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Attractions near Cooke City, Montana

In Cooke City and the surrounding areas, you can enjoy a variety of activities throughout the year. 

Winter activities are especially popular in our area. Simply put, we have the best powder in Montana. And, at Elk Horn Lodge you can head out right from your front door, and enjoy an infinite number of winter sports:  Snowmobiling, backcountry skiing, cross-country skiing, you name it. If you love winter sports, Elk Horn Lodge is the place for you! Summers in the Cooke City area are just as entertaining as winters. Enjoy hiking, backpacking, scenic drives, and any number of other activities near Yellowstone National Park and the rugged Beartooth Mountains. And, of course some activities, like wildlife watching, can be enjoyed year-round.

We've divided our Attractions page into winter, summer, and year-round sections for your convenience. Check this page often as we update the information on it regularly. For more information, give us a call. We'd love to hear from you!

Winter Attractions

Wolf Watching near Lamar Valley

Lamar Valley, in Yellowstone's Northern Range, is one of the premier locations for viewing wolves in their natural habitat. Take a look at our article on wolf watching in Lamar Valley for more information.

Winter Activities near Cooke City

While Cooke City is typically associated with snowmobiling, it's also a great place to try other winter activities. Check out this article for more information on winter activities you can enjoy when you visit Cooke City.

Cooke City Snowmobile Resources

Need information on snowmobiling in the Cooke City area? Take a look at our Cooke City Snowmobile Resources for trail maps, snowmobile rentals, avalanche information, and much more.

Snowmobile Trails near Cooke City

Cooke City, Montana is considered one of the best areas for snowmobiling in the United States. With a snowmobile season that can last from November until June and over 200 inches of snow a year it's easy to see why. To find out more, check out our article on the best snowmobile trails near Cooke City.
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Summer Attractions

Fishing the Clarks Fork River

Looking for great fly fishing in the Cooke City area. Try Clarks Fork River. Upper Clark's Fork runs parallel to Highway 212 and Highway 296, making it one of the most accessible rivers in our area. There are plenty of pullouts along the way where you can park and hike down to the river. Expect to find rainbow trout and brook trout, as well as Yellowstone cutthroat trout. The best time of year to fish Upper Clark's Fork is around mid-July, mainly because the river isn't running as fast as earlier in the year, and wading is much easier.

Hiking in the Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness

The Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness has a number of excellent trails appropriate for a wide variety of skill levels. In fact the wilderness area has over 700 miles of trails perfect for hiking and backpacking. Note that this is a wilderness area. Don't count on cell phone service. It would be a good idea to carry a map and know how to use it. Give us a call if you need information on hiking in the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness.
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Year-Round Attractions

Wildlife Watching

One of the most popular activities near Cooke City is wildlife watching, especially in the spring and fall.
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