General information

Unfortunately, we cannot offer early check-ins or late check-outs to guests. Check in is at 4:00 p.m. and check out is at 10:00 a.m.

Both cabins use a keyless entry system, so there are no keys to pick up or return! When you complete your final rental payment (due 30 days prior to your arrival date), you will receive a unique 10-digit code that will unlock the front door to your cabin during your stay.

After you enter your code, the keypad light will flash green and the deadbolt will unlock. Turn the deadbolt counter-clockwise to open the door.

Once inside, the information binders have instructions for changing the code to something shorter and easier to remember. Door codes are active at 4:00 p.m. the day of your arrival and expire at 10:00 a.m. the day you depart.

Silver Willows is flanked to the west by the Whispering Pines Cabins.  These are small rental cabins, with the nearest cabin found about 30 yards from Silver Willows Sarva cabin, through the trees.  Whispering Pines is closed in winter.  To the southeast of Ursa cabin’s meadow, a large private property stands with several buildings.  However, the owners are only part-time residents and their family uses the property infrequently.  Please respect our neighbors’ privacy by remaining on Silver Willows land during your stay.

Unlike many of the other rental properties in Silver Gate, Silver Willows is away from Highway 212, which runs through the heart of town.  Our property is located on the south side of Soda Butte Creek, across from the willows field that borders the highway, so you’re well-removed from any traffic noise.

Activities in and around the park

There are several guides and companies that offer horseback riding in the Silver Gate/Cooke City area:

Several companies in Cooke City – three miles north of Silver Gate – rent ATVs. Visit the Cooke City Chamber of Commerce website for the most up-to-date listing of availability.

You can find more information about available Off-Highway Vehicle trails in the Beartooth Ranger District on the U.S. Forest Service website or the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks website.

Most river rafting companies operate out of the town of Gardiner, Montana, which is just outside the north entrance of Yellowstone National Park. This is about a 90 minute drive from Silver Willows Cabins.

We recommend booking with the Flying Pig Adventure Company. They offer both whitewater rafting and float trips down the Yellowstone River, in addition to other activities.

If you plan to fish on our property, you will need a Montana state fishing license.  For fishing inside Yellowstone National Park, you will need a separate permit.  You can purchase permits in Cooke City (3 miles from Silver Willows).  Contact the Cooke City Chamber of Commerce for more information: (406) 838-2495.

Yes!  You are welcome to fish the creek running through the property, but you must have the appropriate Montana fishing license in order to do so.  Our guests seem to have the best luck catching fish on the property in late summer.

Bringing supplies

The kitchens in both cabins have nearly all of the appliances you may need to cook meals:

  • Oven/range
  • Microwave oven
  • Dishwasher
  • Coffee maker (with filters… we do not use a pod system)
  • Toaster
  • Slow cooker
  • Blender

We also have a full set of utensils at your disposal:

  • Silverware
  • Plates, bowls and glasses
  • Kitchen knives
  • Spoons, spatulas and other basic kitchen utensils
  • Specialized utensils such as an ice cream scoop, pizza cutter, corn skewers, etc.

The kitchen is also stocked with basic food items to supplement your cooking:

  • Ground coffee
  • Tea
  • Sugar
  • Flour
  • Spices
  • You are also welcome to use any additional non-perishable food items or condiments past guests have left behind.

Yes! All linens, including bed sheets, comforters, pillows and towels are included.

There are general stores in both Silver Gate and Cooke City, though we recommend that our guests purchase groceries in the larger cities and towns close to Yellowstone prior to their arrival.  Bozeman, Livingston, Billings, Cody and Jackson will all have the widest selection and best prices.  Gardiner and West Yellowstone also have grocery stores.

Getting there

Silver Willows has a long, elevated driveway (about 125 yards).  We generally recommend 4 wheel drive vehicles in winter due to heavy snowfall, which can occur at any time between October and May.  In winter we do have the driveway plowed a couple times per month, but 4 wheel drive is still highly recommended.

For most guests, we recommend flying into Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport (BZN), about 3 hours from Silver Gate.  Billings (BIL) is slightly closer (2.5 hours by car) but driving access is only available from late May to mid-October when the Beartooth Pass is open.