Greater Yellowstone and Local Communities

The greater Yellowstone area spans approximately 28,000 square miles. There are a variety of towns with personal charm and amenities. Let Yellowstone Guidelines help plan and design your perfect vacation.

Livingston, Paradise Valley, and Gardiner, Montana

Livingston is the original gateway to Yellowstone National Park. Livingston is 51 miles from the North Entrance of Yellowstone National Park. The town has a vibrant art scene, great restaurants, and old west charm. A few miles south of Livingston is the beautiful and aptly named Paradise Valley. The Paradise Valley offers beautiful scenery and fly-fishing. Gardiner, MT borders Yellowstone and was an old rendezvous site for trappers and prospectors exploring the park. The north entrance of Yellowstone near Gardiner is the only entrance open year round! We recommend staying in this region of Yellowstone.



Bozeman, Big Sky and West Yellowstone, MT

Bozeman is located 90 miles from Yellowstone’s west entrance and 80 miles from the north entrance. Bozeman is home to Montana State University and has the largest airport in the region. The town of Big Sky is south of Bozeman along the scenic Gallatin River. Seated right in the mountains Big Sky offers Bozeman is located 90 miles from Yellowstone’s west entrance and 80 miles from the north entrance. Bozeman is home to Montana State University and has the largest airport in the region. The town of Big Sky is south of Bozeman along the scenic Gallatin River. Seated right in the mountains Big Sky offers summer and winter recreational opportunities. West Yellowstone is a small town by the parks west entrance. The west entrance is only open to snowcoach and snowmobile tours in the winter.


Jackson and Cody, Wyoming

Jackson, WY is nestled at the southern base of Grand Teton National Park. Jackson is 56 miles from the southern entrance of Yellowstone. Jackson features the National Elk Refuge, the beautiful Snake River, many eateries and great shops. Named after Buffalo Bill, Cody, WY is 52 miles from the east entrance to Yellowstone. Cody is home to the Cody Nite Rodeo, a nightly summer time rodeo and the Buffalo Bill Historic Center.

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