How can I reserve the Town Parks for a family reunion or other special
Town Parks are available on a “first come first served” basis.
However, for larger events such as car shows, concerts and family reunions
of over 50, we recommend you contact us so that we can put your event
on the calendar. This also allows us to make sure staff is assigned to
Where can I have a picnic in Town?
Picnic areas are available on a “first come first served” basis
in the Heritage Park (corner of Hwy 191 and Hwy 20) and Dunbar Park (by
the West Gate). There are 6 improved picnic areas in Heritage Park. Each
has a barbeque. One of the picnic areas is handicap van accessible.
Are your facilities handicap accessible?
Restrooms in Pioneer Park (also known as “City Park”) are
handicap accessible as is one of the picnic areas as mentioned above.
The restrooms in the Visitor Center are also handicap accessible.
What park facilities are available?
The Town has several park areas. The Pioneer Parks, at the corner of
Hwy 191 and Hwy 20, is one block square. It includes accessible restrooms,
picnic sites, a large open grassy play field, swings, tot lot, basketball
hoop and a baseball field. Dunbar Park, located just outside the west
gate to Yellowstone National Park near the Visitor Center, is a blend
of native grasses and trees along with a landscaped lawn area. Dunbar
Park features two accessible picnic sites and two other picnic tables.
Interpretive signs in Dunbar Park describe reforestation efforts that
took place after the 1988 fires in Yellowstone, the role of bear and
wolves in the Yellowstone ecosystem, and the historic railroad monument
located nearby. The Heritage Park area includes the Union pacific Depot
(now the Museum of the Yellowstone), the Union Pacific Dining Lodge
and support facilities built during the heyday of railroad tourism
in Yellowstone. Basketball courts are located on Electric Street north
of Gibbon. A pedestrian/bicycle path cut through the center of the
Madison Addition residential subdivision and provides pedestrian and
cyclist access from the subdivision to the school grounds nearby.
Can I donate trees or shrubs to the park either as a gift or a memorial?
The Town welcomes the donation of trees for both gift and memorial purposes.
Department staff will work with donors to select trees appropriate
to the area and to identify suitable locations for planting.
Can I make a bequest or monetary gift to the Parks Program in West
Yes. The Town has a special fund for donated monies.
Can I donate equipment to the park?
New, or nearly new, equipment may be donated to the park either as an
outright gift or in memoriam.
What is the Park Master Plan?
The Parks Master Plan describes specific development and maintenance
for each designated park within the limits of the Town. The Parks Advisory
Board recently revised the 1994 plan.
Does the Town have any trails?
During the summer of 2002, the first phase of the Town’s loop trail
was constructed. The sidewalk connecting the trail from Electric Street
to Hayden Street is scheduled for completion in 2004. When finished,
the loop trail will connect the Riverside Trail in Yellowstone National
Park with the Rendezvous Trail system in Gallatin National Forest. Trail
maps, delineating the trail system in Town, are located at various points
along Yellowstone Avenue.
What other facilities are available for use though the Parks Department?
The Parks Department handles reservations for events in the Union Pacific
Dining Lodge. This structure was built in the late 1920’s by
the Union Pacific Railroad and is one of the last remaining structures
built by the railroad. It is a rustic facility that features native
stone columns, a large open beam ceiling and a huge stone fireplace
on one end which is large enough for people to stand in! The main dining
hall is 6600 square feet. There is an attached kitchen with adequate
facilities to serve 400 guests. A smaller attached room is 1650 square
feet and features rest rooms, a wet bar, and a large fire place. The
facility is available to rent from May 30 through October 15.
Does the Town offer recreation programs?
Recreation programs include a summer recreation program for young children
as well as hiking and biking adventures for older children. The Summer
Recreation program offers structured weeklong activities based on a
different theme each week. In addition, there are Awesome Adventures
to area attractions that are daylong events. Summer Recreation usually
starts a week after the local schools are dismissed for the summer
and end in early August. Other, structured programs for teens and senior
citizens are organized throughout the year. You can obtain information
on those by contacting the Recreation Coordinator at 406–640–1676.
Can I enroll my children the Summer Recreation Program while I attending
a conference in West Yellowstone?
Yes. When our summer recreation program is in session, you can enroll
your child in recreation programs. Keep in mind that space in these programs
is limited. You may obtain information about program availability by
contacting the Recreation Coordinator at 406–640–1676.
Is there a fee for the recreation programs?
Yes. Recreation fees are based on the cost of staff, transportation and
supplies. For specific information about program costs, contact the
Recreation Coordinator at 406–640–1676.
Where can I ice skate?
The Town maintains a skating rink on the Electric Street basketball courts
(north of Gibbon). The rink is generally open for skating from Christmas
through early March. It is typically groomed twice a week and for special
occasions. There is no fee for use of the rink, but you will need to
supply your own skates.