Salt Lake City to West Yellowstone Tips for Visiting Yellowstone National Park

  1. By John
  2. On Oct 23, 2018
  3. North America
  4. Travel Tips

Yellowstone is one of the most popular of the U.S. National Parks, so if you are visiting during the summer, you can expect to encounter heavy crowds. To find the Salt Lake city to West Yellowstone packages to enjoy your holiday there. There will be everything from families, to travelers in RVs, to large bus tours full of tourists.

Tips for Visiting Yellowstone National Park

The closest major airport is Salt Lake City (4.5 hours), however, you can fly into Jackson Hole (especially if you are starting in Grand Tetons) about 2.5 hours to Old Faithful. Or you could fly into Bozeman, MT, about one to two hours.

If you really want to make the most of your time in the park, it would be best to stay in the park, otherwise you will waste a couple of hours each day just getting to and from your lodging outside of the park.

Reservations in Yellowstone book up nearly a year in advance. However, you can keep checking back because there are cancellations.

If you can’t get into the park, the best places to stay would be West Yellowstone (45 minutes to Old Faithful) or down in Jackson Hole (but then you are driving through Grand Tetons each day – beautiful drive but long.)

If you are staying for a few days, consider purchasing a Yellowstone Association Membership. Not only will you receive a free t-shirt, bag or stuffed bison, but you will also get 15% off all other gift shop purchases throughout the park, while supporting the National Park.