Old West Dinner Cookout


2022 Conference Event

Old West Dinner Cookout

Access to Yellowstone from Cooke City is unavailable. The road has been washed away BY recent flooding and will not be repaired in time for our conference.

During the 2022 conference in Cooke City an Old West Dinner Cookout is planned. This will take place at the Yellowstone National Park and will be a fun event in the Northern Rockies area that Hemingway enjoyed and returned to several times. We will be attending this cookout on Friday, July 22th 2022. Learn about the event here. Read the reviews. It's rated #1 at Yellowstone.

 Society members will receive an e-mail from the Hemingway Society as soon as tickets are available.

One catch, this optional event is open to the public and has a limited attendance. If you are even considering going to the conference we strongly encourage you to go ahead and reserve your place AS SOON AS POSSIBLE  for this popular event. You don't want to miss this one. Registration for this event will not be included in our normal conference registration. You must make your reservations directly with the Yellowstone vendor.     

NOTE: The 2-hour hourseback ride does not provide enough time after the conference day ends to reach the cookout, so please don't sign up for it.

- phone number for Old West Dinner Cook Out reservations 307-344-7311

- email address for Old West Dinner Cook Out reservations - mailto:reserve-ynp@xanterra.com 

There is no need to mention the Hemingway Society Conference in the phone call or email above as this is a public event with reservations made through Xanterra Corp. Headquarters in Denver.

-  See details for Old West Dinner Cook Out below.

A credit card is required to hold your reservation. Your credit card will not be charged if you cancel your reservation prior to 7 days before the cookout (before July 15th, 2022). You can enjoy a ride from the Roosevelt Lodge to the cookout location in either a covered wagon or on horseback. The covered wagon option is limited to 185 people. Please note: Book either the Wagon Ride or the 1 hour horse-back ride. Time does not allow for the Keynote and the 2 hour horse-back ride option.

This is special. Don't miss out on this.

Old West Cookout Menu

Steak (12 oz. serving for adults, 6 oz. for children), coleslaw, potato salad, baked beans, chuck wagon corn, corn muffins, watermelon, fruit crisp, and assorted beverages.Vegetarian meals can be accommodated with advance notice.

Horseback Rides to Cookout

One-Hour Ride
The one-hour ride goes through sagebrush flats (following the trail used for the regular one-hour horse ride) to the cookout site. The return ride is direct and takes about 30 minutes. (To ride a horse a person must be at least 8 years old, 48 inches tall and weigh under 240 lbs, understand English, ages 8-17 must be accompanied by an adult 18 years or over)

Two-Hour Ride
The 2-hour rides does not provide enough time after the conference day ends to reach the cookout, so please don't sign up for it.

Wagon Ride time to Cookout

Ride takes 30 – 45 minutes and goes through sagebrush flats (following the same road used for the stagecoach rides) to the cookout site. The wagons are canvas-covered with padded bench seats; each wagon is drawn by two horses.

Children 2 and under are free if they share from adult’s plate and ride on a lap. Child rate applies for children 3 – 11 years who will have their own plate. Any minor (under 18) must be accompanied by an adult (over 18).

Insider Tips

Since the cookout begins at dusk, this can be a perfect time to watch wildlife in the Roosevelt area.
One of the highlights of the cookout is enjoying a good old fashioned cup of coffee brewed over a campfire.
Some of the best cobbler around is served during the cookout. Be sure to save room for dessert.