Yellowstone: Road Logs and Destinations

I. NORTHWESTERN SECTION Each road log section begins at a gateway community and continues into the park to a junction on the Grand Loop Road. The exception is section II, The Bechler Region,  whose roads do not connect with interior park roads. Approaches to the West Entrance From Bozeman, Montana, driving south on U.S. Highway 191 through the Gallatin Canyon, you traverse pleasant mountain scenery without crossing any high mountain passes. On this route, you can find all types of accommodations. About halfway along the 90-plus miles (145 km) from Bozeman to West Yellowstone is the road to the famous ski resort of Big Sky. Further south, more than 20 miles (32 km) of U.S. 191 pass inside the western edge of Yellowstone.

If you’re approaching from the west or south, there are two other good roads you might take. They are U.S. 287 and the road from Pocatello, Idaho Falls, and Ashton, Idaho (Interstate 15, then U.S. 20). The Ashton to West Yellowstone drive is described in the other direction on s 112-16. Bozeman, Montana Airport: Gallatin Field Population (2000): 27,500 8 mi, (13 km) NW Bozeman is a small but bustling town and one of Montana’s oldest, established in 1864. The former agricultural college, now Montana State University, is the home of the Museum of the Rockies, with a planetarium and excellent dinosaur and geology exhibits.

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