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“Great place to stay” 4 of 5 stars
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Schmalz's Red Pole Ranch and Motel
574 Stagecoach Trail, Yellowstone Park Highway, Cody, WY 82414   |  
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Ranked #6 of 25 Hotels in Cody
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“Great place to stay”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

We found this property via Trip Advisor, and decided to shy away from the chain places. Good decision. We really enjoyed our brief stay here on our big drive across the West. What this property offers is peace & quiet, a pretty setting, a reasonable price, and the location was ideal for us. We were heading west into Yellowstone Park, so being 12 miles west of Cody was handy. It's in a beautiful setting. If you have some free time you'll enjoy being adjacent to Buffalo Bill State Park. Look that up on the web to see photos...the property is on the west end of the lake, across the creek from the playground/picnic area. There is a walking trail right there that goes around much of the lake. It's a nice bonus to have all this right there.

The photos and descriptions on their website are accurate. The cabin we stayed in was very comfortable and homey, with two beds (queen & double, i think), and a window A/C that worked very well. The room was a good size with a vaulted ceiling, desk, comfy chair, mini-fridge, TV (roughly 27" older glass type) etc. The room key comes attached to a cow tag, which made me smile. The bathroom and linens were clean and fresh; good soaps too. Each cabin appears to have two rooms, and are intelligently designed with the bathrooms sharing the common wall so you won't hear your neighbors and have more quiet and privacy than you'd usually have in a chain hotel. We slept great here, better in fact than in most places. The property is not on the main road, which helps in my opinion. At night it is fantastic: there are no city lights so you really can see the night sky (and the owners were nice enough to put red lights on the cabins so they don't spoil the viewing). We had no problem using our own Verizon aircard for internet access, so didn't try to see if there was wifi.

There are no facilities like a fitness center or pool, or even a lobby. In a setting like this, you don't need that stuff, and Yellowstone NP is one of the best fitness centers anybody could ask for.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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schmalzie, Owner at Schmalz's Red Pole Ranch and Motel, responded to this review, September 6, 2013
Thank you folks-for the wonderful review you posted about our place (I'm just the husband around here, so don't really get involved except to move the lawn sprinklers, give directions, and suggest various places guests might want to go to "get more out of their vacation"!) I would like to add that Patty Jo has just added HIGH SPEED, IN-ROOM internet service!! We now have a user name and password posted in each room, and all the best stuff the BIG places in the BIG cities do, EXCEPT there ain't no Big Cities around! That's the BEST part-just mountains, streams, grass, trees, horses, wild critters, Clean Air, Sattelite TV, INTERNET, and good folks!
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Irvine, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

We stayed 2 nights in these cabins. 4 adults in the bigger cabin, wonderful view, and 3 teens in a smaller cabin.
15mn from Cody, very quiet, peaceful. Cabin are well organized, very clean.
The view is unique with deers coming close to the lodges.
The outside deck is a great idea to drink a beer during sunset.
I wold recommend this place without any hesitation.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Osceola, Indiana, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

We arived late and Patty Jo was waiting on us. The cabins were neat, clean and kept that way each day. We traveled with our daughter, son-in-law and their two boys age 2 and 6, so the play ground was a great addition put to good use. We had two cabins, one had a kitchenette which was stocked and ready to use. Both cabins were well furnished down to current books if you wanted to lean back with a good book and relax.
We were close to Yellowstone and not far from town. All in all I would say we had a great time. Smores round the camp fire on our last night was a great touch. Thanks to Don and Patty Jo for a wonderful place to stay and for making us welcome.

Room Tip: Both rooms we had were very nice. When the sun goes down it is dark and quite
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013 via mobile

Recommend staying here away from Yellowstone but close to bear tooth highway. Room very nice for money in peak season. Highly recommend the near tooth highway, accessing Yellowstone.not bad from here either

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Oregon City
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

The ranch was the best stop on our trip the cabins were clean, confortable, and quite. The beds were a very welcome comfort after stays in several hotels with concrete hard beda and loud cross traffic. The staff and owners were very friendly and made us feel like we were family during checkin. The views that evening was breathtaking and the next morning was just as spectacular.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013

The caretakers of the property were very nice and helpful, the room clean and comfortable, however we couldn't get wifi access anywhere on the property which was disappointing since this was one of the main reasons we wanted to stay there. There is no restaurant or store nearby and one must drive to Cody for food and provisions.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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schmalzie, Owner at Schmalz's Red Pole Ranch and Motel, responded to this review, August 25, 2013
These folks from Washington DC-obviously did NOT ask anyone if there were other businesses (like Restaurants, or Convenience stores), near our Ranch/Resort! There is a large Restaurant/Bar etc about two miles from our ranch, and a larger Convenience Store/Gasoline Station a coupla miles further!? Most people who stay here do like to get away from noise and traffic-that's the main reason they book with us! QUIET is what we advertise and the way to get that is to be OFF the Beaten Track (even though there is a beautiful paved road right to our place)!
By the way, this lady (Gerdag60) said that there was no Internet at our ranch!? No-so sorry, we don't have internet in the rooms, but we invite our guests to come up and sit at our large picnic table in the shade beside our office and from there they have all the internet service they need! We probably will even GIVE them a soft drink or a Beer to drink while they are outside-checking emails! We certainly wish that people would "get their facts straight" before they write such responses. My wife-Patty Jo, and her employees do a great job and work SO HARD to make our guests comfortable and happy!
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Florissant, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

We booked two rooms here for ourselves and another couple, based on TripAdvisor reviews and we were not disappointed! The cabins, though ordinary looking on the outside, are quite comfortable and nicely furnished, and each one is apparently unique in its own way. Our beds were rather high off the ground for two short people, but soft and comfy and worth the climb! The bathrooms were spotless and roomy; the owners friendly and welcoming. But what really impressed all of us was the location.
Red Pole Ranch is about 15 miles west of Cody, at the end of the Buffalo Bill Reservoir, within the valley of the North Folk of the Shoshone. Bluffs rise up behind the ranch and the owners’ horses grazes high up above us. Below was the Buffalo Bill State Park where we watched a herd of pronghorn come down from the hills every day. Across the valley were more mountains and on our last evening, we sat on lawn chairs outside of our cabin and watched a storm roll across the sky from the west (Yellowstone, where we had stayed before coming here) towards Cody. And while we only felt a few drops over us, we could see rain and lightening to our north. When it was passed, we were gifted with an incredible double rainbow that seemed to begin in the bluffs behind us and end right over the ranch gates at the end of the drive.
This is not your standard chain hotel or motel, but a truly unique place to stay while visiting Cody. And it was a perfect place for the four of us to end our vacation before trekking back home.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Address: 574 Stagecoach Trail, Yellowstone Park Highway, Cody, WY 82414
Location: United States > Wyoming > Cody
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Best Value Hotel in Cody
#5 Romantic Hotel in Cody
#7 Family Hotel in Cody
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are located in the East Yellowstone Valley between Cody Wyoming and Yellowstone National Park. We specialize in overnight stays with special longer stay rates, Weddings, Family Reunions, and Memorial Services. Lofty snow-capped peaks are visible across the valley from the Ranch! ... more   less 
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