Local Area Attractions Near Yellowstone Park / West Gate KOA Holiday
Yellowstone National Park
The world's first and America's largest National Park, Yellowstone is full of natural wonders and beauty. Within its 2.2 million acres lie the greatest collection of geysers on this earth, the largest alpine lake in the nation, the colorful Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River, thundering waterfalls higher than Niagara Falls, 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.
Old Faithful - 30 miles away
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. Old Faithful web cam - watch it live!
Bus Tours of Yellowstone
Reservations for full day bus tours into Yellowstone National Park pick up at our front door. There are two tour companies in the area; See Yellowstone and Yellowstone Vacations. You must call the companies for reservations!
Horseback Riding (next door)
It is an easy walking distance to the Diamond P Ranch from Yellowstone Park KOA. They offer trailrides for all levels of experience with some of the best guides in the industry. You can experience 1/2 day and full day trips along the Continental Divide in the beautiful Gallatin National Forest.
2865 Targhee Pass Hwy.
West Yellowstone, MT 59758
Norris Geyser Basin - 28 miles away
Norris Geyser Basin is the hottest and most changeable thermal area in Yellowstone. It this the home of Steamboat Geyser, the world's tallest active geyser which can erupt to more than 300 feet.
Yellowstone Lake - 47 miles away
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.
Mammoth Hot Springs - 49 miles away
Walk among the unique mineral terraces and perhaps share your trail with a grazing elk at Mammoth Hot Springs. Nearby to the original archway entrance to Yellowstone dedicated by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1903.
Grand Teton National Park - 78 miles away
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.
Quake Lake - 30 miles away
On Aug. 17, 1959 an earthquake near the Madison River triggered a massive landslide. The landslide reached speeds of 100 mph as more than 80 million tons of rock crashed into the narrow canyon in in less than one minute, blocking the Madison River and forming Earthquake Lake. Visit Quake Lake online for more information.
Red Rock Lake Refuge - 29 miles away
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.
Island Park & Mesa Falls - 27 miles away
If you visit the falls before noon, the rainbow will be visible but it disappears in the afternoon. Mesa Falls Recreation Area has lots of things to do. You can simply enjoy the power and beauty of the falls and watch the osprey and eagles that frequent the area. The walkways make viewing safe for all. Visit Mesa Falls online for more information.
Gold Rush Ghost Towns - 84 miles away
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 - 133 miles away
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.
Grizzly and 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
Visit a collection of grand buildings built by the Union Pacific Railroad 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.
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 recommended.
Blue Ribbon Trout Fishing - less than 1 mile away
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.
Mountain Biking and Hiking Trails - less than 1 mile away
Just outside of Yellowstone National Park, the Hebgen Ranger District of the Gallatin National Forest offers 600 miles of trails for biking, hiking, bird watching … you name it. For more information on biking and hiking trails in the area, visit the Bozeman Convention and Visitors Bureau online. http://www.freeheelandwheel.com/
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.
First Class Accommodations
First class accommodations await you at the Yellowstone Park KOA. We were recognized in 1998 as the "KOA Franchise of the Year" for exceptional service to the camping public. We are very proud of our newly built indoor pool and spa. All campground roads have recently been paved and our sites can accommodate even the largest RV's. From June 4 through Labor Day we will have in operation our outdoor kitchen serving breakfast and western-style dinners. Typical KOA facilities like laundry, game room, playground, showers, propane and mini-golf course are also here at our campground. Our gift shop and convenience store is one of the best stocked in the KOA system. Consider doing your souvenir shopping with us and saving the 3% city sales tax. Montana is also one of the few states that does not have a general sales tax. Arrangements for bus tours, horseback riding, fishing and car rentals can also be made at the campground.