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Gardiner Montana Blog

There is much to say about Yellowstone and the Northern Range. The Gardiner Blog offers new insights and ongoing updates about this fascinating region.

Whether it’s your first visit to Gardiner, Montana or your 50th, this small but lively gateway town to Yellowstone National Park offers the perfect opportunity for a fun-filled extended weekend. Tucked into Montana’s southwest corner a couple of miles from the Wyoming border, Gardiner features the historic stone archway welcoming visitors to Yellowstone. While you could spend weeks exploring the area, a 3-day weekend will…
Located in the northern section of Yellowstone National Park between the North Entrance in Gardiner, Montana, and the Northeast Entrance in Cooke City, Montana, the Northern Range is known for abundant wildlife, mature forests, and sweeping mountain vistas. Anglers flock to take advantage of blue-ribbon trout fishing on the Lamar River and Slough and Cache creeks. It's also one of the best places in the…
  Driving to Yellowstone is a journey in itself. Most visitors to the country’s first national park have to cross states, mountain ranges, and vast prairies before at long last exiting the freeway at Livingston, Montana. From there, most head south toward the north entrance of Yellowstone National Park. Traveling alongside the Yellowstone River, down Highway 89, the valley opens into miles of mountain views…
Located at the North Entrance to Yellowstone National Park, Gardiner, Montana, is a serene escape from the hustle and bustle of modern life. The former mining town of approximately 800 year-round residents is tucked in the foothills of the Gallatin and Absaroka mountains. Deer, bison, and elk share the streets with humans and graze in backyards while stars decorate the inky-black night skies. The Yellowstone…
 If you drive into Gardiner, Montana, after the hustle and bustle of the short three months of summer, you’ll notice a tranquility settle upon the town. The locals relax, the wildlife wanders in from the park, and the crowds disappear. Glancing at the passing license plates, the traffic is distinctly more Montana based. Yet spring, fall, and winter are ideal times to visit Yellowstone National…
The Northern Range of Yellowstone National Park has the claim to fame of being the only area of the park that’s accessible by automobile year-round. But that doesn’t begin to tell the whole story of what makes these 600 square miles in the Lamar and Yellowstone river basins so spectacular. Located between the Gallatin Mountains to the southwest and the Absaroka Mountains to the northeast,…
Although snow still clings to the ground in the hills surrounding Gardiner, Montana, we're looking ahead to the transition of winter to spring and all that comes with it. Check out the latest on wildlife activity, park opening dates, and more from Nature's Favorite Entrance to Yellowstone National Park. Yellowstone Prepares for Opening DayMany of Yellowstone's roads are currently closed as crews work hard to…
If you follow the Yellowstone River as it snakes south through Paradise Valley, it’s easy to imagine early settlers pressing forward, by wagon and on horseback, deep into Yellowstone Country. When you make the journey now, you’ll most likely see herds of elk and deer grazing the valley floor before reaching the unassuming frontier town of Gardiner, Montana. Cradled between the soaring peaks of the Absaroka-Beartooth…
Yellowstone's winter season is winding down, but there's still time to plan a quick winter get-away! We recently jumped on the Grand Canyon Ski Tour with Yellowstone National Park Lodges, and we couldn't recommend a better way to experience Yellowstone's winter magic in one day. The trip is offered three times a week during the winter season, and is well worth adding to your national park bucket list.…
Local guides have been spotting all kinds of fascinating wildlife on their tours in northern Yellowstone! Here's a peek at some of the wildlife sightings that have taken place this winter:    Moose. River Otters. Red fox. Gray wolf. Bison.   All photos courtesy of Emil McCain from Yellowstone Wild LLC.
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