While obviously Yellowstone National Park is the reason most people stay at Three Bear Lodge, the West Yellowstone area has plenty of other attractions and special events to entertain visitors of all ages.
Daily attractions include Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center, IMAX theatre, Bears Den Cinema, featuring first run Hollywood movies, Playmill & Pinecone Theatres featuring live stage plays & musicals as well as plenty of restaurants and shopping. In addition, visit the Yellowstone Historic Center Museum and follow the self-guided “Historic Walking Tour”.
West Gate to Yellowstone is now open for the Summer season
The West Gate to Yellowstone National Park - the gateway to Old Faithful & Mammoth Hot Springs is now open.
When: Fri April 19 8:00 AM
- Mon November 4 9:00 PM
EARLY SEASON HEBGEN LAKE FISHING CONTEST
For Mothers and Fathers who love to fish. Starting on the Saturday of Mother's Day weekend through Father's Day, bring your biggest fish caught out of Hebgen Lake to Kirkwood Resort to enter the contest. Enter each time you catch a bigger fish during the contest timeframe. Prizes awarded on Father's Day, along with special prizes for fish caught that day.
When: Sat May 11 9:00 AM
- Fri June 14 9:00 PM
YELLOWSTONE HISTORIC CENTER MUSEUM OPENING DAY & RECEPTION
Join Yellowstone Historic Center on opening day at the museum as we begin the start of our summer season. See how early adventurers and tourists made their way to Yellowstone National Park and how the changes in transportation over the years have effected how we enjoy the world's first national park. Join us for the Annual Museum Opening Reception with ligh refreshments, appetizers, and new exhibits from 5-7pm.
When: Sat May 18 5:00 PM
- 7:00 PM
WILD WEST YELLOWSTONE RODEO
Born in the past to ease the cowboys’ boredom, today’s rodeos are pure excitement! Bareback Riding, Team Roping, Saddle Bronco Riding, Breakaway Roping and Bull Riding are just some of the scheduled events. Performances are at 8:00 pm each night and will be held at the Rodeo arena located just off of Highway 20 south of the highway and the Fire Station at the corner of Highway 20 and Denny Creek Road
When: Wed June 19 8:00 PM
- Sat August 31 10:00 PM
MOUNTAIN BIKE BIATHLON
A fun, early summer mountain biking event for the whole family! Learn the basics of biathlon during a clinic and then put those skills to the test in a 2-day mountain biking challenge. With course options for every level from the beginner to the elite athlete, young and old, everyone is sure to find fun on the Rendezvous Trails. For more information, please visit rendezvousskitrails.com
When: Sat June 22 8:00 AM
- Sun June 23 5:00 PM
FREE Photo Class
Attendees must bring a camera with Manual and Aperture priority modes
Instructor for this course is Christopher Balmer from Perfect Light Camera and Supply in Idaho Falls,Idaho.
With over 30 years of photography experience and having taught over 4,500 students. You are assured to
enjoy this amazing course taught by an amazing instructor.
When: Sat June 22 10:00 AM
- 4:00 PM
JULY 4th CELEBRATIONS
Our Fourth of July celebration this year includes some "down home" fun - outdoor barbeque benefit for the fire department, parade, music and fireworks (conditions permitting). Parade lines up at 5:30 pm and parade starts at 6:00 pm. Fireworks start at 10:00 pm.
For more information contact:?(406) 646-7701?
When: Thu July 4 12:00 AM
- 11:55 PM
YELLOWSTONE ROD RUN
Street Rod Heaven. Food, frolic, cruisin’, paradin’, showin’ and shinin’! This year’s event marks 42 consecutive years of this gathering of rods. Join us!
It's the 42nd Annual Yellowstone Rod Run. A weekend of fun for participants including a Yellowstone Park cruise on Friday morning and dinner at the Holiday Inn, Saturday parade, show competition, kid's games and poker walks on Saturday.? ?The public is invited to a parade on Saturday August 4th at 10Am (down Yellowstone Avenue right on Canyon Avenue to the City Park) followed by a "show and shine" display from 10:30AM - 3:30 PM. If you happened to bring in Yellowstone during the day on Friday, don't forget your camera to grab some shots of historic cars in the park!
When: Fri August 2 12:00 AM
- Mon August 5 11:00 PM
YHC DUTCH OVEN COOKING
Have you wondered what it must be like to cook over an open fire in an outfitters camp in the back country of Yellowstone. Join Emily Bowers of Montana Emily's Camp Cook School in front of the Union Pacific Depot for demonstrations on back-country cooking. Time TBC.
When: Fri August 2 12:00 AM
- 12:00 AM
SMOKING WATERS MOUNTAIN MAN RENDEZVOUS
Join us for the 8th Annual Smoking Waters Mountain Rendezvous & 1800's Living History Encampment. This FREE Living History encampment brings entertainment, demonstrations, period trade goods, tomahawk and knife throws, cowboy poetry, fur trade era life, storytelling, traders row, beading, leatherwork, parfletch, black powder and primitive bow shooting & competitions, primitive bow making, flintknapping, atlatl demonstrations, felt hat making, candy canon, food and more! The encampment will be set up on the west side of town
When: Fri August 2 8:00 AM
- Sun August 11 5:00 PM
The Downtown Merchants offer the season’s best specials—right on the streets. Get out of the car! Browse around. Great deals are waiting for you!
When: Fri August 16 8:00 AM
- Sun August 18 9:00 PM
CYCLE GREATER YELLOWSTONE TOUR
All the great cycling vacations really come down to one basic thing: the route. If the scenery doesn't make your jaw drop a dozen times a day, it's just a nice ride. The route the Greater Yellowstone Coalition has put together for 2013 is a nonstop highlight reel - the best of bicycling in Montana, with a little Wyoming thrown in. Limited to just 1,000 riders, it's going to be a week of oohs and aahs and it's called Cycle Greater Yellowstone because it's not just about the park. The entire Yellowstone ecosystem is 20 million acres - 10 times more than the park covers. And, honestly, the best riding is outside the park. The goal is to show the best of the entire ecosystem. Everyone will gather in West Yellowstone on August 17th (if not before for a little altitude adjustment) and pedal off the next morning to begin the tour.
When: Sat August 17 12:00 AM
- Sat August 24 12:00 AM
WYED/YHC BUFFALO ROAM REUNION
Buffalo Roam Reunion. Join the West Yellowstone Economic Development Council and the Yellowstone Historic Center for the Buffalo Roam Reunion. See many of the original painted buffalo corralled once again on the front lawn of the Union Pacific Depot. Join the ceremonies, programs, artists, games, and fun as we celebrate these beautiful portraits of our Yellowstone heritage.
When: Sat August 24 8:00 AM
- Mon September 2 11:55 PM
KNOTHEAD SQUARE DANCING JAMBOREE
For more than squares, there's rounds and lines, too! Beginner to pro, everyone's welcome to join in. A full weekend of calling, clapping and color for all ages!
When: Sat August 31 8:00 AM
- Tue September 3 8:00 PM
A NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM
A Night at the Museum...?When the lights go out strange things begin to happen at the Museum in the old Union Pacific Depot. Join us for a night of fun and strange tales from West Yellowstone's past. Be sure to bring a flashlight. You never know what's lurking in the dark.
When: Sat September 7 8:00 PM
- Sun September 8 9:00 AM
WEST YELLOWSTONE FOUNDATION \HAPPENING
One of THE social events of the year! Plan now to attend. A live auction will be held along with the other events of the evening. This event provides the resources for many of the Foundation’s grants and programs. Everyone is welcome to attend--buy your tickets in advance. The company is lively, the food a treat and the auction’s a winner.
When: Sat September 14 5:00 PM
- 9:00 PM
OLD FAITHFUL CYCLE TOUR
What a terrific way to wind down a summer of riding and a unique way to experience Yellowstone National Park. Fall is a gorgeous time to be in the Park - the elk are bugling, the aspens have turned to gold and the nearly crowd-free thermal areas continue to beckon the explorer. The supported ride is sixty miles round trip, with options available for one way travel. Cyclists in the tour can take advantage of two feed stations, three sag wagons, on-course bike mechanics and end the day with a group meal. The tour is limited by the National Park Service to the first 350 riders that complete the online registration.
When: Sat September 21 8:00 AM
- 8:00 PM
FEDERATION OF FLY FISHERS FAIR AND CONCLAVE
A week crammed with all there is to know and learn about fly fishing. Classes, competition and camaraderie. An exposition hall with some of the newest and best of equipment and the world's best fly tiers whipping together the finest of fish temptations. Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned pro, this is THE place to be for fly fishing.
When: Tue September 24 8:00 AM
- Sat September 28 5:00 PM
NATIONAL PARKS FREE FEE DAYS
National Public Lands Day can be celebrated with a free fee day!! The National Park Service is waiving entrance fees on 11 days in 2013 as a way to encourage people to get outdoors and enjoy the remarkable landscapes and historical and cultural sites national parks have to offer. A seven-day pass to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks is normally $25 for a private, non-commercial vehicle.
When: Sat September 28 12:00 AM
- 11:55 PM
YELLOWSTONE-TETON ENDURANCE RACES
Spectacular 100-mile and 50-mile road races that traverse from West Yellowstone, MT along the beautiful scenic by-way to the door step of Teton Valley, Idaho and the base of the Teton Range.
When: Sat September 28 12:00 AM
- 11:55 PM
PINE NEEDLE STAMPEDE - FOOT RACE
A NEW twist to the summer ending stampede is the half-marathon for those who’ve wanted a more serious challenge. For the rest of us, the relaxed pace of the 6 and 10k events allows for serious running or walking and chatting. Kids are welcomed, too!. The Stampede has been recognized as having one of the top thirteen most scenic race courses in the country. The traffic-free route winds its way into the National Forest along the Rendezvous Trail System. T-shirts, fruit and thirst quenchers are all included.
When: Sat September 28 8:00 AM
- 5:00 PM
YELLOWSTONE'S WEST ENTRANCE CLOSED TO MOTORIZED TRAVEL
The west entrance of Yellowstone closes to motorized traffic. It will re-open on December 15, 2013 to over the snow travel by over-the-snow means, either people-powered (snowshoe or cross country ski) or via snowcoach or snowmobile. Daily tours are available from West Yellowstone through businesses with Yellowstone Park permits, called ‘concessionaires’
When: Mon November 4 9:00 PM
- Sun December 15 12:00 AM
The West Yellowstone Ski Education Foundation (WYSEF) will hold their annual ski swap. Used non-motorized gear and winter clothing are available at great prices. Drop off items on Friday from 4-7pm at the Rendezvous trailhead building. Come early for the best selection! Support the West Yellowstone Nordic Team’s bake sale and take home a treat. 30% of each sale goes to support WYSEF events.
When: Sat November 9 8:00 AM
- 12:00 PM
YELLOWSTONE SKI FESTIVAL
This is a must for every cross-country skier! West Yellowstone literally comes alive in lycra in November. Hundreds of Nordic ski enthusiasts from all over the world, novice to expert, gather to learn more about the sport, practice techniques and see new equipment. Early snows, superb grooming, racing opportunities and the Nordic Skiing Exposition make this an especially inviting time. On-snow clinics available, too. SuperTour Ski Races are scheduled for Friday and Saturday.
When: Wed November 27 8:00 AM
- Sat November 30 5:00 PM
KIDS'N'SNOW WEEKEND NOVEMBER
Join the fun at the West Yellowstone Rendezvous Ski Trailhead Building. Warm-up with hot beverages, toast some marshmallows, and make your own S' more. All the fixings provided.
Everyone invited including racers and coaches from the annual West Yellowstone Ski Festival.
When: Fri November 29 4:00 PM
- 8:00 PM