Your Cooke City Mountain House is the ideal vacation home rental to enjoy the northeast corner of Yellowstone National Park and the Absaroka-Beartooth Mountains. Make this your relaxing basecamp or personal private retreat summer, fall, winter, and spring.
Why stay with us? The views! Enjoy sweeping mountain views from the upstairs living, dining, kitchen, and large deck. There are two stories, a loft, and a large private yard for everyone to spread out and relax. Walk to all the services in town. The house is well located on the main road, mid-town toward the quiet end, and sits at the back of the property, offering privacy from Main Street. Stay just one night! We don't require a multi-day stay, and we don't charge an additional cleaning fee.
Amenities: A south-facing cathedral ceiling and window wall invite the outside in. The great room, eat-in kitchen, master bedroom, and full bath are upstairs to take advantage of the sweeping 180-degree park and mountain views. Watch the weather roll up the valley, the sun's light painting the face of Mount Republic and the Fin, while you cook in the fully-equipped kitchen. French doors open to a large deck, where you will enjoy spectacular sunrises and sunsets. Sip your morning coffee at the built-in bar and plan your day's adventures while the mountains, valley, and town wake up.
The home also offers a large open loft area. Downstairs there is a common area near the wood stove with a full sleeper sofa, a 3/4 bath, two more bedrooms, and a laundry room. We offer unlimited Wi-Fi, satellite TV, landline phone, dishwasher, and washer and dryer to provide all the luxuries of home. There is also a large private yard with lawn, and off-street parking.
Location, location, location. The Cooke City Mountain House is four miles from the Northeast Entrance to Yellowstone National Park. Head into Yellowstone for the day to watch wolves, grizzly bears, bison, and elk in the world-famous Lamar Valley. Drive east, and you're on the Beartooth Highway, described by former CBS correspondent Charles Kuralt as "'the most beautiful drive in America." If you survive the drive and continue to the other side of the Beartooth Pass, you can enjoy the quaint, historic town of Red Lodge, Montana. You can also day trip over the spectacular Chief Joseph Scenic Highway to Cody, Wyoming, and visit the Buffalo Bill Museum while enjoying Western hospitality.
Endless activities await. Walk to shopping, dining, bars, and the Cooke City Montana Museum and Chamber of Commerce. Hike, backpack, and fish from the door, and disappear into the wilderness. Mountain bike dirt roads and trails to scenic destinations. In the winter, ski directly into the Absoroka-Beartooth Mountains. You can also snowmobile right from the door to all the trails outside of town, no need to trailer your machines or drive to parking areas in town. What do you want to do today? We can help you plan your visit. Please get in touch!
Highlights by season:
Spring: Quiet! Crazy weather, snow to sun to rain. Best time to watch wildlife, baby animals! Ski and snowmobile, or hike, depending on which way you go. Park roads begin to open. The road east of Cooke City to the Chief Joseph Scenic Byway (Wyoming Highway 296) usually opens the first weekend in May. The Beartooth Highway (US Highway 212) usually opens the Friday morning of Memorial Day weekend, depending on weather.
Summer: Roads are open. Wildflowers are out. Prime visitor season. Opportunities are endless.
Fall: Quiet! Fall colors. The Beartooth Highway closes early October, and the road east of Cooke City to the Chief Joseph Highway usually closes soon after. Park roads begin to close.
Winter: Wonderland! Ski, snowmobile. Watch wildlife in the park's Lamar Valley.
Yellowstone National Park is huge! It has five entrances, and Cooke City is at its Northeast Entrance. The road to Cooke City from Gardiner, Montana, through the park is open year-round. The road from Cooke City east to Red Lodge and Cody is closed to vehicles (open to snowmobiles) during the winter. Cooke City currently has no cellular phone service. Throughout Yellowstone, cell service is limited, and Verizon cell phones get the best reception. If you are visiting the area for the first time, please get in touch with questions.