Gardiner is a quaint town with lots of lodging, shopping and dinning to accommodate the large volume of tourists. As the first gateway to Yellowstone National Park it once served as the original and only year-round entrance to the park.
Sandwiched between the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness to the north and the world’s most famous park to the south, seasonal outdoor activities abound in Gardiner. Spring, Summer, and Fall offer fishing, hunting, pack trips, river-rafting and kayaking. During the winter, Yellowstone Country is magically transformed under a blanket of snow; cross-country skiing and snowmobiling are the activities of popular demand.
Wildlife can be enjoyed year round. Viewing wild antelope on the hills and in the meadow across Park Street in Gardiner is a thrill that few towns can boast. Listen carefully and coyotes can be heard in the foothills in the evening. Black and Grizzly Bears will occasionally wander into town, while Elk roam freely on the town streets. The more cautious Moose may be seen from time to time in the canyon above town, alongside the ever present Deer and Bison. In the winter, Bald Eagles and Osprey abound on the Yellowstone River that cuts right through the middle of town. And Bighorn sheep come down to graze within view.
Gardiner offers a fine selection of motels, restaurants, shops, galleries, churches, a small airport and related visitor services. Campgrounds and trailer parks with hooks ups offer overnight services as well.
This tough little frontier town is sure to win your heart. It has matured, tempered and grown over the years to meet the needs of today’s visitor. No doubt that you will find Gardiner a good place, rich in history, right in the heart of some of the West’s finest country.
The Chamber is located in beautiful downtown Gardiner. They will be there to help visitors with all their needs. They are able to fax copies of the town’s accommodations lists, outfitters list, or calendar of events list. Upon request, they will be pleased to mail information and relocation packets for those interested. For any questions on upcoming events or the local area, contact their office any time of year. They will be happy to answer your questions promptly!