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So Much To See, So Much To Do!

Old Faithful. Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. Mammoth Hot Springs. Grand Teton National Park. The waterfalls. The lake. The bison. The bears. The sights never stop coming. That’s why you need a plan to make sure you see all you can during your Yellowstone adventure.

Fishing. Hiking. Horseback riding. Llama packing. Photo classes. Bicycling. Canoeing. Whitewater rafting. The list of activities in this amazing place is long and, oh, so exciting. Whether you plan your trip months ahead of time, or wing it after you arrive, the knowledgeable staff at Yellowstone Park/West Gate KOA is ready with info to help you make the most of your busy days.

Yellowstone Sight Seeing

All Roads Lead To Our KOA!

The West Entrance to Yellowstone is one of five entrances, and many visitors say it is the best one – close
to must-see features in the park, just outside the wonderful mountain town of West Yellowstone, and
only six miles from our KOA!

  • From Bozeman, drive 90 miles south on U.S. 191 through majestic Gallatin Canyon.
  • From Billings, drive west to Bozeman on I-90, then south on U.S. 191 to the West Entrance. Or travel from Billings, exit westbound I-90 at Livingston, and head south on U.S. 89 to Gardiner and the North Entrance. When the Beartooth Highway from Billings to the Northeast Entrance is open, it provides a breathtaking drive into the park.
  • From Salt Lake City, head for Idaho Falls, Idaho, on I-15, then north on U.S. 20 to reach West Yellowstone.
  • GPS coordinates for Yellowstone Park/West Gate KOA are: N44.686. W111.2179.
  • Don’t be confused if you see signs for Yellowstone Park/Mountainside KOA Journey. That is our sister campground, 1.5 miles west of us.

Commercial airlines serve several airports near Yellowstone Park – in Bozeman and Billings, Montana; Cody and Jackson, Wyoming; and Idaho Falls, Idaho. Delta flies into West Yellowstone from late May through September from its Salt Lake City hub.

Where’s my site? What’s to eat?

The Yellowstone Park/West Gate KOA has many options for accommodations and meals. We want your stay to be the best camping experience ever!

Cabins

Cabins

Deluxe Cabins sleep up to 5; 2-room cabins sleep up to 6; 1-room cabins sleep 4

RVs

RVs

Spacious pull-through and back-in sites with all the amenities and great views

Tents

Tents

Clean, grassy sites in the trees, or camp in our cool Tent Village

Breakfasts

Breakfasts

Pancakes galore, with eggs, bacon, sausage and great coffee to start the day

Dinners

Dinners

BBQ ribs, beef burgers, buffalo burgers, trout and much more.

So many sights, so little time!

There is much to see in Yellowstone Park, and there are a million ways to tour the park. Let us suggest a
three-day itinerary to spark your creative juices. We know Yellowstone Park is a bucket-list destination, so
here’s little help as you check it off your list!

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3

Yellowstone Sights

Geysers Galore!

Yellowstone has the world’s largest concentration of geysers and thermal features, and they are right there in front of you!

  • Walk the Upper Geyser Basin, watch Old Faithful erupt
  • Take a short hike up to Observation Point
  • Visit the Biscuit Basin and hike to Mystic Falls
  • See the Midway Geyser Basin and Grand Prismatic Spring
  • Drive the Firehole Lake Drive.
  • From Grand Loop Road, stop at Gibbon Falls and the Norris Geyser Basin.

Your Guide to Yellowstone Park

Yellowstone Sights

Wild and Wooly!

The Yellowstone ecosystem supports mammal species that have lived there for hundreds of years.

  • Pack your binoculars and get an early start to visit the Lamar Valley in the northeast section of the park.
  • The area between Tower Junction and the Northeast Entrance is home to grizzly and black bears, bison, wolves, antelope, mountain goats, moose, and bighorn sheep.
  • You may see wolves near Slough Creek Campground – if you go before noon. You may see wolf spotters with cameras and long-range spotting scopes.
  • Take a hike on the Lost Lake Loop near Roosevelt Lodge.

Your Guide to Yellowstone Park

Yellowstone Sights

Unbelievable Grandeur!

The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone is a geologic wonder, a sight to behold.

  • Go to the canyon’s Artist Point overlook for a great view of the thundering falls.
  • Hike toward Ribbon Lake for more stunning views of the canyon.
  • For more amazing scenes, drive south to Yellowstone Lake through the Hayden Valley
  • Check out the West Thumb Geyser Basin
  • Take a short hike up the Lake Overlook Trail
  • Check out nearby Tower Fall, too.

Your Guide to Yellowstone Park

What’s Going On Around Town?

While Yellowstone National Park is certainly the place to be, there are plenty of activities outside the park
to consider. Here are just a few!

Horseback Riding

Diamond P Ranch Horseback Riding

It is an easy walk to the Diamond P Ranch from Yellowstone Park KOA. They offer trail rides for all levels of experience with some of the best guides in the industry. You can experience 1/2 day and full day trips along the Continental Divide in the beautiful Gallatin National Forest. Call 406-646-0606 for information.

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Trout Fishing

Blue Ribbon Trout Fishing

The fishing is world-class just outside Yellowstone Park. Ask our team for tips on the best blue-ribbon waters in the area. Brook, rainbow, grayling, cutthroat, lake and brown trout. Some of the best fly fishing anywhere in the West is found just outside of Yellowstone National Park.

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Yellowstone Historic Center

Yellowstone Historic Center

A collection of grand buildings, built by the Union Pacific Railroad, are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The buildings, known as The Oregon Short Line Terminus Historic District, are owned by West Yellowstone.

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Playmill Theatre

Playmill Theater

The Playmill Theatre in West Yellowstone provides wonderful family entertainment offering popular musical classics like Oklahoma, The Music Man, and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. Advanced reservations recommended.

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Grizzly Wolf Center

Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center

Experience an up-close view of grizzly bears and a pack of gray wolves. The center provides visitors to West Yellowstone an opportunity to learn about and see for themselves the animals that are native to the Yellowstone ecosystem.

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Hiking and Biking Trails

Mountain Biking And Hiking Trails

With some trails less than a mile from our campground, the Hebgen Ranger District of the Gallatin National Forest offers 600 miles of trails for biking, hiking, bird watching.

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Community Events

Rodeos, Hot Rods, Rendezvous, Oh My!

Circle these dates on your planning calendar as your trip to Yellowstone takes shape.
They’re just a few of the special events to enjoy during your stay at the Yellowstone Park/West Gate KOA.

June 9

Yellowstone Half Marathon and 5K

The race starts and ends at the Old Airport on the west edge of West Yellowstone. The majority of the race takes place on a dirt road and trail in Gallatin National Forest immediately southwest of town.

June 15 – August 25

All Summer Wild West Yellowstone Rodeo

Across from Yellowstone Park KOA Wednesdays through Saturdays The action starts at 8 p.m. and lasts about two hours. Walk there for great family fun.

July 4

Rodeo, Parade and Fireworks

6 p.m. parade in West Yellowstone
8 p.m. Wild West Yellowstone Rodeo near KOA
10 p.m. fireworks

August 3-12

Smoking Waters Mountain Man Rendezvous

The 13th annual rendezvous and Living History Encampment is at the Old Airport in West Yellowstone. The event brings life to the history of West Yellowstone for visitors, showing how the mountain men lived, worked, traded and played in the old days. Free, 9:30-5 daily.

August 4-6

Yellowstone Rod Run

Hot rods and antique cars take the road. Watch them in the parade in West Yellowstone the morning of August 6 and see them up close at an afternoon “shine and show” in the city park that afternoon.

What To Pack?

What to pack

Campers recommend these items for your backpack:

  • Binoculars or spotting scope
  • Bear spray
  • Wide-brimmed sun hat, sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Pair of supportive, breathable hiking boots
  • Layered clothing
  • Water-resistant, windproof outer layer
  • Gloves and stocking hats
  • Water shoes

 

  • Water bottles or a hydration system
  • Tablecloth
  • Bug spray
  • Daypack for rain gear, snacks, flashlight, binoculars and first-aid kit
  • Headlamp
  • Various Yellowstone or stargazing apps
  • Plastic bags

Yellowstone Bus Tours

Want to leave the driving to someone else? It’s easy and convenient. Summer bus tours leave right from Yellowstone Park/West Gate KOA and bring you home at the end of a fabulous day.

See Yellowstone’s Lower Loop and Upper Loop up-close in comfortable tour vans staffed with knowledgeable guides. Or reserve a seat for a tour of Grand Teton National Park and Jackson, Wyo. Upper Loop tours load up at 6:45 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. daily. The Lower Loop tour bus picks you up at 7:45 a.m. The Grand Teton tour loads at 7:15 a.m. One meal included in these tours, which last 8-9 hours. Private and custom tours are also available.

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