West Yellowstone – Montana’s Gateway to Stunning Beauty

Things to Do, What's New — By Jan Lee on March 25, 2011 at 6:21 am

Visitors can get an up-close view of wolves and bears at the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center in West Yellowstone. Photo by Dennis from Atlanta.

Spring is on its way in West Yellowstone, one of Montana’s gateways to Yellowstone National Park. The entrance closed as of March 15 to motor vehicles, but will reopen April 15, with the prediction of warmer weather and spring and summer park activities.

Those who enjoy bicycling can take advantage of the free cycle days through this entrance, April 1-15. Cyclists can reach Mammoth Junction and other sights by this route, and without paying an entrance fee! The route to Old Faithful is closed to traffic at this time of the year, but will reopen April 15.

West Yellowstone is also home to the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, a not-for-profit wildlife park and educational center. The Naturalist’s Cabin affords an up-close view of wolf habitat. Visitors can observe bears in their natural surroundings as well and learn about the habits of these Montana residents. The center, which is located one block from the park’s entrance, is open year-round, and admission covers two full days of visits.

Hebgen Lake is a great place to bird watch - when you're not kicking back at the resort. Photo by Alaskan Dude.

West Yellowstone is also a great place for birdwatching. Watch for nesting eagles and osprey, as well as the migrating waterfowl that turn up at Hebgen Lake, north of the town. Birding enthusiasts will want to pick up a copy of the West Yellowstone Birding Trail pamphlet from the Chamber of Commerce.

More on West Yellowstone events and attractions soon!

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