Gardiner is a small community situated at the north entrance to Yellowstone National Park and is the only year-round entrance into the park. It is surrounded by snowcapped mountains, spacious valleys and offers residents and visitors alike a very liveable, clean, healthy environment. Gardiner is located in Park County down the road from Livingston, Montana.
The name Park County refers to Yellowstone National Park. The Yellowstone River, the nation’s longest still undammed and free flowing river, meanders out of the park northward through Paradise Valley. The Yellowstone River is designated a “Blue Ribbon” trout stream, the nation’s highest rating.
While the Yellowstone River is the heart of Park County, there are many small streams and spring creeks to explore. Nearly half of the acreage in Park County is publicly owned and open for access making it easy to step out and stretch your legs, hunt, fish, picnic, or simply take a back road drive. With Yellowstone National Park at its door, there is another 2,219,823 acres to explore.
The park has 370 miles of paved roads and 1,210 miles of trails with 85 trail-heads to start your wandering. It is home to the largest concentration of large and small mammals in the lower 48 states.
Gardiner is still a community that cherishes its history and works to preserve it, although it does not lack for modern conveniences. It is still the kind of place you live for its natural setting. There are five designated wilderness areas that can be found within driving distance.
In appropriate seasons, one can choose to swim in the river or soak in a natural hot springs pool. Gardiner offers a rodeo, fishing and hunting, backpacking, horseback riding, dog sledding, rafting, kayaking and canoeing.
In the winter, Yellowstone Country is magically transformed under a blanket of snow, and cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are the most popular activities. Gardiner has grown to meet the needs of today’s visitors. It’s a good place to spend some time rich in history in the heart of some of the West’s finest country.