The staff at Yellowstone Basin Inn has an in-depth knowledge of Yellowstone National Park and the surrounding area. We are happy to help guests arrange any part of their unforgettable adventures in this spectacular area, and we can provide up-to-date information about special events, road and weather reports, transportation details, and the area’s unlimited activities.
From the front door of the Yellowstone Basin Inn, guests can experience amazing Montana-based sightseeing trips, both into the Park and to a number of other destinations. Here are some of our favorite day trips:
Virginia City & Nevada City: For a glimpse at Montana’s colorful mining and pioneering history.
Madison Buffalo Jump State Park: To learn how the Native Americans hunted bison.
Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park: For tours of one of the most highly decorated limestone caverns in the Northwest.
Missouri Headwaters State Park: To visit the site where Lewis and Clark stayed in 1805 and the confluence of the Jefferson, Madison, and Gallatin Rivers.
Looking for an authentic Montana experience? Try your hand at roping, with Yellowstone Basin Inn’s on-site roping, complete with straw bales, plastic calf heads, rodeo ropes, and a saddle seat to practice your skills. Enjoy complimentary roping lessons, fun for all ages – if you can move your wrist, you too can have a laugh! Just ask for a free lesson. Available from May to October only.
The Yellowstone area has unlimited hiking trails for all different fitness levels. Hike into the Yellowstone backcountry for a true wilderness experience, or follow a mellow, paved path to one of the many magnificent sites. Our staff can recommend hikes throughout the area, and several hiking books are available for guests to use and bring along on their journeys.
The Yellowstone is one of the few remaining undammed rivers in the West, offering exciting rafting excursions on different scenic stretches. During the snow run-off in late spring and early summer, you can experience a wild, fast ride. The late summer brings a mellower river experience, with whitewater rapids and cool, refreshing waves that help beat the heat.
A short walk from the Yellowstone Basin Inn will bring you to the banks of the world-renowned Blue Ribbon fishing waters of the Yellowstone River. Whether you bring your own gear or you’re starting from scratch, we can refer you to some of the best fishing spots, guides, and shops in the area.
To see Montana’s wildlife grazing, playing, and lounging around in their natural environment is a spectacular sight. Located near the North Entrance to Yellowstone National Park, the viewing opportunities around the Yellowstone Basin Inn and surrounding area are abundant, and different animals are more visible during different seasons.
SPRING: Montana’s spring rains bring out the area’s lush green grass, allowing the wild flowers to begin popping up through the melting snow. The snow melt also adds to the swollen rivers, at their fullest is the spring months. Bears begin waking from their winter slumber in the late winter and early spring. Late spring brings out the newborns with bison calves born in late may and baby elk born in early June.
SUMMER: Summer in Yellowstone allows for abundant wildlife viewing opportunities, with animals spending lazy days frolicking in the sun. Yellowstone’s wolves are active at sun up and sun down, and most animals takes it easy in the lush valleys or move to higher elevations to find cooler weather. August brings buffalo rutting season, when you can observe their unique mating rituals, preferably from the safety of your car.
FALL: As the leaves turn color and the animals prepare for the upcoming winter, fall is a great time for wildlife sightings. September brings elk rutting season, when you can observe their mating rituals and bugling, as the males strut their stuff.
WINTER: The snow brings a serene calm and quite to the landscape of Yellowstone National Park, and the animals seem to move at slower speeds. Exploring on snowshoes or cross-country skies, you can observe the bison using their mammoth-like necks to push the snow away in search for food. Wolves are most active in the winter and much easier to spot with the snow as their backdrop.
With fun runs, rodeos, parades, live music, and an annual brewfest, Gardiner and nearby Livingston have a number of events taking place throughout the year. Yellowstone National Park also has frequent events, ranging from ranger talks to nighttime star watches.
For detailed event calendars, see:
Gardiner Events – http://www.gardinerchamber.com/calendar.asp
Livingston – http://www.livingston-chamber.com/calendar.htm
Yellowstone National Park – http://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/events.htm