The Gardiner Gateway Project

“Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children’s children.”
                                                                     — PRESIDENT THEODORE ROOSEVELT

In 1872 the world’s first national park was founded by an act of congress, and its northern boundary was laid across a piece of land near the confluence of the Gardner and Yellowstone rivers.  This location soon became the unincorporated community of Gardiner, Montana.  In 1903 Theodore Roosevelt arrived in Gardiner to dedicate the Roosevelt Arch, casting the democratic vision of the National Park Service (NPS) into stone: For the Benefit and Enjoyment of the People.  Today the Arch still stands as a symbol of “America’s Best Idea”.

The Gardiner Gateway Project is an unprecedented partnership between local, state and federal agencies working across jurisdictional boundaries to restore and enhance the original and only year-round entrance to the world’s first national park – Yellowstone National Park – and the nation’s first gateway community -Gardiner, Montana.  In June 2012, a memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed by a diverse group of agencies as a call to action in anticipation of the 2016 centennial of the National Park Service.  When completed, the project will provide visitors and residents vital amenities such as walkways, solutions for traffic congestion, a welcome center including public restrooms, an amphitheater at Arch Park and reconstruction of the historic depot.

Project commencement , June 2012



  • Public safety
  • Historic preservation
  • Community development
  • Economic development
  • Recreational access to public lands
  • Tourism promotion
  • Creation of jobs