True West’s Ultimate Historic Travel Guide: Great Basin and Rocky Mountains Your guide to the best hotels, restaurants, and saloons in Colorado, Montana, Utah and Wyoming.

Ultimate Historic Travel Guide Great Basin Rocky Mountains True West Magazine
At the height of the silver boom in 1887, pharmacist-turned-hotel entrepreneur Henry Strater, with the assistance of his family, built the elegant Strater Hotel in Durango, Colorado. The hotel quickly gained a reputation as one of the most elegant in the West. The Strater Hotel is home to the Durango Melodrama & Vaudeville, Henry Strater Theatre, Diamond Belle Saloon and Mahogany Grille.
— Photo courtesy of The Strater Hotel —

The Great Basin and Rocky Mountains region is home to some of the West’s largest national parks, including Yellowstone, Glacier, Grand Teton, Rocky Mountain, Zion and Bryce, and some of the West’s most historical mining towns, ranching communities and historic battlefield sites—including Little Big Horn and Big Hole in Montana. Touring by car or RV is the best way to enjoy this vast section of the West, with plenty of scenic highways to choose from in all four states.

When planning a trip to Great Basin and the Rocky Mountains, we recommend contacting the state office of tourism and then checking online or calling ahead directly to the restaurant, saloon or hotel you want to visit to ensure it is open or has a room available when you arrive. And don’t forget to schedule extra travel time—especially during the winter months—to enjoy spontaneous stops in this history-rich region.

Colorado

Colorado Tourism Office

1625 Broadway, Ste 1700, Denver, CO 80202
800-265-6723 • Colorado.com

Armstrong Hotel

259 College Ave, Fort Collins, CO 80524
970-484-3883 • TheArmstrongHotel.com

Beaumont Hotel & Spa

505 Main St, Ouray, CO 81427
970-325-7000 • BeaumontHotel.com

The Broadmoor

1 Lake Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80906
719-623-5112 • Broadmoor.com

Brown Palace Hotel & Spa

321 17th St, Denver, CO 80202
303-297-3111 • BrownPalace.com

The Buckhorn Exchange

1000 Osage, Denver, CO 80204
303-534-9505 • Buckhorn.com

The Cliff House at Pikes Peak

306 Canon Ave, Manitou Springs, CO 80829
719-785-1000 • TheCliffHouse.com

Delaware Hotel

700 Harrison Ave, Leadville, CO 80461
800-748-2004 • DelawareHotel.com

The Fort Restaurant

19192 Highway 8, Morrison, CO 80465
303-697-4771 • TheFort.com

General Palmer Hotel

567 Main St, Durango, CO 81301
800-523-3358 • GeneralPalmerHotel.com

Glenwood Hot Springs Lodge

415 E 6th St, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
800-537-7946 • HotSpringsPool.com

Golden Burro Café & Lounge

710 Harrison Ave, Leadville, CO 80461
719-486-1239 • GoldenBurro.com

Grand Imperial Hotel

1219 Greene St, Silverton, CO 81433
970-387-5527 • GrandImperialHotel.com

Hotel Colorado

526 Pine St, Colorado Springs, CO 81601
800-544-3998 • HotelColorado.com

Historic Western Hotel

206 & 210 7th Ave, Ouray, CO 81427
888-624-8403 • HistoricWesternHotel.com

Hotel de Paris

409 6th St, Georgetown, CO 80444
303-569-2311 • HotelDeParisMuseum.org

Meeker Hotel & Café

560 Main St, Meeker, CO 81641
970-878-5255 • MeekerHotel.com

The Minturn Saloon

146 N Main St, Minturn, CO 81645
970-827-5954 • MinturnSaloon.com

Rochester Hotel

726 E Second Ave, Durango, CO 81301
800-664-1920 • RochesterHotel.com

The Stanley Hotel

333 Wonderview Ave, Estes Park, CO 80517
800-976-1377 • StanleyHotel.com

Strater Hotel

699 Main St, Durango, CO 81301
970-375-7123 • Strater.com

The Windsor Hotel

665 Grand Ave, Del Norte, CO 81132
719-657-9031 • WindsorHotelDelNorte.com

Montana

Travel Montana

PO Box 200533, Helena, MT 59620-0133
800-847-4868 • VisitMt.com

Bale of Hay Saloon

344 W Wallace St, Virginia City, MT 59755
406-843-5700 • BaleOfHaySaloon.com

The Barrister Bed & Breakfast

416 N Ewing St, Helena, MT 59601
406-443-7330 • TheBarristerMT.com

Boulder Hot Springs Inn & Spa

31 Hot Springs Rd, Boulder, MT 59632-9101
406-225-4339 • BoulderHotSprings.com

The Calvert Hotel

216 7th Ave S, Lewistown, MT 59457
877-371-5411 • TheCalvertHotel.com

Fairweather Inn

305 Wallace St, Virginia City, MT 59755
406-843-5377 AlderGulchAccomodations.com

Gibson Mansion Bed & Breakfast

823 39th St, Missoula, MT 59803
406-251-1345 • GibsonMansion.com

Grand Union Hotel

1 Grand Union Sq, PO Box 1119, Fort Benton, MT 59442
888-838-1882 • GrandHotel.com

Izaak Walton Inn

290 Izaak Walton Inn Rd, Essex, MT 59916
406-888-5700 • IzaakWaltonInn.com

The Jeffers Inn

75 Jeffers Rd, Ennis, MT 59729
406-682-7000 • TheJeffersInn.com

Kaiser House Lodging

203 E Broadway St, Philipsburg, MT 59858
406-859-2004 • KaiserHouseLodging.com

Kalispell Grand Hotel

100 S Main St, Kalispell, MT 59901
406-755-8100 • KalispellGrandHotel.com

Many Glacier Hotel

Hwy 8, Babb, MT 59411
855-733-4522 • GlacierNationalParkLodges.com

Metlen Hotel and Bar

5 S Railroad Ave, Dillon, MT 59725
406-683-2335 • MetlenHotel.com

Montana Bar

612 Main St, Miles City, MT 59301
406-234-5809 • TheMontanaBar.com

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From mid-May to mid-September, visitors to Montana’s historic Nevada City can stay in the Nevada City Hotel & Cabins, which includes 14 hotel rooms and 17 cabins. On the hotel’s first floor are the saloon and the Stage Stop Coffee Shop.
— Courtesy June Russell-Chamberlin, Nevada City, Montana —

Nevada City Hotel

1578 MT-287, Virginia City, MT 59755
406-843-5382 • AlderGulchAccomodations.com

Old Saloon

210 Railroad Ln, Emigrant, MT 59027
406-333-4482 • OldSaloonMt.com

The Oxford Café

337 N Higgins Ave, Missoula, MT 59802
406-549-0117 • The-Oxford.com

The Silver Dollar Saloon

133 S Main St, Butte, MT 59701
406-782-7367 • ButteAmerica.com

Utah

Utah Office of Tourism

300 North St, Salt Lake City, UT 84114-7420
800-200-1160 • Travel.Utah.gov

Bluebird Restaurant

19 Main St, Logan, UT 84321
435-752-3155 TheBluebirdRestaurant.com

Gouldings Lodge at Monument Valley

Oljato-Monument Valley, UT 84536
435-727-3231 • Gouldings.com

Historic Pioneer Lodge

838 Zion Park Blvd, Springdale, UT 84767
435-772-3233 • ZionPioneerLodge.com

Idle Isle Café

2527, 24 S Main St, Brigham City, UT 84302
435-734-2468 • IdleIsleCafe.com

Lion House Pantry

63 E S Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84150
801-539-3616 • TempleSquare.com

Little Wonder Café

101 N Main St, Richfield, UT 84701
435-896-8960 • No Website

The Lodge at Bryce Canyon

Bryce Canyon National Park, Bryce, UT 84764
877-386-4383 • BryceCanyonForever.com

Mexican Hat Lodge

100 Main Hwy 163, Mexican Hat, Utah 84531
435-683-2222 • MexicanHat.net

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The lobby walls of the Parry Lodge in Kanab, Utah, display photos of the many movie stars who’ve stayed there, including Sergeants 3 stars Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. The lodge lacked a swimming pool for after-shoot parties so the actors reportedly paid to have one built.
— Courtesy Kane County/Southern Utah Office of Tourism —

Parry Lodge

89 E Center St, Kanab, UT 84741
888-289-1722 • ParryLodge.com

The Peery Hotel

110 Broadway, Salt Lake City, UT 84101
801-521-4300 • PeeryHotel.com

Porter’s Place

24 W Main St, Lehi, UT 84043
801-768-8348 • PorterRockwellUtah.com

Shooting Star Saloon

7350 E 200 South, Huntsville, UT 84317
801-745-2002 • ShootingStarSaloon.com

Thunderbird Restaurant

Junction US Hwy 89, UT-9, Mt Carmel, UT 84755
435-648-2262 • No Website

Zion National Park Lodge

1 Zion Lodge, Springdale, UT 84767
435-772-7700 • ZionLodge.com

Wyoming

Wyoming Travel & Tourism

1520 Etchepare Cir, Cheyenne, WY 82002
800-225-5996 • WyomingTourism.org

The Albany

1506 Capital Ave, Cheyenne, WY 82001
307-638-3507 • AlbanyCheyenne.com

Blackwater Creek Ranch

1516 N Fork Hwy, Cody, WY 82414
307-587-5201 • BlackwaterCreekRanch.com

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Named for his daughter, the Irma Hotel in Cody, Wyoming, was built by Buffalo Bill Cody in 1902. Today at the Irma, you can stay in historic rooms, have a meal and drinks, and even stay in Buffalo Bill’s private suite.
— Courtesy Creative Commons 3.0 —

Buffalo Bill’s Irma Hotel

1192 Sheridan Ave, Cody, WY 82414
307-587-4221 • IrmaHotel.com

The Historic Elk Mountain Hotel

102 Main St, Elk Mountain, WY 82324
307-348-7774ElkMountainHotel.com

Historic Greybull

600 Greybull Ave, Greybull, WY 82426
307-202-0329 • HistoricHotelGreybull.com

Historic Plains Hotel

1600 Central Ave, Cheyenne, WY 82001
307-638-3311 • ThePlainsHotel.com

The Historic Virginian Hotel

404 Lincoln Hwy, Medicine Bow, WY 82329
307-379-2377 • TheHistoricVirginianHotel.vpweb.com

Hotel Wolf

101 Bridge Ave, Saratoga, WY 82331
307-326-5525 • WolfHotel.com

The Invasion Bar and Grill

343 Nolan Ave, Kaycee, WY 82639
307-738-2211 • No Website

Lake Yellowstone Hotel & Cabins

235 Yellowstone Lake Rd, Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190
307-344-7311 • YellowstoneNationalParkLodges.com

Miner’s & Stockmen’s Steakhouse

608 Main St, Hartville, WY 82215
307-836-2008 • WyomingsOldestBar.com

The Mint Bar

151 N Main St, Sheridan, WY 82801
307-674-9696 • MintBarWyo.com

Mountain View Hotel & Cafe

2747 Wyoming 130, Centennial, WY 82055
307-742-3588TheMountainViewHotel.com

The Occidental Hotel

10 N. Main St, Buffalo, WY 62834
307-684-0451 • OccidentalWyoming.com

Saratoga Hot Springs Resort

601 E Pic Pike Rd, Saratoga, WY 82331
307-326-5261 • SaratogaHotSpringsResort.com

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The fully restored Historic Sheridan Inn in Sheridan, Wyoming, was built in 1892. Enjoy a meal in the Open Range Restaurant before retiring to one of the finely appointed modern rooms.
— Courtesy Sheridan Tour and Travel —

Sheridan Inn

856 Broadway St, Sheridan, WY 82801
307-655-7861 • SheridanInn.com

The Wort Hotel

50 Glenwood St, Jackson, WY 83001
307-733-2190 • WortHotel.com

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Stuart Rosebrook

As senior editor of True West Magazine, Stuart Rosebrook oversees all editorial covering Old West travel, firearms and books. He has a Ph.D in U.S. History from Arizona State University, and he owns a multimedia communications business, Quo Vadis Communications, based in Iowa City, Iowa.