Polar Paradox: West Yellowstone

Turns out, polar opposites come together in polar conditions. In West Yellowstone, cross-country skiers peacefully glide along the Riverside Ski Trail while snowmobilers dive into the area's annual 13 feet of snowfall. Here, diehard motorheads and spandex fanatics unite—over Happy Hour Bar brews, lunches at Kiwi' Takeaway, and a mutual love for Yellowstone National Park's winter splendor.

Try it all: nab ski rentals and a latte at local outdoor/rental/coffee shop Freeheel & Wheel, or hit up Yellowstone Vacations to rent a snowmobile, join a guided ride into the Park, or tour Yellowstone via cozy snowcoach. Back in town, refuel with homemade mac n' cheese and a brew at Wild West Pizzeria. Then, tuck in at the off-the-beaten-path Hebgen Lake Mountain Inn to dream of purring engines, rythmic pole plants, and frosty bison sightings.

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Baker's Hole Campground

Last year we explored the West Yellowstone area. Normally we head right in to Yellowstone but decided instead to find out what else there is right outside of the park. We spent a weekend at Baker’s Hole Campground and ...

Baker's Hole Campground
West Yellowstone, MT
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Beaver Creek Gallatin County

When visiting, I often drive up Beaver Creek Rd. and have come across grizzly and moose on occasion. Beautiful little drive if you go a few miles back there. Go early morning if you want a better chance to see ...

Beaver Creek Rd
West Yellowstone, MT
Places to Stay

Boundry Ski Trail

The locals call this trail the Poop Loop since it's doggie friendly and relatively close to town...but it's too pretty to let your pooch mess up so help keep it clean!


West Yellowstone, MT
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Bull Elk Lodge

We stayed here a few weeks ago and snowmobiled in the Lionhead mountain range. The snow was awesome. The house was beautiful and worked very well for our group of 14 people! The owner Bill was very acommidating for us ...

501-713 Elk St
West Yellowstone, MT
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Cliff And Wade Lake

My husband and I canoed across Cliff Lake last summer as part of a backpacking trip to Hidden Lake. It was so gorgeous and the water is crystal blue and very clear. It is definitely on the top of my ...


Cameron, MT
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Einos

This is a great make your own steak! You order what type of steak you want and cook it to your liking adding what ever you want to it. It was so good!

125 Einos Loop
West Yellowstone, MT
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Freeheel And Wheel

The ladies that run this shop have the right idea: an outdoor store that doubles as a coffeeshop that triples as an outdoor rental place. When we realized we had forgotten my daughter's cross country boots, we went back ...


West Yellowstone, MT
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Happy Hour Bar

One of the best places in Montana is the Happy Hour Bar on Hebgen Lake just outside of West Yellowstone. Grab a seat on the deck to soak up the incredible landscape while snacking on just about anything from the ...

15400 Hebgen Lake Road
West Yellowstone, MT
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Hebgen Lake Mountain Inn

Right across the street from the Happy Hour Bar is West Yellowstone’s best kept secret—the Hebgen Lake Mountain Inn. It’s called an Inn but the rooms are really condos, complete with a fully stocked kitchen (yeah crockpot ...

15375 Hebgen Lake Road
West Yellowstone, MT
Places to Stay

Kiwi' Takeaway

Alison never fails to put a smile on my face; she’s sassy, engaging, has a larger-than-life personality and makes killer jalepeno sauce. Everything at the Takeaway is incredible, but I recommend the burger with pickled beets (I know, I ...

237 Firehole Ave
West Yellowstone, MT
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Rendezvous Ski Trails

Pretty sure that “happy to be alive feeling” comes out of the trees or something here. I am not a great cross country skier by any stretch but even I am simply at peace with the world cruising the trails ...


West Yellowstone, MT
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Riverside Ski Trail

The ski trail/loop is well groomed and has a good combination of forested areas as well as wide open spaces - great on a sunny day! And what's better - no matter which loop you take, it will lead you ...

36-38 Boundary St
West Yellowstone, MT
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Wild West Pizza

The homemade mac n’ cheese is to die for. I’m pretty much drooling just thinking about it. Doesn’t hurt that sometimes it comes accompanied by live music here!


West Yellowstone, MT
Places to Eat

Yellowstone Vacations Snowcoach Tours

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415 Yellowstone Avenue
West Yellowstone, MT
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