snowy landscape
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Accommodations in Cooke City, Montana
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Welcome to Elk Horn Lodge

At Elk Horn Lodge we offer comfortable cabins and rooms in Cooke City, Montana. Enjoy convenient access to Montana's beautiful Abasaroka-Beartooth Wilderness. We're located four miles from the Yellowstone's Northeast Entrance, and 20 minutes from the world-famous Lamar Valley.

About Us

Hi! Jeff and Lisa here. We have been living out our dream since May 2009 operating this family-owned business. We have been captivated by Cooke City since the first time we visited in 1999 and we knew we'd be back to stay.

Our family chose this area as home because of the countless activities. There is so much to do in the summer from wildlife watching, hiking, biking, hunting, fishing, to skiing and snowmobiling in the winter. We enjoy the serenity and adventure of living in such a unique place. We hope you come and find what you have been looking for, just as we have. This rustic mountain town will definitely ease the stress of a hectic day-to-day.

With Yellowstone National Park's Northeast Entrance and scenic Lamar Valley just minutes away, come and experience the wonderful beauty of it all from the comfort of our lodge here in Cooke City!

Cooke City, Montana

Cooke City, Montana is a one-of-a-kind mountain destination for outdoor enthusiasts. Located between the Beartooth Mountains and the Absaroka Mountains, Cooke City is just a short distance from Yellowstone National Park's Northeast Entrance, the Yellowstone North Entrance, and Gallatin National Forest.

Cooke City is also convenient to a couple of the country's most well-known scenic drives. Beartooth Highway (U. S. Route 212) runs thru the heart of Cooke City, and Chief Joseph Scenic Byway (WY-296) is a few miles southeast of us.

All in all, Cooke City is the perfect base for all types of adventures, no matter the season.

Winter Access to Cooke City

In winter, Cooke City can be accessed by wheeled vehicles through the North Entrance of Yellowstone National Park, south of Gardiner, Montana. This road is open 24 hours to Cooke City, but not beyond it. On occasion, the road may close for a few hours at a time to allow for plowing after a heavy snowfall inside the park.

You can access Cooke City from Wyoming Highway 296, also known as Chief Joseph Scenic Byway, by only by snowmobile in the winter. You'll be able to park your vehicle at Pilot Creek. From there, it's a nine-mile ride by snowmobile on a groomed trail.


Looking for a great place to view wildlife? Cooke City offers easy access to the spectacular Lamar Valley and its abundant wildlife, including grizzly bears, wolves, elk, and bison. The rest of Yellowstone's wildlife and the scenery is within easy reach of the Elk Horn.

If you enjoy winter sports, Cooke City is the perfect location for you. It's continually ranked as a top snowmobiling destination and also offers spectacular backcountry skiing and cross country skiing, as well as snowshoeing and ice climbing.

And summers around Cooke City are filled with a variety of outdoor activities. From the Elk Horn Lodge you can fish in crystal clear lakes and streams, hike and backpack along scenic mountain trails, and view and photograph majestic landscapes and amazing wildlife.

Local Info

Need information about our area's local services? Check out our Local Info page. You'll find links related to Cooke City and the surrounding areas, and information about fishing, wildlife, weather, and much more.

If you have questions, give us a call. We look forward to meeting you!


Jeff and Lisa do a great job taking care of this hidden gem of a small hotel. We stayed here again just recently for our fishing trip into Yellowstone NP. They have done a number of upgrades to rooms that were much appreciated. We had 3 rooms on the second floor so we were all together. Our only complaint was the cigar smoker on the first floor that made sitting on the upper deck each evening very unpleasant. The smell was also evident in our rooms as we tried to keep them cool with the provided fans. Our suggestion would be that smoking only be allowed on the south side of the building. Thanks Jeff and Lisa. See you next year!
Great place to stay. trout42, TripAdvisor
Super cute place, clean, and very comfortable. The beds were so comfortable. We had gone hard all week seeing everything in Yellowstone and towns in the surrounding area. We really needed a comfortable place and comfortable bed to get a good nights rest before our flight the next day. Cooke City is such a great little town. Lots of shops and places to eat. Owner and caretaker both very nice and helpful. We stayed in the 2 story area. The outside balcony area was very pretty, flowers and rocking chairs. Great place. Highly recommend.
Great place! Very satisfied with our stay. Adventurer604063, TripAdvisor
Me and my two boys bumped into this place as we journeyed along the Beartooth highway. We thought we might stay here for a night and ended up liking it so much we stayed for 3 days. The staff are excellent and the rooms are clean and comfortable.We enjoyed eating at some of the restaurants in town and loved going over to the saloon at night. It was really nice sitting on the porch in the evenings with the table and chairs set out. If I ever return to cook City in the future I will certainly be staying here.
Great Find. Berkley W, TripAdvisor