The small hamlet of Gardiner is located in southwest Montana at the north entrance to the world's first national park—Yellowstone. In the early 1880's, Gardiner's northern boundary was laid by the cantankerous Yellowstone concessionaire James McCartney. Since then, Gardiner has served as the original entrance to Yellowstone and is graced by the historic Roosevelt Arch, which was dedicated by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1903.
Gardiner’s small town Montana charm, natural splendor, and abundant wildlife truly make it a unique "home on the range" for our nearly 900 residents. Year-round access to the "American Serengeti"—Yellowstone's Northern Range—truly differentiates Gardiner from other Yellowstone gateway communities. Gardiner is not only surrounded by some of the most beautiful landscapes in the country, it also boasts a colorful history sprinkled with trappers, miners, mountain men and hunters including well-known western characters like Jim Bridger and Calamity Jane.
Nestled between the Absaroka-Beartooth and the Gallatin Mountain Ranges, Gardiner lays claim to approximately 10 million acres of public lands. This area is home to one of the most diverse collections of large wildlife species in the country, including bison, bighorn sheep, elk, pronghorn, grizzly bears, black bears, and wolves. The town also enjoys Montana's first access to the wild and scenic Yellowstone River—the longest free-flowing river in the lower 48 states.
Gardiner is a full-service town—without any big box stores. Our merchants pride themselves on providing everything you need for an enjoyable stay, from groceries to shopping to auto repair. To see our full range of services, check out our Gardiner Chamber member listings.