Silver Gate and Cooke City differ in many ways, even though only three miles separates the two communities. You may be told that Silver Gate is not snowmobile friendly. That is not true. There are a few residents that may try to tell you that snowmobiles are not allowed, but that is also not true, with exception to their own private properties.
Since there are no dedicated snowmobile trails, other than Monument Avenue and the Bannock Trail to Cooke City, most sledders don’t spend their days here in Silver Gate. Cooke City has access to all the mountains trails and is generally more accustomed to snowmobiles. Silver Gate attracts more of the cross country skiers, snow shoe enthusiasts and Yellowstone photographers. However, not all sledders want to deal with the noise and smoke during the evening hours in Cooke City. Many desire spending a quiet evening and their nights here in Silver Gate. We all welcome that!
As a rule, Silver Gate wants to remain as quiet as possible, and please keep in mind that here at Silver Willows, someone may be staying at the second cabin next to yours. That means quiet starts and warm-ups in the mornings. Please consider Silver Gate like a “No Wake” zone on a lake. Ride slow and quiet until you leave this residential area. The same should apply when returning here… slow and as quiet as you can. No revving the engines, high speeds or racing. If all those rules are followed, there won’t be problems with the neighbors that may be more sensitive to the noise created by a select few. Also, please remember that riding is not allowed on Highway 212 between Silver Gate and Cooke City. Always use the Bannock Trail to and from Cooke City.
- TRAVELING TO/FROM THE CABIN: When you depart Silver Willows on your snowmobile (and return), please only use the plowed driveway to reach Monument Avenue and the Bannock Trail. Do not cut through neighboring properties to reach the Bannock.
- DRAINAGE FIELD: Parallel to the driveway is an elevated drainage field on the neighboring property. Do not ride on this area, as it is fragile. Please see the attached map for the drainage field location.
TRAILERS: Silver Willows has plenty of trailer parking. However, the cabin is reached via a long (~125 yards) elevated driveway. The entry to the Sarva cabin is flanked by trees, making it more difficult to negotiate with longer trailers. We generally do not recommend trying to bring trailers longer than 24 feet back to this cabin. Guests at either cabin are welcome to use the additional parking spaces at the end of the driveway (between the two cabins). However, if you are staying at Sarva, please do not park trailers in front of the Ursa cabin or in a way that may block access to Ursa.