When your travels bring you to Yellowstone National Park, you have a lot more to discover than just geothermal marvels, extreme wildlife, and scenery straight out of a movie. You also have the small towns surrounding the park, helping to make your experience memorable with local flavor and local businesses.
By spending your money here in these gateway communities, you contribute to the local economy and encourage sustainability in the area, with ripple effects that can last for years to come. Here are a few of our favorites to check out in Gardiner and West Yellowstone.
The Buffalo Bar in West Yellowstone has an outdoor area perfect for soaking up the sun and having a drink or two over a round of cornhole. Classic bar fare supports solid standards to enjoy after a long day in the park.
As the only Gardiner bar and restaurant overlooking the Yellowstone River, Iron Horse Bar and Grille epitomizes the friendly, local feel that a trip to Montana is all about. Put your feet up, take in the views and order up at this area favorite.
A West Yellowstone staple, Eagle’s Store has been in operation since 1908, when it was founded by pioneers. Over their 100+ years in operation, their collection of goods has evolved to the mix of local art, Native American crafts, and Montana-made gifts that it holds today.
Support the community and support the park’s partner foundation with a purchase at the Yellowstone Forever Park Store in Gardiner. You’ll find books about the area and ecosystems, as well as collectibles and gifts to browse. If you want to deepen your experience as you enter Yellowstone, the foundation also offers educational tours and programming to help you learn more and expand your visit beyond the basics.
Parks’ Fly Shop in Gardiner has catered to the outdoors, serving sportsmen and women, since 1953. You can also support their professional guiding services, letting you dive even deeper into the sport of fly fishing. You can also just stock up on the flies you need, or rent snowshoes in winter. Either way, you’re supporting a local standby and getting outfitted at the same time.
This gallery in Gardiner features the wilderness photography of artist C. Thomas Hoff, showing scenes and landscapes that defy possibility. Printed on metal and canvas, these pieces show nature from all angles, with wildlife interactions captured in crisp detail, and artfully composed scenes of the area’s rugged terrain. The cozy gallery space is well worth a stop if you’re interested in taking home a piece of this unique corner of Montana.
By staying just outside the park, you have access to all that these gateway communities have to offer, with wilderness and wildlife just outside your door. As you support local businesses during your stay, you can count on Highline Adventures properties’ commitment to sustainability behind the scenes. And the best part is, each hotel is locally owned too. Get in touch to book your Yellowstone stay, and get ready for adventure.