Cooke City is an alpine village with an abundance of snow for much of the year. It is perhaps most famous for the road that connects Cooke City with Red Lodge: Called “the most scenic drive in America” by Charles Kuralt, the Beartooth Pass, on U.S. Highway 212, has dramatic switchbacks traversing the spectacular Beartooth Range of south-central Montana. The Beartooth Pass is open only in summer months (approximately June-October), however, the town is accessible year-round by way of the Gardiner/Mammoth Hot Springs/northern entrance of Yellowstone National Park (U.S. Highway 89).
Established in the early 1880s, the town still has a rustic Old West atmosphere, which can be traced to its mining roots. Today, surrounded by national forest, wilderness and Yellowstone National Park, the area is an outdoor recreationist’s dream. Impressive high mountain peaks and valleys, as well as massive annual snowfalls abound, and Cooke City has become a destination locale for world-class snowmobiling.
Population: 142 | Elevation: 7,600ft. | County: Park | www.cookecitychamber.org