Best Airports for accessing Yellowstone National Park
Located in the northwest corner of Wyoming, Yellowstone National Park is far removed from any major cities. Of course, its remote location is no deterrent for the millions of tourists that visit the park each year, and you can be sure that they aren’t all getting there by car. So how do you fly to Yellowstone when it’s so far from any major international airports? There are several options, many of which can get expensive depending on your point of origin, and some of which still require some driving once you land. Here are the best options for getting to Yellowstone by plane:
Bozeman-Yellowstone International Airport
Located in Bozeman, Montana, the Bozeman-Yellowstone International Airport is located about 1.5 hours from the park’s North Entrance. It offers year-round service to the park. The airport offers round-trip flights to/from 15 US cities on the following airlines: Alaska, Allegiant, American, Delta, Frontier, and United.
Yellowstone Airport – West Yellowstone
Despite being only two miles from the park’s West Entrance, Yellowstone Airport is usually not a good option for everyone. The only commercial carrier that offers flights to this airport is Delta and all flights are to/from Salt Lake City. Unlike Bozeman, this is not a year-round airport. Delta offers flights May 24 – September 30.
Idaho Falls Regional Airport
Idaho Falls is located 1 hour and 45 minutes from Yellowstone’s West Entrance. The airport is only serviced by three airlines: United, Allegiant, and Delta. There are direct flights to/from Denver, San Francisco, Minneapolis, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Phoenix, and Los Angeles.
Jackson Hole Airport
Jackson Hole is the best access point for Grand Teton National Park, but is also conveniently located within an hour drive of Yellowstone’s South Entrance. The airport is serviced by Delta, American, Frontier, Skywest, and United with direct flights to/from Denver, Salt Lake City, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Minneapolis, Newark, Chicago, San Francisco, Houston, Atlanta and Los Angeles.
Yellowstone Regional Airport – Cody, WY
Located an hour from the East Entrance to the park, Yellowstone Regional Airport offers direct flights on Delta and United to/from either Salt Lake City or Denver.
Salt Lake City International Airport
Salt Lake City is the closest major city to Yellowstone, but that doesn’t mean it’s actually “close”. Although very scenic, the drive from SLC to Yellowstone’s West Entrance takes 4-4.5 hours. Given that SLC is a large international airport and one of Delta’s hubs, this is by far the easiest (and likely the cheapest) option for getting yourself within striking distance of Yellowstone from any other major city in the US/World.