The grandeur of Yellowstone National Park unfolds into Wyoming, Idaho and Montana. Here under the big sky, : Cooke City, West Yellowstone, and Gardiner—the only year-round entrance.
Yellowstone Country itself is bustling with activities, all offering an adventure-filled getaway. Anglers are drawn to some of the best fly-fishing in the world here. You’ve got almost 1,000 miles of shoreline to fish, with 61 state fishing-access sites, nine blue-ribbon trout streams and countless spring creeks and lakes.
A true, year-round vacation destination, outdoor recreation includes hiking, ATVing, water fun, rock climbing, horseback riding, rodeos, camping/RVing, and mountain biking. Some of the country’s most scenic drives and motorcycling rides can be found here, too, like the famous Beartooth Highway, an All-American Road and the highest-elevation highway in the Northern Rockies. Experience spellbinding switchbacks, towering peaks, and the “Top of the World.”
Yellowstone Country winters are something special, as the region is home to three distinctly unique ski areas, where freestyling finds its roots. Big Sky, offering some of the “biggest skiing in America” and acclaimed as one of the country’s top ski resorts, provides astounding vertical of 4,350 feet, while Bridger Bowl and Red Lodge Mountain extend an authentic Montana ski experience for all skill levels. For sled heads, Cooke City and West Yellowstone feature some of the best snowmobiling terrain on the planet.
Culture abounds throughout the region. What inspires an artist to put brush to canvas or words to paper, or to dance? What makes history worth preserving? And what makes a community a place worth visiting? In Yellowstone Country Montana, there’s no question that artists are inspired by the landscape and history that create a rich road forward. The fine folks who live, work and play here are dedicated to nurturing the pulse of Yellowstone Country’s cherished arts and culture scenes.
One of the most vibrant small towns in the Rocky Mountain West, Bozeman is blessed with an eclectic mix of ranchers, artists, professors, ski enthusiasts and entrepreneurs, drawn here by world-class outdoor recreation, Montana State University, and a slice of Americana. Downtown Bozeman has been an important and historic gateway to the West for more than 100 years, as its merchants have outfitted explorers, miners, ranchers and the U.S. Army with supplies. Today, downtown Bozeman features rows of turn-of-the-century buildings and more than 100 shops and restaurants line this beautiful and historic retail corridor.
Foodies will appreciate a diverse array of culinary marvels. Bozeman’s Blackbird Kitchen makes its own pasta and roasts meats and vegetables in a wood-fired pizza oven. Visitors to the region will find no less than six steakhouses, like Land of Magic Steakhouse in Logan and The Cowboy Bar & Supper Club in Fishtail, serving up some righteous Montana flavor. After a day on the slopes or the river, unwind at a local brew house—Montana’s No. 2 in the nation for breweries per capita, so you’ll have your pick.
If you’re seeking a Montana that lets you backpack deep into remote wilderness, make an intimate connection with the land and get away from the noise of civilization, you’re in luck. Yellowstone Country is exceptional in that regard as well. This is a place of infinite wonder and adventure, wherever you roam. There’s more to see and do here than one vacation affords.
Yellowstone Country’s “Play It Safe” travel guidelines urge all travelers to know the local public health guidelines before arriving to their destination and understand some services and destinations may be limited. Head to visityellowstonecountry.com/safety for safety guidelines and travel inspiration.