Experience Montana's Yellowstone Country: The Premier Four-Season Destination in the Northern Rockies
In the winter season, Yellowstone Country is known as much for its terrain as for its snowfall—which often exceeds 400 inches per season—much of it dry, light powder. There’s world-class alpine skiing, phenomenal cross-country skiing, epic snowmobiling and, of course, the world’s first national park: Yellowstone. Montana’s Yellowstone Country is home to three of the gateway towns to Yellowstone National Park (Cooke City, Gardiner and West Yellowstone) and offers the park’s only winter entrances that are accessible to vehicular traffic. Populated by a large variety of wildlife, including both grizzly and black bears, moose, elk, bison, wolves, eagles and a number of other species, Yellowstone also provides the backdrop for a large number of geologic and geothermal features, such as geysers, hot springs, rivers, waterfalls and canyons, that are the iconic signatures of the park.
Montana’s Yellowstone Country is home to three of the state’s four largest ski areas — including Big Sky Resort, known as “The Biggest Skiing in America.” It’s also where you’ll find some of the nation’s best cross-country ski resorts and hundreds of miles of snowmobiling trails, both within Yellowstone National Park, as well as outside the park boundaries and across much of south-central Montana.
In Yellowstone Country’s warm season, the adventures continue, from hiking, climbing and camping, to whitewater rafting, kayaking, float trips and blue-ribbon fly fishing. There’s also horseback riding, rodeo, ATV excursions and some of the most scenic drives in North America. Yellowstone Country’s mountain ranges include the Beartooths, Absarokas, Crazies, Bridgers, Gallatins and Spanish Peaks, and some of its more popular rivers are the Gallatin, the Madison and, of course, the Yellowstone, all of which flow north out of the region’s namesake, Yellowstone National Park. And in between, Yellowstone Country is sprinkled with quaint, charming, authentic mountain towns and outdoor-oriented cities with cultural and culinary surprises.
In the shoulder seasons of spring and fall, Yellowstone Country is alive with change and activity. From newborn wildlife and the blooming of alpine valleys filled with wildflowers, to the largest Golden Eagle migration in North America and the turning of the Autumn colors, Yellowstone Country is a visually dramatic cacophony of color.
Regardless of the time of year, Yellowstone Country’s wide open spaces are highlighted by plenty of sunshine, illuminating the famed “big sky” Montana is known for. And the area is home to some of the most diverse landscapes in the state. The region’s gateway airport, Bozeman Yellowstone International, is the fastest growing airport in Montana, providing non-stop service to many metropolitan hubs throughout the United States. Having just completed world-class renovations and new construction, the facility is Montana’s largest and busiest airport, handling up to 2 million passengers annually, yet remains as warm and inviting as ever. Montana’s Yellowstone Country is also one of the last unspoiled places left on this planet. From picturesque panoramas to surreal surroundings draped in rugged splendor, there’s no end to the beautiful adventures that await in Montana’s Yellowstone Country.