The Cowboy Cookout at Yellowstone was one of the capstone events of our Yellowstone vacation!
The dinner is prepared out in Pleasant Valley – a remote location nearest to Roosevelt Lodge.
You can choose to go out to the cookout via wagon ride or horseback ride.
Our family rode out on the covered wagon and were got thoroughly entertained by our story-telling wrangler, Aaron.
The wagon ride by itself was an adventure. We boarded within a short walk of our Rough Rider Cabin at Roosevelt Lodge and gathered to hear stories and tales from our cowboy hosts.
We crossed streams, listened to stories about John Colter, John Yancy and E.C. Everett, and watched nearby Buffalo, Marmots, and Antelope. I won’t ruin the story of Pleasant Valley’s origin, but hearing it on the way out to the cowboy cookout made it all the neater once we got to the destination!
When we arrived, the kids filled up their cups with bug juice, and the parents had nice cups of cowboy coffee…the use of bold here can’t be understated. That might have been the strongest cup of coffee that I’ve ever had – and I loved it. The music of Cowboy Bob made the atmosphere perfect as twilight descended on Pleasant Valley.
Our youngest son got picked to ring the dinner bell (triangle) and the line moved swiftly as everyone got their heaping plate of food. The dinner we had was top-shelf: One, it was All-you-can-eat; Two, It included grilled steak, corn-on-the-cob, baked beans, coleslaw, potato salad, corn bread, watermelon, and peach cobbler.
There was a pavilion with covered tables, tables around the campfire, and they even had restroom facilities about as far from civilization as one could go.
The kids had a great time after dinner running around the area with the other kids while we enjoyed talking to other adults exchanging stories about our Yellowstone adventures. We even sung cowboy tunes as we rode on the covered wagon back to Roosevelt Lodge – great ending to a great night!
There are not too many experiences in life that I feel a yearning to do twice, but someday I hope to find myself back at Yellowstone and I wouldn’t leave without enjoying a nice Cowboy Cookout in Pleasant Valley!
The Roosevelt Cookout (as it’s called) is the most popular event with Yellowstone National Park and has been running every night for over 50 straight years.
If you’re going to be in Yellowstone, book it…it’s worth every penny! I made dinner reservations for this 6+ months out and was lucky to get in. I saw many stand-bys hoping for cancellations on the night of the dinner.