Elevation: 6666 Feet

Land Area: 360 Acres

Population: 1200 Year-round

History and Present day

In June of 1908, the first Union Pacific Railroad passenger train pulled into West Yellowstone, which was then known as “Riverside.”  Over the next fifty years, visitation to Yellowstone National Park increased and the community now known as West Yellowstone was born.  In 1966, the Town of West Yellowstone was incorporated in conjunction with accepting 10 acres and historic buildings from the Union Pacific railroad when train services to the area were terminated.  In 1983, this area and remaining structures were designated as the Oregon Shortline Terminus Historic District and remains listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  Today, the Town still uses some of the buildings in the district for administrative purposes but is gradually moving out of the district in effort to preserve its integrity.  By late summer 2013, all administrative functions will be operating out of the new Town Hall at 440 Yellowstone Avenue.

The Town Hall will include the Town Offices, Public Services Offices, the Job & Social Services Center, and the Court.  Town Council Meetings will also be held in the building, typically the first and third Tuesday of each month at 7 pm.  Office hours for the Town Offices are 8 am until 5 pm, Monday through Friday, but the office is frequently open later.  Town offices are closed on most major holidays. 

How do I find information on…

Animal Licenses

Fir Ridge Cemetery
Transfer Station
West Yellowstone Public Library
Union Pacific Dining Hall and more…
Requirements that pertain to SNOW

Useful Links:

Town Maps

Town Ordinances

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