Like a Phoenix from the Ashes: Park and Main Street Businesses Remain Open
After a devastating fire destroyed a block of historic downtown Gardiner, Montana, earlier this summer the remaining businesses on Park and Main streets remain open to the public and ready for business! It’s not the first time this rough-and-tumble mining turned pioneer Yellowstone tourism town has suffered a massive blaze downtown. But the Gardiner community is known for resiliency, a can-do attitude, and the ability to rebuild from the ashes.
Park Street, the location of the town’s first Post Office in 1880, Roosevelt Arch, and our very own Gardiner Chamber of Commerce headquarters, delineates the town of Gardiner from the federal property of Yellowstone National Park. Take time to explore this historic downtown area during your visit and feel good knowing you’re supporting business rebounding from an economic setback.
Hungry adventurers can find all sorts of tasty food including Italian-style pizza, chicken wings, salad, beer and wine at Yellowstone Pizza Company. The recently remodeled restaurant offers sit-in dining and to go takeout orders. If you’re looking for a family-friendly, bar-type setup with pool tables, K-Bar Pizza, which has been a Gardiner tradition since 1953, is located on Main Street and offers beer and wine in addition to classic and contemporary pizzas.
For those looking for something a little different than pizza, the Wonderland Café and Lodge offers to-go bakery breakfast items and drip coffee and espresso starting at 7 a.m. as well as offering a full lunch and dinner menu featuring burgers, elk chili, and mac and cheese. Ask about their gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan options. The restaurant and lounge is located downstairs of six recently developed, Yellowstone-themed suites that overlook Main Street.
In addition to Wonderland, other lodging options on Park and Main are available in the heart of historic downtown Gardiner. The Gardiner Guest House B&B has a friendly atmosphere and a landscaped outdoor yard for guests to relax after a day in the park. Breakfasts are staggered to offer a safe eating experience.
The Victorian Inn, which is rented through Yellowstone Condos & Suites, offers Victorian era-themed rooms and a landscaped outdoor yard while the Park Hotel offers newly remodeled rooms with kitchens and an outdoor veranda complete with a bar-b-que grill and campfire ring.
For friendly and affordable, no-frills lodging try the Yellowstone River Motel located at the eastern end of Park Street. The motel features a riverside patio with bar-b-que grills and picnic tables for outdoor cooking and dining. All lodging is located within a short walk of laundry facilities at the North Entrance Washtub, restaurants, and other shopping.
Kellem’s Montana Saddlery, a family-owned working saddle shop, provides horse care products as well as one-of-a kind hats, belts, purses, scarves, jewelry belt buckles, and western gifts. Find the perfect western-style skirt or pair of cowboy boots so you can dress like the cattlemen and women who make Montana’s cattle culture famous!
Take home a lasting memory of Yellowstone with a high-quality photograph from Yellowstone Wild – The Gallery. Owner/photographer C. Thomas Hoff offers giclee printed renditions of Yellowstone’s most iconic wildlife species including wolves, moose, bison, bears, and bobcats – these in addition to breathtaking landscapes. Call 406-240-6968 for a private appointment.
Souvenir Yellowstone t-shirts, Made-in-Montana huckleberry products, ice cream, espresso, and postcards, can be found at Yellowstone Gifts and Sweets on the corner of Park and Main. Prepare to spend time exploring Gardiner’s widest variety of western-themed retail items – including metal artwork, camping, and fishing gear – all in one multi-floor location.
Purchase a book about Yellowstone at the Yellowstone Forever headquarters store across from Roosevelt Arch. The official nonprofit partner to Yellowstone, Yellowstone Forever educates guests about the park and raises money for programs and projects. An interactive map inside the store shows where Yellowstone visitors are seeing wildlife.
Try a new activity – or a new river if you’ve already river rafted – with a splashy adventure down the Yellowstone River as it winds its way through the town of Gardiner. An activity suited to the entire family, with scenic floats available for those who prefer fewer rapids, rafting the Yellowstone provides a chance to connect with nature while pushing personal boundaries. Two raft companies currently have stores open for business on Park Street: Wild West Rafting and Paradise Adventure Company.
Chelsea DeWeese writes from her hometown of Gardiner, Montana, the North Entrance to Yellowstone National Park.