The North Entrance was the first, and for years the most popular, way to enter Yellowstone. Lower in elevation than any of the others, this entrance has always been the most accessible by road (and formerly by rail) from Montana towns such as Helena, Butte, Billings, or Bozeman. You reach the North Entrance via Interstate 90 to Livingston, turning south on U.S. 89. Following the north-flowing Yellowstone River, you pass through serene Paradise Valley, now famous as a resort area for movie stars and other high-profile Americans. The distance from Livingston to Gardiner, the small town at the park’s northern boundary, is 54 miles (87 km). The section of park road from Gardiner to Cooke City is the only park road kept open to motor vehicles all winter. The Yellowstone River is popular for rafting, kayaking, and fishing.
Yellowstone: NORTH ENTRANCE Photo Gallery
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