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Q: Can you help me find hotel reservations in Gardiner?

A: Our website has a complete listing of lodgings. Most have links to the property websites, where you can easily book a room online or call to reserve lodging.

Q: How close is Gardiner to Yellowstone National Park?

A: Technically you are in Yellowstone National Park once you find yourself on Gardiner’s Park Street. The park’s entrance fee station is ¼ mile from the Gardiner Visitor Center.

Q: What is the weather like in Gardiner?

A: Gardiner is considered to be a high plains desert. As in any mountainous area, you will have micro-weather patterns. With the variation in elevation and character of exposure, some areas will receive more precipitation than others. The Gardiner area has a cool, semi-arid climate. This means annual temperature varies with altitude, as does precipitation. For example, the Gardiner area receives between 10 and 14 inches of rain per year, while the Jardine area, approximately 1,000 feet higher in elevation, receives 18 to 20 inches of rain per year. Temperatures will vary as much as 10 - 15 degrees with altitude.

Summers are generally pleasant with warm days and cool nights, with an occasional afternoon thundershower. The warmest month is typically July, with daily temperatures averaging 85 degrees. Humidity is rare and dense fog seldom occurs. Most summer rain falls as showers and is sometimes accompanied by thunder, lightning, hail, or snow.

Winters generally have some colds spells. The average temperature is in the 30’s (Fahrenheit) during the days and in the teens at night. In the winter months, high winds can occur. Annual snowfall averages 25 inches in Gardiner while Jardine receives 71 inches. Mammoth Hot Springs, just 5 miles into the Park receives an average of 150 inches. This makes Gardiner a great base camp- little snowfall in town but great snowshoeing and cross country skiing all around.

Q: Where is the nearest grocery store?

A: The Gardiner Market has a complete line of groceries, camping supplies, liquor and other supplies.

Q: Is there public transportation to and from Gardiner?

A: Mountain Runner Shuttles is a locally owned shuttle service that  serves south central Montana and Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone National Park. Please refer to their website or call 406-223-2593.

Q: Is there a local newspaper?

A: The Gardiner Community Newsletter is distributed weekly. View different publications here. The Livingston Enterprise, published in Livingston, is published five days a week and distributed in Gardiner.

Q: What are the road conditions around Gardiner?

A: US highway 89, which connects Gardiner to Livingston, is plowed and maintained year round by the MT Department of Transportation.

The only road that remains open to wheeled vehicle traffic year-round in Yellowstone is the road from Gardiner to Cooke City. In the winter, we recommend calling 307.344.2117 to check road conditions.

Otherwise, all other roads directly around Gardiner are unpaved and should be driven on with caution in the winter months and with care in the summer months.

Q: Is Gardiner located in Montana or Wyoming?

A: Gardiner is in Montana, just a few miles north of the Wyoming state line.

Q: Are there places for me to camp in the Gardiner area?

A: There are several Forest Service campsites within a few miles of town. For more information about places to camp contact the local Forest Service office. More information can be found on our website.

Q: What types of wildlife can I see in Gardiner?

A: Bison, elk, deer and pronghorn can frequently been seen in and around the town of Gardiner. On rare occasion bear, coyote, bighorn sheep, and moose can be seen in or just outside of town as well.

Q: Is there a park in town?

A: Yes! Arch Park, just below the Roosevelt Arch, has a pavilion, picnic tables and other facilities. If you are interested in reserving Arch Park for a large gathering or an event, you can contact the Gardiner Community Council at (406)848-1883

Q: Is there an indoor place for wedding receptions and other group gatherings in Gardiner?

A: Yes! The Gardiner Community Center is available for rent. For more information please call 406.848.1883 or check availability at

Q: Where are the nearest medical facilities?

A: There is a clinic in Mammoth to serve most minor medical problems. The nearest hospital or Urgent Care Facility is Livingston Healthcare, 58 miles north in Livingston.

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