Smoking Waters Mountain Man, West Yellowstone Rendezvous

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Smoking Waters Mountain Man Rendezvous

Smoking Waters Mountain Man Rendezvous brings life to the history of West Yellowstone for visitors coming to see how the mountain men lived, worked and traded in the old days. Read More

  • Smoking Waters Mountain Man Rendezvous brings life to the history of this area
  • Visit the encampment just west of West Yellowstone and adjacent to Iris Street
  • Held in August every year
  • Enjoy the vendors in their period costumes
  • Taste some of that flavorful open fire cooking

Overview: As you step back into the 1800s at the Smoking Waters Mountain Man Rendezvous, you’ll be able to see, feel and hear what it was like in the times of the rough and rugged mountain men who populated this area.

When: The Smoking Waters Mountain Man Rendezvous is held in early August of each year, lasting about 9 days. Hours are usually from 9 am to 5:30 pm.

Where: The encampment can be spotted off of US 20 when coming from the southwest. The Smoking Waters Mountain Main Rendezvous takes place on forest land of the Gallatin National Forest, directly west of West Yellowstone and adjacent to Iris Street.

Fee: Visitor admission is free. For shooters, there is a fee.

Details: The Smoking Waters Mountain Man Rendezvous encampment brings back the past and how the mountain men lived. There’s a Trader’s Row set up just like the old days, and all vendors wear period costumes to add to the atmosphere.

Storytelling is a favorite activity, and not just for the kids. Musicians provide live entertainment, and open fire cooking gives the food terrific flavor. Black powder shoots fascinate young and old, and tomahawk and knife demonstrations hold a special thrill.

Visitors begin to appreciate some of the challenges and dangers that existed in the days of the mountain men when they take part in some of the seminars held during this event.

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