Sitting just minutes from Yellowstone National Park, West Yellowstone, Montana, is the perfect base camp for creating lifelong memories whether traveling with your family, or going on a getaway with the girls. Visiting West Yellowstone in the spring and early summer means avoiding the heavy crowds while also taking advantage of seasonal rates for hotel rooms.
Spring and early summer bring some of the best wildlife spotting opportunities of the year. With bears emerging from their winter slumber; elk, deer, and bison babies being born; and animals foraging near boardwalks and roadways, visitors in the early season are treated to wildlife viewing unlike any other time of the year. Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center – Open 365 days a year! Take advantage of this extraordinary opportunity to watch grizzly bear residents and three wolf packs. All the animals at the center are unable to survive in the wild and serve as ambassadors for their wild counterparts. During the spring, experience the Raptor Exhibit and the new Riparian River Otter Exhibit. grizzlydiscoveryctr.org
Heart of Fly Fishing
Top blue-ribbon trout streams surround the town, making it the heart of fly fishing in the Rocky Mountains. In the spring, fishermen test their skills to catch rainbow and brown trout covered in stunning patterns and vivid colors. Friendly guides, outfitters, and fly shops help make this experience accessible and enjoyable for everyone! yellowstonedestination.com/fly-fishing
Hiking & Biking
From mid-March to mid-April, the West Entrance to Yellowstone is open to bicyclists only. Plus, many trails can be accessed right from West Yellowstone, and businesses offer biking gear, repairs, and rentals so no one has to worry about missing an amazing opportunity! Or lace up your boots and hit one of the many trails that surround the town. With more than 1,000 miles of hiking trails, you can find something for every age and ability.
Experience the traditional art of live performance at the Playmill Theatre with shows centered around fun and family values. The cast offers a personal and interactive experience, from the time you are greeted and shown to your seat through the entire performance. playmill.com
Forget about power shopping and slip into a relaxed mode. Casually stroll down West Yellowstone’s streets and you will find an assortment of stores, galleries, and specialty shops.
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