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Elephant Head Lodge
Ranked #6 of 16 Cody B&B and Inns
Dorris, California
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30 reviews
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“Really Nice!!”
Reviewed June 21, 2013

We made our reservations last minute and were lucky enough to get in. The cabins are clean yet rustic, you may get to see some wildlife go through (we saw signs but no animals). There is no tv (hurray!!), no cell phone signal (hurray!!), food was good, staff extremely friendly. Wish we had time for a trailride, maybe next time. Will stay again!

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Benton Harbor, Michigan
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Reviewed June 21, 2013

The Longhorn cabin is advertised for 4-5 people but it is very small for 5. The loft is tiny and my son kept hitting his head on the beam. The queen size bed is very uncomfortable and needs a new mattress. The grounds were not well maintained. Also, I didn't realize that the drive into see any of the sites inside Yellowstone would take over an hour because of the mountains.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Pacific Grove, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 174 helpful votes
Reviewed June 10, 2013

It's not often we get to write a heartfelt, totally positive review. This is it. If you're going to be in the Cody/Yellowstone area, this is where you want to stay. Kevin, Debbie and their staff make you feel welcome from the first moment. The food is great, whether breakfast, bag-lunch or dinner. You can lie around and relax or partake of any number of activities, including back-country horse trips, should you be so inclined. We had the privilege of learning from guest artist Tom Lucas about Indian and his own arts and crafts. And Kevin's an artist, too. Some of the cabins are so historic that they're on the National Register, and we recommend that you request one of these. It should be noted that the beautiful location within the canyon that leads to Yellowstone Park means there's no wi-fi or cell phone reception, but there is a free phone at the main lodge, and why not use this situation as an opportunity to enjoy what God, Kevin and Debbie have created instead of being hooked up to an electronic world? This is an authentic, traditional experience, not a phony dude ranch, and we're looking forward to returning next year.

Room Tip: We stayed in Cabin #6, built by Buffalo Bill Cody's niece as a honeymoon cabin. A double and a t...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Barcelona, Spain
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Reviewed June 5, 2013

Elephant lodge hosts Debbie and Kevin will go out of their way to make you comfortable. They have lived in the area for many years and are great fun to talk to if you would like to know more about Cody or Yellowstone. There is no cellphone coverage in Yellowstone so having fun people around to chat with helps :)
The lodge has a lounge where you can find interesting books, fixed phone line, board games, internet terminal, and a bar. There is also a restaurant and their food is much better relative to other places we explored during our stay. The staff always left our cabin very clean with daily service. I highly recommend this spot.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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Houston, TX
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Reviewed October 31, 2012

My boyfriend and I visited Yellowstone National Park in June and stayed at the Elephant Head Lodge. It wasn't our first choice, but visiting Yellowstone was a last minute idea (we only had about three weeks to plan) and all the other accommodations were taken. We stayed in cabin 4, which was basically just a bed and bathroom/ shower- there was no wi-fi, no television, no phone service, and no air conditioning (there was a fan though and a portable heater is provided in the room). However, the cabin didn't dampen our trip since we were exploring the park during the day and only came to the cabin to sleep. There is a bar area and restaurant (I wouldn’t recommend it) on premises and quiet hours begin at 10 pm. After eating an underwhelming dinner at the lodge our first night, we ate the rest of our meals at the restaurant inside the Fishing Bridge General Store or inside the park.

If you can’t find lodging inside the park, and don’t mind being about 11 miles outside the east entrance, then this isn’t a bad spot.

Tip: Plan ahead if you are coming to Yellowstone! If you want to stay in better lodges, be sure to book a hotel/ lodge several months in advance!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Jackson, Wyoming
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Reviewed October 11, 2012

Drive up the driveway to secluded cabins and a lodge....The owners are so nice and will make you feel right at home.....Located 11 miles east of Yellowstone National Park...We went the last day to enjoy dinner....The scenic drive was wonderful....Horseback riding and fishing is available...Check it out; you won't be disapointed....

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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Manhattan Beach, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed October 8, 2012

We stayed here for 4 nights in August, 2 kids, 6 and 8 and two adults. I would definitely stay here again
The Cabin:
We stayed in 13 Conestoga. The kids used the loft as a play area which they loved. The queen bed was just below. We didn't let them sleep up there. There was a pull out sofa bed where the kids slept. As with all pull outs, wouldn't recommend adults on it due to the bar that is always across a pull out, maybe a small adult. There was a cute full kitchen, stove, fridge, microwave with a good size dining table, plates, pans, utensils. The storage for clothes was kind of small so we left our clothes in the luggage. I read one or two reviews before I booked here about really sad looking rooms, but they were not that at all. They must have remodeled since those reviews. Everything was very clean and nice. It was warm in the day, but we weren't really in the cabin in the daytime too much and at night, it cooled down nicely.

The Food:
Had a really great petite filet and was amazed at how juicy and tender and delicious it was. I would definitely stop there again just to eat. All the vegetables were really fresh and good. You could buy a sack lunch to take into the park with you, which is a really good idea, because sometimes the lines in the park were awful. The breakfasts were large generous portions. The baked goods are sooo good and from scratch. Everything to eat was always good, never had one bad thing. The staff really takes pride in their food.
In Cody, Bubbas was a good place for BBQ.

The Horses:
We took a one hour river trail ride which was perfect for the kids. They had helmets for the kids and led the two kids, just in case. They really know their horses and safety was first and foremost in their minds. I really appreciated this.

The Location:
About 10-12 miles from the east entrance of Yellowstone. About 30 miles from Cody which is good for going to the night rodeo in the summer and to the Cody Wyoming Trout Ranch (small stocked pond for kids to fish). Also went into Cody for Wyoming River Trips rafting. We picked a safe trip in August with a little bit of rapids. On the day we checked out, we drove through the top loop of the park and into West Yellowstone for an overnight and then on to the Tetons and then Salt Lake.

Other Amenities:
There is no WiFi or cell service at this place, which was fine with us. We actually didn't really get cell service in most of Yellowstone. There is a PC in the lobby that you can use and a dial telephone you can use for free for US calls. There are board games and a cute living area with fireplace and a bar in the lobby. There is an ice machine you can use for free as well. There is some lovely artwork in the restaurant for sale. You can get to the Shoshone River by walking under the highway, it's very cold water even in August. Small swing set for kids.
The staff was really nice and helpful and relaxed. We would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Property: Elephant Head Lodge
Address: 1170 N Fork Hwy, 1170 North Fork Hwy, Cody, WY 82414-7879
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Location: United States > Wyoming > Cody
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 16 B&Bs / Inns in Cody
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Elephant Head Lodge is a small AAA log-cabin mountain 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 $153-356/night. Low season rates May & September until early October $137-320/night. All with bath(s) & non-smoking. ... more   less 
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