|© 2008 -2014 Yellowstone Wildlife Cabins | All Rights Reserved
|Yellowstone Wildlife Cabins
PO Box 96
West Yellowstone, Montana 59758
What does the National Park
Service charge for entrance to
The Park service charges entry fees
that vary depending on the time of
year and the type of vehicle. The
summer rate for a passenger car is
$25 for a 7-day pass. They also
have season passes, senior passes,
and handicap passes available at
What are the opening and
closing date for the summer
and winter seasons in
Yellowstone is open all year round
through the northern entrance in
Gardner through the Lamar Valley to
Cooke City, MT ( Conditions
Permitting). All other roads in the
Park have seasonal closures.
What else is there to do in West Yellowstone?
We touched on this in our earlier web pages. But since there's so much to do, we can't help but brag about our
West Yellowstone is an outdoor person's paradise. We have some of the best biking, hiking, boating (including
kayaking, water skiing, and swimming), skiing/snowshoeing, sled dog tours, fishing, hunting, wildlife watching,
geyser gazing, and sunrises/sunsets in the world!
If that isn't enough, we also have an excellent museum, an IMAX theater (along with a regular movie theater), live
theater in the summer at the Pinecone Playhouse and the Playmill Theater, wild animal educational facility (the
Grizzly Wolf & Discovery Center), A USFS Smoke Jumper's museum, live music in the park on summertime
weekends, an earthquake visitors center, and lots of shopping, bookstores, coffee bars, bakeries, and
restaurants. There are organized (free) outings of all kinds where you can learn about things as diverse as West
Yellowstone history (from the seat of a bicycle) to sea kayaking to wildflower identification. Check out the WY
Chamber's weekly update. Big Sky and Ashton (45 miles either direction out of West) offer golfing in the summer
In the winter, we have some of the best skiing in the world, including the Rendezvous groomed trail system,
Yellowstone and the surrounding area's myriad of touring possibilities, boundless mountains for backcountry
sliding, and snowcoach and snowmobile tours in Yellowstone and the surrounding area. Big Sky and Moonlight
Basin offer downhill skiing only 45 miles from West, and Karst stage offers daily winter shuttles.
What should I wear?
There are some seasonal hints on clothing here. In general, wool and synthetics are better when it's cool, and
are the only thing that will keep you alive for long when it's cold. Cotton is good for the summer months and
lounging around town. Layering is the way to go so that it's easier to adjust your temperature during the day. A
light, packable/stuffable down or synthetic puff sweater can be really nice when you are in and out of warmer and
cooler situations during the day.
If you'll be going out on the town at the end of the day (we have some excellent restaurants and theaters), you'll
find that Montana dress code is less formal than many places. Dressing up ranges from a new pair of jeans and
presentable shirt/blouse to a suit & tie/evening gown.
Spring (April - early June). Beautiful!
Yellowstone has both warm and cool days, cool to cold nights, with frost possible. Days are getting longer, and
the weather is variable, with snow almost guaranteed at times near the Park's opening date. Both shorts and
warm layers are recommended, including wool and synthetics. Don't forget a warm hat, gloves, and warm socks.
Spring can bring some of the most beautiful mountain weather imaginable!
Summer (June - August). 16 hours of daylight!
Warm days, cool nights. Shorts are generally the norm, although a raincoat and insulating layer are always
recommended in Yellowstone.
Fall (September - November). Nice!
Yellowstone has both warm and cool days, cool to cold nights, with frost possible. Days are getting shorter, and
the weather is variable, with snow almost guaranteed sometime near the Park's closing date. Warm layers are
recommended, wool and synthetics, hat, gloves and warm socks (in case). Bring shorts too, because our Indian
summer is usually awesome!
Winter (November - April).
Yes, it can be cold by the lower 48 States standard, however, the low humidity makes it surprisingly pleasant on
most days. Temps are seldom above 32 F/0 C, but a little layering in warm clothing and it can be very
comfortable. Make sure you have insulating wool or synthetic layers, and a windproof outer layer (hood
recommended). A warm hat and gloves are mandatory, along with warm boots and socks.
Any questions that have not been answered, please feel free to contact us anytime. If we don't know the
answer, we are resourceful and would be more than happy to help you with your travel plans.
Yellowstone Wildlife Cabins, and its owners, firmly believe in being part of and supporting its community. We
support the following organizations, among others:
* Grizzly Wolf Discovery Center
* Yellowstone National Park
* Yellowstone Historic Center
* Montana Ride for Hope
Is there a grocery store in West Yellowstone?
Yes, we have two Grocery stores. Plus there is a Radio Shack, General Store, Several Gas Stations, Two (2)
banks, Building Supply Store, Police Department and much much more.