What We Offer in Cody, WY

Yellowstone Cabins, Dining, Lounge/Bar, Relaxation, and outdoor fun near Yellowstone National Park

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The historical Elephant Head Lodge west of Cody, Wyoming was started in 1910. The cabins built by Buffalo Bill’s niece have been modernized with bathrooms and some with kitchenettes, but retain their original charm. These are historic cabins, so remember they will run on the small side if you are expecting space. We are family oriented with clean and comfortable cabins. We classify our Yellowstone cabins as sleeping cabins (beds & bathrooms) or kitchenette cabins (beds, bathrooms, kitchenette with living room/space).

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Our on-site restaurant dining room offers breakfast and dinner off the menu, the option of a sack lunch for the day that awaits you, as well as excellent homemade soups, breads, and desserts.

Don’t forget to check out the World-Famous Homemade Cinnamon Rolls. We are known for our good food and can take care of most special food needs, if given an advance notice.



Things to do while staying in Yellowstone Cabins

The Elephant Head Lodge is a great place for relaxing, visiting, fishing, wildlife viewing, and hiking. Fishing requires the appropriate fishing licenses and equipment. We will help you arrange for those river float trips, guided tours, horseback rides, and other Yellowstone activities.

The relaxed atmosphere is ideal for families and individuals looking for that perfect mountain getaway, with that escape from modern technology and fast-paced lifestyles. Stay in our Yellowstone cabins for your vacation to the area.


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Our small & charming lodge and Yellowstone cabins have a great central location, and is also a wonderful base for touring Yellowstone National Park.

Experience high mountain peaks, pristine mountain lakes, bison, elk, moose, bear, and other various wildlife, wildflowers, and birds.

Elephant Head Lodge is located 11.7 miles outside the East Entrance of Yellowstone National Park, and located 40 miles west of Cody, WY.


Cabins and Dining Near Yellowstone National Park in Cody, WY

We are a small, well-established, family oriented, mountain lodge and known for its fine dining, breathtaking views of wildlife, and relaxed atmosphere. Stay in our Yellowstone cabins for your vacation.

We have 15 log Yellowstone cabin rentals that house two to eight guests per cabin, and five cabins have kitchenettes. 

We have our own restaurant, offering breakfast and dinner off the menu, sack lunches and homemade cinnamon rolls, as well as homemade soups, breads, and desserts.  Our lodge features our lounge and bar, a comfortable family room as well as the office. Here we help guests arrange tours, horse rides, fishing within walking distance, river rafting, rodeo tickets, and other area events and activities. Our lodge is a wonderful base for the guests touring Yellowstone National Park, Cody, & the Shoshone National Forest.

We hope to become your home away from home, with that much-needed vacation from technology and the fast-paced life at home, and a place to enjoy peace, quiet, and beautiful wildlife.

Elephant Head Lodge History

The Lodge gets its name from a rock formation overlooking it.

The Lodge, Restaurant, and the “Trapper” cabin were all built in 1910 by Buffalo Bill Cody’s niece, Josephine Thurston, and her husband Harry W. Thurston. Harry chose the site for its water. He was one of the first Rangers in the Shoshone Forest and knew about the spring that still serves the Lodge today. It was a dependable source of good water for early travelers to Yellowstone – and for trappers and Indians before them. The lodge is operated by a Wyoming native with a fourth generation ranch family background.

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  • Great Place to Stay Near Yellowstone

    - Reviewed on September 02, 2016

    We stayed in a cabin at Elephant Head Lodge during our trip to Yellowstone Park. It is 11 miles from the East Entrance to the park. The staff was helpful and friendly, our cabin was lovely and just perfect for what we wanted. Note: there is no cell phone service or televisions, but we liked that! They even booked a horseback ride for us at a neighboring lodge which was just a few minutes down the road. We had dinner a couple nights in the dining room and the food was excellent. We enjoyed meeting all the staff who were very friendly and helpful with information about the area and the park. We would recommend and definitely stay there again!

  • “Bucket list item completed”

    - Reviewed on September 15, 2015

    My wife and I have an item on our bucket list to visit as many National parks and monuments as we can and are still able to travel. We were visiting yellowstone National Park and found that we needed a place to spend the night after seeing the park all day. My wife found Elephant head lodge in the AAA book and called them and rented a cabin for the night. This place is tucked away off the highway a short distance so road noise is minimal. We had cabin no. 5 . Everything we needed and more. Deb met us on our arrival and was warm and welcoming. Made us feel comfortable right away. The cabins have a private bath no wifi no tv no phone but you can still get these from the lodge community room which is open until 10 pm. A wonderful restaurant right there a short walk from your cabin. We had two mule deer grazing behind our cabin in the morning when we went to the restaurant for breakfast. Food there is totally awesome. We would stay there again and would like to spend a few days there the next time.

Pet Friendly Cabins

We understand that your pets are part of your family. We are proud to offer pet friendly lodging and cabins near Yellowstone. Pets are a part of our Elephant Head Lodge family!

Our Pet Policy is a $25 fee/pet/visit. We ask that you attend to your pets as needed, as we do have other guests, employees, others with pets, horses, and wildlife in the area. Please, do not leave pets unattended in cabins and remember to use your pet leashes.

All cabins at Elephant Head Lodge are pet friendly