Early day silver mining camps were located on nearby Silver Mountain, a part of the Beartooth Range. Silver Gate takes its name from the mountain and its location in the "gateway" between the mountains. (from Cheney's
Names on the Face of Montana, Mountain Press Publishing Company) The city sits at an elevation of 7,400 and is surrounded by the Beartooth Mountains' peaks of 10,000 feet on US Highway 212. Silver Gate has an alpine village appearance, and many of the town's structures are made of log and other natural materials. Silver Gate is the perfect mountain getaway. Silver Gate is located on the Montana/Wyoming border at the northeast entrance into Yellowstone National Park. Since 1932, Silver Gate has served as the gate to the park. Yellowstone National Park is the world's first National Park, also the largest in the United States. Yellowstone was designated the world's first national park on March 1, 1872, with the area remaining largely in the same natural state as it was more than 123 years ago. Yellowstone contains more than 2.2 million acres of steaming geysers, thundering waterfalls, crystalline lakes, and panoramic vistas. The world's most extensive area of geyser activity, harboring more than 10,000 thermal features. Yellowstone is the greatest wildlife sanctuary in the United States, encompassing 3,472 square miles of wondrous beauty.