West Yellowstone and Vicinity

West Yellowstone, Montana

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The town of West Yellowstone is well-known to millions of tourists as a busy souvenir stop at the west entrance to Yellowstone National Park. But the area is rich in history and offers excellent birding opportunities as well. West Yellowstone, Montana, borders the west side of Yellowstone National Park. Nearby Targhee Pass is named after Bannock Indian Chief Targhee. Chief Joseph led his band of Nez Perce Indians through this pass in 1877 on his famous 2,000-mile journey from central Idaho to the Bear Paw Mountains in northcentral Montana, trying to evade U.S. troops. Famous scout and trapper Jim Bridger led Captain Reynolds through what is today called Reynolds Pass, also known as Low Pass due to its low elevation (6,836') on the continental divide. This eTrail provides detailed information on birding strategies for this specific location, the specialty birds and other key birds you might see, directions to each birding spot, and helpful general information.
Birding Montana

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Birding Montana

by Terry McEneaney (Falcon Guides)

The town of West Yellowstone is well-known to millions of tourists as a busy souvenir stop at the west entrance to Yellowstone National Park. But the area is rich in history and offers excellent birding opportunities as well. West Yellowstone, Montana, borders the west side of Yellowstone National Park. Nearby Targhee Pass is named after Bannock Indian Chief Targhee.

Chief Joseph led his band of Nez Perce Indians through this pass in 1877 on his famous 2,000-mile journey from central Idaho to the Bear Paw Mountains in northcentral Montana, trying to evade U.S. troops. Famous scout and trapper Jim Bridger led Captain Reynolds through what is today called Reynolds Pass, also known as Low Pass due to its low elevation (6,836') on the continental divide. This eTrail provides detailed information on birding strategies for this specific location, the specialty birds and other key birds you might see, directions to each birding spot, and helpful general information.

©  Terry McEneaney/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Birding
Nearby City: West Yellowstone
Trail Type: Several options
Duration: 4 to 8 hours
Best Times: Best summer and fall; May, June, October
Local Contacts: Gallatin National Forest; Targhee National Forest
Local Maps: Montana Highway Map
Driving Directions: Directions to West Yellowstone and Vicinity

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