The Montana
Rocky Top Cabin
in Yellowstone Country

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Getting Here


The Montana Rocky Top Cabin is located on a private road one mile from Hwy 212/Main Street about two miles east of Cooke City on Colter Pass, only seven miles from the NE Gate of Yellowstone National Park. 

 "At 8,600 feet, the cabin is perched on one acre bordering the Gallatin National Forest with spectacular views of the surrounding peaks."  

Scroll all the way down to find directions from nearby airports and link to all kinds of MAPS!

The drive to the cabin, whether from nearby airports or across country, is scenic and historical. 

From the Northwest or Southwest parts of the country, or the airports at Bozeman or Jackson, you will travel through Yellowstone in summer (all but the north entrance are closed in winter.)  From the East or Southeast, or the airports at Billings or Cody, you will travel through scenic byways and mountain passes with amazing vistas. 

Remember, as you enter Yellowstone, to pick up a copy of Yellowstone Today, the Park newspaper, for the most up to date information on road construction in the Park in order to avoid delays.  And we recommend that you always allow time for sightseeing or occasional wildlife-caused traffic.

Click on the photo above to visit the home page for the Beartooth Highway. 

The Beartooth Highway is called the "All American Road" and described as "The Wild Side of Yellowstone!"

When visiting after Memorial Day, take a scenic drive on the Beartooth All American Road!  The views are breathtaking!  It begins near the charming town of Red Lodge, south of Billings, MT, and takes you right to the cabin!  The Rocky Top Cabin is located a mile off Colter Pass, a stretch of the Beartooth Highway that descends west to Cooke City and the NE Gate of Yellowstone Park.  Along the approximately two hour journey, there are many amazing waterfalls, hundreds of glacial lakes, and sweeping valleys!  At the higher elevations around 10,000 feet, you will see snowy tundra on the alpine plateaus even in summer! 

Beartooth Highway Opening scheduled (weather permitting) May 31, 2008 subject to change.



Billings has an international airport and offers an opportunity to drive over the magnificent Beartooth Scenic Byway (Hwy 212) called "the most beautiful drive in America."  You will travel through Red Lodge to get to the Pass, and it's a town worth spending some time walking around or grocery shopping or having lunch.  Check there to be sure Beartooth Pass not closed due to weather, even in summer.  At 10,000 feet, you'll see the alpine tundra and blooming wildflowers against a backdrop of unmelted snow in summer!  See the map above.  2-1/2 hrs. with no stopping which is impossible to do! 

Bozeman has a wonderful local airport. You will travel through Livingston, another great town worth exploring.  The drive offers a chance to soak in the hot springs at Chico then enter Yellowstone through its historic North Entrance.  Stretch your legs with a walk along the travertine terraces at Mammoth Hot Springs.  Great wildlife watching along this route. At Roosevelt Lodge, turn east and follow the signs to Cooke City.   2-1/2 hrs..

Cody is Cowboy Country!  This town is closest to Cooke City and has a small airport.  The landscape makes a transition from Wyoming's red rock canyons along Dead Indian Pass on Hwy 120 and the Chief Joseph Scenic Byway (Hwy 296) to the lush green forest of Sunlight Basin before you reach the Cooke City area.  Where 296 meets 212, turn left to Cooke City, then prepare to turn right on Sawmill Road just past Big Moose Resort. 1-1/2 hrs.

Jackson has a great airport!  The drive will leave you speechless as you admire the towering Grand Tetons and then enter Yellowstone at the South Entrance.  Keep a watchful eye for moose!  Head over to Yellowstone Lake, up to Tower, on to Roosevelt Lodge then east to Cooke City.   4-1/2 hrs.

When you arrive in Cooke City:  Just east of town, Main Street (aka Hwy 212) climbs in elevation, or if you are arriving from the east, you will begin to descend and signs will indicate that you are approaching Cooke City.  Sawmill Road is a private road on the north side of 212 just east of the Soda Butte and Colter Campgrounds, and just west of the Big Moose Resort and Skyline Lodge, about 3 miles from town.

 Take Sawmill Road for 3/4 mi. to the cabin -- the wecome sign at the door declares you have arrived at 79 Sawmill Road.  You will pass up the sawmill and several other cabins along the way! 

Here's what you can find on the Chamber website:
- Overview of area Map
-- Yellowstone Map
-- Beartooth Gateway Map
-- Cooke Area Snowmobile Trails
-- Topo Maps
-- National Geographic Maps
-- Newsle
-- Business Listings
-- History of Cooke City
-- Links to Web Cams

Montana Rocky Top Cabin is a member of the Cooke City/Colter Pass/SilverGate Chamber of Commerce (since 2003.)

Reservations 863-840-0335 (EST)