There are plenty of bonuses to taking a trip to Yellowstone and reserving accommodation just outside park boundaries. You don't need to sleep within the park's borders to experience the best that Yellowstone has to offer. Here are just a few of the reasons to love staying in neighboring gateway communities around the park.
Whether you're staying in Gardiner, Livingston or Bozeman, you're bound to fall in love with these scenic mountain towns. Gardiner has the easiest access to the park, located right at the Roosevelt Arch. It's common to see bison and elk wander through the streets, and you can't beat rolling out of bed to get to the gate ahead of the day's crowds. Livingston has a small-town feel with plenty of quirks that's all its own, and you get to experience the Paradise Valley as you drive south to the Gardiner entrance. Bozeman is worth a trip in and of itself, with plenty of options for dining, drinks, and shopping, not to mention outdoor activities like mountain biking, hiking, and rafting right at your doorstep.
No matter where you choose to stay, you can experience a different side of Montana's wonders, all with easy access to the country's first national park.
Let's face it: there are just more amenities to enjoy when you book lodging in a nearby community. At least if you like fine dining, local brews, grocery stores, and lower prices all around. And park lodging doesn't guarantee high-speed internet, complimentary breakfast, phone service, cable, and high-tech in-room amenities. Experience the best of connectivity and quiet time in nature when you stay just outside the park.
Yellowstone is an access point to the wilderness, and its isolation is part of the appeal. But sometimes, you need to work while you travel, recharge on the phone with family, or have 24-hour access to a pharmacy, and that's just not something you can expect inside the park. Staying in one of these gateway communities helps support the local economy, while giving you access to all the essentials that you can't find inside the park.
Since the lodging in the park doesn't open up until mid-June, you can stay in a nearby town instead of getting some of that sweet shoulder season access. Have you ever dreamed of biking Yellowstone park roads in solitude, not a car in sight? Or watching wildlife as they emerge from their winter dens and burrows? There's a significant benefit to seeking out this major attraction in the offseason as far as crowds are concerned, too. With visitation spikes in June, July, and August, the park seems mighty peaceful when there are fewer people around in the spring.
Heed the call of Yellowstone's wild side when you plan a stay near the national park. There's even more to experience than you can imagine, and you'll find it all right at your doorstep when you stay at the gateway to Yellowstone.