Gallatin Gateway, Montana

Elevation: 5946 FT

Population: 856

County: Gallatin

Perfectly situation right between Bozeman and Big Sky in the Gallatin River Valley, Gallatin Gateway offers mountain-town vibes with all the amenities one might need to have a splendid adventure.

This gorgeous “gateway” was named because it’s a major corridor into Yellowstone National Park. Once known for dude ranches, travelers now find themselves stopping and staying awhile in this friendly community on their way in and out of Yellowstone National Park.

The historic 320 Guest Ranch honors Montana’s rich history and pioneering spirit, offering a respite for horseback riding, fly-fishing world-class trout waters, skiing Big Sky Resort or embarking on an enchanting sleigh ride. It’s the kind of place to kick up your heels or just kick back and relax, also perfect for a Western-inspired wedding. Gallatin Gateway Inn, a palatial, fully restored 1920s inn, remains among the best in the Rocky Mountain West.

For Big Sky Country camping, pitch a tent in the Custer Gallatin National Forest at Spire Rock Campground and Spanish Creek Picnic Area. Nordic enthusiasts can cross-country ski into the Lee Metcalf Wilderness, or visit Kirk Wildlife Refuge, with fishing on the Gallatin River. Hike to Lava Lake or trek the Garnet Mountain Loop. There are no shortage of trails around these parts. At Montana Whitewater and Yellowstone Zipline Tours, family fun is on tap. Experience whitewater tours, scenic floats, river tubing, fly-fishing, horseback riding and ziplining. 

True Story

The community church was built in 1885, using the Gallatin River for baptism, and Gallatin Gateway’s historic jail is now the home of the Gallatin History Museum.

Trip tip

Revisit history at the Little Bear School House Museum complete with old school desks with ink wells and writing slates.

Live Like a Local

Pull up a barstool at Stacey’s Old Faithful Bar & Steakhouse—sister saloon to the famous Old Saloon in Emigrant, Montana. Just like the Old Saloon this is an authentic Montana watering hole with tons of history and even more character.

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