19th Biennial Hemingway Society Conference in Wyoming/Montana

Travel Options

Driving a car:
One of the best ways to experience the area of the 2020 Hemingway Society Conference is to fly into Billings International Airport on Sunday, rent a car and drive to Sheridan, Wyoming (2 hours, 133 miles) for the first four nights of the conference. Then on Thursday, a conference travel day, continue on to Cooke City, Montana (4.5 hours, 250 miles) where we will spend the next three nights. The conference ends on Saturday night, so on Sunday morning drive back to the Billings airport (2.5 hours, 125 miles).

Driving a car from Billings will be a world-class loop that will take you

  • through the Little Bighorn Battlefield;
  • to Sheridan, Wyoming (where Hemingway finished A Farewell to Arms);
  • over the Big Horn Mountains;
  • through Cody, Wyoming;
  • through the Absoroka Mountains
  • to Cooke City, Montana (from where Hemingway sent off final drafts of Death in the Afternoon and To Have and Have Not);
  • over the Beartooth Mountains;
  • through Red Lodge, Montana (hometown of Robert Jordan); and
  • back to the Billings airport.

Having your own car (or rental) will allow you to go at your own pace, stopping to visit museums, hike, fish, raft, watch wildlife, attend rodeos, visit Yellowstone, etc. This loop will show conference attendees the best of Wyoming, Montana, and Cooke City/Yellowstone, all through a Hemingway-tinted lens.

Not driving a car:
For people attending the conference who cannot or would rather not drive, during conference registration we will be offering two transportation alternatives if you fly into the Billings airport. Note that most paper presentations will take place in Sheridan.

1) To attend both Sheridan and Cooke City locations without a car:*
Fly into the Billings airport (Saturday recommended) and on Sunday and take the 10:30 am (MWT) conference shuttle bus service into Sheridan, Wyoming ($50). Once you are in Sheridan, shuttles will run from all major hotels to all academic sessions and conference events.  Then on Thursday, a conference travel day, take the conference bus service at 9:00 am to Cooke City, Montana ($175)* with a lunch stop at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody. This bus continues at 9:00 am on Sunday to the Billings airport, arriving by 5:00 pm. See the bus schedule for details. For those choosing the Cooke City bus service, the bus will also provide transportation to all academic sessions and conference events in Cooke City.
*IMPORTANT: LODGING RESTRICTIONS APPLY TO THIS OPTION.
In Cooke City all bus passengers must stay at either The Grizzly Lodge: www.yellowstonelodges.com
or, Silver Gate, Pine Edge and Whispering Pines Guest Cabins: www.pineedgecabins.com/en-us 
If you will be taking this bus you should make your old west dinner cowboy cookout reservations as soon as possible. See society website for the cookout details at www.hemingwaysociety.org/old-west-dinner-coookout or www.yellowstonenationalparklodges.com/adventure/wild-west-adventures/old-west-dinner-cookout

2) To attend only the Sheridan location without a car:
Fly into Billings and take the 10:30 am (MWT) conference shuttle bus to Sheridan ($50). Then on Thursday take the 9:00 AM conference shuttle back to the Billings airport ($50) arriving at 11:30 am. Local transportation will be provided to conference events in Sheridan.

If you fly directly into and out of the Sheridan airport (limited flights available), then contact your hotel for how to get from the airport to your hotel. All other local transportation will be provided to conference events. Please note: if you choose to fly into and out of Sheridan there is no option provided for transportation to Cooke City that returns you to the Sheridan airport.

3) Attending only the Cooke City portion of the conference without a car?
If you really want to come to Cooke City without a car it will be an adventure. For example, from the North take a Greyhound bus to Livingston, MT and hitch-hike through the northern part of Yellowstone to your hotel in Cooke City. Other shuttle services are available, but no local bus service in Cooke City or return transportation to your airport will be provided by the conference [except for option 1) above.] To attend only the Cooke City portion of the conference you should fly into the airport of your choice (Billings or Bozeman, MT, Cody, WY, or wherever), rent a car there and drive to Cooke City.