Welcome to Meeteetse
Come enjoy our hospitality and meet Meeteetse, Wyoming! Where outlaws rode and cattle barons ruled the land. Where wooden boardwalks, hitching rails and water troughs still line the streets. Where the rugged Absaroka Mountains meet the Wyoming Bad Lands. Wyoming’s best kept secret! Some of the best fishing, hunting, sight seeing and wildlife viewing available anywhere! Make Meeteetse your base camp and plan on visiting Cody, the Irma Hotel, the Buffalo Bill Center of the West and Yellowstone National Park. Cody is 30 miles, Thermopolis is 52 miles and boasts the world’s largest hot springs and Wyoming Dinosaur Center. We are only 80 miles to the east entrance to Yellowstone National Park.
Meeteetse can be the restful base camp for your stay in Wyoming. And remember, watch for wildlife, especially deer as you travel in the Meeteetse area.
Meeteetse has a small bus service going into Cody once a week (depending on interest), on Thursdays. Call the Meeteetse Rec. Center at 307.868.2603 or their website for information. Meeteetse has no train connections.
Yellowstone Regional Airport is 32 miles away in Cody and features daily flights with several major carriers with service to Denver, CO and Salt Lake City, UT. There are also rental car agencies at the airport.
Where the Deer and Antelope Play
Sightseeing and photo opportunities are plentiful south of Meeteetse on Highway 290, the Pitchfork Road. Look for wildlife like mule deer, elk and antelope or enjoy the Wyoming sky and majestic mountain ranges. Drive up the Wood River or journey to Sunshine Reservoir while passing some of Wyoming’s most famous historical ranches. Consult a map for directions.
Kirwin Mine and Ghost Town
Gold was discovered at Kirwin, high on the Wood River in 1885. By 1894, the Shoshone River Mining Co. formed and the first ore was shipped from Kirwin by mule in 1897. Kirwin became well established, with 200 people and 38 buildings, including boarding houses, a hotel, a sawmill, a post office, stores and houses, but no cemetery, saloons or brothels.
The Town of Meeteetse
It’s difficult to find a more authentic western town in Wyoming than Meeteetse. From a history rich in colorful stories of outlaws like Butch Cassidy, to historical cattle ranches and a downtown that still features wooden boardwalks, Meeteetse gives the visitor a glimpse of how the West used to be.
Kirwin’s Famous Pilot
In the early 1930’s, Carl Dunrud purchased the Kirwin area and the lands around it. Six and a half miles below Kirwin he built the Double D Dude Ranch. Among his first guests were Amelia Earhart and her husband, George Putnam. Later, Earhart asked Dunrud to build a cabin for her, where she planned to come after her flight around the world.
Annual Meeteetse Ice Fishing Derby
While fishing is always good, the best ice fishing in Northwest Wyoming can be found here. This local event is held annually and draws entries from all over Wyoming and beyond. Contestant teams compete for prizes and bragging rights while ice-fishing for trout in the Upper Sunshine Reservoir.
Meeteetse Visitor Center
Hours of Operation
Tuesday – Saturday
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Drop Us a Line
Don’t be shy. Let us know if you have any questions!