Cooke City Montana / Silver Gate Montana: Northeast Entrance To Yellowstone National Park
We just completed a brand new page on Cooke City Montana and Silver Gate Montana. These two charming mountain towns are located just a few miles beyond the Northeast Entrance to Yellowstone National Park, and are wonderful places to visit and explore during your Yellowstone National Park vacation. Founded in 1883, Cooke City Montana and Silver Gate Montana are located only a few miles apart, and just over 100 people live in these fascinating towns.
There are wonderful eating establishments, gift shops, hotels, motels, cabin rentals and much more. And because of their unique location, these Yellowstone National Park entrance towns cater to park visitors all year round. And the two main reasons for this tourist traffic is that Cooke City Montana and Silver Gate Montana are located just up the road from the world famous Lamar Valley of Yellowstone National Park, and are also located at the end (or beginning) of the world famous Scenic Beartooth Highway. In addition, Cooke City and Silver Gate are located at the end of the only road that is open to wheeled vehicles in the entire Yellowstone Park during the winter season.
The landscape around these two charming mountain towns is breathtaking. No matter where you look there are towering mountains. In fact, it’s the more mountainous section of Yellowstone Park. So if you like getting close to tall, sharp, and jagged peaks, then you really need to check out the Cooke City Montana / Silver Gate Montana area.
The Lamar Valley of Yellowstone National Park is famous for its wildlife viewing. Grizzly bears, wolves, coyotes, black bear, bighorn sheep, moose, pronghorns, bison, river otters, elk, eagles and much more can be observed from the road running through this amazing valley, and is a favorite place for many visitors to observe and photograph these amazing animals. The Lamar Valley is world-renowned for its wildlife viewing, and is truly a “must see” while visiting the northeast section of Yellowstone National Park.
And during the Winter in Yellowstone Park, the road from Gardiner Montana to Cooke City Montana, via Mammoth Hot Springs and the Lamar Valley, is the only road in Yellowstone Park that is plowed and open for wheeled vehicles. And Winter in Yellowstone Park provides excellent opportunities to see and photo animals all along this entire roadway, and Cooke City and Silver Gate marks the end of this plowed road.
The Beartooth Highway (aka Beartooth Scenic Biway) is one the most incredible civil engineering wonders in North America. This incredibly scenic highway starts (or ends) at Red Lodge Montana, and literally climbs up and over the top of the monstrous Beartooth Mountain Range. The highest point along this amazing roadway is just under 11,000 feet above sea level, and the views from up there are absolutely amazing. The Beartooth Highway then continues down the other side of the mountains and ends up at Cooke City Montana and Silver Gate Montana. The Beartooth Highway is an extremely popular attraction for those visiting Yellowstone National Park, and Cooke City Montana and Silver Gate Montana are there to make this drive even more special.
Winter Adventurer’s Paradise
Winter in Cooke City Montana and Silver Gate Montana is a winter adventurer’s dream come true. This area gets a TON of snow, so any sport having to do with snow is happening here…. It’s definitely a hot spot for a Winter in Yellowstone Park.
The Cooke City Montana and Silver Gate Montana area provides world class snowmobiling that is legendary, as well as cross country skiing, ice climbing and snowshoeing. And not only are there seemingly limitless snowmobile trails in the immediate area, but you can also snowmobile over the top of the Beartooth Highway in the winter and end up at Red Lodge Montana! (The highway is closed to wheeled vehicles in the winter.) So during your Yellowstone Winter vacation, you really need to visit this amazing area.
So check out our new page on Cooke City Montana and Silver Gate Montana. You’ll definitely find that these two Yellowstone National Park entrance towns are charming, fun, scenic and absolutely worth the effort to visit during your Yellowstone National Park vacation.