Places to Visit: Cooke City & Silvergate, Montana

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Cooke City & Silvergate, Montana

At the northeast entrance to Yellowstone National Park you’ll discover the little border towns of Cooke City and Silvergate, Montana, both a must-see on your West Yellowstone vacation.

  • Visit the rustic towns of Cooke City and Silvergate when you are on your West Yellowstone vacation
  • Enjoy Yellowstone National Park and all the sights to see as you enter through the Northeast Entrance
  • Hike the trails in the Beartooth Mountains
  • Go snowmobiling in the winter in the white landscape


Both Cooke City and Silvergate, Montana hold to their Old West roots and their mining heritage. Surrounded by forests and wilderness areas, the towns host outdoor adventures that make them a paradise for recreational enthusiasts. Nestled in the Beartooth Mountains, Cooke City and Silvergate offer a scenic and historic look at our country.


Cooke City and Silvergate are located in south-central Montana, on U.S. Highway 212.


There are a few restaurants in these towns that boast casual dining to French gourmet food. All have friendly and comfortable atmospheres and offer delicious meals or snacks.

Lodging ranges from economy motels to luxury lodges, and you can also get a quaint cabin. Although small, it is a perfect place to set up your home base for your vacation.


Scenic Driving
Traveling the Beartooth Highway is a must when in Cooke City. It’s been called the most scenic drive in all of America, and shows you some of the most impressive views of the Beartooth Range. You’ll drive over Beartooth Pass if going this way from June to October.

Wildlife Watching
Within the wilderness areas surrounding Cooke City and Silvergate, you can see a large amount of wildlife, from grizzlies and bison to mountain goats and moose. Bring a camera so you can take home memories of every thrilling minute.

Many hikes are available to you and accessed from the Beartooth Highway that winds through Wyoming’s Beartooth Mountains.

The winter is a magical time to visit Cooke City, when all is covered with a white blanket of snow and the surrounds are tranquil and serene. You can rent a snowmobile in town and ride through the national forest land.


Yellowstone National Park
You are so close to our nation’s most popular national park, you have to tour Yellowstone. View the amazing geysers, mudpots and hot springs.

Daisy and Lulu Pass plus a Ghost Town
Historic ruins of the New World Mining District are of particular note as you travel in the Cooke City and Silvergate area.

Sweet Corn Festival
In the middle of April, from about the 16th to the 18th, you can enjoy Cooke City’s Sweet Corn Festival, with backcountry skiing and snowboarding as well as plenty of food and live entertainment.

Getting Here

To get to West Yellowstone from Cooke City/Silver Gate is easy. Simply enter Yellowstone National Park at the northeast gateway by Silver Gate, travel through the park to Madison, and continue west to West Yellowstone, which sits at the western gateway to the park.

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