Yellowstone Park has closed the North entrance at Gardiner, MT, and the Northeast Entrance at Silver Gate due to flood damage. While visitors to the area won’t be able to use these entrances to visit the park, there are still lots of great ways to enjoy a visit to this special area. Here are some ideas for an alternative to a Yellowstone Park Visit.
The Woodbine Campground sits in the Beartooth Mountains on the banks of the Stillwater River. Fishing, hiking, whitewater kayaking, wilderness access, and breathtaking scenery are the main attractions. The forested campground has great views in all directions and it’s no wonder this is a very popular site.
Rock Creek drains the Beartooth Mountains south and west of Red Lodge MT. and the West Fork Rock Creek is its longest and largest tributary. The two branches join just outside of Red Lodge. The West Fork offers opportunities for camping, fishing, hiking, backpacking, mountain biking, skiing, and enjoying a wilderness setting.
Cooney Reservoir is one of the most visited recreation destinations in south-central Montana. Located within an hour of Billings, MT, Cooney offers great fishing opportunities for trout and walleye and is a popular destination for ice fishing in the winter. Cooney is great for water skiing, wakeboarding, jet skis, and all types of water recreation. Cooney State Park offers camping, picnicking, hiking, and cross country skiing. No wonder it’s so popular – Cooney Reservoir and State Park has something for almost everyone.