Shuttles are available from airports in Bozeman, Montana and Salt Lake City, Utah. The Salt Lake Express runs a daily shuttle from the Salt Lake Airport to West Yellowstone (or back) each morning. Karst Stage operates a year round airport shuttle service from the Bozeman, Montana Airport, at Gallatin Field, to Big Sky and West Yellowstone. As well, non-scheduled service is available from several operators for transfers to and from airports in Bozeman, Montana; Idaho Falls, ID; and Salt Lake City, UT.
Local shuttles can also provide drop-offs from West Yellowstone area to Yellowstone trailheads in the warm season and by snowcoach in the winter.
Printable Map: West Yellowstone Summer Map
taxi service is available year-round in West Yellowstone and to drop-off locations within Yellowstone Park. Reservations are required.
Rental cars are available on a seasonal basis in West Yellowstone at multiple locations including the West Yellowstone Airport and in-town businesses.
West Yellowstone businesses offer tours throughout the year. During the warm months, park-approved tour operators offer tours into Yellowstone Park and to the Grand Teton National Park/Jackson area.
Guided tours allow a chance to relax, take photos, and learn while a local, trained guide drives the vehicle. Guides have a true passion for the park and insider info on the best wildlife and photography spots. Tours stop for wildlife, thermal areas, lunch/dinner and restroom breaks.
Tours generally follow one of three loop options: the Lower Loop covering the central and southern sections of Yellowstone including the Old Faithful and Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone areas; the Upper Loop covering the central and northern sections of Yellowstone (Lamar Valley, Mammoth, and Tower); or the Grand Teton/Jackson Loop which covers the southern section of Yellowstone, Grand Teton Park and Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
There are specialty tours for photographers, late day wildlife watching, and even combination tours including “Park and Paddle" trips with a guided hike in the park (1/2 day) and whitewater rafting or scenic kayaking (1/2 day). Other companies are authorized for horseback rides and guided fly fishing in Yellowstone Park.
From December 15th through March 15th each winter, the west entrance to Yellowstone Park opens to a unique experience and adventure. Each day, commercially guided snowcoach and snowmobile tours travel into the wintry wonderland of Yellowstone.
Commercially guided snowmobile trips travel over snow covered, groomed roads to popular destinations including Old Faithful and the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. These vehicles travel on the same roads that cars do in the summer over snow prepared by groomers. The groomers work to smooth and pack the snow ensuring that the roads are adequately covered and making for a smooth ride.
No other snowmobile adventure provides such a unique opportunity to share the roadways with wildlife, capture incredible winter photographs, and stand next to steaming thermals and frosty geysers. Each year, only several thousand riders get this experience.
Yellowstone Park has specific guidelines for any over-the-snow travel. Snowmobiles must travel in a group of ten or less and be accompanied by an authorized guide. Additionally, snowmobiles must have a four-stroke engine and comply with BAT (best approved technology) standards designed to minimize noise and emissions. These snowmobiles include rider-friendly features such as heated handgrips and thumb-warmer, seats, mirrors and even reverse.
Snowmobile tours are also guided, use best available technology snowmobiles, and travel in groups of ten or less riding singly or two people together. Local businesses provide guides, snowmobiles and all the clothing and accessories needed for these tours. Note: you have to have a valid drivers license in order to drive a snowmobile in Yellowstone Park.
Families or groups, those traveling with small children, seniors, or physically challenged can take a snowcoach as a relaxed, climate-controlled and environmentally friendly way to tour the park. Your driver/guide provides real-time information. It is also a chance to interact with your family or friends and meet others on the coach. You can dress in layers and travel comfortably, enjoying the elevated view through large windows. Another favorite snowcoach option is to combine a snowcoach tour with stops for cross country skiing or snowshoeing into geyser or waterfall areas not accessible any other way in the winter. Ski and snowshoe rentals are available locally for these tours.