We arrived during the Gunbarrel Range fire which was intimidating to us, but Debbie and Kevin (owners) put us at cautious ease. It was obvious that this was simply one of the outdoor challenges that people who live on the range in this area deal with all the time. Like the possibility of tornadoes in Kansas, earthquakes in California, or hurricanes in Florida, you prepare and go on with your life. We felt very secure, that Debbie and Kevin were "on top of it" and continually informed.
Our cabin was quaint, rustic, tiny, and very comfortable and clean. There was wonderful cross ventilation and breezes. The only negative could have been the water pressure in the shower, but you don't go to a rustic cabin for a spa experience.
We had breakfast and 2 dinners at the lodge. All the food was delicious. The waitstaff is young, earnest, and very knowledgable about the area.
The location was nearly as close to the east gate of Yellowstone as you can be without being in the park itself. We drove in each day, and to Grand Teton Park, and returned to our cabin each night. We found it to be a very convenient location.
It was wonderful to meet and deal with the very genuine staff and owners who could not have been more helpful or accomodating.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Elephant Head Hotel Cody