Welcome to Montana’s Yellowstone Country, where the sublimity of America’s first national park spills on for miles beyond park boundaries. North of the park you’ll discover cinematic expanses of wild country to hike and bike, winding rivers to fish and frolic in, and captivating small towns with honest-to-goodness hospitality. Yellowstone Country offers one of the most scenic drives in the U.S., unrivaled recreation opportunities and basecamp communities rich with personality like funky shops, museums, theaters and galleries, plus breweries, distilleries, fine dining, cafés and coffee shops lining the downtown streets. These enchanting mountain communities are the heart and soul of Yellowstone Country, and they’re wildly fun.
Every season offers something to savor here. Snow seekers satisfy their powder cravings at three of Montana’s four largest ski resorts, on miles of Nordic trails and in epic backcountry terrain. Explore the serenity of the park by snowshoe or guided snowcoach tour. West Yellowstone and Cooke City offer some of the country’s best snowmobiling, and winter festivals capture the year-round spirit of our communities. Ice fishing, ice skating and ice climbing are just a few ways to enjoy the gifts of the frozen landscape. Top off a day in the snow with a hot tub soak or relax fireside.
Spring is the best time for wildflowers, wild waters and wildlife watching (bring your binoculars). Peel off a layer and take an early-season hike or bike ride through the park. Enjoy late-season skiing and snowmobiling in the warming sunshine under bluebird skies. Take a guided whitewater rafting trip as the winter runoff feeds the rivers. Or, grab your clubs and head for the green on one of our many golf courses.
Summer vacation are made here. Adventure comes naturally this time of year as long days of alpine sunshine give way to cool summer nights. Fly-fish the legendary Madison River. Float the Yellowstone through Paradise Valley. Cruise the famed Beartooth Highway. Get lost in our small towns at farmers markets, art walks and festivals. Camp out under the stars.
There’s always plenty of room to breathe in Montana, but in the fall there’s a little bit more. Brown trout are biting. Elk are bugling. Birds are migrating overhead. Hillsides are aflame with yellow tamaracks and rivers are lined with the oranges and golds of aspen and cottonwood trees. Fall is the time to take a scenic drive, grab your fly rod and fish a quiet river, drink a pumpkin ale at a small-town Oktoberfest, bike or hike the park. It’s the time to see Montana in full color.
It’s time to start thinking about where you spend your hard-earned vacation days. Wake up in the backcountry in your favorite flannel beside a trickling creek, settle into western luxury at a five-star ranch resort, or go quintessentially Yellowstone in a historic timbered park lodge next to geysers and geothermal pools. Satisfy your wanderlust and get away from your getaway in Montana’s Yellowstone Country.