Founded in the 1890's, the word Meeteetse is an old Shoshone Indian word for "meeting place." The town retains much of its original character with wooden boardwalks, wooden watering troughs, hitching rails and many old buildings from the turn of the century.
For anyone who enjoys the great outdoors and for that history buff, Meeteetse is the place to be.
Meeteetse WY lies in the Northwest portion of the State, just 30 miles from Cody, Wyoming, on WY-120 and 80 miles from Yellowstone National Park.
Despite its seemingly small population of roughly 400, the town has several motels, bed & breakfast and mountain lodges offering accommodations, including rustic cabins. There is also an RV Park.
You can enjoy a remarkable variety of fine dining establishments, including the historic Outlaw Parlor Cafe and Cowboy Bar. All are heavy on local character and feature cowboy and western style decor.
Summer activities in Meeteetse include fishing, hunting, camping, hiking, wind surfing, water skiing, boating and more.
Winter outdoor adventures consist of ice fishing, snowmobiling (snow conditions permitting), cross country skiing, hunting, and sledding.
Bring your camera all times of the year to take advantage of the excellent photographic opportunities. Sightseeing and photo opportunities are plentiful south of Meeteetse on Hwy 290 also known locally as the Pitchfork Road. Keep an eye out for mule deer and antelope. Bask under the Wyoming sky and take in majestic mountain ranges.
The gold and silver mining ghost town of Kirwin is nearby as well as the ghost town of Arland. Check with the local Visitor Center about excursions to these interesting pieces of history.
Meeteetse is history itself with its many historic buildings, boardwalk and western heritage. At the local museum, you will find artifacts from early Meeteetse, when cattlemen and homesteaders settled it. Included in the displays are photographs from famous western photographer Charles J. Belden, who operated Meeteetse's well-known Pitchfork Ranch for a time. The museum also contains a historical archive for researchers.
From Meeteetse, drive north on WY-120 approximately 30 miles and you will reach Cody, Wyoming. The drive is short but very scenic.