Local Area Attractions Near Yellowstone Park / Mountainside KOA Journey

Located just minutes away from the breathtaking Yellowstone National Park, the Yellowstone Park/Mountainside KOA Holiday is the perfect haven for outdoor enthusiasts. As a base camp, visitors can relish in an array of outdoor activities, including hiking, wildlife viewing, fishing, and scenic drives, all amidst the awe-inspiring natural wonders of the park.

Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park

The world's first - and America's largest - National Park must be seen to be believed! Within its 2.2 million acres lie the greatest collection of geysers on this earth, the largest alpine lake in our nation, the colorful Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River, thundering waterfalls higher than Niagara, petrified forests, trout-laden streams, and an endless array of native wildlife ranging from ground squirrels to grizzly bears. Yellowstone has more natural beauty than you can absorb in a lifetime. Call the West Yellowstone Chamber of Commerce for more information.

Bus Tours of Yellowstone

Bus Tours of Yellowstone

Reservations for full day bus tours into Yellowstone National Park pick up at our front door.
There are two in the area: See Yellowstone and Yellowstone Vacations.

Old Faithful

Old Faithful

Located only 30 miles from the KOA, make sure to visit Old Faithful! The largest concentration of geysers in the world is in the Upper Geyser Basin, including World Famous Old Faithful. Several of the more prominent geysers and hot springs are located here. You could easily spend an entire day exploring this unique complex of geothermal features.

Norris Geyser Basin

Norris Geyser Basin

Located only 28 miles from Mountainside KOA Journey, Norris Geyser Basin is the hottest and most changeable thermal area in Yellowstone. It is the home of Steamboat Geyser, the world's tallest active geyser, which can erupt to more than 300 feet.

Mammoth Hot Springs

Mammoth Hot Springs

Walk among the unique mineral terraces and perhaps share your trail with a grazing elk at Mammoth Hot Springs. Near the original archway entrance to Yellowstone dedicated by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1903.

Gallatin National Forest Walking Trails

Gallatin National Forest Walking Trails

Experience the beauty of Gallatin National Forest through its enchanting walking trails. From tranquil strolls to invigorating hikes, immerse yourself in nature's wonders as you traverse these picturesque paths. Discover breathtaking landscapes, abundant wildlife, and serenity amidst towering trees. Plan your visit today and embark on an unforgettable journey through Gallatin National Forest's captivating walking trails.

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Quake Lake

Quake Lake

On August 17th, 1959, an earthquake near the Madison River triggered a massive landslide. The slide moved at 100 m.p.h. and, in less than 1 minute, over 80 million tons of rock crashed into the narrow canyon, blocking the Madison River and forming Earthquake Lake. Located only 30 miles from the KOA, Visit Quake Lake online for more information.

Grand Teton

Grand Teton

Located in northwestern Wyoming, Grand Teton National Park protects stunning mountain scenery and a diverse array of wildlife. The range includes eight peaks over 12,000 feet, including the Grand Teton at 13,770 feet. Located only 78 miles from Mountainside KOA Journey.

Playmill Theatre

Playmill Theatre

Located in West Yellowstone, the Playmill Theatre continues the traditions of quality family entertainment offering well-loved musical classics like Oklahoma, The Music Man, and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. Advanced reservations are recommended.

Yellowstone Lake

Yellowstone Lake

Yellowstone Lake is the largest natural freshwater lake in the United States that is above 7,000 feet and is one of the largest such lakes in the world. Yellowstone Lake covers 136 square miles and is 20 miles long by 14 miles wide. It has 110 miles of shoreline. The lake is at least 320 feet deep in the West Thumb area and has an average depth of 140 feet. Situated at an elevation of 7,733 feet, the lake remains cold year-round, with an average temperature of 41 F.

Mesa Falls - 40 Miles from KOA

Mesa Falls - 40 Miles from KOA

At Upper Mesa Falls, a thunderous curtain of water – as tall as a 10-story building – pours over remnants of an ancient volcanic super-eruption that spewed ash over much of the current US. A mile south, Lower Mesa Falls repeats the performance; the river continually chiseling away at the solidified ash and lava. Some layers are more than a million years old. Today, Upper and Lower Mesa Falls are the last prominent waterfalls on the Snake River to resist human control.

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Red Rock Lake Refuge

Red Rock Lake Refuge

Located only 29 miles from the KOA, Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge has often been called the most beautiful national wildlife refuge in the United States. The rugged Centennial Mountains, rising more than 9,000 feet above the Centennial Valley wetlands, provide a dramatic backdrop for this extremely remote Refuge. The inherent solitude and suitable habitat has made this the perfect place for reviving declining populations of the majestic trumpeter swan. Visit Red Rocks Lake online for more information.

Blue Ribbon Trout Fishing West Yellowstone

Blue Ribbon Trout Fishing West Yellowstone

Located less than 1 mile from the KOA, try your hands at catching Brook, Rainbow, Grayling, Cutthroat, Lake and Brown Trout. Some of the best fly fishing anywhere in the West located just outside of Yellowstone National Park.

The Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center

The Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center

You'll see wildlife as you've never seen it, with an up close view of live grizzly bears and a pack of gray wolves. The Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center's primary mission is to provide visitors to the Yellowstone area an opportunity to learn about, view and ultimately appreciate the grizzly bear and gray wolf. Fun for the whole family!

Yellowstone Historic Center

Yellowstone Historic Center

A collection of grand buildings, built by the Union Pacific Railroad, is located in West Yellowstone, Montana. Now owned by the Town of West Yellowstone, these buildings have been stabilized and are in need of restoration and preservation. All of these buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, known as The Oregon Short Line Terminus Historic District. Having played host to millions of tourists, dignitaries and presidents, Yellowstone Historic Center has historical significance which cannot be overstated.

Gold Rush Ghost Towns

Gold Rush Ghost Towns

The very much alive ghost town, Virginia City, Montana , is frozen in time. It is a remarkably well preserved old west Victorian gold mining town just 20 miles west of Yellowstone National Park (90 miles by road).

Jackson Hole

Jackson Hole

Jackson Hole is a popular tourism destination because of its proximity to Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks, its unmatched scenic beauty, the world-class skiing, and its western character.

Yellowstone Country Autumn Leaf Peeping

Yellowstone Country Autumn Leaf Peeping

With cooler temperatures and trees full of bright oranges, yellows and reds, Yellowstone Country in the fall is an unforgettable experience. Watch the leaves change on a scenic drive, hike or ride through the Yellowstone wilds. Peak leaf peeping time starts in late September each year.

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Yellowstone Zipline Adventure Park

Yellowstone Zipline Adventure Park

Feel the thrill of zooming through over 50 different challenge elements. Kids courses are available so this park is fun for the whole family! Just 8 miles from the campground.

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