Who would have thought that this tiny community on the outskirts of Lamar Valley in Yellowstone Park would be one of the most laid back places to stay while visiting the park. Arriving from the opposite side of the gate i.e Red Lodge via the unbelievaby stunning Bearthooth Pass or via Chief Joseph Scenic highway from Cody, WY one will be amazed by the beauty. Beartooth Pass has been known as one if not THE most scenic drive in America. Expect to see snow almost all year round on the 11, 000ft Route 212.
If you happen to come through the park then you will be equally blown away by the natural beauty that surrounds the town. A stunning majestic mountain welcomes you with open arms to the quant community.
When you arrive don't be surprised by the camouflaged vehicles and seemlingly over popularion of metal mountain goats greeting you with open arms. Check-in is at the the Silver Gate General Store. You can't miss it.
The store has a firepit that is almost always manned by someone that knows the area and the park.
We found Silver Gate Lodging through a basic Google search and we had some expectations. Everything we expereinced exceeded those expecations plus more. First, there are many cabin choices including motel rooms, a huge lodge aka The Range Riders Lodge. Pine Edge cabins, Silver Gate Cabins, Whispering Pines etc. They even have houses that will entertain a big family of uo to 10.
So, if you are looking for affordable lodging opportunities less a mile from the Northeast gate entrance then look no further.
This the ideal destination for those seeking a comfortable and convenient stay.
See the Wolves of Yellowstone. Take a wildlife tour.
Since Silver Gate is so close to Lamar Valley it makes perfect sense to take advantage of this rare opportunity to see not only the Yellowstone Wolves but also the maby other wild animals traversing across the valley.
We took a sunrise wildlife tour with Silver Gate Guides. We left before sunrise from the general store which was super convenient since we stayed not far behing the store at Silver Gate cabins.
Words are not enough the describe this life changing event. Whatever you do. Make sure you take a tour. You will not regret it.
Here is a link to Silver Gate Guides
Here are more activities in and around Silver Gate, Montana
Vacation time is best spent filled with activities for the kids and relaxation for the adults. Yellowstone is no stranger to the draw of summer crowds and with that comes ways to spend the time.
Yellowstone National Park is a vast and diverse area with a multitude of activities to enjoy. Lamar Valley, located in the northeastern corner of the park, is particularly known for its abundant wildlife, stunning scenery, and hiking trails. Here are some things to do in and around Yellowstone National Park, specifically near Lamar Valley:
- Wildlife Watching: Lamar Valley is often referred to as the "Serengeti of North America" due to its abundant wildlife population. Visitors can observe bison, elk, pronghorn, bears, wolves, and many other species in their natural habitat. Early morning and late evening are the best times for spotting wildlife. Private guided tours available from Silver Gate, Montana into Lamar Valley. See Silver Gate Guides for daily tours.
- Hiking: Lamar Valley has many hiking trails, ranging from easy to difficult. The Lamar Valley Trail is a 6-mile round trip hike that offers breathtaking views of the valley and its wildlife.
- Fishing: Lamar River is a popular destination for fly fishing. The river is home to native Yellowstone cutthroat trout and attracts anglers from all over the world.
- Scenic Drives: Lamar Valley is accessible by car, and the drive itself is a stunning experience. Visitors can take the Lamar Valley Drive, which is a 29-mile scenic route that passes through the valley and offers panoramic views of the surrounding mountains.
- Ranger Programs: The park offers ranger-led programs that provide an opportunity to learn about the history, geology, and ecology of Lamar Valley and Yellowstone National Park.
- Camping: There are several campgrounds located in and around Lamar Valley. Slough Creek Campground is a popular choice among visitors due to its scenic location and proximity to prime wildlife watching spots.
- Horseback Riding: Visitors can explore Lamar Valley on horseback. There are several outfitters in the area that offer guided horseback rides.
- Winter Sports: Lamar Valley is open year-round and offers winter sports such as cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.
Overall, Lamar Valley offers a unique and unforgettable experience for visitors to Yellowstone National Park.