Cooke City Montana - Little City Hidden in the Mountains

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Visiting Cooke City is a Must!

Cooke City is a beautiful and exciting town located just miles from the North East Entrance of Yellowstone National Park. It is situated just north of the Montana/Wyoming border. The city is home to about 100 residents in the winter and about 400 residents in the summer. It is well known for its snowmobiling, snow showing, and cross country skiing in the winter. In the summer it is well known for its fishing, hiking, camping, and other outdoor activities. With the great sites and the great atmosphere in and near Cooke City visiting Cooke City is a must.

Surrounded by Beauty

Cooke City is also a fascinating city because of its location. It is surrounded by stunning scenery with so many breathtaking landmarks within close proximity. It may be a small town but a trip to Cooke City would have to include visits to the surrounding sites. The surrounding sites such as Yellowstone, the Chief Joseph Scenic Highway, the Beartooth Mountains, the Sunlight Basin, and Cody, Wyoming make Cooke City a must see destination. If you have places to visit in your bucket list, then you should think about adding a visit to Cooke City to your bucket list. Now I am not going to give you all the details about these sites, but just a preview. If you want more information about these sites visit the Cooke City Chamber of Commerce website at: http://www.cookecitychamber.org/cooke_city_montana_history.html

Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone was the first national park in the world. It is a remarkable place to visit that is full of beautiful sights. Yellowstone is well known for its wildlife, it is common to see buffalo, elk, moose, and even bears roaming the open ranges found in Yellowstone. Camping, hiking, fishing, and other outdoor activities are also popular in Yellowstone. Yellowstone is also well known for its geysers and hot springs. If you have not been to Yellowstone you have to go at least once to experience the breathtaking scenery and take on the challenge of spotting a grizzly, moose, or a wolf.

Beartooth Mountains

The Beartooth Mountains are a great place for backpacking and fishing. There are over 300 pristine lakes that make this range extremely beautiful. The Beartooth Pass also has remarkable views that make it a site that everyone should see at least once in their life.

Beartooth Pass

Dead Indian Pass

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Sunlight Creek Bridge

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Chief Joseph Scenic Highway

The Chief Joesph Scenic Highway offers opportunities for wildlife viewing, photographing beautiful scenery, and the chance to see the rugged terrain where the Nez Perce were lead by their heroic chief, Chief Joseph, while being chased by the US Calvary.

Cathedral Cliffs

The Cathedral Cliffs are breathtaking. Although the forest fires of 1988 scared the landscape they are still beautiful and offer a chance to see how powerful forest fires can be and the impact the 1988 forest fires had on the region.

Sunlight Creek Bridge

This bridge is the highest bridge in Wyoming. The bridge is a sight to see, it crosses over sheer cliffs that one can only imagine. There is a viewing area that gives you a chance to look down the hundreds of feet below into the Sunlight Gorge.

Dead Indian Summit Overlook

From here you have excellent views of the Sunlight Basin, the Absaroka Mountains, and of the Dead Indian Summit. The views are amazing and pictures or words cannot describe the breathtaking views.

Sunlight Basin

Sunlight Basin

The Sunlight Basin is a quiet and beautiful valley that is home to many wild animals. The valley has many beautiful views. In the winter months the valleys are home to hundreds of Elk that make their way down from the mountain tops in Yellowstone. The basin is also the home of the 7D Ranch.

Cody, Wyoming

Cody is a small town that, during the summer, has a rodeo every night. It is a great place to experience the great west and visit all the attractions.

Visit Cooke City!

I just wanted to introduce you to Cooke City and the surrounding areas because the countryside and the mountainous terrains make this region one of the most beautiful regions in the country. Also because of its location, no where near a large population base, it is not overcrowded and offers an excellent opportunity to experience the outdoors in peace.

Cooke City, MT

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vdubhaus 4 years ago from Jefferson, GA

Great information about a city in one of my favorite states! How far is Cooke City from Livingston? I stopped for lunch in Livingston on the way to YNP back in 2007 (think the restaurant was called The Pickle Barrel). I miss the beauty and the wonder of this part of the country.


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

Your article and photographs of Cooke City, Montana bring back some great memories of our visit to Yellowstone NP and to Cooke City. One of the highlights of our trip was seeing bears in the town browsing in someone's back yard! I enjoyed your article!


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bmguy621 4 years ago from Maryland Author

I think Cooke City is about 2 1/2 hours from Livingston. But there is only one road that goes through Cooke City so you either have to go through the park to get there or come up through Cody or Red Lodge. So if you were leaving the park to go to Livingston you should just take a quick detour to the Northeast Entrance and step out to visit Cooke City. I miss the beauty too, I can't wait to go back this summer.

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