West Yellowstone, Montana

Elevation: 6667 FT

Population: 1502

County: Gallatin

The town of West Yellowstone is best known as the western entrance to Yellowstone National Park. Anglers come from all over the world to test their skills in the blue ribbon trout streams surrounding the community. The town sits on a high plateau and receives an extraordinary amount of snow, giving heed to hundreds of miles of snowmobile and Nordic ski trails. During summer, try an extraordinary day trip to destinations such as Hebgen and Quake lakes and the picturesque Madison River.

The town also boasts Montana's first IMAX Theatre, presenting a six-story high screen with stereo surround sound. The Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center offers an educational experience and viewing area for visitors to watch live grizzles and wolves in their natural habitats. The Museum of the Yellowstone, located at the historic Union Pacific Depot, which was built between 1907 and 1909, houses collections that include rare, vintage portrait photographs of great Indian chiefs and rare artifacts.

As the western entrance to Yellowstone National Park, "West" as it's affectionately known—has become a mecca of hotels and lodging options, including camping and private cabins. It's an epicenter for snowmobiling excursions into the park, as well as the starting point for a great number of more adventurous snowmobiling tours outside of the park. Nordic skiing thrives in the area and the town is teeming with outfitters for guided tours, snowcoaching and all forms of equipment rentals and repairs.

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