Bozeman To North Yellowstone Gardiner Drive Along River
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Bozeman to North Yellowstone National Park Entrance

The drive from Bozeman to North Yellowstone is about a 1 hour 30 minutes drive via US-89 S. As the North Entrance is the only entrance open year-round, it’s one of the most popular routes from Bozeman to Yellowstone.

Your scenic drive through Paradise Valley offers views of the Gallatin River and the Madison River, flowing peacefully beside the road. The drive is an ideal prelude to the marvels that lay ahead.

Bozeman: The Gateway to Adventure

Bozeman Airport Inside

Start your journey in the charming small city of Bozeman. Cradled in the heart of the Gallatin Valley, Bozeman buzzes with life.

Haver some extra time? Your first destination should be the Museum of the Rockies, a trove of natural history.

Grab a bite at Ted’s Montana Grill, or enjoy local brews at Montana Ale Works.

Leaving Bozeman, there’s some great views as you approach the town of Gardiner:

Bozeman To North Yellowstone Gardiner Drive Along River

Gardiner: Gateway to Yellowstone

Gardiner Mt

Just outside the entrance of North Yellowstone, you’ll find the small town of Gardiner. With its location on the Yellowstone River’s banks and at the Gallatin Canyon’s mouth, Gardiner is your gateway to northern Yellowstone.

Gardiner is world-renowned for its white-water rafting. If you’re up for more adventures, Gardiner also offers horseback rides. Whether you’re a novice or a seasoned rider, this is a fun way to explore the town’s outskirts.

Here are some of the top picks for things to do in Gardiner:

North Yellowstone

Going through the north entrance of Yellowstone National Park under the historic Roosevelt Arch, you’re in for some great views.

From the gushing Old Faithful Geyser to the majestic Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, the park’s main attractions are scattered across the Grand Loop Road. The Upper Geyser Basin, home to the highest concentration of geysers in the world, is not to be missed.

Where to Stay in North Yellowstone

When it comes to choosing accommodations in North Yellowstone, you’re spoilt for choice. Numerous lodges and hotels cater to all types of travelers, making your stay in the United States a memorable one.

A firm favorite among visitors is the Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel. This option is located inside Yellowstone Park, instead of the town of Gardiner. Here, you can even book a hot tub cabin to relax after an adventurous day. You’ll be refreshed and ready for your next Yellowstone itinerary.

Most of the other options are located just outside the north entrance in Gardiner. Here’s some of the best deals in Gardiner.

If you’re camping or road-tripping, the park also offers various campsites with well-equipped parking lots. Just remember, due to the popularity of Yellowstone Park, it’s always a great idea to book in advance.

Exploring West Yellowstone: The Gateway to the Park

Another good option is West Yellowstone, you’re just a short drive away from the park‘s west entrance. This town is the closest town to the park’s west entrance, making it a great place for families to set up base camp. We cover that option also on one of our other posts.

Yellowstone Bison


From its vast stretches of wilderness to its vibrant geothermal features, Yellowstone, as America’s first national park, offers a unique experience for every family member. Despite long lines at the main entrances or parking lots, a trip here is worth every second.

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