The Range Rider's Lodge is located in Silver Gate, MT one mile from the Northeast Entrance to Yellowstone. Opened in 1938, this historic building was originally an “indoor playground” for drinking, gambling, and prostitution. Today, it's more tame with ten rooms for rent and a low-key bar open from 6-10pm most nights. It's a stunningly beautiful, rustic lodging option for people who don't mind communal bathrooms and creaky floors.
Room #12 has a full-size bed and comfortably sleeps two people.
In 1938, the Range Rider's Lodge opened. Originally named the Gorham Chalet, it was used less for lodging and more as an “indoor playground” for drinking, gambling, and prostitution. In those early days, Ernest Hemingway used to frequent our bar on Saturday nights as he spent a couple summers living and writing on a nearby ranch (we actually have a small Hemingway museum dedicated to his time in the area).
Since it's opening, the Range Rider has seen some wild times, passed through many owners, different phases, and enlivened a small mountain community. No longer the “indoor playground” of the late 30's and 40's, today the Range Rider is a bit tamer. With a low-key beer and wine bar open in the summer for a few hours most nights and twenty rooms located as close as you can stay to the wildlife of Lamar Valley in Yellowstone, the lodge has taken on a bit of a new persona recently. Yet, the Range Rider still maintains all the character and architectural beauty it has all these years.
While the phenomenal woodwork and remarkable history of the building can be appreciated by anyone, the Range Rider was built in another era and we won't try to convince you it's luxurious lodging. It's a rustic lodging option for people who seek unique experience and don't mind communal bathrooms, creaky floors, and thin walls. For people who prefers novelty and rich character over the sterile comfort of a hotel chain.
The Range Rider's Lodge has a total of 23 rooms, all located on the 2nd floor of the lodge. The 1st floor of the lodge is split, half, a dining area with many tables you're welcome to hang out at, the other half, our bar that's open from 6-10pm Wednesday to Sunday night.
The Range Rider has communal bathrooms throughout, yet only used one person at a time, they maintain your privacy. Three bathrooms have a shower and toilet. Two have a shower only. One has a toilet only.
In the interest of safety and insurance, guests cannot use the kitchen, however we do have BBQ grills outside (charcoal can be purchased at the General Store next door).
Other things to note
There is no wifi or television in the Rider. There is no cell phone service in town either (free high-speed wifi is available 3 miles up the road at the Cooke City Chamber of Commerce). Instead of TV and social media, the lodge is a sort of hostel-style setup where guests venture down to the lounge and bar area in the evening to relax by the fireplace, grab a drink, or play games (we have a foosball table, giant Jenga, and many board games). Like a hostel, it's a place where you can meet fellow travelers, yet, like a hotel, you still have your space. It's the kind of place people remember decades later and should you pass through town again in the future, you'd be curious and stop in to have another look around (as people do every day).
While the Range Rider is an older building with few frills, we're here to make your Yellowstone experience the best it can be. Each room comes with a short, helpful “best of” Yellowstone guidebook written by Henry, the owner of the lodge, who's spent the better part of the last 25 years in and around Yellowstone. At the Silver Gate General Store immediately next door, we sell bear spray, wolf charts, and detailed maps of Yellowstone in addition to renting out spotting scopes and binoculars. Our staff is comprised of individuals who work here to be near the park and they're more than happy to provide recommendations on how to best spend your time here.
We hope to be your “home base” from which to venture into the wild of Yellowstone. A remarkably unique, authentic Montana lodge that's an experience within itself and comes with the knowledge and resources you need to make the most of your time exploring Yellowstone.
Checkout time is 10:00am.
Upon arrival stop by the Silver Gate General Store (it's right next door!) and check in at the front desk. The store closes at 9pm, if you arrive after then an envelope with a key and your name on it will be on the General Store's front door!
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