- Cooke City is close to wilderness areas, the Beartooth Highway, the Chief Joseph Scenic Highway and the northeast entrance to Yellowstone National Park.
- During summer and winter tourist seasons, the town has a multitude of choices of places to stay and to dine.
- Roads to the east of Cooke City close for parts of fall, spring and all of winter.
Cooke City is just a few hours drive from large cities, yet offers remote mountain scenery, wildlife and friendly, hospitable people. The town is also located only a few miles from wilderness areas, the Beartooth Highway and the northeast entrance to Yellowstone National Park.
Cooke City Montana is almost directly outside the northeast entrance to Yellowstone National Park only a distance of 6 miles. In the winter, the only access road to Cooke City from any other area is the road which connects Gardiner, Montana to Mammoth Hot Springs to Tower Junction (both within Yellowstone National Park) and on to Cooke City.
In the summer, Cooke City can also be accessed from Red Lodge MT over Beartooth Pass and from Cody WY via the Chief Joseph Scenic Highway.
Cooke City services and amenities are dependent on the time of year. During the slack season, early spring and late fall, many of the lodging establishments and dining facilities close for a short period.
However, during the height of tourist season, both for summer activities and winter snowmobiling, the town is alive with activity and has a multitude of choices of places to stay and dine.
Lodging choices can include rooms, suites, apartments, condominiums, townhomes, houses and even bed and breakfasts.
Cooke City also has several eating establishments from the local bistro to the take out deli, to fine dining.
The community is located in the heart of mountainous country and therefore has a wide variety of outdoor recreational opportunities including backpacking, biking, boating, camping, cross-country skiing, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, ice climbing, ice fishing, off roading, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, telemark skiing, and wildlife viewing.
Cooke City is just outside the northeast entrance to Yellowstone National Park. It is also at one end of both the Beartooth Scenic Highway and the Chief Joseph Scenic Highway.
Please be aware that roads to the east of Cooke City close for parts of fall, spring and all of winter. To get to Cooke City at these times of year, you must enter Yellowstone at its North Entrance by Gardiner or bring a snowmobile in from the east.
Cody, WY can be found approximately 75 miles southeast of Cooke City, MT. The Chief Joseph Scenic Highway constitutes the majority of that trip. The Scenic Highway It winds 46 spectacular miles.
Along the way, you will pass by Sunlight Basin. As the name implies, it is a picturesque basin between two high mountain ridges filled with sunlight for most of the day. There is supposed to be excellent fishing in this area.