When you visit Yellowstone National Park, just stepping outside presents an entire world of things to do. But if you're looking for something more structured, our properties offer their own brand of fun and adventure. Check below for upcoming events and start planning your day-to-day stay here at Yellowstone.
Bingo Night at The Branch
Beginning in December, 2018, Bingo comes to The Branch Restaurant and Bar in West Yellowstone! This isn't your grandma's game; anyone age 18 and older is welcome to play for prizes, and a number of special theme dates are available including an Ugly Sweater Contest on December 22, "Back to the 80's" on January 11, and Football Spirit on February 2.
Held on the first Saturday in March on the world-class Rendezvous Ski Trails, this event draws hundreds of cross-country skiers. With the blast of a black powder canon, racers sprint out to compete in a variety of age classes and distances in both classic and freestyle of 5 to 50K lengths. With grooming provided by Yellowstone Track Systems, this is arguably the best track to be found all year.
In conjunction with the Marathon race is the West Yellowstone Youth Festival, only for kids and sponsored by the West Yellowstone Ski Education Foundation. The Youth Festival is an opportunity for our future Olympians, World Cup Skiers and National Masters competitors to participate in an event that is just for them. A series of fun events such as obstacle course, matched sprints, relay and speed trap are included.
Don't miss a special weekend in West Yellowstone filled with fun activities for kids (and families) both outdoors and inside. Practice snowshoeing and learn about nature with a Ranger. Ice skate, or have fun on cross-country skis. Meet a raptor, and other special kids programs at the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center.
Join the fun at the West Yellowstone Ice Rink (Pioneer Park, corner of Gibbon Ave and Dunraven St). Warm up with hot beverages, toast some marshmallows, sled on the sledding hill, and make your own S'mores. All the fixings provided! Bring your own sled for the Kid's Sledding Hill. Or, try out West Yellowstone's ice skating rink. A limited number of ice skates will be available at no charge (come early for the best selection). Relax with music and conversation. Old-fashioned family fun for everyone of every age - all Yellowstone visitors welcome!
Have you ever heard of Skijoring before? For many people, this is an unfamiliar term, but trust us when we say you will DEFINITELY want to mark your calendars for this event!
Skijoring is a competition where a horse and rider pulls a skier through a course that has gates, jumps, and rings. Skiers are timed through the course, and scores are based on how many gates or jumps were missed, and by missing or dropping the baton or any of the rings. The event is every bit as exciting as it sounds, but the best news of all is the 2019 Skijor USA National Finals will be held right here in West Yellowstone this year!
Join us on March 9 and 10 for this thrilling spectator sport that's unlike anything you have ever seen!
Come to West Yellowstone and join us for this year's Snowmobile EXPO! Don't miss the action March 15-17, 2019!
EXPO is recognized as the "Largest Snowmobile Event in the West", so don't miss your chance to join in the fun. Snowmobile manufacturers will unveil their new 2019 models to the public for the first time in the Rocky Mountain West; clothing, aftermarket parts, and powersports exhibits will be on display; go for a demo ride on one of the new snowmobiles; watch a number of high-intensity races; enjoy vintage snowmobile shows and races; and nighttime activities include a "funny money" Casino night, live entertainment, and plenty of laughs.
Yellowstone's West Entrance road opens exclusively to non-motorized travel in early April, 2019 (there is no set date). Pedestrians and cyclists can ride in Yellowstone before the Park is open for public automobiles or buses. Check with the park for exact open routes, but you can usually ride from West Yellowstone to Madison Junction, then on to the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone or Mammoth Hot Springs (the road between Madison and Old Faithful remains closed to all until roads open for motorized travel). Feet and rollerblades are welcome too.