At Yellowstone’s Uncrowded Northeastern Gateway

Yellowstone is still America’s Premiere National Park. Known for its steaming geysers, hot springs, fumaroles, and other geothermal curiosities, the covers an immense, fairly gentle terrain of vast forests, broad meadows and spacious valleys teeming with bison, elk, moose, deer, bears and wolves. A vast network of beautiful rivers and creeks stream out in all directions, thundering over waterfalls, carving deep canyon and intimate gorges, filling large lakes and covering grassy flats.

Referenced as the doorstep to wildlife in Yellowstone, Cooke City places you at the Northeast Entrance of the park in just minutes. Less than 10% of the parks annual traffic uses The Northeast Entrance, which allows for easy access to some of the park’s most majestic sights. Lamar Valley, Tower Falls and Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone are all easily accessed from the Northeast Entrance. The Northeast Entrance along with the North entrance are the only gates that provide year round access to the park. This has made the less traveled Northeast gate a popular winter destination for snowmobiles and cross country skiing into the park.


  • Great location    A little less traveled area around Yellowstone, Cooke City is high on atmosphere. It's just the right size for a stroll around town. This motel is very basic, but it was clean and we slept well here. The staff was very friendly.


  • Good base-camp  - We stayed in 2 bedroom suite. It had full kitchen with lots of room. Two bedrooms with comfortable beds, one nice bath. We brought our own food and enjoyed great meal. The acccess to Yellowstone is great- only minutes from Lamar Valley for elk, bison, wolf viewing. Definitely recommend as comfortable, value priced base camp for Yellowstone adventures.

    Tom J

  • 5.0
    We arrived at 8:30pm and they were waiting for us---we were the last to arrive for the day. We stayed for 3 nights. The surrounding area is delightful and although our rooms were dated, they were clean and the beds were very comfortable. The location was perfect for our needs---we were there to watch for moose, bear, and wolves in the Lamar Valley of Yellowstone. It was a 30 minute drive between our hotel and this area. The bar across the street had amazing pizza and buffalo burgers. The Soda Butte hotel about a block up the street had good breakfasts and we also enjoyed the bakery about another block up. Ashley, the clerk on duty, provided me with great info about where to go to spot moose as well as good places to eat. The town is about 140 people and most things close up around Sept 15th because the weather starts to turn bad. We would definitely stay there again. We are from a small town ourselves and found everyone to be very friendly. We just fit in. If you are looking for amenities, this is not a place for you:) We had all the basic creature comforts but it is rustic and we found it to be charming. We were there to sleep and did not need much beyond a warm shower each morning:)

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