Welcome to Gardiner Montana, the only 4-season gateway to Yellowstone National Park. Named after Johnson C. Gardner, one of the first trappers to the area in 1831 – 1832. The Gardner River was also named after him. In later years an “i” was added by the Washburn Party as a phonetic rendering of Jim Bridger’s Virginia drawl. To this day the river and the town are spelled differently. James C. McCartney actually became the first settler of what is today known as Gardiner in 1879. In 1880 a post office was established by McCartney thus putting Gardiner on the map. With a colorful history of trappers, miners, mountain men, to hunters, the tiny town of Gardiner become the first entrance to Yellowstone National Park. Graced by Roosevelt Arch which was dedicated by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1903 and surrounded by some of the most beautiful landscapes in the lower 48 states. Today Gardiner offers year round motor vehicle access to Yellowstone Park. Vehicles can enter the park in winter giving guests reasonable priced access to Yellowstone’s Northern Range – home to elk, bison, bear, and considered to be wolf watching territory, only accessible by car or tour van. Winter activities include cross-country skiing, snowmobile and snowcoach tours which can be booked through the park’s concessionaire at Mammoth Hotsprings, advance reservations required. Summer activities include wildlife watching, photography, scenic driving, whitewater rafting, fishing, horseback riding, zipline tours, camping and hiking. Come stay awhile! Ya’all be glad you did!
222 Park Street
Gardiner, MT 59030
PO Box 81
Gardiner, MT 59030
Season: All Year
Hours of Operation:
- Summer Monday – Thursday: 9:00am – 5:00pm Friday – Sunday: 9:00am – 1:00pm Winter Monday – Thursday: 9:00pm – 5:00pm
- Personal Check (In State)
- Personal Check (Out Of State)
Gardiner Chamber of Commerce
Welcome to Gardiner Montana, the only 4-season gateway to Yellowstone National Park. Named after Johnson C. Gardner, one of the first trappers to the area in 1831 - 1832. The Gardner River was also named after him. In later y ...