The Yellowstone River from the bridge in Gardiner Montana
Better to float in the summer but certainly pretty in Winter

This particular walk was filmed several years ago before the pandemic. The 2022 flood washed away the park entrance road and the town basically lost a year’s worth of tourism business. This was followed by a fire that destroyed one of the iconic and historic buildings in town. However, Montanans are hearty people and the town has come back in style with lots of upgraded restaurants and upgrades all around. The new entrance road actually has better views even if it does have a lot of sharp turns. The town has a bunch of hotels and vacation rental as well as summer activities open at that time of year. In the winter, we enjoy cross country skiing and soaking in the nearby hot springs. Winter is also a great time to come to the park to see wolves. And, if you can swing it, a trip into the Old Faithful Snow Lodge is an amazing experience. I hope you enjoy this winter time walk in the North Entrance to Yellowstone National Park.

4K City Walks: Gardiner Montana Virtual Treadmill Walking Tour

Gardiner is a gateway town to Yellowstone National Park. There are several hotels in the town and restaurants. It lives and dies by tourism to the park. If you miss out on reservations within the park, this is a great place to base your visit. We go down to the park quite a bit from our home in Livingston, an hour down the valley to the north. The day I walked for this it was 50F which is quite warm. As I write this, it is -1F outside. So temperature and weather varies considerably.

The K-Bar Restaurant and Wonderland Cafe in Gardiner Montana
The K-Bar is gone but the Wonderland Cafe is a great place for meals

If you are looking for a place to eat, I highly recommend the Wonderland Cafe and Lodge. They are family friendly and have great food and ambience. If you are looking for other activities and things to do, where to stay, and what to eat in Gardiner, MT, check out the Things to Do in Gardiner, Montana in Summer blog post on

Looking at Gardiner Montana from across the river
Gardiner is a small town with a big heart and a great location

From Wikipedia: Gardiner is in Park County, Montana, United States, along the 45th parallel. The population was 875 at the 2010 census and 833 in 2020. Gardiner was officially founded in 1880, but the area has served as a main entrance to Yellowstone National Park since its creation in 1872. Parks’ Fly Shop, one of the oldest fly shops and guiding operations in the Yellowstone area, was started by Merton Parks in 1953. Yellowstone National Park Heritage and Research Center, which opened May 18, 2005, is located in Gardiner and houses National Park Service archives, Yellowstone museum collections and reference libraries. History The name Gardiner derives from Johnson Gardiner, a fur trapper who operated in the area in 1830-31. He named the valley of today’s Gardner River Gardner’s Hole, a term for a valley at the time (Think Jackson Hole). In 1870, when the Washburn-Langford-Doane Expedition passed through the area, they began calling the river Gardiner—a phonetic error. Hiram M. Chittenden (1895) and Nathaniel P. Langford (1905) confirmed this spelling in their accounts of the expedition. When the Hayden Geological Survey of 1871 passed through the Gardiner area, they encountered two men, named J.C. McCartney and H. R. Horr, who had laid claim to 320 acres (1.3 km2) and established a ranch and bath house on the Mammoth terraces near Liberty Cap. These entrepreneurs eventually established a primitive hotel at Mammoth and were not evicted from the area until many years after the park was established. McCartney also went by the name Jim Gardiner and received messages, consignments and such destined for guests of his hotel addressed to: Jim on the Gardiner. On February 9, 1880, a territorial post office was established just outside the park boundary and Gardiner, Montana began. In 1883, the Northern Pacific Railway completed the extension of their Park Branch Line from Livingston, Montana to Cinnabar north of Gardiner.

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