we are a small “mom & pop” lodge we have time
to talk with our guests and share some good old fashion western
hospitality. We are family owned & operated and we do
it all!! We have been in this area for 30 years and will share
our experiences with you to help you get the most out of your
What do the folks who stay at Big Moose Resort have to say
about their stay? Here are a few comments from our guests......
Sep 11, 2008
2/2 found this review helpful
We toured Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks in August 2008 and loved every minute of it! Except the accommodation inside the parks which was dire. The Big Moose Resort is outside the north east exit at Cooke City, taking you over the border into Montana. Coming through Cooke City at 7pm after a full day in the park, we did not expect to find anywhere open to buy food for our self-catering that evening. A man was sat in a rocking chair outside a little grocery store and said that he stayed open as long as people were passing! We managed to buy the basics and enjoyed his friendly service. The Big Moose Resort is a little outside the town of Cooke City on the main road and very easy to find. Arriving late, we found that our host, Bev, had left instructions to our cabin - number 9. Wow! It was absolutely fantastic. It had been newly renovated inside. All pine panelling, high ceilings with ceiling fans (welcome summer addition), a small modern kitchen with lovely big mugs and plenty of cooking utensils. There was a new 'wood-burning' stove which was gas powered, but very realistic. There were two double beds at the back of the cabin (sooo comfortable!) and a t.v. which received some cable channels. The bathroom was new with large shower, loads of hot water and complimentary toiletries. It was spacious and homely. I can't tell you how delightful it was to sit on the verandah in the evening and sip beer with shy mule deer wandering within feet of you! We saw more wildlife within a few miles of Big Moose Resort than we saw in the Lamar Valley within the Park. We saw a moose right by the roadside, heard coyotes barking and much more. You really cannot beat the ride along the Beartooth Pass. Its scenic, majestic and, best of all, devoid of all those crowds that can spoil Yellowstone. The ride out to Red Lodge and Billings was simply wonderful! Bev was wonderful and friendly and very keen to help us find our way about. If you want to escape the crowds of Old Faithful and the feeling that you are being exploited in Yellowstone, get yourself out to Cooke City and the Big Moose Resort and grab a bit of real countryside. You can't beat the Big Moose Resort. Places like Pahaska Tepee are no comparison.
Asheville, North Carolina
Jul 24, 2008
1/1 found this review helpful
During our recent trip to Yellowstone, we booked three nights at the Big Moose Resort in Cooke City. This is a small property with individual or duplex log cabins. We stayed in a duplex cabin that had a nice, complete kitchen, dining area, couch, bath with shower and bedroom with 2 queen size beds. it was clean, cozy, comfortable and relaxing to return to at the end of a long day. The owner was great, very pleasant and made sure we had everything we needed. We felt very welcome and plan to return in the winter, their big season for snowmobiling. Though we could hear the others a little in the other side, if you are traveling with a group, this would be a good place as there was a connecting door between the units. Its about 2 miles out of Cooke City so its definitely quiet and peaceful there.
Comments from 2005 summer & fall guests:
Didn't want to leave. Can't wait to come back. Thanks
for everything...Peter and family June 2005
|What a way to spend your 25th Wedding Anniversary.. September 20-29th 2005
Jack and I made it safely back to Illinois on Saturday,
after our return drive through Montana, North Dakota
We wanted to thank you for providing us with such a peaceful and comfortable home base while we explored Yellowstone. The cabin was great, and your warmth and hospitality made it even more special.
We had many great experiences exploring the park..let me share a few. One morning we found ourselves on the edge of a meadow at daybreak, surrounded by 8 bull elk who were bugling and doing a slow dance around each other in preparation for the rut. Watching these majestic animals and hearing their calls is something we will never forget.
Another day we happened upon a pack of coyotes chasing a pronghorn antelope..just a brief glimpse of the struggle for survival in the wild. They ran out of view before they took down the pronghorn, so we will never know if they were successful. Another day we observed three coyotes across a stream, just trotting along in the tall grass. I know everyone comes to see the wolves, but the coyotes are just as interesting and more likely to stay closer to the beaten path.
The herds of bison, of course, are everywhere. One morning we found ourselves in the midst of a large herd being pushed down the road by traffic behind them. Jack had the car window down and came eye to eye with a large bull..a frightening moment but fortunately no damage to the car or animal!
One afternoon we drove past a herd of bighorn sheep trotting down the mountainside, scattering rocks all over the road below and another afternoon we observed tiny white specks on a peck which turned out to be 8 mountain goats. What a sight..thanks to binoculars and a scope.
We also saw black bears, moose, deer, eagles, trumpeter swans, canadian geese and of course, wolves.
We enjoyed watching all the elk in Mammoth...and happened to catch several bulls engaged in battle the last couple of days. It's amazing to find these animals engagin in natural behaviors in a town setting. I'm sure the locals were not as amused as we.
In addition to all the wildlife, the park itself is beautiful in the fall. Driving on Tower to Canyon Road, we experienced heavy pine forests after a rainfall...the natural smells were awesome. The soft brown grasses on the hillsides in Lamar, and the beautiful Aspens and willows as they turned golden through the week...all things we will never forget. Our last morning as we drove back through the park enroute to Gardiner, thre had been a heavy frost, and all the trees were glistening with frost...they looked just like Christmas trees.
You are blessed to live in such a place. Thanks for sharing it with us. Jack and Cathy, Galesburg IL
|Sept 20, 2005 Couple that travels and loves to stay in Cabins.
Thanks for sharing your cabin with us-we enjoyed your hospitality and the beautiful scenery you are fortunate to live in...
Bill & Barb, Maggie Stansbury Park, UT
|20 year Anniversary for "coming to Cooke City" Sept 2005
Thank you for everything, the cabin is beautiful, See you soon- Thanks...Ross & Sharon, Newpark PA
|Sept 2005 Four ATV'ers from Blaine, MN
Thought I would send you this pic of the 4 of us on the ATV's as you were too busy with the Resort and everything else you do in the Area. We enjoyed Big Moose, you and all of Montanas wonderful scenery. We will return again!...Jim &Karen, Jeff & Jod.
|Repeat Visitor Barry who was here 2 years ago with 4 friends and pitched a tent, came back this year with his wife Becky. A great couple from Newport News, VA!:
Absolutely wonderful! You are so good and so kind to us--we look forward to returning again real soon. September 09, 2005
couples from Winnepeg who were off schedule and hadn't
planned on staying in Cooke City but sure were glad they
This place will be a memorable part of our trip. We
consider ourselves lucky that we found you...You know
that old saying "things happen for a reason".
been great. Nice cabins. Nice relaxing place to be.
great couple and sister-in-law from New Jersey, 2 gorgeous
sisters that you couldn't say "no " to. They
also attended our 'Old Time Fish Fry' event:
Thank you so much! We had a wonderful time and
look forward to our next visit to Yellowstone...The
Big Moose Resort made our stay even more enjoyable!
P.S. Many thanks for doing our laundry. We are now fresh
and clean! August 6, 2005
|August 2005: Dan, Karen, Bill, Holly, Jimmy
Thank you! The cabins are great and the manager/owners are wonderful, friendly people. We will recommend the Big Moose to everyone!!
|4 Michigan Bikers: Mike, Mike, Mike and Dan
It was everything we expected and more! It has been great!
Mike & his friends:
Hi Bev, We had a great time in Milwaukee . Big Moose
Resort was one of our favorite stops on the way. Chief
Joseph Highway was completely awesome. Thanks for your
and friends are repeat customers from Salem, Oregon
who pass through each year on their Harley's. Their
first trip through they were on their way to the 100th
Harley Anniversary in Milwaukee!
a play on words that we enjoyed!
Dear Bev, We had a ‘moose’ wonderful time.
Thanks so much for your kind, helpful, and gracious
manner. Enclosed is a tip to express our sincere gratitude.
God bless you always!
2004 - Some home state visitors
Very Nice! Everything was clean!—Boulder,MT
2004 was a busy month!
a great Wisconsin family:
Thanks a bunch!! We loved staying here! It couldn’t
have been nicer. We would highly recommend the Big Moose
Resort. We sure hope we can return someday. Thanks for
being so friendly—that’s what makes a place!!
it here! You have kept to the Mountain theme so well!
Great spot! Friendly People! Best king size bed I’ve
ever slept in with the softest sheets!
Thank you for your kindness during our stay at your “home”!
We enjoyed the rooms when we returned from 3 days in the
Nice & Cozy! A good resort to explore Yellowstone
from. Very friendly & helpful service. Much appreciated!
from an outstanding family from Georgia:
email is to thank you and yours for a wonderful visit
to the West. I was very pleased with the cabin and hospitality.
You both are great. We would like you to plan an eastern
vacation to visit us! Rob and I truly enjoyed this visit
a lot and we do plan to see you two again. Take care
and God bless you and yours!
wonderful messages from June, 2004
place—so homey and comfy! We had a great time!
liked the cozy, rustic atmosphere. Room was clean and
comfortable. It was also quiet and peaceful. You are
off the beaten path for us!
is always a beautiful time here. From October, 2003
Just a note to tell you how much we enjoyed our week
with you at Big Moose! We did see a Moose the morning
we left! Our pictures turned out great and we wish we
were still there. We will be back in 5 years! We have
never been some where that just felt like home! Thanks
for allowing us the beautiful week of R/R.
July, 2003 thank you from a new friend!
When we got to Montana to visit we stayed at the Big
Moose campground. The owners were both so pleasant,
a nicer place could not be found. When I needed to do
my column for my weekly paper way back home, Beverly
let me use her computer. She even faxed it between her
running. Thank you for your kindness. We appreciate
our good time here, We will always remember Montana
and Bev & Todd with all their good cheer, Thank
a June, 2003 e-mail:
I just got back from my stay at the Big Moose Resort,
Bev & Todd are wonderful hosts and have a great
location just east of town. I miss it terribly and am
already looking forward to my next visit there. The
Absorka/Beartooth Wilderness is just as beautiful as
Yellowstone itself and Cooke City is the perfect place
to enjoy both. It is so quaint and I hope it never changes.
Thanks to all (especially to Bev & Todd) for the
Kevin wrote this e-mail that same month
Bev & Todd, Thanks for the great stay at your place.
You have a beautiful location and are wonderful hosts.
I really enjoyed my stay with you and look forward to
my next visit which I hope is very soon (maybe next
year). I will pass the word to anyone with plans of
visiting Yellowstone that you are “THE place to
stay! Good luck to you, have a great season (& year)
and hope to see you again! Missing the mountains. Kevin
P.S. Thanks for the map!!!
another June, 2003 email:
I just got back from my stay at the Big Moose Resort,
Bev & Todd are wonderful hosts and have a great location
just east of town. I miss it terribly and am already looking
forward to my next visit there. The Absorka/Beartooth
Wilderness is just as beautiful as Yellowstone itself
and Cooke City is the perfect place to enjoy both. It
is so quaint and I hope it never changes. Thanks to all
(especially to Bev & Todd) for the perfect trip!