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Beyond the Boundaries

Montana Moments

The Yellowstone region surrounding West Yellowstone, Montana, offers endless adventure, exhilarating excitement and age-old landscapes with a storied past.

From National Forests and scenic vistas to pontoon rentals and horseback riding — adventure awaits in every direction.

Take a day to explore some of our favorite places and experience a true West Yellowstone welcome. Let us help you explore better and plan your perfect Montana moment. We promise it will be unforgettable.

ATV Trail Adventures

Hit the ATV trails with side-by-side rentals from Yellowstone ATV in West Yellowstone or with High Mountain Adventures in Island Park, Idaho.

Off-road to some of Montana’s and Idaho’s most beautiful lakes and mountains on a Polaris side-by-side. This is high-energy fun that takes you to spots that most people never get to see on a trip to the Yellowstone area.

Yellowstone ATV prides themselves on discovering and sharing the best ATV trails in the area so guests can get the experience of a lifetime. Summertime in Island Park is gorgeous with hundreds of miles of trails with a variety of terrain. This is one of our favorite ways to explore the backcountry.

An ATV near Yellowstone National Park

E-bike Rentals

Rent an e-bike and explore the area from a completely different vantage point.

Our e-bike rentals make biking long distances and climbing elevations a breeze. Explore surrounding National Forests or discover parts of West Yellowstone you didn’t know existed, traveling on two wheels with a little power is an easy and exhilarating way to get around. Rentals are available seven days a week from the Camp Host at the Explorer Cabins.

E-Bike rentals near Yellowstone National Park

Horseback Riding

The Diamond P Ranch is our go-to ranch in West Yellowstone for exploring the region on horseback. The only ranch with permission to ride into the Gallatin National Forest, and just a 12-minute drive from West Yellowstone, Diamond P Ranch offers three-hour morning, afternoon and evening rides through pristine forests and up into the mountains to look down on Yellowstone National Park, the Continental Divide and the many ranches that dot the landscape in this part of the world.

Looking to ride out to hidden lakes through towering pines and wildflower-filled mountain meadows? Parade Rest Guest Ranch is a quick, 14-minute drive from West Yellowstone and offers one-to four-hour rides guided by experienced wranglers. Experience the West authentically and saddle up. This is a core memory in the making.

Two horseback riders near Yellowstone National Park

Float the Day Away on the River

Float trips are one of our favorite pastimes, and Mack’s Inn Resort is one of our top picks. Pack a cooler (with a box lunch from the hotel) and take the beautiful 28-minute drive to Island Park. Mack’s Inn runs three-hour float trips down the North Fork of the Snake River on your choice of eight-person rafts, tandem kayaks, canoes, single kayaks, SUP boards or a river tube. This five-mile float offers views of the mountains and crystal clear waters and often wildlife sightings. Relaxing and refreshing… a little float down the river might be exactly what you’ve been missing.

Kayaking in Hebgen Lake near Yellowstone National Park

Whitewater Rafting

Head up to Big Sky (an hour and ten minutes away) and you’ll land in one of the premier river rafting destinations in the West. With trips for multiple levels of rafting experience, Montana Whitewater Rafting and Zipline Tours offers everything from technical class IV rapids, to splashy class II and III rapids, to scenic and relaxing class I rapids. This is a full day of fun for the entire family.

A group of visitors on a whitewater rafting trip near Yellowstone National Park

Quake Lake Tranquility

32 minutes away from West Yellowstone sits one of the most peaceful spots around, Earthquake Lake. The irony in that statement is that this lake was born of one of the strongest earthquakes ever to hit the Rocky Mountains. On August 17, 1959, an earthquake measuring 7.5 on the Richter scale triggered a gigantic landslide that caused more than 80 million tons of rock to crash into a narrow canyon, blocking the Madison River and creating Earthquake Lake. Today, the visitor center has lots of interesting and educational exhibits including a working seismograph.

*Local Tip – This drive is well known for bighorn sheep sightings! Keep your eyes peeled for beautiful animals on your way up.*

Earthquake Lake near Yellowstone National Park

Kirkwood Marina on Hebgen Lake

Montana takes summer lake life seriously and Kirkwood Marina on Hebgen Lake delivers every time. Pack a box lunch (available for order through the hotel) and head to the lake for a water-packed day of fun and adventure. A 30-minute drive lands you in one of Montana’s top fishing spots with rainbow, brown and cutthroat trout averaging 15 to 20 inches regularly being caught. Want to get out on the water instead of the water’s edge? The marina offers rentals of everything from standup paddleboards to pontoon boats, so slap on the sunscreen and head out for a day on lake. Reservations can be made online at the link above.

*Local Tip – We love stopping at The Happy Hour Bar right on the lake!*

A paddleboarder in Yellowstone National Park

Rodeo Time

Saddle up, we’re heading to the rodeo! The Wild West Yellowstone Rodeo features all your favorite rodeo events including Bareback Bronc Riding, Barrel Racing, Team Roping and even The Calf Scramble where kids get to compete. It’s old west fun and happens five nights a week through the summer!

The Wild West Yellowstone Rodeo

Magnificent Mesa Falls

Deep in the Grand Targhee Forest lives the Lower Mesa Falls and Upper Mesa Falls. These two breathtaking waterfalls are easily accessible via scenic byways and viewing platforms, but this forest is one that begs to be explored. Pack a box lunch (available for purchase through the hotel) and spend a morning exploring this spectacular forest. These two waterfalls are the last prominent waterfalls on the Snake River unaffected by man-made influences and really showcase nature as it was meant to be.

Mesa Falls near Yellowstone National Park

Big Moments in Big Sky

It’s common knowledge that Big Sky is ski country, but summer is when Big Sky really shines. Take a day trip to Big Sky for local breweries, sophisticated shopping, picturesque hiking, spa treatments, white water rafting and the ever-popular downhill mountain biking.

A beautiful stream near Yellowstone National Park

Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center

The Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center is a not-for-profit wildlife park and educational facility. It is a top-notch experience and one of our favorite recommendations for wildlife lovers. This is your opportunity to observe, understand and appreciate grizzly bears and gray wolves. These are animals that were unable to survive in the wild but have been given the chance to live out their days in this incredible facility. If you listen around dusk at the Gray Wolf and Explorer Cabins you can almost always hear the wolves howling as a pack, a sound guaranteed to give you goosebumps.

A grizzly bear and her two cubs in Yellowstone National Park

Zip Around West Yellowstone

Soar through the air and zip through an aerial course at The Zipline Adventure Park in West Yellowstone. This exciting challenge offers courses for everyone from little kids to adventurous adults, with high-flying thrills and over 1,000 feet of ziplining fun on four different, family-oriented ziplines. Located just minutes from our West Yellowstone Hotels, this is a Yellowstone adventure you weren’t expecting!

The Zipline Adventure Park in West Yellowstone, MT


Lava Lake: This Six-mile out-and-back hike is known for a steep climb and gratifying end: Lava Lake, a stunning alpine lake in the Lee Metcalf Wilderness. The elevation increase is substantial, but due to a gradual climb, this trail has earned a difficulty rating of moderate.

Cinnamon Creek: Hike your way through wildflower meadows and pine forests south of Big Sky to Cinnamon Creek and be rewarded with spectacular views and a trail you’ll often have all to yourself.

Coffin Lakes Trail: The 11.3-mile out-and-back Coffin Lakes Trail near West Yellowstone rewards hikers with gorgeous lake views at the end and remarkable scenery the entire way.

A group of hikers on a trail near Yellowstone National Park

Exterior view of the Explorer Cabins at Yellowstone in West Yellowstone, MT


Enjoy comfortable, modern, amenity-rich lodging when you stay outside Yellowstone National Park.

A herd of bison grazing in Yellowstone National Park in spring

Wildlife Viewing

Yellowstone is home to more than 200 species of animals, and spring is one of the best seasons to see them in action.