Powell, Wyoming is Your Gateway to Yellowstone!

Powell, Wyoming is your Gateway to Yellowstone. Perfectly located in the Big Horn Basin, next to Yellowstone National Park’s East Gate and North East Gate. Powell is surrounded by public lands in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. In Park County, 80% of our lands are managed by a federal agency. What does this mean? You are not only allowed, but encouraged, to discover the massive amounts of your lands in Park County, Wyoming.

“The Yellowstone Park is something absolutely unique in this world, so far as I know. Nowhere else in an civilized country is there to be found such a tract of veritable wonderland made accessible to all visitors, where at the same time not only the scenery of the wilderness, but the wild creatures of the park are scrupulously preserved…” - President Roosevelt

Discover your lands

Discover hiking trails, best places for animal sightings, and scenic byways. Wyoming has so many public lands it can be challenging to navigate. As a result, for your best experience, ask a local. Contact the Powell Visitor Center before you travel. We are happy to send you visitor guides and specific information about historic, geological, outdoor recreation and attractions for Yellowstone. Are you currently vacationing in Wyoming? Stop by the Powell Visitor Center for free maps and other printed guides for Yellowstone, Grand Teton National Park and other Wyoming attractions. Moreover, the Visitor Center also has reference books on geology, hiking, and our national history for the Powell Valley. As well as, books about our namesake, John Wesley Powell.

Yellowstone National Park gates open and close with the seasons. On the contrary, Park County is accessible all year long. Surrounded by mountains on all sides, each with different geological, historic, and natural features. The Yellowstone Ecosystem is largely without fences, animals migrate hundreds of miles within our public lands.

Four seasons of outdoor recreation awaits

Mountains surround Park County on all sides for four seasons of outdoor recreation. Our diverse views include 360 degree of mountain ranges. Including, the Beartooth, Carter, Rattlesnake, and more that make up the Absaroka Ranges to the west. The McCaullagh Peaks are to the south. To the north are the Prior Mountains and Big Horns to the east. The Big Horn Basin is 360 degrees of epic outdoor recreation for all outdoorsmen.

Your Summer Gateway to Yellowstone

In the summer and fall, mountain trails hold adventure for hikers, bikers and horsemen. Lakes, rivers and streams provide world-class fishing and a playground for paddling, kayaking, canoeing and yes, sailing. As a matter of fact, Yellowstone has 600 lakes and ponds and over 1,000 rivers and streams. Water that falls east of the continental divide flows eastward toward Powell, Wyoming.

Your Fall Gateway to Yellowstone

In the fall our National Forests and Bureau of Land Management lands are used as hunting grounds for wild game and birds. Winter conditions come early in the Yellowstone Ecosystem. In Powell, our first snows are in October.


Winter brings snow in the mountains. Enjoy our groomed cross-country ski trails at Pahaska Tepee and the Wood River Meeteetse trails. Snowshoe on the groomed trails or in the backcountry. Two local downhill ski areas are an hour from Powell, Wyoming. Red Lodge Mountain in Red Lodge, Montana and Sleeping Giant ski area in Cody, Wyoming just outside the East Gate of Yellowstone. Sleeping Giant also connects to the cross-country ski trails to accommodate all winter activities.

Your Spring Gateway to Yellowstone

Spring brings warmer temperatures. The snow melts and the shallow waterways rise high with white water. In the high-desert, Powell gets little rain, with the exception, of some spring days. Irrigation water starts to flow in April, farmers start the short growing cycle.

"The Mountains are calling and I must go." - John Muir

The Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem is one of the world’s great wonders. Barely touched by man, it is a place to immerse yourself in the natural world. Start your Yellowstone journey in Powell, Wyoming your gateway to Yellowstone.


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