Lamar valleys, and near Mammoth Hot Springs.

Some 400 to 600 Ursus arctus horribilus live in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Grizzlies weigh up to 700 lbs. and vary from blond to cinnamon to brown. These omnivores eat both veggies and meat. Grizzlies frequent areas between Mammoth and Norris, the Fishing Bridge area, Mt. Washburn and Lamar Valley.

BIGHORN SHEEP

MULE DEER

Daredevils of the rocky cliffs, the Ovis canadenis leap ledge to ledge near the park’s northern entrance. They frequent rock slopes along the northern edge of Lamar Valley and Tower areas in Yellowstone and Hebgen & Quake lakes west of the park. The horns of older males may wrap in a full curl, while those of the female are smaller and more slender.

Plentiful and graceful, the large-eared Odocoileus hemionus roam in small herds throughout the park. Bucks drop antlers in winter and regrow them every spring.

BLACK BEAR

MOOSE

Ursus americanas reside in the meadows, mountains and treed areas throughout the region. Black or cinnamon colored, these bears search for food favorites like insects, rodents, berries and carrion.

The twig-eater Alces alces wallows among willows, its favorite food. This horse-size swamp lover resides near Lewis Lake, the Pelican Valley and along Highway 191 near West Yellowstone.

COYOTE

PRONGHORN ANTELOPE

Sometimes confused with their larger wolf relative, Canis latrans is about half the size of a wolf, has a bushier tail and pointy ears. Coyotes roam nearly the entire park.

North America’s fastest mammal, the Antilocapra americana sprints up to 70 mph through grasslands of Yellowstone and the West. Pronghorn in the Greater Yellowstone area undergo one of the longest migrations of any land animal in the world—from Grand Teton National Park south to wintering grounds in the Red Desert near Pinedale, Wyoming.

ELK

WOLF

Impressive racks are the hallmark of the region’s bull elk. The Cervus elaphus can run up to 35 mph and weighs up to 1,000 lbs. Some 20,000 elk roam through Yellowstone and neighboring wild areas. They graze year-round between West Yellowstone and Madison, within the Hayden and Lamar valleys and lounge at Mammoth Hot Springs.

Reintroduced into Yellowstone in 1995, over 400 Canis lupis live among more than three-dozen packs in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Wolves eat mainly elk taken through packs. Wolves are sighted in the Lamar and Hayden valleys almost daily and cruise wildlands near West Yellowstone along Highway 191.

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Photos on these pages by Latham Jenkins/circumerrostock.com. Wolf and bear photos taken at Grizzly Discovery Center. Bighorn Sheep photo by Rick Konrad. Coyote photo by Craig Morris.

Nearly 500 species inhabit the Greater Yellowstone region. Viewing wildlife can be the highlight of any vacation, but animals are wild and unpredictable. Stay at least 25 yards away from wildlife and 100 yards away from bears.


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Evenings to Remember

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Evening entertainment is part of what makes West Yellowstone such a great destination. You’ll find more to do than you’ll have nights to do them. Live Theater: This summer, the longtime family favorite Playmill Theatre will be celebrating its 50th anniversary by presenting three of their most popular shows. On tap are “Beauty and the Beast,” “Fiddler on the Roof” and “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.” Open May 24 through August 31. The theater is dark on Sundays. Rodeo: The Wild West Yellowstone rodeo brings bronc riding, team roping, barrel racing and bull riding to their arena, just eight miles west of West Yellowstone, Wednesday through Saturday evenings from June 19 through August 31. July adds Tuesday nights to the mix. Regionwide cowboys and cowgirls compete in a summerlong competition. The crowd favorite “calf scramble” has all of the little ones in the audience out for a live rodeo experience of their own. Museum: The Yellowstone Historic Center Museum is open daily May 18 through Labor Day from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. From Labor Day to October 13, the hours will be reduced. The museum, housed in the historic Union Pacific Depot, helps children step back in time by the many stories it tells of how people have journeyed to and through the region since the founding of Yellowstone National Park in 1872. It’s a great add to a day in the park. The Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center: This AZAaccredited, not-for-profit wildlife park and educational facility offers different programs and activities for the whole family. Every visitor to Yellowstone can have a chance to uniquely experience the world of grizzly bears and gray wolves. All of the animals at the center are unable to survive in the wild and serve as ambassadors for their wild counterparts. Open 365 days a year, hours vary along with length of days. The hours from May 10 through September 1 are 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. destinationyellowstone.com

Yellowstone IMAX: Immerse yourself in the breathtaking scenery, majestic wildlife, and vivid color and sound of Yellowstone with the IMAX experience. Films such as “Yellowstone,” “Bears” and “Caves” are offered in one-hour increments in an impressive experience of sight and sound. Chuckwagon Dinners: The dinners are offered mid-June through Labor Day several days a week by the Parade Rest Guest Ranch just eight miles north of West Yellowstone. Visitors can enjoy a ride in a surrey or hay wagon, or join the wranglers on horseback to the aspen grove above Hebgen Lake where a dinner of steak, chicken or burgers awaits. The camaraderie of an outdoor meal, the tranquil setting and a little entertainment make for memorable moments in Yellowstone Country. Learn to Cast a Fly: Reserve Sunday evenings beginning at 7 p.m. from mid-June through Labor Day to join the guides of Bob Jacklin’s Fly Shop at the casting pond in the historic district. Even the youngest novice has the opportunity to cast a line and be hooked by a lifelong fascination with fly fishing. Shopping: Shops in West Yellowstone welcome visitors until 10 p.m. on most summer evenings. A variety of treasures, ice cream treats and fantastic people watching can be found as you explore. Historic Walking Tour: Spend a summer evening exploring local lore. A good place to start is the Yellowstone Historic Center Museum where you can pick up a brochure for the tour (also available at the Visitor Center or one of the many historic locations found along the tour). Finish at the landmark Eagle’s Store, slurping up a scrumptious chocolate malt or root beer float while soaking in the details of its old-fashioned soda fountain. Destination Yellowstone Guidebook 2013 | 13


Calendar of Events For more information on the events listed, contact the West Yellowstone Chamber of Commerce unless another contact name and number is provided. Contact information for the West Yellowstone Chamber of Commerce: (406) 646-7701 or visit www.destinationyellowstone.com. All events are subject to change without notice.

April 2013 Cycle Days From April 1-18, ride in Yellowstone National Park for free, and before the park is open to public automobiles or buses. It’s a perfect way to spend a day. From West Yellowstone, you can ride to Madison Junction and then to the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone or Mammoth Hot Springs (the road between Madison and Old Faithful remains closed to all until April 19). Feet and Rollerblades are welcome, too.

July 2013 July 4th Celebrating America Celebrate the red, white and blue with some “down-home” fun— outdoor barbecue benefit for the fire department, buffalo chip toss challenge, parade (anyone can enter!), music and fireworks (conditions permitting). Shakespeare in the Park Join this casual evening of fun at the historical Union Pacific Dining Lodge. Bring your chairs or blankets, food and goodwill. This year’s free performance (though contributions are always very welcome!) begins at 6:30 p.m.

August 2013 8th Annual Smoking Waters Mountain Man Rendezvous Demonstrations of carding and spinning wool, making butter and leather working; seminars on Native American culture and the Fur Trade Era; entertainment and competitions

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such as Cowboy Poetry, storytelling, black powder shoot, knife and tomahawk throws are all part of this 10-day mix. 41st Annual Yellowstone Rod Run Street Rod Heaven. Food, frolic, parade, showin’ and shinin’ and cruisin’. This year’s event will be bigger, longer and better than ever to celebrate 41 years of this annual gathering. Contact: Jerry or Terry Oksa at (406) 646-9759 www.yellowstonerodrun.com

ONGOING June through August 2013 Wild West Yellowstone Rodeo Pure excitement! Bareback Riding, Team Roping, Saddle Bronc Riding, Breakaway Roping and Bull Riding are just some of the scheduled events. Performances are at 8 p.m. each night and will be held at the rodeo arena just six miles west of town on Highway 20. Join the fun! Competitor entry or information: (406) 580-6913 www.yellowstonerodeo.com FREE Fly-Casting Clinics Seminars and presentations by Bob Jacklin every Sunday evening beginning July 1. Meet at Jacklin’s Fly shop. Fly rod outfits are available free of charge. Want some help with your casting or would like to begin learning? This is a great place to start. Contact: Bob Jacklin (406) 646-7336 or bjacklin@jacklinsflyshop.com

September 2013 58th Annual Knothead Jamboree: Square Dancing For more than squares, there are rounds and lines, too! Beginner to pro, everyone’s welcome to join in. A full weekend of calling, clapping and color for all ages! 11th Annual West Yellowstone Foundation Golf Tournament This golf tournament will again be held at the Arnold Palmer-designed course in Big Sky, Montana. Anyone is invited to join in the fun! This is an event that you will want to include on your calendar—and serves a great cause, too! www.westyellowstonefoundation.org West Yellowstone Foundation “Happening” One of THE social events of the year! Plan now to attend. A live auction will be held along with the other events of the evening. Everyone is welcome to attend, so buy your tickets in advance. www.westyellowstonefoundation.org Pineneedle Stampede Foot Races Run or walk! From highly competitive to relaxed running and walking, this race—a celebration of late summer—has 6k or 10k events for adults and a kids’ race, too. This year’s race will again include a half-marathon. The course has been named one of the top 13 most scenic in the country. The traffic-free route winds its way into the national forest along the Rendezvous Trail System. T-shirts, fruit and thirst quenchers are all included. Contact: Kelli (406) 646-7744

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Old Faithful Fall Cycle Tour Gather your friends together. Feed stations at Madison Junction and Old Faithful will keep your engines fueled while you provide the power. Ride all the way, or just until you’re tuckered. A ranger-led tour at Old Faithful, T-shirts, shuttles and great buffet round out a fabulous day. Registration is limited. www.cycleyellowstone.com

November 2013 Yellowstone Ski Festival Hundreds of Nordic ski enthusiasts from all over the world, novice to expert, gather Thanksgiving week to learn more about the sport, practice techniques and see new equipment. SuperTour Ski Races, clinics and an indoor expo are all included. www.yellowstoneskifestival.com, www.rendezvousskitrails.com

December 2013 Christmas Stroll It’s a time of rosy cheeks and laughter. Join your friends and neighbors as we light the town tree, greet Santa and stroll the shops seeking just the right gifts. West Yellowstone Sled Dog Races—“Rodeo Run” The yips of eager dogs will pierce the winter mornings. Paws will pound across the old airport as sleds and mushers head off down the trail. On Thursday, meet the mushers and their canine athletes in front of Wild West Pizzeria. www.westyellowstonesleddograces.com

January 2014 Free Ski Day In partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and national Winter Trails Day, the trail fee will be waived for

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the Rendezvous Ski Trails. WYSEF board members will offer FREE onehour ski lessons to all those who are interested—first-timers to weekend warriors! Skate and classic technique. Local ski shops offer complimentary ski and snowshoe rentals on a first come/first served basis. Come out and enjoy the trails! www.rendezvousskitrails.com

February 2014 Taste of the Trails A fresh tradition on the renowned Rendezvous Ski Trails. Enjoy local tastes at feed stations located along a 5k course where you will find morsels of delight around every bend. Preregistration required. www.rendezvousskitrails.com

March 2014 35th Yellowstone Rendezvous Marathon Ski Race Held on the world-class Rendezvous Ski Trails, this event draws hundreds of enthusiastic cross-country skiers. www.rendezvousrace.com West Yellowstone Youth Festival Only for kids and sponsored by the West Yellowstone Ski Education Foundation. The Youth Festival is an opportunity for pure fun on skis. Obstacle course, matched sprints, relay and speed trap are included. www.rendezvousskitrails.com World Snowmobile EXPO 2014 The World Snowmobile EXPO brings days of racing thrills from snocross to drag, to radar and vintage challenges—sufficient for any speed junkie. An exposition of all things snowmobiling and capped with nighttime activities including Freestyle Aerials, a “Funny-Money”

Casino night, live entertainment and plenty of laughs. www.snowmobileexpo.com Equinox Ski Challenge This event is ingrained with camaraderie, challenge and commitment; skiers of ALL abilities are welcome. The goal is to have a lot of fun and also complete as many laps as you can in the 3-hour, 6-hour, 12-hour or 24-hour divisions. The weekend includes a Saturday evening potluck with beverages and an all-night bonfire at the start/finish line. How far can you go? www.equinoxskichallenge.com

Ongoing once a month December through March Kids’N’Snow These are special weekends designed with children in mind (or for anyone who wants to relive their childhood winters). It includes samplers of great outdoor activities like crosscountry skiing, snowcoach tours, snowshoeing and ice skating—or making snow angels. Then added to the mix are some fantastic learning opportunities like birds of prey, avalanche safety training, animal tracking and more. A special passport encourages everyone to earn a special gift. A winter wonderland weekend! S’mores and More Join the fun at the West Yellowstone Ice Rink (located across the street from Westmart, 100 S. Faithful Street off Yellowstone Avenue). Warm up with hot beverages, toast some marshmallows, and make your own s’mores. All the fixings provided. Bring your own sled for our Kids’ Sledding Hill. Or, try out West Yellowstone’s ice skating rink. Skates available. Old-fashioned family fun for everyone of every age!

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Be sure to check out the family fun activities during your stay at West Yellowstone. After sampling what the town has to offer, your kids are bound to beg to return again and again.

picnic and playground Swings, slides, sand and grass delight visitors at West Yellowstone’s Pioneer Park, featuring the Tot Lot with sand and a jungle gym. The park also has a half-court basketball area and baseball diamond. Covered picnic tables, barbecue stands, accessible restrooms and playground are open during daylight hours from mid-May to October. The park is located on U.S. Hwy 191 at the corner of Canyon St. and Firehole Ave. Large groups are welcome.

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animal discovery Were you hoping to catch a glimpse of a bear or wolf during your visit to Yellowstone? If you missed them in the wild, there’s no need to be disappointed. View live grizzlies and gray wolves at the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center, a nonprofit preserve. Observe the animals in their naturalistic habitat while learning about their dramatic rescue stories. Wildlife films, presentations from naturalists and other educational programs instill the importance of wildlife protection in visitors. Call (406) 646-7001 or visit www.grizzlydiscoveryctr.org.

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Winter fun

Celebrating 50 years of live musical performances, the Playmill has specialized in providing entertainment for the whole family. Every evening, the show kicks off with a bit of vaudeville to get everyone relaxed and smiling. Frequently playing to SRO audiences, the cast entertains with enthusiasm and exuberance. Dark on Sundays, the Playmill runs Memorial Day to Labor Day. To check out schedules and make reservations, please visit www.playmill.com.

Winter offers endless family entertainment in West Yellowstone. Whether you’re exploring Yellowstone or the national forests beyond, there is adventure around the corner. Children can ride two-up with parents on snowmobiles or join in the group fun of snowcoach tours. The Rendezvous “kids’ hill” and Riverside ski trails accommodate even the youngest skiers. Pioneer Park boasts a sledding hill and lots of powder for snow angels. Pack the skates, and enjoy some “ice time” together. Families can join one of the weekly Ranger-led snowshoe tours into Yellowstone or explore on their own. The Annual Christmas Stroll with Santa, the Youth Festival for young skiers and the World Snowmobile EXPO are special events the entire family can experience.

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The Junior Ranger program is an exciting opportunity for kids to experience Yellowstone National Park through Junior Park Ranger activities. Stop by the Visitor Center to pick up a Junior Ranger Activity Paper ($3 fee) and begin exploring the park with a list of activities for Junior Rangers of all ages. On the path to receiving a Junior Ranger patch, you’ll investigate wild surroundings, increase your observation skills and promise to help preserve and protect the park’s untamed natural features. After fulfilling requirements, you will be initiated into the decadeold corps of Junior Rangers! For more information, visit www.nps.gov/yell/ planyourvisit/juniorranger.htm. If a future of jumping out of airplanes to fight fires excites you, then join the U.S. Forest Service’s Junior Smoke Jumper program to learn more. Operating from mid-June through mid-September, this FREE program is open to children ages 5-12 and is held in the town park from 9 a.m. to noon. Parent or guardian must be present at sign-up at 8:30 a.m. Large groups can be accommodated. Check with the Hebgen Lake Ranger District after June 10 at (307) 344-2876.

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As the railroad marks West Yellowstone’s historic beginnings, it is fitting that the Union Pacific Depot building is home to the Yellowstone Historic Center Museum. More than 100 years ago on June 11, 1908, the first passenger train arrived here. To commemorate that momentous date for West Yellowstone, the museum offers free admission every June 11th. The museum includes interactive exhibits and artifacts that explore the complete history of the area—from the time the Plains Indians and bison roamed the land to the days the terrifying fires of 1988 swept through the landscape. Your family will enjoy hands-on exhibits in ancient art, archaeology, nature and history, as well as movie and theater presentations. Also, be sure to inquire about guided walking tours of the West Yellowstone historic district. The museum is open mid-May to midOctober. Call (406) 646-1100 or visit www.yellowstonehistoriccenter.org.

A 45-minute drive from West Yellowstone to Harriman State Park of Idaho is well worth it for the natureloving family. This 16,000-acre, stateowned parcel, located three miles south of Island Park, Idaho, is a wildlife refuge, historic site, recreational area and a working ranch combined. During the summer, Harriman State Park of Idaho is an outdoor classroom where staff teach bird identification, natural history and geology. The park offers endless recreational opportunities, including hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking and fishing. And if that’s not enough, try a history lesson. There are three restored ranch buildings in the park dating back to the turn of the century that are open to the public. Call (208) 558-7368 or visit http:// parksandrecreation.idaho.gov/parks/ harriman.aspx for more information.

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bear world If your travels take you south from West Yellowstone, visit Yellowstone Bear World in Rexburg, Idaho. Yellowstone Bear World is a drive-thru park where visitors view elk, deer and other Rocky Mountain wildlife in their natural habitats. The park re-creates the era when these animals were commonly found along the park roads. Call (208) 359-9688 or visit www.yellowstonebearworld.com.

wild west yellowstone rodeo Born in the past to ease the cowboys’ boredom, today’s rodeos are pure excitement! Bareback riding, team roping, saddle bronc riding, breakaway roping and bull riding are just some of the scheduled events. Call (406) 560-6913 or www.yellowstonerodeo.com.

track history Don’t be afraid. These bear paw prints mark the trail of West Yellowstone’s Historic Walking Tour. Copies of the map can be picked up from any one of the historical sites along the way and will take you on a journey through the history of this small community that has served Yellowstone visitors for well over a century. You’ll also discover the remaining 11, full-scale painted buffalo along the trail. Learn, discover, appreciate.

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imax theatre A six-story-high screen is sure to entertain both young and old at the Yellowstone IMAX® Theatre. View the feature film “Yellowstone” and experience scenes of geysers, grizzlies and other wonders of the park. In addition, the theatre showcases the latest IMAX® films. Call (888) 854-5862 or visit www.yellowstoneimax.com for more information. Experience first-rate movies on a full-size screen with ultra stereo surround sound. Call the cinema at (406) 646-7777 for show times and information.

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Hebgen Lake is located just nine miles northwest of West Yellowstone. Bring your own water equipment, or there’s plenty of opportunity to rent boats and kayaks to enjoy a day on this beautiful lake. You can stay overnight at a lakeside cabin, motel or campground, or take a half-day, “out-of-car” experience with a guided tour by kayak. Both spin and fly fishing are great ways to spend the day, including the perfect spot for kids to cast right from the shore.

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W est Y ellowstone Area T ours West Yellowstone is headquarters for terrific day trips­­. In addition to visiting Yellowstone’s Northern Loop, Southern Loop or Grand Loop (the two combined), there’s still plenty to explore outside of the park. For more detailed information and suggested itineraries, visit www.destinationyellowstone.com and click on “trip planning.” We’ve captured the highlights of just two of many other journeys to be tried. How much time you take delving into these byways is up to you, but a full day is recommended for each. Before you go, stop by the West Yellowstone Visitor Center located on the corner of Yellowstone and Canyon streets one block from the entrance to Yellowstone National Park. The friendly folks there can load you up with brochures and information to make the trip more enjoyable. And, as some attractions are seasonal, you’ll want to make sure you know who’s open and who’s not.

TOUR #1 – Madison River to Missouri Headwaters 1 MADISON RIVER CANYON EARTHQUAKE AREA The driving adventure begins as you pass through the Madison River Canyon, which, in 1959, was struck by one of the largest earthquakes ever recorded on the North American continent (7.5 on the Richter scale). The earthquake caused an enormous landslide and sent 80 million tons of rock tumbling into the canyon, obstructing the flow of the Madison River. The water soon backed up behind the fallen rocks and formed Earthquake Lake. Today, the Madison River Canyon Earthquake Area is of great scientific and general interest. As you drive along the banks of the water, the effect of the changing earth can be seen all around. Be sure to stop at the pullouts and scenic overlooks. Take a short walk and view some of the more dramatic areas. Stop in at the Earthquake Lake Visitor Center, located on Hwy 287, for complete information, including video presentations 20 | Destination Yellowstone Guidebook 2013

SAMPLE TOUR ROUTE Depart West Yellowstone on Hwy 191 heading north. After 8 miles turn west onto Hwy 287. 1 Drive along the shores of Hebgen Lake, Quake Lake and the Madison River to Ennis. 2 Continue west through Ennis to historic 3 Virginia City (12 miles) and one mile farther to Nevada City. Backtrack to Ennis, then head north on 287 to the 4 Lewis and Clark Caverns (40 miles). Continue on to the 5 Missouri Headwaters at Three Forks, Montana (20 miles). Travel south on route 205 through Logan, Manhattan, across I-90 and onto 191 south (21 miles). Follow 191 south along the Gallatin River all the way back to West Yellowstone (90 miles). You will pass Big Sky Resort and through the northwest corner of Yellowstone National Park.

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and geologic displays (the center is open seasonally). Throughout the drive, watch for moose, bighorn sheep, mountain goats and maybe even bears.

2 ENNIS Follow the winding Madison River through the magnificent Madison Valley north to the fishing mecca of Ennis, Montana. You will be greeted at the entrance to Ennis with a sign that reads: “Welcome to Ennis. Population: 660 People, 11,000,000 Trout.” William Ennis homesteaded this area in 1863 during the Gold Rush days. Today, the region is cattle country, and the spirit of the Old West lives on in its quaint western motif.

3 VIRGINIA CITY / NEVADA CITY Next stop Virginia City, just 12 miles west of Ennis, and Nevada City, just one mile farther. Photo buffs will want to stop at the pullout as you leave Ennis heading up the hill to Virginia City—the view of the wide valley and mountain range is Montana at its best. Both towns are Montana treasures and the sites of Gold Rush fever in the 1860s. Today, a drive through either picturesque town feels like a drive through a time portal, with clapboard sidewalks and downtown western facades lining your way. Virginia City was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1961 and listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1976. Virginia City once included more than a thousand buildings. The area holds claim to the largest collection of Gold Rush-era buildings in the West. Fifty currently standing structures date back to the height of the Gold Rush when nearly 20,000 hardy souls called it home. A walking tour of the area is available from the West Yellowstone Visitor Center as well as in Virginia City (if it’s off-season, be sure to get the brochure in West Yellowstone). At its peak, Nevada City boasted dozens of stores and cabins. In 1872, the town had a miner’s store, a brewery, a butcher, a blacksmith, a livery stable and destinationyellowstone.com

a masonic hall. But by 1876, boom turned to bust and Nevada City became a ghost town. Make sure you bring lots of quarters to visit the Music Hall, which features old-time pipe organs, movie machines and great novelty inventions. If it’s peak season, take the train ride on one of two restored locomotives between Virginia City and Nevada City. Make sure you know what time the last train runs so you’re not stranded.

4 LEWIS AND CLARK CAVERNS After you backtrack through Ennis and head up 287, check out the historic pullout that overlooks Ennis Lake and a different view of the valley. At the top of the hill, see if you can spot the wagon train trails. Contrary to the name, the caverns were discovered by ranchers, not Lewis and Clark. President Roosevelt named the caves in honor of the great explorers who passed (unknowingly) in the valley beneath the caverns in 1805 and 1806. Lewis and Clark Caverns became Montana’s first state park in 1937. The magnificent limestone caves are hidden in the white limestone cliffs above the Jefferson River and are gateways to an underground world of multitiered columns, frozen waterfalls and rock icicles. Today, the caverns are electrically lighted, and guided tours are conducted daily from May 1 to September 30. Our tip: Walk along the hill to the cave entrance at the top. There are lots of places to stop, rest along the path and look for fossils in the rocks. If it’s the warm season, think about an early morning tour to avoid the heat, as there is little shade until you reach the caves. The caves themselves have a perpetually cool and damp climate, so make sure you have a jacket or sweatshirt.

5 MISSOURI HEADWATERS (THREE FORKS) Lewis and Clark followed the Missouri River hoping to find a route to the Pacific Ocean. Obviously, they discovered this wasn’t the case but still felt this site was

an “essential point in the geography of North America.” Today, you can walk in their footsteps and see the convergence of the Jefferson, Gallatin and Madison rivers. The area abounds with interpretive displays highlighting the Native American tribes that roamed the area. Visit the Headwaters Heritage Museum, including a visit to the Madison Buffalo Jump. For some off-the-main-road driving, take route 205 to Belgrade and 191 back to West Yellowstone. If you have time, take 205 all the way into Bozeman and visit the Museum of the Rockies.

TOUR #2 – Earthquake Lake to Mesa Falls 1 EARTHQUAKE LAKE See description under previous tour and then continue on to Big Springs and Mesa Falls.

BIG SPRINGS & MESA FALLS SCENIC BYWAY Stop at the Visitor Center for an Idaho map for this quieter, out-of-the-way sort of day. Significant in the early settling of the area, both Big Springs and Mesa Falls have millions of years of geological history as well. Travel south on U.S. Hwy 20 to the Island Park, Idaho, area. Take the Big Springs loop road, and although most evidence of the railroad is long gone, the natural springs that maintain hundreds of trout provide a pleasant retreat-like atmosphere. Rent a raft or canoe, or bring your own and relax while floating down the Big Springs National Water Trail. Afterwards, continue south on U.S. 20 to the Mesa Falls Recreation Area. Here, vast changes began 2 million years ago. The area is under the control of the U.S. Forest Service, and a federal fee of $5.00 covers all of the passengers in a vehicle. A museum, interpretive signage, picnic tables and trails are all to be enjoyed. Continue on the Mesa Falls Road, stopping at the Lower Falls and feeling the peace of Bear Canyon before coming out at Ashton, Idaho. On the return trip to West Yellowstone, stop and explore Harriman State Park of Idaho. Destination Yellowstone Guidebook 2013 | 21


Summer O utdoors horseback riding­­

fly fishing

birding

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The Henry’s Fork, the Madison, the rivers and creeks of Yellowstone— welcome to fly fishing heaven! Whether you are a seasoned veteran or just getting started, the waters and the plentiful fish of the Yellowstone region await. For more information about fly fishing in West Yellowstone, see page 26.

Bears, bison and wolves may be the first animals that come to mind when you think Yellowstone, but how about peregrine falcons, trumpeter swans and bald eagles? West Yellowstone’s diverse habitat makes it home to a wide range of winged friends. Take the Swainson’s hawk, which spends its summers in West Yellowstone and winters in Argentina. Or the rough-legged hawk, which leaves the Arctic to spend its winters in “balmy” West Yellowstone. All are accessible to visitors via the Forest Service roads and wilderness areas in the region including the Red Rocks National Wildlife Refuge. The Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center (800) 257-2570 offers birding tours in the spring and fall, as well as regular live bird of prey presentations. Pick up a copy of the West Yellowstone Birding Trail Brochure at the Visitor Center.

If you prefer to travel on your own two feet, visit the Purple Mountain Trail located 14 miles inside the west entrance to Yellowstone park. Leaving town, head toward Norris. When you reach

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Madison Junction, park at the area on your right. The trail begins across the road. The 3-mile trek to the top of Purple Mountain takes you to 8,433 feet and offers spectacular views of Yellowstone’s geyser basins and the Teton Mountain Range to the south. The trail is easy to moderate in exertion. For a more relaxed walk, follow the boardwalk along the edge of the Madison River, a mile inside the park entrance. It’s a perfect place to enjoy a peaceful evening and watch the sunset. Information on other trails can be found at destinationyellowstone.com or stop by the Visitor Center.

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West Yellowstone is horse country, and local outfitters and operators can take you on an exceptional trail ride. We recommend Whit’s Road Trailhead, north of West Yellowstone on Hwy 287, or the Red Canyon Road two miles farther on. Red Canyon opens up into miles of trails including access to the Lee Metcalf Wilderness Area where wildflowers, rugged canyons and wonderful views abound. Be sure to pack a bottle of powerful bug repellent for your trip, and enjoy getting out into the thick of things. There’s nothing quite like being on horseback to make you feel superior, and there’s nothing quite like the backcountry (or a stubborn horse) to humble you. Call Yellowstone Mountain Guides (406) 646-7230 for guided tours.


heBGen lake­­ Just a few miles northwest is Hebgen Lake, over 15 miles long and 2.5 miles wide. Hebgen Lake has been called the premier Stillwater fishing lake in Montana with a healthy population of browns, cutthroats and rainbows. Hebgen is also a popular recreational lake offering all types of boating, swimming and camping.

quake lake­­ The Madison River Canyon Earthquake Area encompasses 38,000 acres and lies 25 miles from West Yellowstone. The “Quake Lake” reserve is testimony to one of the most violent earthquakes to hit the West. On August 17, 1959, a magnitude-7.5 quake forced a massive landslide to create this 190-footdeep, 6-mile-long lake. A Visitor Center overlooks the slide area and lake. Educational exhibits with information about wildlife, earthquakes and other geographic phenomena line the walls. Highlights include a working seismograph, photographs of damage taken in the days shortly following the quake and recollections from survivors. The Visitor Center is open 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

river rafting­­ When the heat index peaks and the summer sun is too strong to stand, there’s nothing like a ride down the river to keep you cool. Try a full-day or half-day rafting adventure on the Gallatin River. Thrill-seekers will enjoy the lower section of the river, where Class III and IV rapids with names like Screaming Left, Thumper and The Mad Mile will give you an adrenaline rush. For those with a more relaxed trip in mind, the upper Gallatin is the way to go. A journey through the upper Gallatin Canyon includes fewer rapids, giving rafters a chance to enjoy the scenery and possibly a sighting of deer, bighorn sheep, moose, bear or river otters. Check with local outfitters for more information: Montana Whitewater (800) 7994465, Geyser Whitewater Expeditions (800) 858-7781 or Yellowstone Raft Company (800) 348-4376. Ask about combination ­­packages.

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If biking is your sport, you won’t be disappointed in West Yellowstone. A large variety of terrain—from old logging roads to hairraising, technical single track—is found within 15 minutes of town. Rental bikes are available, and you can hit a trail from the edge of town or drive to any number of nearby trailheads. One popular mountain bike ride begins at the junction of Yellowstone Avenue and Iris, and heads southwest of town. The ride offers a scenic double-track trail paralleling the South Fork of the Madison River, with views of nearby peaks and a chance to catch a glimpse of moose, geese, blue herons and other wildlife. For a comfortable road ride, try an evening tour along the Madison River. Leaving West Yellowstone, the ride rises gradually as you travel east. Pedal all the way to Madison Junction (14 miles), or turn around anywhere along the way. Then, it’s a gradual downhill back into West Yellowstone in time for dinner.

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In many respects, Island Park is truly an island. Whether you enter Island Park south of West Yellowstone, or by ascending the sloping sides of the ancient caldera outside Ashton, Idaho, you’ll immediately find yourself in a unique setting of lakes, woods, rivers, meadows and mountains lightly sprinkled with ranches, summer homes and fishing lodges. The fishing in Island Park is legendary, and the Henry’s Fork of the Snake is the crown jewel. Other bodies of water include Henry’s Lake and the Island Park Reservoir. In the winter, locals and the increasing number of visitors trade their fishing tackle for snowmobiles to explore the hundreds of miles of forest and trails. Bird watching, hiking, horseback riding, rodeo, cross-country skiing, hunting and touring Island Park’s scenic and historical sites are some of the other popular activities. Perhaps not surprisingly, the proximity of Yellowstone National Park has been an important element in the development of Island Park. From the earliest days, travelers passed through by stagecoach on the multiple-day trip to the west gate of the nation’s first national park. Later, around 1909, the railway to the west gate of Yellowstone and the new town of West Yellowstone, Montana, brought more visitors and the advent of Island Park’s first logging and tourist booms. In the post World War II years, Island Park earned renown for having the longest Main Street in America, a 33-mile narrow, incorporated strip on either side of the “Old” Hwy 20. This anomaly was created by local businessmen to circumvent a “no-gambling-outside-incorporated-cities-and-towns” law that threatened their lively slot machine business and ability to serve alcoholic beverages. The advent of the railroads also led to the creation of one of Island Park’s greatest lasting legacies, Harriman State Park of Idaho, a.k.a. the Railroad Ranch. Owned by such East Coast notables as the Harriman and Guggenheim families, operating practices at the Railroad Ranch balanced conservation, ranching 24 | Destination Yellowstone Guidebook 2013

and the needs of the small number of summer guests. Their concern for preservation of the prime wildlife habitat was a major reason for the Harrimans’ decision to donate the 15,000-acre ranch to the State of Idaho. The Henry’s Fork is a fly fishing-only area within the park. In a rush to the more famous west gate, many people forget that Island Park is extremely convenient to the forgotten southwest Bechler entrance to Yellowstone. The Bechler is home to the park’s greatest number of waterfalls and some of its best hiking. Cave Falls is a popular destination for families, offering the perfect opportunity to experience firsthand the roar and spray of a waterfall and an escape from the heat on a hot summer’s day. Nearby Upper and Lower Mesa Falls Scenic Byway on Idaho 47 offers dramatic glimpses of the Island Park caldera’s edge, dropping 114 feet and 65 feet, respectively. This dramatic drop was created between 600,000 and 2 million years ago when an immense shield volcano exploded repeatedly, finally collapsing and leaving behind the world’s largest caldera. Accessed by turning off of Hwy 20 onto Idaho 47 and then following the signs, the setting of the falls is a perfect location for a picnic or short hike. Big Springs, the source of the Henry’s Fork of the Snake River, is also well worth a visit. Although the Big Springs area is protected from fishing, the constant 52-degree temperature and even crystal-clear flow makes the Henry’s Fork a favorite early in the fishing season when other nearby rivers are cold and muddy from the sediment picked up by the melting snow. Big Springs is also near the beginning of a beautiful five-mile canoe or boat trip along a stretch of a National Scenic Water Trail. Other activities in Island Park include a bicycle ride or hike on the Old Union Pacific railroad bed, a game of golf at the Island Park Resort, a horseback trail ride or a visit to Johnny Sack’s cabin. The longer you stop and linger in Island Park, the more difficult you may find it to leave and the more you’ll want to come back. destinationyellowstone.com

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Fly Fishing on the henry’s fork and madison rivers

The Henry’s Fork of the Snake River has been called the finest dry fly stream in the country. It is best known for its smooth currents, prolific insect hatches and large—though selective— trout. It is more than 60 miles long, and there’s a stretch for both beginners and experts alike. The Henry’s Fork gets going in early June, while other area rivers are still clouded with snowpack runoff. The Railroad Ranch and Box Canyon are the quintessence of Henry’s Fork fishing. The Ranch is flatwater fishing, casting to large trout feeding on insect hatches. Green and brown drake hatches in late July are not to be missed. “The Box” is home to some of the largest trout in the Yellowstone area. Rainbows have been caught weighing over 5 pounds. It is an early season delight, with hatches of giant salmon flies, caddis, stoneflies and mayflies. As with many area rivers, the Henry’s Fork fishes best in the early morning, trailing off a bit during the

afternoon hours, and goes out with a bang in the late afternoon and early evening. Presentation is often crucial, so make that first cast count.

the madison river Just over the Continental Divide lies the world-renowned Madison River. Fast pocket waters find rainbows and browns lurking behind every rock, tree and bend. The Madison offers the best fishing both early and late season. July has been noted as “the month of the Madison,” which is to say get on the river, and you can’t miss. The river in Yellowstone National Park fishes especially well in the fall during the run of the browns, when large brown trout come into the river from Hebgen Lake in preparation for spawning. In the park, a road runs along the river, making it easy to access. From any access point, hike up- or downstream for long stretches of water and relative solitude.

Angler Timeline Season

SPRING May - June 20

SUMMER June 20 - Aug. 1

LATE SUMMER Aug. 1-31

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Firehole River, Henry’s Fork, Box Canyon

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Madison River, Firehole River, Henry’s Fork

Hebgen Lake, Firehole River, Gibbon River, Upper Madison River, Missouri River, Lower Yellowstone River

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Pale Morning Parachutes, Thorax, Compara Duns, Giant Salmon Flies, Caddis, Small Stoneflies, Mayflies

Green and Brown Drakes, Small Mayflies and Caddis, Salmon Flies, Golden Stones, Adams, Elk Hair Caddis, Gray Wulff

Terrestrial Patterns Grasshoppers, Ants, Crickets, Tricos, Paraspin Tricos

Little Black Caddis, Blue Wing Olive, Soft Hackle

Big Streamers, JJ Specials, Woolly Buggers

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In August, the waters of the Madison warm a bit, causing fish to stick to deep holes and pockets. It’s best to use nymphs to hook into the lunkers at the bottom. Try using a big dry fly as a strike indicator, with a nymph tied on as a dropper. Ten or so miles below Quake Lake at the Reynolds Pass Bridge, the quality waters of the Madison begin. Huge boulders in this area form deep pockets full of wild rainbows and browns. The water is swift, and presentation is less critical, making it an ideal area for both novice and experienced fishers. In August and September, terrestrial patterns are on: ants, beetles, grasshoppers and others. In the evenings, you’ll find great action on caddis and mayflies. In parts, the Madison has sustained some damage from the impact of whirling disease. The rainbow populations have dropped considerably, causing— fortunately, in some respects—the disappearance of fly fishermen. However, despite the decline in rainbows, excellent fishing remains prominent on the Madison River. The best way to fish both the Henry’s Fork and the Madison is by boat. Local guides are both highly skilled and abundant. Roadside sportsmen access areas are also terrific. There are enough trout in the waters of the Henry’s Fork, Madison and West Yellowstone-area rivers to allow everyone to spread out and enjoy the fishing without crowding fellow anglers. The rule of thumb for courtesy is to provide the person up- or downstream at least 50 yards on the left and right side. If you cannot find a space, keep looking—one is bound to turn up. You have chosen wisely in your location. Enjoy the beauty of the area, its scenery, its rivers and its fish. Tight lines!

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Winter O utdoors cross-country skiing:

Trails to Travel

Backcountry Opportunities

A gliding mecca

Rendezvous Ski Trails

Although the heart of skiing in West Yellowstone is the Rendezvous Trail System, easily accessible backcountry and recreational touring opportunities are virtually unlimited, bound only by your imagination and initiative.

West Yellowstone, Montana, is rapidly becoming a favored destination for both recreational and competitive cross-country skiers. Known as the site of the Rendezvous Ski Race, West Yellowstone attracts skiers of all abilities, interests and nationalities. The West Yellowstone area has something to offer every cross-country skier, from perfectly groomed trails to deep backcountry powder. Easily accessible snow is virtually guaranteed from mid-November through mid-April.

The Rendezvous Trail System is the heart of skiing in West Yellowstone. Boasting a convenient network of trails for skiers of all abilities with some of the best groomed conditions, the trail system is arguably the best in the nation. Within walking distance of any location in West Yellowstone, the 30 kilometers of trails start on the south side of town beneath a dramatic log arch. The trails are ideal for beginners and experienced skiers alike, consisting of gently rolling terrain as well as technically demanding hills and turns. A modest $8.00 fee is charged for use of the trails December through March. During the month of November, fees are higher to provide extra grooming during the Ski Festival.

Riverside Ski Trails

Cross-Country Ski Events

Located on the east side of town, this 10k trail takes skiers to the Madison River inside of Yellowstone. The trail breaks into an up- or downriver trail and is groomed approximately once a week. There is no fee for this trail.

Beginning with the Yellowstone Ski Festival in late November, at least one event takes place each month in West Yellowstone throughout the ski season. The Ski Festival—a Thanksgiving feast of clinics and the premier fall international event—offers “try & buy” demos, product exposition, races and skier camaraderie. Local races, dubbed “Spam Cup,” occur December through March and are informal events popular with enthusiasts from the region. West Yellowstone also hosts the Yellowstone Rendezvous every year. This event, part of the American Marathon Series, attracts more than 600 participants. It offers distances from 5 to 50 kilometers in both classic and freestyle, and welcomes all age levels. For more information on skiing activities, race schedules, and snow and grooming conditions, visit www. rendezvousskitrails.com or call the West Yellowstone Chamber of Commerce at (406) 646-7701.

Boundary Trail The Boundary Trail runs immediately adjacent to Yellowstone within the Gallatin National Forest. This 4k trail is dog-friendly.

Harriman State Park of Idaho Visit Harriman State Park, 40 miles south on Hwy 20. A total of 24 miles of trails for skiing and snowshoeing, 19 miles are groomed with tracks and 12 miles also include a skating lane.

Yellowstone National Park Opportunities for skiing the interior of Yellowstone National Park are available in several areas. Visit the park’s website at www.nps.gov/yell for more info.

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West Yellowstone is known for snowmobiling and cross-country skiing, but there’s a multitude of other activities to choose from!


Dog sledding

snowshoeing­­

Your tail-wagging team of dogs was born to run, and they can’t wait to begin. Choose a half-day trip or a full-day journey, complete with snacks, hot drinks and lunch. If you’re lucky, you may catch a glimpse of a moose, bison or bald eagle en route. Adventurers of all ages can enjoy dog sledding. Whether your idea of heaven is sitting back, enjoying the views and letting the dogs joyfully do all the work, or learning to drive your own sled, the ideal trip awaits you.

Snowshoeing is the only way to travel when you want to make tracks through deep snow. Luckily, snowshoe design has come a long way in the past few years. The heavy, ungainly snowshoe made of wood and sinew has given way to streamlined gear made of spaceage materials. Snowshoes can make it easy to get to places that are too difficult to reach in the warmer months. Snags of logs and bramble are smoothed over by 5 feet of snow, allowing easy passage. A nature hike led by someone who can tell you what all those tracks mean can be a highlight of your winter wandering. Both Yellowstone park, Gallatin National Forest and Harriman State Park of Idaho offer weekly ranger-led tours.

downhill skiing­­ A short drive north of West Yellowstone, discover Big Sky, Montana, home of the nation’s biggest vertical rise of 4,180 feet. Abundant snowfall, diverse terrain, a natural setting and 3,500 skiable acres characterize this resort. From the top of Big Sky’s Lone Peak, enjoy views of Idaho, Montana and Wyoming. Call (800) 548-4486 for more information.

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Snowmobiling west yellowstone

Do you dream of powder-stashed bowls or stomach-churning hillclimbs? Maybe driving your sled leisurely to explore numerous shops and restaurants? Or perhaps gliding along silky trails with magnificent views is more your style. If your idea of the perfect winter vacation includes any of these, then West Yellowstone is the place for you. This snowmobile-friendly town accesses the nation’s most extensive trail network, including more than 400 miles of groomed delights in Montana, Wyoming and Idaho, and off-trail exploration on countless acres of national forest. An average annual snowfall of 150 to 175 inches in West Yellowstone creates a blanket over which you can travel long distances and view spectacular wildlife and natural wonders up-close.

Big Sky Just north of town, Big Sky Trail stretches 120 miles toward Bozeman with various access points providing shorter alternatives. The trail is groomed for about 12 miles, but beyond this point is recommended only for proficient and wellconditioned riders due to deep, ungroomed snow and incredible hillclimbing options.

Two Top Two Top National Recreation Trail begins conveniently west of town. Gently ascending more than 2,000 feet, you find yourself astounded by “ghost trees” and magnificent views. This 34-mile loop connects with a system of groomed trails in the adjacent Targhee National Forest.

scenery transformed by rugged winter conditions. Best available technology (BAT) snowmobiles, accompanied by guides in groups of 10, are welcome. Another great way to visit Yellowstone is via snowcoach. The park is open daily from mid-December to mid-March and offers fuel, food, restrooms and lodging.

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Easily accessible from Two Top Loop, this 10-mile trail ends amid dazzling vistas. Offering some of the trickiest terrain in the area, it’s an adrenaline junkie’s dream come true.

Numerous other marked and groomed trails in the national forests offer relaxed and scenic rides. Cougar Creek meanders through the woods and past open spaces. Horse Butte Loop navigates thick pine forests and open meadows, with a fantastic view from the butte’s lookout tower. Madison Arm Loop includes matchless visions of Hebgen Lake. South Plateau follows creeks and rivers as it parallels the park boundary to connect with a groomed network in Idaho.

Yellowstone National Park A winter visit to West Yellowstone isn’t complete without an excursion through the nation’s first national park. Nearly 200 awe-inspiring miles of groomed trails access

DETAILS Before you begin exploring on your sled, make sure to review the local rules and regulations. With access around almost every corner, one must pay attention to different rules and regulations for the Town of West Yellowstone, Gallatin National Forest, Targhee National Forest in Idaho, Yellowstone National Park and beyond. Permits, rules, age regulations and user fees vary for each location. Find more details on the West Yellowstone Chamber site at www.destinationyellowstone.com.

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SNOWMOBILE EVENTS West Yellowstone is home to March’s annual World Snowmobile EXPO with SnoCross racing thrills, snow dragsters challenging one another for bragging rights, vintage snowmobile displays, after-market parts exposition hall and displays of next year’s snowmobiles. Nighttime activities include a “FunnyMoney” Casino night, live entertainment and plenty of time to gather with friends and family. Other seasonal snowmobile events could include additional SnoCross races and freestyle open competitions.

SNOWCOACH While snowmobiles may be the most popular means of seeing the country, a ride in a snowcoach is equally scenic—and a whole lot warmer! Using modern, converted vans on snow tracks or the original Bombardier, snowcoaches are a popular method to view Yellowstone in the winter. They offer an enclosed and heated option, and include a naturalist guide as chauffeur. In the quiet of a snowcoach, your guide will have an opportunity to entertain you with stories that bring the history of Yellowstone alive. Some companies offer opportunities for you to be “dropped” from the snowcoach to trek out on your skis or snowshoes and reconnect with your tour later on. Full-day tours to Old Faithful and Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone areas are both available, as are private charters. Call Snowcoach Yellowstone (800) 426-7669, Yellowstone Alpen Guides (800) 858-3502, Yellowstone Tour and Travel (800) 221-1151,­or Buffalo Bus Company (800) 426-7669 for more information.

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Chamber of Commerce Directory 2013 Hotels & Motels.........................................................33 Campgrounds and RV Parks......................................36 B&Bs, Cabins, Condos, Ranches, Lodges, Resorts....37 Vacation Rentals........................................................38 Activities & Attractions................................................38 Catering & Dining.......................................................41 Lounges/Services......................................................41 Shopping/Utilities.......................................................43 Travel, Transportation, Temperatures...........................44 Life in West............................................................... 45

West Yellowstone Chamber of Commerce P.O. Box 458 • West Yellowstone, MT 59758 destinationyellowstone.com • (406) 646-7701

Please note: The WYCC is not a regulatory agency and therefore, has no authority to inspect businesses or require that they meet certain standards for inclusion in the directory. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of these listings, but changes sometimes occur after publication.

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Faithful Street Inn 120 North Faithful St • West Yellowstone, MT 59758 Gray Wolf Inn & Suites 250 S. canyon St • West Yellowstone, MT 59758 Hi Country Tavern, Grill & Cabins 155 Einos Loop • West Yellowstone, MT 59758 Holiday Inn 315 Yellowstone Ave • West Yellowstone, MT 59758

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B&Bs, Cabins, Condos, Ranches, Lodges, Resorts BED & BREAKFAST Destinations Inn 295 W. Broadway Idaho Falls, Id 83402 (208) 528-8444 destinationsinn.com Robin’s Nest Bed & Breakfast 1508 Alger Ave cody, WY 82414 (307) 527-7208 (866) 723-7797 robinsnestcody.com West Yellowstone Bed & Breakfast 20 crane Ln West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-7754 westyellowstonebandb.com

CABINS Brook Trout Inn 1730 Targhee Pass hwy 20 West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-4254 brooktroutinn.com Cabins West PO Box 1471 West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 579-0403 (406) 579-0406 cabinswestyellowstone.com Campfire Lodge Resort, LLC 155 campfire Lane West Yellowstone MT 59758 (406) 646-7258 campfirelodgewestyellowstone.com Carter’s Idaho Log Cabins 4560 E. 1400 N. Ashton, Id 83420 (208) 652-7234 cartersidahocabins.com Deer Meadow Vacation Home 104 Mule deer West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (616) 888-8434 vacationhomesyellowstone.com Faithful Street Inn 120 North Faithful St West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-1010 (866) 646-4329 faithfulstreetinn.com Grandma’s Cabin PO Box 326 Island Park, Id 83429 (208) 558-7699 grandmascabin.com Hi Country Tavern, Grill & Cabins 155 Einos Loop West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-9344 hicountrytavern.com Kirkwood Resort & Marina 11505 hebgen Lake Rd West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-7200 (877) 302-7200 kirkwoodresort.com Landon Lodge 4790 Balsam Island Park, Id 83429 (208) 521-3448 (208) 521-7448 landonlodge.com

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Madison Arm Resort 5475 Madison Arm Rd West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-9328 madisonarmresort.com Moose Creek Cabins 220 Firehole Ave West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-9546 moosecreekcabin.com Moose Haven Vacation Cabin 63 Black Moose Rd West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (714) 397-6486 (714) 742-6489 moose-haven.com Mountain Home Montana Vacation Rentals 104 East Main, Suite 209 Bozeman, MT 59715 (406) 586-4589 (800) 550-4589 mountain-home.com Parade Rest Guest Ranch 1279 Grayling creek West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-7217 (800) 753-5934 paraderestranch.com The Hibernation Station 212 Gray Wolf Ave West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-4200 (800) 580-3557 hibernationstation.com The Pines at Island Park 3907 Phillips Loop Rd Island Park, Id 83429 (208) 558-0192 (888) 455-9384 pinesislandpark.com Wagon Wheel Cabins 408 Gibbon Ave West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-7872 wagonwheelrv.com West Yellowstone Vacation Rentals 433 hwy 20 West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-5145 westyellowstonerentals.com White Buffalo Lodging 234 Geyser St West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-4543 whitebuffalocabins.com Wilderness Edge 592 cliff Lake Rd cameron, MT 59720 (406) 682-4611 (866) 226-7668 thewildernessedge.com Yellowstone Cabins & RV Park 504 hwy 20 West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-9350 (866) 646-9350 yellowstonecabinsandrv.com Yellowstone Grizzly RV Park 210 S. Electric St West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-4466 grizzlyrv.com

Yellowstone Holiday 16990 hebgen Lake Rd West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-4242 (877) 646-4242 yellowstoneholiday.com Yellowstone Property Management PO Box 96 West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-7675 yellowstonepropertymgmt.com Yellowstone Under Canvas 890 Buttermilk creek West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 219-0441 mtundercanvas.com Yellowstone Vista Cabins PO Box 710 West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-4113 yellowstonevistacabin.com Yellowstone Wildlife Cabins 225 Geyser St West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-7675 yellowstonewildlifecabins.com

Bar W Guest Ranch 2875 hwy 93 W. Whitefish, MT 59937 (416 miles from West Yellowstone, Near Glacier National Park) (413) 731-6546 (800) 278-7664 barwguestranch.com Big Sky Resort 1 Lone Mountain Trail Big Sky, MT 59716 (800) 548-4486 (406) 995-5000 bigskyresort.com Covered Wagon Ranch 34035 Gallatin Rd Gallatin Gateway, MT 59730 (406) 995-4237 (800) 995-4237 coveredwagonranch.com Elk Lake Resort 5200 Elk Lake Rd Lima, MT 59739 (406) 276-3282 elklakeresortmontana.com

CONDOS

Firehole Ranch, LLC 1130 Firehole Ranch Loop West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-7294 fireholeranch.com

Altitude Townhouse 235 Gibbon unit #13 West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (208) 351-4924 vrbo.com/159639

Island Park Village Resort 4153 N. Big Springs Loop Rd Island Park, Id 83429 (208) 558-7502 islandparkvillageresort.com

Angler’s Rest 234 Parkway d #4 West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (301) 461-0902 burkinc.net/anglersrest/

Madison Arm Resort Campground & Marina 5475 Madison Arm Rd West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-9328 madisonarmresort.com

Arrowhead Lodge 301 N. hayden Ave West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 580-2363 arrowheadlodgemt.com Avalanche Retreat 633 Parkway A #8 West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (612) 599-4785 vrbo.com/118221 Pine Shadows Motel 229 North hayden St West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-7541 (800) 624-5291 pineshadowsmotel.com Yellowstone Townhouses 335 hwy 20 (office) (406) 646-9331 (866) 252-6636 yellowstonetownhouses.com

RANCHES, LODGES, RESORTS 320 Guest Ranch 205 Buffalo horn creek Big Sky, MT 59730 (406) 995-4283 (800) 243-0320 320ranch.com Bar N Ranch Buttermilk creek Rd West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-0300 bar-n-ranch.com

Parade Rest Guest Ranch 1279 Grayling creek West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-7217 (800) 753-5934 paraderestranch.com The Lone Mountain Ranch 750 Lone Mountain Rd Big Sky, MT 59716 (406) 995-4644 (800) 514-4644 lmranch.com The Pines at Island Park 3907 Phillips Loop Rd Island Park, Id 83429 (208) 558-0192 (888) 455-9384 pinesislandpark.com Wilderness Edge 592 cliff Lake Rd cameron, MT 59720 (406) 682-4611 (866) 226-7668 thewildernessedge.com WorldMark by Wyndham 110 Gray Wolf Ave West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-7561 worldmarkbywyndham.com/ resorts/wym Yellowstone Holiday 16990 hebgen Lake Rd West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-4242 (877) 646-4242 yellowstoneholiday.com

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Vacation Rentals, Activities VACATION RENTALS Altitude Townhouse 235 Gibbon Ave, unit 13 West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (208) 351-4924 vrbo.com/159639 Angler’s Rest 234 Parkway d #4 West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (301) 461-0902 burkinc.net/anglersrest/ Avalanche Retreat 633 Parkway A #8 West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (612) 599-4785 (406) 600-3957 Blue Cloud Cabins 621 Firehole Ave West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-7778 bluecloudmt.com Brook Trout Inn 1730 Targhee Pass hwy 20 West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-4254 brooktroutinn.com Deer Meadow Vacation Home 104 Mule deer West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (616) 888-8434 vacationhomesyellowstone.com Faithful Street Inn 122 North Faithful St West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-1010 (866) 646-4329 faithfulstreetinn.com Grandma’s Cabin PO Box 326 Island Park, Id 83429 (208) 558-7699 grandmascabin.com Intermountain Property Management, Inc. 1807 W. dickerson, Suite A Bozeman, MT 59715 (406) 586-1503 (888) 871-7856 montanavacation.com LL Western Adventures 35 Mooseberry Rd West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 777-8800 llwesternadventures.com Landon Lodge 4790 Balsam Island Park, Id 83429 (208) 521-3448 (208) 521-7448 landonlodge.com Moose Haven Vacation Cabin 63 Black Moose Rd West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (714) 397-6486 (714) 742-6489 moose-haven.com Mountain Home Montana Vacation Rentals 104 East Main, Suite 209 Bozeman, MT 59715 (406) 586-4589 (800) 550-4589 mountain-home.com

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The Flying Pig Adventure Company 511 Scott St Gardiner, MT 59030 (406) 848-7510 (866) 877-0744 The Hibernation Station 212 Gray Wolf Ave West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-4200 (800) 580-3557 hibernationstation.com The Pines at Island Park 3907 Phillips Loop Rd Island Park, Id 83429 (208) 558-0192 (888) 455-9384 pinesislandpark.com Two Feathers Cabin Lodging 211 Gibbon Ave West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-9764 twofeatherscabinlodging.com Wagon Wheel Cabins 408 Gibbon Ave West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-7872 wagonwheelrv.com West Yellowstone Vacation Rentals 433 hwy 20 West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-5145 westyellowstonerentals.com White Buffalo Lodging 234 Geyser St West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-4543 whitebuffalocabins.com White Heron Vacation Rental 321 N. canyon St West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-7575 (800) 738-5816 yellowstonerealty.com Yellowstone Property Management PO Box 96 West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-7675 yellowstonepropertymgmt.com Yellowstone Townhouses 335 hwy 20 West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-9331 (866) 252-6636 yellowstonetownhouses.com Yellowstone Wildlife Cabins 225 Geyser St West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-7675 yellowstonewildlifecabins.com

ACTIVITIES ATV Rentals PMS Dune Rentals, LLC 64 N hwy 20 Ashton, Id 83420 (208) 390-3223 pmspolaris.com Yellowstone Adventures 131 dunraven Street West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-7735 (800) 231-5991 yellowstoneadventures.com

Biking Big Sky Resort 1 Lone Mountain Trail Big Sky, MT 59716 (800) 548-4486 (406) 995-5000 bigskyresort.com Free Heel & Wheel 40 Yellowstone Ave West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-7744 freeheelandwheel.com

Boating Kirkwood Resort & Marina 11505 hebgen Lake Rd West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-7200 (877) 302-7200 kirkwoodresort.com Madison Arm Resort Campground & Marina 5475 Madison Arm Rd West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-9328 madisonarmresort.com Yellowstone Holiday 16990 hebgen Lake Rd West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-4242 (877) 646-4242 yellowstoneholiday.com

Montana Whitewater Inc. 603 Scott St Gardiner, MT 59030 (406) 763-4465 (800) 799-4465 montanawhitewater.com The Flying Pig Adventure Company 603 Scott St Gardiner, MT 59030 (406) 763-4465 (800) 799-4465 yellowstonefish.com The Lone Mountain Ranch 750 Lone Mountain Rd Big Sky, MT 59716 (406) 995-4644 (800) 514-4644 lmranch.com The West Yellowstone Fly Shop 140 Madison Ave West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-1181 wyflyshop.com Yellowstone Mountain Guides PO Box 70 West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-7230 (406) 539-4556 yellowstone-guides.com

For Families & kids

dog Sledding

Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center 201 South canyon St West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-7001 (800) 257-2570 grizzlydiscoveryctr.org

Klondike Dreams Sled Dog Tours PO Box 1374 West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-4988 klondikedreams.com

National Jr. Smoke Jumper Center 2 Yellowstone Ave West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-7557 smokejumpercenter.org

Spirit of the North Sled Dog Adventures Big Sky, MT 59716 West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 995-3424 (406) 682-7994 huskypower.com

Virginia & Nevada Cities PO Box 338 Virginia city, MT 59755 (406) 843-5247 virginiacitymt.com

Fishing Bud Lilly’s Trout Shop 39 Madison Ave West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-7801 (800) 854-9559 budlillys.com Eagle’s Tackle Shop 3 Canyon St West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-7521 eaglecompany.com Jacklin’s Fly Shop 105 Yellowstone Ave West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-7336 jacklinsflyshop.com Kirkwood Resort, Campground & Marina 35 kirkwood creek Rd West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-7200 (877) 302-7200 kirkwoodresort.com

Yellowstone Historic Center Museum 104 Yellowstone Ave West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-1100 or (406) 646-7461 yellowstonehistoriccenter.org

Golf Big Sky Resort 1 Lone Mountain Trail Big Sky, MT 59716 (800) 548-4486 (406) 995-5000 bigskyresort.com Island Park Village Resort 4153 N. Big Springs Loop Rd Island Park, Id 83429 (208) 558-7502 islandparkvillageresort.com

Guided Tours Summer (National Forest) Parade Rest Guest Ranch 1279 Grayling creek Rd West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-7217 (800) 753-5934 paraderestranch.com

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Activities & Attractions The Diamond P Ranch 2865 Targhee Pass hwy West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-0606 thediamondpranch.com

Guided Tours Summer (Yellowstone/Teton)

Guided Tours Winter (National Forest) Free Heel & Wheel 40 Yellowstone Ave West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-3774 freeheelandwheel.com

Backcountry Adventures 224 Electric St West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-9317 (800) 924-7669 backcountry-adventures.com

Three Bear Lodge 217 Yellowstone Ave West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-7353 (800) 646-7353 threebearlodge.com

Brandin’ Iron Inn 201 canyon Street West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-9411 (800) 217-4613 yellowstonevacations.com

Yellowstone Adventures 131 dunraven St West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-7735 (800) 231-5991 yellowstoneadventures.com

Buffalo Bus Touring Co. 415 Yellowstone Ave West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-9564 (800) 426-7669 yellowstonevacations.com Gaper Guide Inc. PO Box 1203 Jackson hole, WY 83001 (307) 344-4626 gaperguide.com

Guided Tours Winter (Yellowstone) Backcountry Adventures 224 Electric St West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-9317 (800) 924-7669 backcountry-adventures.com

Lava Creek Adventures 433 hwy 20 West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-5145 lavacreekadventures.com

Brandin’ Iron Inn 201 canyon St West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-9411 (800) 217-4613 yellowstonevacations.com

National Parks History Tours 1508 Algar Ave cody, WY 82414 (307) 527-7208 (866) 723-7797 robinsnestcody.com

Buffalo Bus Touring Company 415 Yellowstone Ave West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-9564 (800) 426-7669 snowcoachyellowstone.com

Photos By Sandi 1200 Graves Ave, Suite 102 Estes Park, cO 80517 (970) 203-4388 (800) 705-5446 photosbysandi.com

Holiday Inn 315 Yellowstone Ave West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-7365 (800) 646-7365 visityellowstonepark.com/holiday-inn-westyellowstone.aspx

See Yellowstone Tours, Inc. 211 Yellowstone Ave West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-9310 (800) 221-1151 seeyellowstone.com Tour Yellowstone 36 Electric St West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-9332 x354 (877) 641-6043 allyellowstone.com

See Yellowstone Tours, Inc. 211 Yellowstone Ave West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-9310 (800) 221-1151 yellowstonesnowcoaches.com Snowmobile Yellowstone 645 Gibbon Ave West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-7802 (800) 552-7802 twotopsnowmobile.com

Yellowstone Alpen Guides 555 Yellowstone Ave West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-9591 (800) 858-3502 yellowstoneguides.com

Three Bear Lodge 217 Yellowstone Ave West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-7353 (800) 646-7353 threebearlodge.com

Yellowstone Tour & Travel 211 Yellowstone Ave West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-9320 (800) 221-1151 yellowstone-travel.com

Tour Yellowstone 36 Electric St West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-9022 x354 (877) 641-6043 allyellowstone.com

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Yellowstone Adventures 131 dunraven St West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-7735 (800) 231-5991 yellowstoneadventures.com

Dry Ridge Outfitters harriman State Park 3489 Green canyon Rd Island Park, Id 83429 (208) 558-7433 or (208) 356-0113 dryridge.com

Yellowstone Alpen Guides 555 Yellowstone Ave West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-9591 (800) 858-3502 yellowstoneguides.com

Eagle Ridge Ranch 3438 Old Shotgun Rd Island Park, Idaho 83429 (208) 558-0900 cabinsinislandpark.com

Yellowstone Expeditions PO Box 865 West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-9333 (800) 728-9333 yellowstoneexpeditions.biz

Jake’s Horses 4 Beaver creek Rd Gallatin Gateway, MT 59730 (406) 995-4630 jakeshorses.com

Yellowstone National Park Lodges PO Box 165 Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190 (307) 344-7311 (866) 439-7375 yellowstonenationalparklodges.com

Montana Whitewater 603 Scott St Gardiner, MT 59030 (406) 763-4465 (800) 799-4465 montanawhitewater.com

Yellowstone Tour & Travel 211 Yellowstone Ave West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-9310 (800) 221-1151 yellowstonesnowcoaches.com

Parade Rest Guest Ranch 1279 Grayling creek West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-7217 (800) 753-5934 paraderestranch.com

hiking The Flying Pig Adventure Company 511 Scott St Gardiner, MT 59030 (406) 848-7510 (866) 877-0744 flyingpigrafting.com Trail Guides Yellowstone 611 N. Wallace, Suite 2A Bozeman, MT 59715 (406) 595-1823 trailguidesyellowstone.com Yellowstone Alpen Guides 555 Yellowstone Ave West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-9591 (800) 858-3502 yellowstoneguides.com

history & Museums Heart Mountain Interpretive Center 1539 Road 19 Powell, WY 82435 (307) 754-8000 heartmountain.org Yellowstone Historic Center Museum 104 Yellowstone Ave West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-7461 yellowstonehistoriccenter.org Virginia & Nevada Cities PO Box 338 Virginia city, MT 59755 (406) 843-5247 virginiacitymt.com

The Diamond P Ranch 2865 Targhee Pass hwy 20 West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-7246 (208) 558-7077 yellowstoneworld.com The Flying Pig Adventure Company 511 Scott St Gardiner, MT 59030 (406) 848-7510 (866) 877-0744 flyingpigrafting.com Yellowstone Horses 3438 Old Shotgun Rd Island Park, Id 83429 (800) 709-1358 yellowstonehorses.com Yellowstone Mountain Guides PO Box 70 West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-7230 (406) 539-4556 yellowstone-guides.com

hot Springs & Swimming Norris Hot Springs PO Box 2933 #42 hwy 84 Norris, MT 59745 (406) 685-3303 norrishotsprings.com

horseback Riding

hunting

320 Guest Ranch 205 Buffalo horn creek Big Sky, MT 59730 (406) 995-4283 (800) 243-0320 320ranch.com

Yellowstone Mountain Guides PO Box 70 West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-7230 (406) 539-4556 yellowstone-guides.com

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Activities & Attractions kayaking Geyser Kayak Tours PO Box 8352 Jackson hole, WY 83002 (307) 413-6177 (800) 529-2501 geyserkayak.com

Virginia & Nevada Cities PO Box 338 Virginia city, MT 59755 (406) 843-5247 virginiacitymt.com

Rodeo

Lava Creek Adventures 433 hwy 20 West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-5145 lavacreekadventures.com

Wild West Yellowstone Rodeo Targhee Pass hwy West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 560-6913

O.A.R.S. 3960 S. Antelope Ln Jackson, WY 83001 (800) 346-6277 oars.com/wyoming

Skiing

Yellowstone Alpen Guides 555 Yellowstone Ave West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-9591 (800) 858-3502 yellowstoneguides.com

Big Sky Resort 1 Lone Mountain Trail Big Sky, MT 59716 (800) 548-4486 (406) 995-5000 bigskyresort.com

Snowcoach Tours Backcountry Adventures 224 Electric St West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-9317 (800) 924-7669 backcountry-adventures.com Brandin’ Iron Inn 201 canyon St West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-9411 (800) 217-4613 yellowstonevacations.com Buffalo Bus Touring Company 415 Yellowstone Ave West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-9564 (800) 426-7669 snowcoachyellowstone.com

Rafting

Bud Lilly’s Trout Shop 39 Madison Ave West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-7801 (800) 854-9559 budlillys.com

Holiday Inn 315 Yellowstone Ave West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-7365 (800) 646-7365 visityellowstonepark.com/holiday-inn-westyellowstone.aspx

Barker-Ewing River Trips 945 W. Broadway Jackson, WY 83001 (307) 733-1000 (800) 448-4202 barker-ewing.com

Buffalo Bus Touring Company 415 Yellowstone Ave West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-9564 (800) 426-7669 yellowstonevacations.com

See Yellowstone Tours, Inc. 211 Yellowstone Ave West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-9310 (800) 221-1151 yellowstonesnowcoaches.com

Free Heel & Wheel 40 Yellowstone Ave West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-7744 freeheelandwheel.com

Tour Yellowstone 36 Electric St West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-9022 x354 (877) 641-6043 allyellowstone.com

Geyser Whitewater Expeditions 46651 Gallatin Rd Gallatin Gateway, MT 59730 (406) 995-4989 (800) 914-9031 raftmontana.com Montana Whitewater 603 Scott St Gardiner, MT 59030 (406) 763-4465 (800) 799-4465 montanawhitewater.com Snake River Float Trips, Inc 9705 S hwy 89 Jackson, WY 83001 (307) 733-7078 (800) 562-1878 snakeriverwhitewater.net The Flying Pig Adventure Company 603 Scott St Gardiner, MT 59030 (406) 763-4465 (800) 799-4465 Wild West Rafting 906 Scott St Gardiner, MT 59030 (406) 848-2252 (800) 862-0557 wildwestrafting.com

The Lone Mountain Ranch 750 Lone Mountain Rd Big Sky, MT 59716 (406) 995-4644 (800) 514-4644 lmranch.com Yellowstone Alpen Guides 555 Yellowstone Ave West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-9591 (800) 858-3502 yellowstoneguides.com Yellowstone Expeditions PO Box 865 West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-9333 (800) 728-9333 yellowstonexpeditions.biz

Yellowstone Alpen Guides 555 Yellowstone Ave West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-9591 (800) 858-3502 yellowstoneguides.com Yellowstone Expeditions PO Box 865 West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-9333 (800) 728-9333 yellowstoneexpeditions.biz Yellowstone National Park Lodges PO Box 165 Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190 (307) 344-7311 (866) 439-7375 yellowstonenationalparklodges.com

High Mark Snowmobile Rental 633 Madison Ave West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-7855 (406) 640-1055 highmarkrentals.com Holiday Inn 315 Yellowstone Ave West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-7365 (800) 646-7365 visityellowstonepark.com/holiday-inn-westyellowstone.aspx Rendezvous Snowmobile Rentals, Inc. 415 Yellowstone Ave West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-9564 (800) 426-7669 yellowstonevacations.com Snow Fun Inc. P. O. Box 183 West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 640-1104 snowfunsnowmobiles.com Three Bear Lodge 217 Yellowstone Ave West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-7353 (800) 646-7353 threebearlodge.com Traveler’s Snowmobile Rentals 36 Electric St West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-9332 x354 (877) 641-6043 www.travelerssnowmobilerentals.com Two Top Snowmobile Rental, Inc. 645 Gibbon Ave West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-7802 (800) 522-7802 twotopsnowmobile.com Yellowstone Adventures 131 dunraven St West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-7735 (800) 231-5991 yellowstoneadventures.com Yellowstone Arctic/Yamaha 208 Electric St West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-9636 yellowstonearcticyamaha.com

Yellowstone Tour & Travel 211 Yellowstone Ave West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-9310 (800) 221-1151 yellowstonesnowcoaches.com

Yellowstone Tour & Travel 211 Yellowstone Ave West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-9310 (800) 221-1151 yellowstonesnowmobiles.com

Sleigh Rides

Snowmobiling

Snowshoeing

Rockhounding & Prospecting

320 Guest Ranch 205 Buffalo horn creek Big Sky, MT 59730 (406) 995-4283 (800) 243-0320 320ranch.com

Backcountry Adventures 224 Electric St West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-9317 (800) 924-7669 backcountry-adventures.com

Free Heel & Wheel 40 Yellowstone Ave West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-7744 freeheelandwheel.com

Sapphire Gallery 115 E Broadway Phillipsburg, MT 59858 (406) 859-3236 (800) 525-0169 sapphire-gallery.com

The Lone Mountain Ranch 750 Lone Mountain Rd Big Sky, MT 59716 (406) 995-4644 (800) 514-4644 lmranch.com

Hi Country Snowmobile Rentals 229 hayden St West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-7541 (800) 624-5291 hicountrysnowmobile.com

Yellowstone Alpen Guides 555 Yellowstone Ave West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-9591 (800) 858-3502 yellowstoneguides.com

Yellowstone Raft Company 406 Scott St Gardiner, MT 59030 (406) 848-7777 (800) 858-7781 yellowstoneraft.com

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Yellowstone National Park Lodges PO Box 165 Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190 (307) 344-7311 (866) 439-7375 yellowstonenationalparklodges.com

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Activities & Attractions, Catering & Dining Yellowstone Expeditions PO Box 865 West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-9333 (800) 728-9333 yellowstoneexpeditions.biz

unique Adventures Madison River Tubing Shuttle 603 Scott St Gardiner, MT 59030 (406) 763-4465 (800) 799-4465 montanawhitewater.com Sapphire Gallery 115 E Broadway Phillipsburg, MT 59858 (406) 859-3236 (800) 525-0169 sapphire-gallery.com Virginia & Nevada Cities PO Box 338 Virginia city, MT 59755 (406) 843-5247 virginiacitymt.com Yellowstone Zipline & Canopy Tours 63960 Gallatin Rd Big Sky, MT 59730 (406) 763-4465 (888) 564-4465 yellowstonezip.com Yellowstone Zipline & Canopy Tours 603 Scott St Gardiner, MT 59030 (406) 763-4465 (888) 564-4465 yellowstonezip.com

Wildlife Viewing Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center 201 S. canyon St West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-7001 (800) 257-2570 grizzlydiscoveryctr.org Yellowstone Bear World 6010 S. 4300 W. Rexburg, Id 83440 (208) 359-9688 yellowstonebearworld.com

CATERING & DINING catering High Altitude Catering 215-B North canyon (Exxon Station) West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 570-7134 highaltitudecatering.com Holiday Inn 315 Yellowstone Ave West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-7365 (800) 646-7365 visityellowstonepark.com/holiday-inn-westyellowstone.aspx Uncle Laurie’s Catering Co. PO Box 512 West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 539-2395

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coffeehouses & Bakeries

Dairy Queen 40 N. canyon St West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-4106

Trapper’s Restaurant 301 Madison Ave West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-9375

Bunkhouse Barn Interiors & The Book Peddler 106 canyon St West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-9358 bunkhousebarninteriors.com

Ernie’s Bakery & Deli 406 hwy 20 West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-9467 erniesbakery.com

Wild West Pizzeria & Saloon 14 Madison Ave West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-4400 wildwestpizza.com

Hi Country Tavern & Grill 155 Einos Loop West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-9344 hicountrytavern.com

LOUNGES Lounges & Bars

Huckleberry Annie’s 122 Madison Ave West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 640-9049

Bullwinkle’s West 115 canyon St West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-7974 yellowstonebullwinkles.com

Kentucky Fried Chicken 120 Firehole Ave West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-9011

Grizzly Lounge 205 Yellowstone Ave West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-7828

Kirkwood Resort & Marina 11505 hebgen Lake Rd West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-7200 (877) 302-7200 kirkwoodresort.com

Hi Country Tavern & Grill 155 Einos Loop West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-9344 hicountrytavern.com

Espresso West 4 Canyon St West Yellowstone, MT 59758 Mocha Mamma’s Free Heel & Wheel 40 Yellowstone Ave West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-7744 freeheelandwheel.com

chuckwagon dinners Parade Rest Guest Ranch 1279 Grayling creek West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-7217 (800) 753-5934 paraderestranch.com

Restaurants 320 Guest Ranch 205 Buffalo horn creek Big Sky, MT 59730 (406) 995-4283 (800) 243-0320 320ranch.com Arby’s 138 Firehole Ave West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-7101 Arrowleaf Ice Cream Parlor & Grill 27 N. canyon St West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-9776 Bar N Ranch Buttermilk creek Rd West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-0300 bar-n-ranch.com Big Sky Resort 1 Lone Mountain Trail Big Sky, MT 59716 (406) 995-5000 (800) 548-4486 bigskyresort.com Bullwinkle’s West 115 canyon St West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-7974 yellowstonebullwinkles.com Cafe Madriz 311 N. canyon St West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-9245

Lodgepole Grill 3907 Phillips Loop Rd Island Park, Id 83429 (208) 558-0192 (888) 455-9384 pinesislandpark.com Madison Crossing Lounge 121 Madison Ave West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-7621 madisoncrossinglounge.com Pete’s Rocky Mountain Pizza & Pasta 104 canyon St West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-7820 Running Bear Pancake House 538 Madison Ave West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-7703 The Branch Restaurant & Bar 315 Yellowstone Ave West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-7365 (800) 646-7365 visityellowstonepark.com/holiday-inn-westyellowstone.aspx The Corral Bar, Steakhouse & Motel 42895 Gallatin Rd Gallatin Gateway, MT 59730 (406) 995-4249 (888) 995-4249 corralbar.com The Gusher Pizza and Sandwich Shoppe 40 dunraven St West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-9050

Campfire Lodge Resort, LLC 155 campfire Ln West Yellowstone MT 59758 (406) 646-7258 campfirelodgewestyellowstone.com

Three Bear Restaurant 205 Yellowstone Ave West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-7811 threebearlodge.com

Canyon Street Grill 22 canyon St West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-7548

Timberline Café 135 Yellowstone Ave West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-9349 my.montana.net/timberlinecafe

Madison Crossing Lounge 121 Madison Ave West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-7621 madisoncrossinglounge.com The Branch Bar & Casino 315 Yellowstone Ave West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-7365 (800) 646-7365 visityellowstonepark.com/holiday-inn-westyellowstone.aspx The Pines at Island Park 3907 Phillips Loop Rd Island Park, Id 83429 (208) 558-0192 (888) 455-9384 pinesislandpark.com Wild West Pizzeria & Saloon 14 Madison Ave West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-4400 wildwestpizza.com

SERVICES ATMs & Banks First Security Bank 106 S. Electric St West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-7646 ourbank.com Food Roundup 107 dunraven St West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-7501 foodroundup@aol.com Market Place Montana State Liquor Store 22 Madison Ave West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-9600 Super Save Chevron 138 Firehole Ave West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-9465

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Services The Gusher Pizza and Sandwich Shoppe 40 dunraven St West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-9050 Wild West Pizzeria & Saloon 14 Madison Ave West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-4400 wildwestpizza.com Yellowstone Basin Bank 216 Grizzly Ave West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-4000 (888) 646-1811 bankingonthefuture.com

Auto & Gas Centennial Auto 11 Yellowstone Ave West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-1064 centennialauto@qwestoffice.net Eagle’s Chevron Service 9 canyon St West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-9300 eaglecompany.com NAPA Auto Parts 310 Firehole Ave West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-7473 Riverside Station 215 canyon St West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-1024 Super Save Chevron 138 Firehole Ave West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-9465 The Corner Conoco 136 North canyon St West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-7632 Travelers Service Center 36 Electric St West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-9332 (800) 548-9551 allyellowstone.com Westgate Auto Body & Towing 103 S. Electric Ave West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-7181 (406) 539-5869 yellowstonetowing.com Yellowstone Automotive 555 Yellowstone Ave West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-4074

cleaning & Restoration Services Old Faithful Carpet Cleaning PO Box 612 West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-7276

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Contractors

General Services

Media Services

Matzinger Electric 907 Bridger dr Bozeman, MT 59715 (406) 587-7290

Old Faithful Carpet Cleaning PO Box 612 West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-7276

McLaughlin Construction, Inc. 610 Madison Ave West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-7760

Send It Home 30 Madison Ave West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-7300 send-it-home.com

AllWestYellowstone.com By AllTrips PO Box 6412 Jackson, WY 83002 (307) 733-5681 (866) 733-5681 allwestyellowstone.com

Engineering & Planning Forsgren Associates, Inc. PO Box 1032 121 Madison Ave, Suite G West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-9340 www.forsgren.com Town of West Yellowstone Building Inspector 300 Yellowstone Ave West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-7795 townofwestyellowstone.com

Yellowstone Track Systems, Inc. 615 Obsidian Ave West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-7603 email: skiyts@aol.com yellowstonetrack.com

health & Fitness Services

Financial Services

Community Health Partners West Yellowstone 11 S. Electric St West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-9441 chphealthmt.org

First Security Bank 106 S. Electric St West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-7646 ourbank.com

Madison Crossing Fitness 121 Madison Ave West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-7621

Klatt & Klatt PO Box 1649 Ennis, MT 59729 (406) 682-5653 (406) 640-1351

Silver Tip Pharmacy PO Box 30 120 N. canyon St, Suite F West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-7056 fax: (406) 646-7058 silvertippharmacy@live.com

Rudd & Company, PLLC 515 hwy 20 West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-9355 ruddco.com Yellowstone Basin Bank 216 Grizzly Ave West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-4000 (888) 646-1811 bankingonthefuture.com

Food and Beverage Stores Food Roundup 107 dunraven St West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-7501 foodroundup@aol.com Kirkwood Resort, Campground & Marina 35 kirkwood creek Rd West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-7200 (877) 302-7200 kirkwoodresort.com Market Place Montana State Liquor Store 22 Madison Ave West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-9600

West Yellowstone Back and Neck Clinic 425 Yellowstone Ave West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-4444 wybackandneckclinic.com

Internet Access Madison Hotel & Gift Shop 139 Yellowstone Ave West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-7745 (800) 838-7745 madisonhotelmotel.com

Laundromats Swan Cleaners & Laundromat 510 Madison Ave West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-7892

American Park Network 3 Columbus Circle New York, NY 10019 (212) 581-3380 www.ohranger.com Big Sky Weekly - Outlaw Partners 75 center Ln, Suite B Big Sky, MT 59716 (406) 995-2055 explorebigsky.com Circ, Inc. Publisher of destination Yellowstone Guidebook 215 N. Millward St Jackson, WY 83001 (307) 733-8319 westyellowstonetraveler.com circ.biz KWYS – AM 27 Geyser St West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-7361 fax: (406) 646-7362 kwys920.com Outside Bozeman Magazine 313 W. Mendenhall #8 Bozeman, MT 59715 (406) 582-8068 outsidebozeman.com The Madisonian PO Box 540 Ennis, MT 59729 (406) 682-7755 madisoniannews.com West Yellowstone News 309 canyon St West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-9719 westyellowstonenews.com

Movies & Theaters Bear’s Den Cinema 15 N Electric St West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-7777 Playmill Theatre 29 Madison Ave West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-7758 playmill.com Yellowstone IMAX Theatre 101 South canyon St West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-4100 yellowstoneimax.com

Manufacturers

Office Supplies & Equipment

Yellowstone Track Systems 615 Obsidian St West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-7603 yellowstonetrack.com

Terrell’s Office Machines, Inc. 215 hagerty Ln Bozeman, MT 59771-1870 (406) 587-4455 terrellsoffice.com

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Services, Shopping Packing & Shipping Send It Home 30 Madison Ave West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-7300 send-it-home.com

Pets White & White Veterinary hospital & Supply 35 Gibbon Ave West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 682-7151

Photo Processing Madison Crossing Digital Photo 121 Madison Ave West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-4800 cabindecor.com

Photography Ken Takata Photography PO Box 866 West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-9722 kentakataphotography.com Mike Polkowske Photography PO Box 88 West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 671-9796 Silver Cloud Photography Pam Talasco See our Facebook Page http://www.facebook.com/pages/ Silvercloud-Photography/ Photos By Sandi 1200 Graves Ave, Suite 102 Estes Park, cO 80517 (970) 203-4388 (800) 705-5446 photosbysandi.com

Photography Tours Photos By Sandi 1200 Graves Ave, Suite 102 Estes Park, cO 80517 (970) 203-4388 (800) 705-5446 photosbysandi.com

Printers QuickPrint of West Yellowstone 435 Yellowstone Ave West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-0555 quickprintwy.com

Real Estate & development Montana Territorial Land Company 121 Madison Ave West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-7145 (866) 646-7145 montanaterritorial.com

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The Real Estate Agency 335 hwy 20 West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (800) 438-5263 (406) 646-9523 westyellowstoneland.com Wild West Real Estate PO Box 183 West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (208) 351-4924 wildwestrealestatemt.com Yellowstone Realty, LLC 303 canyon St West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-7575 (800) 738-5816 yellowstonerealty.net

RV Repair Repairs by O’B. Inc. 512 Gibbon Ave West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-9084 repairsbyob.com

Suppliers Bozeman Job Service Workforce Center 121 N Wellson Ave Bozeman, MT 59715 (406) 582-9239 wsd.dli.mt.gov/local/bozeman Cardinal Distributing 269 Jack Rabbit Ln Bozeman, MT 59715 (406) 586-0241 cardinaldistributing.com CIEE - Council on Educational Exchange 106 Beartooth ct Gallatin Gateway, MT 59730 (406) 995-3094 ciee.org Costco Wholesale 2505 catron St Bozeman, MT 59715 (406) 585-0383 costco.com D&R Coffee Service #10 Shawnee Way Bozeman, MT 59715 (406) 586-9696 (800) 522-9696 email: drcoffeeservice@imt.net Harrington Bottling Co. 32550 Frontage Rd Bozeman, MT 59715 (406) 586-1591 House of Clean, Inc. 404 Bryant St Bozeman, MT 59771-1203 (406) 586-1577 (800) 223-5082 house-of-clean.com Lehrkinds, Inc. coca-cola Bottling company 1715 N. Rouse Ave Bozeman, MT 59719-0580 (406) 586-2029

SHOPPING Bunkhouse Barn Interiors & The Book Peddler 106 canyon St West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-9358 bunkhousebarninteriors.com Eagle’s Store 3 Canyon St West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-9300 eagles-store.com Firehole Trading Company 111 Yellowstone Ave West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-1099 (877) 646-1099 fireholetrading.com Madison Crossing 121 Madison Ave West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-7621 cabindecor.com home Room: 646-4338 cabin kitchens: 646-4338 Treetop Toys: 646-7621 Moving comfort Activewear Outlet: 646-7621 Yellowstone Interiors: 646-7621 Madison Hotel & Gift Shop 139 Yellowstone Ave West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-7745 (800) 838-7745 madisonhotelmotel.com Once In A Blue Moon 27 Madison Ave West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-1149 RadioShack Dealer 131 dunraven St West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-5121 Roundup Trading Post 127 dunraven St West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-7751 email: foodroundup@aol.com Send It Home 30 Madison Ave West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-7300 send-it-home.com Smith & Chandler 121 Yellowstone Ave West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-7841 smithandchandler.com The Sweet Palace 115 E Broadway Phillipsburg, MT 59858 (406) 859-3236 (800) 525-0169 sweetpalace.com Westmart Building Center 100 S. Faithful St West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-9578 (800) 598-WEST westmartbuildingcenter.com

Yellowstone Association PO Box 117 Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190 (406) 848-2450 (800) 967-0090 yellowstoneassociation.org Yellowstone General Stores 8358 huffine Ln, Suite #2 Bozeman, MT 59718 (406) 586-7593 (866) 702-7269 yellowstonegift.com Yellowstone Outlet #1 25 Yellowstone Ave West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-9047 yellowstoneoutlet.com Yellowstone Outlet #2 22 canyon St West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-9047 yellowstoneoutlet.com Yellowstone Park Village 10 N. canyon St West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-9242

Utilities Allied Waste Services 8600 huffine Ln Bozeman, MT 59719 (406) 586-0606 Bulldog Cable TV (800) 388-6577 CenturyLink (800) 244-1111 Energy West–West Yellowstone 145 North Geyser St West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-4437 ewst.com Fall River Propane 436 Madison Ave West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-7821 (800) 632-5726 fallriverpropane.com Fall River Rural Electric West Yellowstone Branch Office 436 Madison Ave West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-7821 (800) 632-5726 Outage after hours: (866) 887-8442 fallriverelectric.com Two Seasons Recycling 105 hayden St West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 640-1052 West Yellowstone Transfer Station 263 Ecology Ln West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-9383

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Travel & Transportation, Temperatures TRAVEL & TRANSPORTATION

Average Temperatures and Precipitation

Airlines

MONTh

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LOW

PREcIP

SNOW

January

23.4

-0.1

2.39

30.1

February

30.8

3.2

1.67

23.4

SkyWest Airlines West Yellowstone Airport West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-7351 (800) 221-1212 skywest.com

Airports Yellowstone Airport (WYS) 721 Yellowstone Airport Rd Located 2 miles north of West Yellowstone, MT 59758 Open Seasonally June 1 through September 30 (406) 646-7631 (406) 444-2506 yellowstoneairport.org Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport 850 Gallatin Field Rd, Suite 6 Belgrade, MT 59714 (406) 388-6632 bozemanairport.com

Transportation Buffalo Bus Touring Co. 415 Yellowstone Ave West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-9564 (800) 426-7669 yellowstonevacations.com Karst Stage, Inc. 511 N. Wallace Ave Bozeman, MT 59771-1127 (406) 556-3500 (800) 845-2778 LINX (877) 454-5469 linx.coop Salt Lake Express PO Box 566 Rexburg, Id 83440 (208) 656-8824 (800) 356-9796 saltlakeexpress.com West Yellowstone Foundation Bus 412 Yellowstone Ave West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 640-0244 westyellowstonefoundation.org/bus.html

Car Rental Big Sky Car Rental 415 Yellowstone Ave West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-9564 (800) 426-7669 yellowstonevacations.com Budget Rental Car of West Yellowstone 131 dunraven St West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-7882 (800) 231-5991 budget-yellowstone.com

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Temperatures are in degrees Fahrenheit; precipitation is in inches

March

36.8

7.3

1.74

22.6

April

46.4

19.3

1.51

9.6

May

58.5

29.1

2.17

4.1

June

68.3

36.1

2.62

0.9

July

79.4

40.8

1.38

trace

August

76.2

38.6

1.63

0.1

September

65.6

30.2

1.54

1.4

October

52.8

22.1

1.42

6.6

November

34.4

10.6

0.9

18.4

december

25

1.9

2.37

26.1

22.34

143.3

Annual

Park Entrances Open/Close Dates 2013 Open and closure dates are established by the National Park Service and are subject to change. call the Park Service at (307) 344-2107. ENTRANcE

WINTER 2013 cLOSE SuMMER 2013 OPEN

SuMMER 2013 cLOSE

WINTER 2013-14 OPEN

South

March 15

May 10

November 4

december 15

East

March 1

May 3

November 4

december 15

West

March 15

April 19

November 4

december 15

North

Open year-round to wheeled vehicles.

Northeast Open year-round to wheeled vehicles. Please note: no travel beyond cooke city during winter months—check with local chambers. Additional Information • Access to park by bicycles only April 1 to opening day as conditions allow. • Winter access to park via the west, east and south entrances by snowshoes, skis, snowmobiles or snowcoach (no wheeled vehicles).

Taxi Yellowstone Road Runner West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 640-0631 yellowstoneroadrunner.com

Vacation Planning & Travel Agencies All Yellowstone Sports 302 Madison Ave West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-9332 (877) 641-6043 allyellowstone.com See Yellowstone Tours, Inc. 211 Yellowstone Ave West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-9310 (800) 221-1151 seeyellowstone.com

Snowmobile Yellowstone 645 Gibbon St West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-7802 (800) 522-7802 twotopsnowmobile.com

Yellowstone National Park Lodges PO Box 165 Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190 (307) 344-5264 (800) 439-7375 yellowstonenationalparklodges.com

Yellowstone Adventures 131 dunraven St West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-7735 (800) 231-5991 yellowstoneadventures.com

Yellowstone Tour & Travel 211 Yellowstone Ave West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-9310 (800) 221-1151 yellowstone-travel.com

Yellowstone Association PO Box 117 YNP, WY 82190 (406) 848-2450 yellowstoneassociation.org

Yellowstone Vacations 415 Yellowstone Ave West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-9564 (800) 426-7669 yellowstonevacations.com

Yellowstone Concierge 315 Yellowstone Ave West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-7365 (800) 646-7365 visityellowstonepark.com/holiday-inn-westyellowstone.aspx

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Life in West LIFE IN WEST Churches Church of Christ (#7) 400 N. Electric St (406) 646-5109 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (#8) 375 Gibbon Ave (406) 646-9357 Community Protestant Church (#9) 505 N. Electric St (406) 646-7509 cpcwestyellowstone.org First Baptist Church (#10) 431 Yellowstone Ave (406) 646-9506 (406) 646-7570 Our Lady of the Pines Catholic Church (#11) 437 Madison Ave corner of Madison Ave & Geyser St (406) 646-7755

Emergency Services Ambulance (#4) 400 Yellowstone Ave 911 or (406) 646-9094 Emergency: 911 Fire Department (#4) 400 Yellowstone Ave 911 or (406) 646-9094

Organizations

Other Government

Town Government

Big Brothers & Big Sisters PO Box 655 West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-1015

Gallatin County Courthouse 311 West Main Bozeman, MT 59758 gallatin.mt.gov

Town Offices (#4) PO Box 1570 10 S. Faithful St West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-7795 townofwestyellowstone.com

Clerk & Recorder (406) 582-3050

Building Inspector 300 Yellowstone Ave West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-7609

Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center 201 S canyon St PO Box 996 West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-7001 (800) 257-2570 grizzlydiscoveryctr.org Montana Heritage Commission PO Box 338 Virginia city, MT 597588 (406) 843-5247 virginiacitymt.com National Jr. Smoke Jumper Center 2 Yellowstone Ave West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-7557 smokejumpercenter.org Rendezvous Ski Race PO Box 65 West Yellowstone, MT 59758 rendezvousrace.com West Yellowstone Chamber of Commerce 30 Yellowstone Ave West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-7701 westyellowstonechamber.com West Yellowstone Economic Development Council, Inc. PO Box 190 West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-7119 wyed.org

Police Department (#3) 124 Yellowstone Ave 911 or (406) 646-7600

West Yellowstone Foundation PO Box 255 West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 640-0038 westyellowstonefoundation.org

Employment

West Yellowstone Foundation Bus 412 Yellowstone Ave West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 640-0244 westyellowstonefoundation.org/bus.html

West Yellowstone Job & Social Services 220 Yellowstone Ave West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-7311 Yellowstone National Park (307) 344-5324 Yellowstone General Stores (406) 586-7593 Xanterra Parks & Resorts (307) 344-5627

School West Yellowstone School District #69 (#12) 411 N. Geyser St West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-7617 westyellowstone.k12.mt.us

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Motor Vehicle (406) 582-3080 Gallatin National Forest Hebgen Lake Ranger District (#6) 330 Gallatin Rd West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 823-6961 fs.fed.us/r1/gallatin Targhee National Forest 3726 hwy 20 Island Park, Id 83429 (208) 558-7301

Job & Social Services (#13) 220 Yellowstone Ave West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-7311 Povah Community & Senior Center 10 S. Geyser St West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-7715 Public Works 300 Yellowstone Ave (406) 646-9074 Recreation Coordinator 10 South Geyser St (406) 646-7715

West Yellowstone Post Office (#1) 209 Grizzly Ave West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-7704

Town Court 200 Yellowstone Ave West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-7845

Yellowstone National Park Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190 (307) 344-2107 visitor services (307) 344-2160 backcountry office nps.gov/yell

West Yellowstone Public Library (#5) 23 N. dunraven St West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-9017 westyellowstonepubliclibrary. googlepages.com

West Yellowstone Ski Education Foundation PO Box 956 West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-9427 rendezvousskitrails.com West Yellowstone Tourism & Business Improvement District PO Box 1633 West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-0069 yellowstonedestination.com Yellowstone Historic Center & Museum (#2) 104 Yellowstone Ave PO Box 1299 West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 646-1100 (museum) (406) 646-7461 (office) yellowstonehistoriccenter.org

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