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“Good for horse riding” 4 of 5 stars
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3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   2604 Yellowstone Hwy, Cody, WY 82414   |  
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Ranked #4 of 25 Hotels in Cody
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“Good for horse riding”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

A peaceful, but slightly out of the way location, though excellent if you want a bit of trail riding in fabulous countryside. Well equipped cabins are in a shady clearing which can feel pleasantly cool on a hot day, but rather cold on a chilly day. It also means that the cabins get little natural light and so can feel a bit dark, almost gloomy, at times. Service by all staff from reception to servers to wranglers is first rate. Restaurant food is OK, but the menu is a bit limited and becomes monotonous after even just a day or two.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Dawsonville, Georgia, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013

I found this place because I had two main criteria to be met. 1) close to Yellowstone East entrance and 2) Allow less than 8 year olds on trail rides.

I called and talked to Tonia and the only cabin they had left was 'The westerner' that would work for us. I was worried about when we would or wouldn't make it back to the ranch in time for dinner and such and she suggested we only buy a single day of 'all-inclusive', so I did.

This turned out to be great advice as we missed dinner all but our last night and we only had breakfast there the once also. Both meals were very nice. We got our other all inclusive meal on a day we had them pack us some bag lunches to eat while roaming YNP. More than adequate.

So the 'all-inclusive' thing usually comes with scads of restrictions, not here. When I enquired about how that worked out the nice girl at the counter basically told me they simply comped the 3 most expensive meals. OK, that's simple.

'The Westerner' is a 2br one bath cabin with a porch. The shower is quite nice (keep spinning the handle if you want hotter and stronger pressure, yes, past where it seems to stop the flow). We were able to get on the wifi from the lodge on the porch which made for some nice nights out there talking about the days adventures and uploading pics/videos.

Trail rides.
We did two. The 4 hour with lunch and the 2 hour up the valley from the corral. The 2 hour was nice with lots of creek crossings and lots of shade. If you just want a short and easy ride, this is it. We got saddled <he he he> with some obvious n00bs who couldn't keep their horses out of trouble and moving, so our poor wrangler on this ride had to dismount and help out numerous times.
But the 4-hour ride was phenomenal! I had scouted out where I thought the rides went using google-earth, and I was right about some of it and it was as amazing as it looked like it would be. You get to ride up a nice valley and then along a ridgeline and the views are amazing. The lodge is here 44.456808,-109.551904 and I think we ate lunch about here 44.443095,-109.550879. The 4-hour is a bit more technical, but we are not true horse-folk and no issues. Listen to your wranglers and do as they suggest and you will be fine. Lunch was burgers over an open fire, the wrangler only dropped one and he ate that one. Lacey, the wrangler that brought up the rear on the way up answered all the questions we asked and was most informative and fun. Again, the scenery was simply stunning.

The horses are very well trained and we didn't see any unruly ones, though like all trail ride horses they seem to take advantage of weak-willed riders (and my daughter nicknamed the one in front of her 'Sir toots-a-lot'. They are trained well and can be easily steered with the reins.

The staff.
Well, they were there when you needed them. I wasn't there to be coddled, so I wasn't looking for them all the time, but I never went looking for someone to help and didn't pretty much instantly find someone willing to get what I needed. Need some Ice, no problem. Kids are out of smores makings, no problem. This beers empty, no problem.

We live in Georgia...so honestly the odds of us making it back out there soon are slim. So I am glad we stayed here because nothing went wrong and plenty went right. If you're looking for a nice laidback place to stay, ride horses, see the park, and maybe Cody...this is a good location. I'd book here again in an instant if the opportunity arose.

Room Tip: The Westerner I doubt could handle more than 2 adults and 2 kids.
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  • Stayed June 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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Canterbury, Connecticut
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13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013

This was a very nice, quaint little place set back in the woods. Our room was very nice, clean and no TV or Telephone, what a nice break! The staff were very friendly and helpful, the horseback ride through the woods was excellent. The meals at the dining room were very good. Very relaxing and convenient to Yellowstone Park. Would highly recommend this facility and we would stay here again if we ever take another cross country trip!

  • Stayed June 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013

This was our second stay with the current owners. Last year we reserved for two days ans stayed 5. This year we returned for a week. The location is perfect for visits to Yellowstone and the area. the cabins give the feel of "old west" but with charm and cleanlyness. The owners are
very friendly and helpful---even to providing a special ride for my wife who loves horses, but has some restaints. The rides are very beautiful with mountain scenery just out the "back-door".
the food is good, pleniful and fits the ranch feeling. The staff on both our visits were friendly, helpful and seemed interested in the guests.
Overall it is just what you want in a ranch setting stay----for a night or for longer.
Dan & Nan

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cleveland, Ohio
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28 reviews 28 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

We had a wonderful experience at the ranch -- a perfect place to get the ranch experience without having to stay a full week. We went on a horseback ride that was really fun even though we were complete beginners. The wranglers were wonderful and the views were spectacular. They have tons of things for kids to do -- horseshoes, learning to lasso, ping pong, checkers, etc. It is a great place to get away with your whole family.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Waterloo, Illinois
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013

We loved the location. There was a creek, trails, horse back riding, nightly activities, and great food. A great place to stay where you can put your feet up and relax. There are no TV's in the rooms but there is plenty to do to keep you busy. We were a little worried about not having air conditioning but with the windows open our room was perfect for sleeping.

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Agadir, Morocco
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013

We stayed here 1night while doing a 5 week trip through the States and Canada. Staying outside of the park & Cody was our main choice and it was a good one.
The cabin was clean and bright and dinner we had was excellent - The best steak on our whole trip. All the staff we met were helpful and cheerful - They obviously enjoy what they do.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Address: 2604 Yellowstone Hwy, Cody, WY 82414
Location: United States > Wyoming > Cody
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Cody
#6 Romantic Hotel in Cody
Hotel Class:3 star — Bill Cody Ranch 3*
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A guest ranch located in the Shoshone National Forest between Cody, WY and the East Entrance of Yellowstone. Lodging, trail Rides, and dining available to guests and to the public. Est. 1925. ... more   less 
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