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Yellowstone Gateway Communities

Elevate Your Yellowstone Experience Beyond the Park

The vibrant and charming Montana communities that surround Yellowstone National Park complete your park experience. Discover epic adventures in the ski town of Red Lodge; the arts and culture hub of Livingston; the snowmobiling escape of Cooke City; the family fun destination of West Yellowstone; and the northern gateway to outdoor recreation plus Yellowstone National Park—Gardiner.

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Red Lodge: Gateway to Skiing

Named one of America's best ski towns, Red Lodge delivers unforgettable skiing for all skill levels alongside an incredibly authentic small-town experience. Ski Red Lodge Mountain and enjoy locally owned shops, farm-to-table dining, breweries and bars.


Cooke City: Gateway to Snowmobiling

The little outpost of Cooke City is a sledder’s paradise, known for world-class snowmobiling terrain, including miles of glorious backcountry. Turn up the power this winter with a remote adventure at “the end of the road.” The only way in and out of Cooke City in winter (by vehicle) is through the park, and the scenery here is exceptional.


Gardiner: Gateway to Outdoor Recreation

Just a stone’s throw from the park and the only park entrance open to vehicles in winter, Gardiner is your Yellowstone basecamp community, situated just south of the scenic Paradise Valley on the Yellowstone River. Explore local shops and eateries in Gardiner’s historic downtown or set out for adventure in any direction.



West Yellowstone: Gateway to Family Adventure

The destination town of West Yellowstone packs a whole lot of fun family adventure into winter, from snowshoeing, dogsledding, and snowcoach tours of the park, to an exceptional array of dining, shopping and lodging options, including plenty of kid-friendly choices.


Livingston: Gateway to Arts and Entertainment

Livingston melds rustic charm with modern adventure and has noteworthy arts, literary, and live music scenes. Find extraordinary winter recreation, panoramic landscapes and Western allure, plus exceptional shops, galleries, dining and lodging.