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1170 N Fork Hwy 1170 Yellowstone Hwy, Cody, WY 82414-7879
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#8 of 18 B&Bs / Inns in Cody
Elephant Head Lodge is a small AAA log-cabin mountain lodge resort located just 11.7 miles East of Yellowstone National Park and 40 miles west of Cody, WY. The lodge and most of our cabins are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It gets its name from a rock formation overlooking it. The Lodge, Restaurant, and the "Trapper" cabin were built in 1910 by Buffalo Bill Cody's niece, Josephine Thurston, and her husband Harry W. Thurston. Harry chose the site for its dependable water for early travelers to Yellowstone - and for trappers and Indians. Our small lodge is a wonderful base for touring the Yellowstone National Park, Cody, and the Shoshone National Forest. It is a great place for horseback riding, relaxing, fishing, hiking, and viewing wildlife, as well as good homecooked meals, with homemade bread, soups, and desserts, as well as famous homemade cinnamon rolls. Cabin rates vary depending on size (house 2-8 people per cabin) & accommodations (some with kitchenettes). High season rates Memorial-Labor Day $176-390/night. Low season rates May & September until early October $158-352/night. All with bath(s), pet friendly, & non-smoking.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Bar / lounge
Children's playground
Children's television networks
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
BBQ facilities
Breakfast available
Outdoor dining area
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Vending machine
Board games / puzzles
Indoor play area for children
Highchairs available
Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun deck
First aid kit
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Room features
Blackout curtains
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Coffee / tea maker
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Room types
Mountain view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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1170 N Fork Hwy 1170 Yellowstone Hwy, Cody, WY 82414-7879
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My husband and I just stayed at Elephant Head Lodge. We are so very glad that that was our choice! The cabin which we were assigned was so homey! It is a rustic place with all the comforts. Debbie, who is the owner, is so friendly, and will do her best to make you feel welcome. Mike was the kitchen person, as well as the fix it guy. We had some excellent meals from his kitchen. We stayed there two days before they were closing for the season, but everything was great!!!! Do yourself a favor...stay there.
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Response from 07EHL, Owner at Elephant Head Lodge
Responded Oct 12, 2019
Thank you. we enjoyed your company and friendship also. Hope our paths cross again. Thanks for coming. Enjoy your memories. Keep in touch.
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I stayed here back in august and I talked to one of the employees who worked there and looked like he hadn't slept in days but he said if you want to work 18 hour days and be severely underpaid and the owner never showers she smells like chewbacca's hairy bean bag and she is very disrespectful to her employees and she never hires any more people and the cabins are super dirty and are not sanitary sheets haven't been changed coffee makers are moldy and dirty I waited over an hour and a half for a burger that was still frozen this place is severely understaffed
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Response from 07EHL, Owner at Elephant Head Lodge
Responded Jan 28, 2020
Sorry for this late response to this review, but just found it in the cyber space. Sorry if you had a bad experience, but hopefully it has been corrected. Sounds like a disgruntled employee, but if he was doing his job in those 18 hour days, which is a false statement in the first place, there should not have been dirty or unsanitary cabins or amenities if he was doing his job. Hope others are able to overlook this review and come visit us, as hopefully these situations have been corrected, if they were issues in the first place. We were understaffed and looking for more employees. If anyone knows of any one wanting a seasonal job in a beautiful area, let us know - we are hiring.
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If you are looking for 5 star hotel treatment this place isn’t for you. But if you like genuine, laid back, comfortable, quiet and no distractions, I highly recommend EHL. Deb is a wonderful owner and host, service was good and very friendly and the food (homemade!) was absolutely delicious. The cinnamon roll was my favorite and my husband said the elephant head omelette was the best omelette he has ever had. The hand sliced steaks were cooked to order and delicious. The cabin was warm, cozy and clean. A bit outdated but who really cares about decorations? And it’s only 11 miles outside of the East entrance to Yellowstone. I stayed here over 40 years ago and then this past week and I’d stay there again.
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Response from 07EHL, Owner at Elephant Head Lodge
Responded Jan 28, 2020
Glad to see that you came back to see the lodge again. Yes we are all about relaxation and the hidden gem , off the beaten trail. Thanks for the kind words. Hope our paths cross again some time.
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This is a convenient stop off point if travelling in Yellowstone and we got to see deer at very close range. The place is in an amazing position. When you've said that, you've said everything. The owner bordered on hostile, the accommodation was dirty and dusty. Bill Cody's niece apparently built the cabins and I don't think the sheets had been changed since! The food was inedible and cooked out back on some old bbq which looked like it too belonged to Bill Cody. Unfortunately, my son had to look under the bed as I'd lost my glasses and it was thick with dust. We didn't take a shower as it looked too dirty. I did not mind the lack of TV, wi-fi etc - that was a plus for me, but there's no excuse for the dirty cabins.
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Response from 07EHL, Owner at Elephant Head Lodge
Responded Jan 28, 2020
Sorry for this late response, but just found it in cyber land. Sorry if you encountered a dirty cabin, as the owner I wish you would have told me at the time, so it could have been corrected, or at least aware of the issue, to be able to work on it. My goal is CLEAN cabins, so I am truelly sorry for your bad experience. Hope you give us another chance.
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This is the place to be ! My Husband and myself had a 2 night stay in a Log Cabin at the Elephant Head Lodge ( Sundance ) ! We were met by the owner Debbie , Lovely Lady ... She could not do enough for us to make our stay a happy one. We loved our Cabin called Sundance ! Had everything we needed for our short stay . I wish I could have stayed alot longer , as I loved walking around looking at the wildlife . Its also very near Yellowstone ! While we were there on the 1st Morning a couple of Bison were on the grounds . So calm just slowly walking around . The food was good ... Try the Soup it was out of this world ! Thank you Debbie and Co ! I hope to come back again one day !
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Frequently Asked Questions about Elephant Head Lodge
What are some of the property amenities at Elephant Head Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at Elephant Head Lodge?
Top room amenities include a refrigerator, blackout curtains, and a view of the mountains.
What food & drink options are available at Elephant Head Lodge?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Elephant Head Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are pets allowed at Elephant Head Lodge?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.