Just 8 miles from Idaho and 2 miles from Wyoming, West Yellowstone, Montana, is the most centrally located gateway town just outside of Yellowstone National Park. Famous Old Faithful Geyser is just 30 miles to the southeast and the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone is just 40 miles to the northeast. Just a few miles to the east or north, you can also find prime, blue-ribbon fly fishing in the Yellowstone area.
Geographically in the center of town, all West Yellowstone cabin rentals at the Faithful Street Inn are located just 6 blocks from the West Gate to Yellowstone National Park and within walking distance of many town activities. As a result, you can walk to most shops and restaurants, yet easily avoid the tourist congestion of "downtown" when leaving for fly fishing or sightseeing trips in Yellowstone Park and the surrounding area. In winter, you can cross country ski or snowmobile right from your Faithful Street Inn cabin rental and snowcoach tours will pick you up just steps from your front door.
West Yellowstone, Montana, 59758
A village in constant transition, today’s West Yellowstone, Montana, has been shaped by a colorful past.
Before Yellowstone National Park
Before there was a park, and before there was a town, the Hebgan Basin was a place for Native-Americans to pause between the high plains of Montana and Wyoming and the fertile Snake River Plain. Throughout history, this valley has seen the semi-permanent encampments of Native-Americans from the Pacific Northwest, The Great Basin, The Columbia Plateau, and The Great Plains. It was also a gathering place for mountain men and fur traders, gold prospectors, explorers, army detachments, hunters, entrepreneurs, fishermen, and outlaws. The last two are occasionally mistaken for each other!
A New Town Emerges
In the beginning, there was no town - just a railhead and a store with a concession from the government. In 1908, two significant events occurred to shape what today is West Yellowstone: The Union Pacific Railroad and the Eagle & Stewart families arrived in the forest preserve just outside the West Entrance to Yellowstone National Park. Our town grew out of the few buildings established that year and became a small gateway community serving the railroad and tourists to Yellowstone National Park. As the years passed, people became more aware of the diverse wonders in this rich valley that had so well served Native Americans, mountain men, early pioneers, and visitors to the early park. While the railroad has long since gone, this dusty little tourist town has become a bustling and thriving year around community. As a result, West Yellowstone now hosts the most used entrance to Yellowsotne National Park.
Today's Gateway to Yellowstone & Recreation
Standing at the corner of Madison Avenue and Canyon Street on a sunny July day, it is very easy to forget we are surrounded by wilderness. While our town retains the relaxed atmosphere of its early days, many cultural and social amenities of the 21st century have come to roost. In fact, West Yellowstone has many ammenities and services you won't find within Yellowstone itself. Even so, it suprises many visitors to learn that fiberoptic, high speed internet just recently arrived here and is still being installed around town. Or, that the nearest hospital is an hour away. However, the wildness of national forest and the world's first national park surround our little oasis and provide what people come from all over the world to experience.
In Town Attractions
The Historic District
Including most of “Old Town,” the historic district along Yellowstone Avenue includes Eagle's Store, several buildings from the early 20th century, and the Union Pacific depot complex. The Yellowstone Historic Museum is housed in the old Train Depot, our police department is inside the former baggage terminal, and our town’s medical clinic occupies what used to be an employee dormitory. The Union Pacific Dining Hall, generator building, ice storage house, and water tower are in this area as well. An Oregon Short Line executive railroad car is housed inside the Holiday Inn right next to the Branch Restaurant. A walking tour of the early historical and architectural sites is provided, free of charge, by the Museum of the Yellowstone, or you can pick up a self-guided walking tour brochure at the Visitor Center.
Our “Main Street,” Canyon Street is the place to go for fly shops, restaurants, souveniers, and ice cream! Additionally, you can find these things along Madison and Yellowstone Avenues just off of Canyon. A National Park Service Visitor Center and our Chamber of Commerce are located at the southeast corner of Canyon and Yellowstone. Just south of there, you will find a Giant Screen Theater and the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center which houses grizzly bears, wolf packs, raptors, and indoor exhibits. Because Canyon Street is just 3 blocks from Faithful Street Inn, you can leave your cars at the cabin and walk to almost everything in town. Certainly, after driving all day, walking provides a great relief.
In Town Access
Rendezvous Ski Trails
Just 2 blocks from Faithful Street Inn, you can cross country ski from your cabin to this wonderful trail system and then off into the national forest. In summer and fall, the trails provide for a nice walk, run, or hike, but be sure to bring your bear spray!
Snowmobile & ATV Trails
Surrounded on three sides by national forest, snowmobile and ATV trails are accessible at the north, west, and south edges of town. Ride right from your Faithful Street Inn vacation rental cabin to these trails just a few blocks away.