America’s first national park, Yellowstone’s west entrance is just 91 miles from Bozeman along the stunning Gallatin River and a one hour drive from Big Sky past expansive mountain meadows. You will pass through the famous Rosevelt Arch before heading to bucket-list destinations such as Mammoth Hot Springs, the Boiling River and Lamar Valley home to American bison, bald eagles, and grizzly bears.
Yellowstone’s weather fluctuates due to the altitude, so bring layers and jackets for the unexpected. It’s been known to snow in June but is most common from November through April. While not all roads and facilities are open yet, springtime is an exciting period in the park to see bison and elk calves, as well as wolves, coyotes, and grizzlies, hunt for food after a long winter.
Options abound when finding a vacation rental in Yellowstone with gorgeous lodging leading up to the west entrance of the park. Paradise Valley attracts travelers from all over looking to stay along the Yellowstone River stretching from Gardiner to Livingston, MT. Private lodges, fly-fishing cottages and charming cabins are able to accommodate groups of all sizes.