Travel Options 2022

Driving a car:
One of the best ways to experience the area of the 2022 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 (through Cody for lunch and a tour of the Cody Museum) to Cooke City, Montana (5 hours driving time, 227 miles) where we will spend the next three nights. The conference ends on Saturday night, so on Sunday morning drive the 130 miles, at least 3 hours, of mountain roads back through Beartooth Mountains and Red Lodge arriving late at the Billings airport. Be sure to pack a windbreaker and warm clothing for the trip! 

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);
  • then over the Beartooth Mountains;
  • through Red Lodge, Montana (hometown of Robert Jordan); and
  • back to the Billings airport.

Click on More options (above) to send map directions to your phone. 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.
Round Trip Bus Option
Billings-Sheridan-Cooke City-Billings 
NOTE: A limited number bus seats are available and are on a First-come First-served basis with conference registration.
July 17-21st  -- Depart from the parking lot of the Double Tree By Hilton in Billings Montana at 11:00am. We recommend getting a room at the Double Tree Inn on the night of the 16th
Bus riders will be greeted by Conference Co-Director and Site Coordinator Chris Warren
The Bus will then depart for Sheridan, WY with a brief stop at the The Little Bighorn Battlefield. 
Once in Sheridan riders are encouraged to take of advantage of the housing provided by Sheridan College or stay at one of our sponsor properties the Fairfield Inn and Suites, the Mill Inn, Ramada by Wyndham, and the Best Western.

The Conference Bus Transportation Service in Sheridan.

Upon arrival at the conference site, Sheridan College, if you have reserved and paid for on-campus housing, we will have your room key ready so you can immediately check into your sleeping room. If you have hotel reservations at one of our sponsor properties: the Mill Inn, Fairfield inn and suites, Ramada by Wyndham, and the Best Western, we will have transportation to your hotel after 3:00 PM. We have a secured classroom so that you may store your luggage until you are transported to your hotel. If you are not staying at one of our sponsor hotels, other ground transportation can be scheduled through WYO Rides 307-675-8294 or our local taxi company 307-674-6814.

Academic daily shuttle schedule (Mon-Tue-Wed) to/from our sponsor hotels.

The chartered bus “Sarpy” will provide shuttle service before the start of each academic day, and at the conclusion of each academic day. The program has an hour and 15 minutes each day for lunch. We can run the shuttle to your hotel and back to the College in time for the following session after lunch. For your convenience we also offer daily lunch grab and go options, Starbucks coffee, and other assorted snacks in Thone Rider Campus Center from 7:30 AM to 2:00 PM daily. Or, visit our book store located in the Whitney building for additional lunch grab and go items, assorted snacks, and Caribou coffee. On Tuesday, July 19th we will run an additional shuttle service after the keynote presentation - - Wyoming Humanities Presents Hemingway’s “Wine of Wyoming” *Ticketed Event. Pre-registration required to attend.

 NOTE: Your exact pick up and drop off times and location on the hotel property will be scheduled as soon as all seats have been purchased. You will be given a bus token upon arrival at Sheridan College. Please use this token as your bus pass during the conference while in Sheridan Wyoming.

Contact information or to make a reservation with one of our sponsor hotels can be found on the Hemingway Society website by using the “Lodging” tab. 

Additional ground transportation options can be scheduled through WYO Rides 307-675-8294 or our local taxi company 307-674-6814. The city of Sheridan also has a fixed route transit option operated by Goose Creek Transit. 

Travel Day - Sheridan to Cooke City

July 21st – the Bus will depart from Sheridan College at 9:00 am and head over the Bighorn Mountains for a lunch stop in downtown Cody where Riders will have an opportunity to visit The Chamberlin Inn visited by Hemingway in 1932 and the Irma Hotel once owned by Buffalo Bill. There will be a brief stop at Albertsons for riders to buy any last - minute items as they head to Cooke City. 

The Bus will arrive the at the Range Rider Lodge at 4pm in time for the welcome reception. 

Bus Riders must stay at The Range Rider Lodge or the Grizzly Lodge both in Silver Gate and within a stone’s throw of the host institution of the Conference and Soda Butte Creek which teams with trout. 

To stay at the Grizzly Lodge contact

The Bus will provide Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner shuttles between Cooke City and Silver Gate.   

July 22nd – the bus will depart promptly from the Range Rider Lodge at 3:15 and head into Yellowstone to take Riders for a Wagon Ride/Chuck Wagon Dinner out of the world-famous Roosevelt Lodge for a Steak Dinner in the Yellowstone Back Country. Riders will need to book this trip on their own and must take the wagon ride option!   

July 23rd – After a breakfast shuttle and Paper Presentations the Bus will depart for a tour of Hemingway Country – You will be accompanied by the author of Ernest Hemingway in Yellowstone Country, Chris Warren: as you visit the sites of Hemingway’s greatest hunting and fishing exploits, the General Store from where he sent final drafts of Death in the Afternoon and To Have and Have Not, the Bar in which the author’s final short story is set, and a roadside view of the L—T Ranch. This tour will return in time for the closing reception.   

July 24th – The Bus will depart at 9:00 am and head over the world famous Beartooth Highway for a lunch stop in Red Lodge, MT the birth place of Robert Jordan of For Whom the Bell Tolls . and then return to the Double Tree by Hilton in Billings. Again we recommend staying at the Double Tree. But if flights can be arranged on the night of the 24th or on the morning of the 17th then you are free to do so. 

  This Bus tour will accommodate all your travel needs for the 2022 International Hemingway Conference and show riders the best of Wyoming, Montana and Yellowstone while driving past or stopping at a dozen Hemingway pertinent spots, while also allowing riders to make connections and exchange Hemingway knowledge amongst themselves. It has been priced to encourage participation, this is option is cheaper than a rental car, you will not have to pay for gas and won’t run the risk of taking a wrong turn or arriving late or missing any of the scheduled events. 

Flying to the conference
There are other options, for example there are daily direct flights to Sheridan from Denver International, available through United Express. Book at Attendees can also fly into Casper, Wyoming (2 hours south), Gillette, Wyoming (1.75 hours east), Cody Airport, Wyoming (2.8 hours SW) and the Rapid City, South Dakota (4 hours). While in SD you can check out MT Rushmore and Devils Tower (Wyoming).