VACATION LIKE A LOCAL
WEST YELLOWSTONE, MONTANA
Where To Eat
A short walk towards downtown takes you to Madison Crossing Restaurant and Lounge, where a nice ambience and very good menu awaits you.
Madison Crossing Restaurant and Lounge
121 Madison Ave.
West Yellowstone, MT
- Pub Food / Burgers – Buffalo Bar and The Slippery Otter Pub
- Mexican – We are fortunate to have TWO authentic Mexican taco busses here in town. Las Palmitas and Taqueria Malverde. It’s best to try both and get into friendly arguments over which one you like the best!
- Pizza – Wild West
- BBQ – Firehole BBQ and Beartooth BBQ are both great.
- Soup – On a cold day, The Book Peddler has the best homemade soups in town.
- Coffee – Free Heel & Wheel, our local bike and ski shop, also has amazing coffee drinks!
Go down Madison Avenue, toward Idaho, and you’ll find the Running Bear Pancake House. This place is a local lunch favorite. You can’t beat the REAL turkey sandwich! It tastes just like the ones your Mom makes the day after Thanksgiving. Don’t forget the extra mayo and pickles! When you’re there, make sure you say hello to Kelly!
Running Bear Pancake House
538 Madison Ave.
West Yellowstone, MT
Sometimes we just feel the need for a taste of the Southwest! If you are feeling that need, head to the Malverde Taco Bus that is tucked in between Firehole BBQ and the Cenex gas station on Highway 20 and Canyon. On the nights bands are playing at the park, it’s nice to grab a burrito and head across the street with your lawn chair and enjoy music, burritos, and friends, new and old.
Feel like a little drive to find dinner? Take 191 out of town and turn onto Highway 287, and you will heading to the Grizzly Bar & Grill in Cameron. This is also a local favorite and it takes you right by Hebgen Lake and Quake Lake. If you want to take a different route home and venture around Henry’s Lake, just ask and we’ll give you directions and an agenda for an entire evening of fun! The Au Gratin potatoes are out of this world!
What We Do For Fun
Take in some of our favorite outdoor beauty: Lionhead, Red Canyon and Coffin Lake. All of these are just a short drive from West Yellowstone to the trail head. Depending on the season, huckleberry picking is always a great choice! Check in with us and we’ll let you know how the berry season looks and where we’re finding them! We’ll be excited to find out if any of them make it back with you!
Rent a bike at Freeheel and Wheel and take a bike ride down the Rendezvous Trail! In the winter, this is a cross-country ski trail but in the other seasons, it makes for a great bike ride! Stop by Ernie’s Deli and pick up some sandwiches for lunch! Don’t forget the Bear Spray!
“Make the lakes loop!” This outing could turn into an all-day adventure or a two hour event. Check out the beauty of Hebgen Lake and visit the Happy Hour Bar for a feeling of sitting on the bow of a boat, enjoying their great margaritas! Venture around to Quake Lake. This lake was formed when an earthquake hit the area on an August evening in 1959. Read the history of the lake at the pull offs and don’t forget the visitors center. Look for bald eagles, ospreys, white pelicans, and cormorants in and around the dead trees still standing in the lake. Drive by Henry’s Lake and proceed home on Highway 20.
As the seasons and weather changes, so do our native tastes! Please ask and we’ll be excited to share our local favs with you.