With the flooding that took place throughout Montana just a couple of weeks ago, smaller communities surrounding the north entrance to Yellowstone National Park are doing their best to thrive in a time when tourism is their main source of income.

Photo by Julentto Photography on Unsplash
Photo by Julentto Photography on Unsplash

There is so much more to these towns than being a hub to the famous park. Dating back over 100 years, these towns have often been the saving grace for this part of YNP. A place for tourists to stay, have dinner, take hikes, and make memories. Without tourism, these communities rely on the rest of us to show our gratitude, respect, and support. Here's just one such town.

Gardiner, MT is a cute town of around 900 and has everything you could want for a perfect mini getaway, a girl's weekend, or a quick family trip to reconnect. This interview with Shawn, owner of Little Trail Creek Cabins, tells you exactly how the flood has impacted their business.

Yellowstone Hot Springs is another Gardiner feature that's open and ready to help you relax, enjoy the beautiful surroundings, and enjoy some "you" time.


Rafting is a visitor's favorite, especially if they are really seeking some adventure and need a little excitement in their life. I mean, who doesn't?! It's not only rafting, it's horseback riding, great food, and memories you will have for the rest of your life.


Yellowstone Tipis is ready for your next booking in Gardiner. Bachelorette weekend? A perfect romantic spot for perhaps that surprise engagement you have been planning? Under the stars, in God's country, surrounded by nature—sounds amazing.

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Many towns in Montana are sick of the tourists, the out-of-state people moving here, and the long wait times during peak seasons. However, if you take away those tourists you are left to rely on the native Montanans to support each other. The towns of Gardiner, Red Lodge, Paradise Valley, and many more surrounding this part of the state, need us and they need the tourism.

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