Behind the Scenes:  Paramount Yellowstone Film Locations 


For your next vacation, saddle up and go out with guns blazin’ when you head west to these Paramount Yellowstone film locations: 

It’s easy to get roped into the hit cowboy series from Paramount – Yellowstone — which was nominated by the Screen Actors Guild for best drama series. One of the most popular on-demand titles available on the Vidgo streaming service, viewers can’t get enough high-stakes land disputes, jaw-dropping scenery, and dusty cowboy outfits.  

Starring Kevin Costner as John Dutton, the tough-love patriarch with a heart of gold, get ready to be lassoed into the cutthroat cowboy world, all set against the breathtaking, Insta-worthy mountains and prairies of Utah and Montana.   

From the streaming pros at Vidgo, we challenge you to step away from your screens for a moment to visit these Paramount Yellowstone film locations in Utah and Montana:  

What are Paramount – Yellowstone Film Locations?  

Indian horse relay in Yellowstone episode "Touching Your Enemy" available on-demand at Vidgo.
Monica (R-Kelsey Asbille) and Martin (L-Tim McQuay) attend a traditional Indian horse relay in Yellowstone episode “Touching Your Enemy” available on-demand at Vidgo.

If you’ve been wondering – where is Yellowstone filmed – 70% of seasons 1 and 2 of Yellowstone film locations were in Park City and nearby towns in Utah, a popular travel destination for outdoor adventures like skiing, mountain trekking, and more. On your next vacation, include these Paramount Yellowstone filming locations on your itinerary and make all your modern cowboy dreams come true:  

  • Hot Springs Time Machine – Situated in Monroe, Utah, Mystic Hot Springs is the ideal place for John Dutton (Kevin Costner) and his son Kayce (Luke Grimes) to enjoy an afternoon soak in steaming hot mineral water. Surrounded by naturally formed rust-colored travertine terraces, Mystic Hot Springs serves as a much needed relaxation balm as they talk about how to deal with the militia over ongoing land disputes.   
  • Shop. Eat. Drink. Repeat – Head down Historic Main Street in Park City, another film location from the first two seasons, and feel like a real cowboy when you trade in your khakis for rugged ranch gear. Along with retail stores, this popular downtown area also features top restaurants and watering holes when you’re ready to treat your taste buds to some local fare and brews. 
Yellowstone on Vidgo
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Where are Paramount – Yellowstone Ranch Scenes Filmed? 

Out of 9 billion galaxies, if you find yourself in the Milky Way on planet Earth staring at the stars, count yourself lucky if you are in Montana, the true Purple Mountain Majesty of the U.S.  A favorite stomping ground for misfits, rebels, nature-lovers, and hustlers just passing through, the seemingly endless landscape of Montana is the perfect antidote for anybody feeling overwhelmed and claustrophobic from the frenetic pace of city life.  

“I am in love with Montana. For other states I have admiration, respect, recognition, even some affection. But with Montana it is love. And it’s difficult to analyze love when you’re in it.”

John Steinbeck, author of Grapes of Wrath and Travels with Charley: In Search of America

Chief Joseph Ranch  

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Superfans already know this, but for the newbies, Yellowstone isn’t the famous national park but the Yellowstone Dutton Ranch, which is filmed at Chief Joseph Ranch in Darby, Montana. When it’s not serving as a film set, this active family-owned 6,000 ft² ranch raises cattle the old-fashioned way. Situated in the Bitterroot Valley in western Montana, which borders Yellowstone National Park, the ranch was homesteaded in the 1880s, a similar timeline to the Paramount Yellowstone prequel 1883 with Sam Elliott and Billy Bob Thornton.   

“On the ranch, we’re actually filming where it’s actually set. It’s almost like the most central character. You step outside and you see running horses and men working and the weather dictates what you do.”  

Kevin Costner in an interview with Variety
  • Cabin Fever – Ranch Vacation Rentals  

You can stay in Rip’s (Cole Hauser) cabin for $1,500 a night, but you have to book way in advance to snag a reservation. The comfy and luxurious cabin is the perfect home base for daytime ranch activities like hiking and horseback riding.  

  • Mountain Mama – Hiking & Trekking  

The mountain range surrounding Chief Joseph Ranch is so stunning and other-worldly that it makes the perfect setting for a digital detox. You could bring your phone to take photos, but we recommend picking up some postcards instead. That way, you can really soak in the scenery with your actual eyeballs. We challenge you to step away from your phone and take in the Montana mountains with humbling awe and wonder. 

“Yeah, well. I have this new rule. I only carry my phone in places with no service, otherwise, that son of a bitch stays on the kitchen counter.”

Kevin Costner as John Dutton from Yellowstone

Where are Yellowstone Reservation Scenes Filmed?  

Rugged and fiercely independent, Montana is the place for misguided cowboys to roam. Considered the most beautiful place on earth, it’s the land that people have fought and died for. It’s also home to the Crow Indian Reservation in southern Montana, just outside of Billings.  

Ride Off Into the Sunset  

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The rolling hills seem to go on and on in Montana, stretching across every corner of the horizon, so if you really want to drink in the scenery, saddle up on a friendly quarter horse that you can trust not to kill you or run back to the barn.  

The horseback riding outfits in Billings, Montana are well prepared to accommodate city slickers of any skill level. You might be sore the next day, but you can cover a significant amount of area on horseback without getting shin splints as a mountain-trekking tourist. It worked for the Native American tribes and the Yellowstone ranch hands, so dust off your cowboy boots and giddy up cowboy!  

Pro Cowboy Tip: Make sure to schedule your horseback riding adventure towards the end of your trip because even if you go for an easy beginner trail ride, your legs will be mighty sore in places you didn’t even know had muscles and consequently, you’ll be walking funny for a few days. 

Where are Bar and Rodeo Scenes Filmed in Paramount – Yellowstone?  

Historic Yellowstone as seen on
Historic 25th Street in Odgen, Montana

Considered the gateway to Yellowstone National Park, Odgen, Montana is a well-heeled watering hole for various cowboy types passing through, particularly film crews in between projects and your favorite Yellowstone characters. After a full day of ranch activities, have a fun honky-tonk style evening when you suit up in your best cowboy gear and saunter down Historic 25th Street to find the best neighborhood saloons and restaurants.   

Cowboy Tunes Playlist 

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Every show has an epic soundtrack that sets the mood, so make your Yellowstone-themed trip complete with a playlist of songs featured in the series. Whether you’re driving past mountain ranges or across prairies; or sitting by a campfire looking up at the stars, play these country jams and allow yourself to be a little emo. Country crooning might be too sentimental for macho types, but it’s better to hedge your bets on being a little corny than die a smartass:  

  • All I See is You 

Shane Smith and the Saints 

  • Cowpoke 

Colter Wall  

  • Hands On the Wheel 

Willie Nelson 

  • Flying or Crying 

Zach Bryan 

  • Break My Heart Sweetly 

John Moreland  

  • The Cowboy in Me 

Tim McGraw  

  •  Caravan of Fools 

John Prine  

  • Slow Burn 

Kacey Musgraves  

  • Dear Rodeo 

Cody Johnson  

  • Never Be Ourselves 

Savannah Conley  

  • The Light 

Tanner Usrey  

Accommodations. Cowboy activities. Places to eat, drink, and line-dance. Country music playlist. You’ve got the complete checklist for a memorable vacation inspired by Yellowstone film locations. If you’re already mesmerized by the stunning on-location cinematography of the hit show Yellowstone on Paramount Plus, be prepared for an earth-shattering experience when you witness it up close IRL.  

Watch Paramount Network Yellowstone Season 5 on demand at Vidgo. Also enjoy access to the best in live sports, 150+ premium channels, local programming, and 14,000+ on demand titles!  



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