Bryan McCoy, the Executive Director of the Cavalier Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Center in Cavalier, ND.
Sno-Dak News (SDN): Why did you choose West Yellowstone as your home?
Wendy Swenson (WS): We chose West Yellowstone to be able to live in a small town with an abundance of year-round outdoor opportunities.
SDN: How many lodges are located in Yellowstone? What kinds of lodging options are available in West Yellowstone? WS: Within the immediate area there are more than 75 lodging options including seasonal cabins and dude ranches, to year-round hotels and inns, including locally owned and international chains. We have a bed and breakfast, vacation rentals by owner, forest service campgrounds and RV parks as well. Amenities vary by lodging facility, but include pool, hot tub, waterslide, complimentary breakfast, shuttle services, snowmobile rentals and Yellowstone Park packages. Several of our lodges are on the Historic Walking Tour.
SDN: What types of recreations are featured in or around West Yellowstone? WS: If you can imagine it, the West Yellowstone area has it! Located just outside the West Gate to Yellowstone National Park, we are the busiest hub to the Park, year round. Several concessionaires offer guided trips over the snow (snowcoach and snowmobile) during the winter and in coaches in the summer. Bordered by Forest Service on three sides, one can enjoy mountain biking, hiking, snowshoeing, cross country skiing and more, or a sled dog ride. Hebgen Lake is just north of town, offering great fishing year-round, and hosts a North American Ice Fishing Circuit Tournament each January. Boat rentals are available at several resorts around the lake. The rivers around West Yellowstone are some of the best blue-ribbon trout streams in the country, offering anglers the fly-fishing adventure of a lifetime.
SDN: What do you recommend every customer should bring to make their experience better? WS: The logical answer we
tell our winter visitors is layers of dress to accommodate the changing temperature, but my recommendation is a camera and/or GoPro to document their adventures. Our area offers so many one-of-akind experiences that only photos can tell the story.
SDN: How many guides are offered in West Yellowstone and what guiding services do they provide? WS: Backcountry Adventures, Two Top Yellowstone Winter Tours, and Buffalo Bus Touring Co. – Rendezvous Snowmobile Rentals are approved snowmobile concessionaires for daily trips into Yellowstone Park through the West Gate. National Forest Guided Trips outside of the Park are also available through the companies previously listed and these: Traveler’s/All Yellowstone, Yellowstone Adventures, Three Bear/See Yellowstone/Yellowstone Arctic Yamaha, Highmark and High Country Snowmobile Rentals.
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