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View From Our Campsite
If we were traveling through Cody with our camper, our choice would be Buffalo Bill State Park. This park sits along the shore of Buffalo Bill Reservoir, which is created by our dam and has a nice view of the water and the mountains. In fact, even though we live in the Cody area, we actually do occasionally drive over and spend a couple of nights at the park, as do other locals. The state park is located about 10 miles west of the center of town on US 14-16-20, which is the highway to Yellowstone. We enjoy the view of the lake, and the campground is quite nice. The campgrounds are usually fully open May 1 - September 30, but you can also stay there in the off season, however water is turned off, and there are limited services.
In the park you will find two campgrounds. The North Shore Bay Campground has 37 sites, and is the closest to town. The first loop within this campground has sites with both water and electricity. These sites may be reserved ahead of time. The other non-electric/water sites, are first come first served sites. Each campsite has a fire ring and picnic table. Within the campground there are vault toilets, drinking water, and an RV dump. This campground offers an expansive view of the lake.
The North Fork Campground has 62 sites, of which fourteen have electricity and water, and may be reserved. The remainder are first come first serve sites. Within this campground is the Trout Creek group area, which is only available on a reservation basis. This campground is about 14 miles west of Cody. This campground does not give you a close-up lake view, as it is located on the far western side of the reservoir, where the lake narrows down as it joins the North Fork River. Each campsite has a fire ring and picnic table. Within the campground there are vault toilets and drinking water.
Although I recommend this to you as our first choice, I must warn you, that there are no showers in either campground, and at times it can be very windy, so I would recommend that you do not leave your awnings up if you leave for the day.
To make reservations, for electric/water sites, call 877-996-7275.
Unique Qualities: The Northshore Bay Campground is located along our reservoir, where you can enjoy a western sunset, or if you have a boat, enjoy an exploration trip on the lake. You may also enjoy a walk along the Eagle Point Trail, which is located in the Eagle Point Day use area. This trail is handicapped accessible. The Trout Creek Nature Trail can be found within the Trout Creek Group area of the North Fork Campground.*
Address: 47 Lakeside Road, Cody, WY 82414
Comparison: least expensive
Directions: Drive 9 miles west out of town toward Yellowstone, you'll pass the Super-Wal-Mart, the rodeo grounds, and travel through three tunnels. The state park is soon after you get through the tunnels on the lakeshore.
Phone: (307) 587-9227 (Office)
Horses are Popular at Dude Ranches
Cross Sabres Ranch is located in the Shoshone National Forest and offers pack trips, fishing, and horseback riding. This ranch is thought to be the oldest guest ranch in the country, having been established in 1898 as a stagecoach stop for people on their way to visit Yellowstone Park. The main lodge standing at the ranch today was built after a fire destroyed the lodge in the winter of 2004. The Wapiti Valley of the Shoshone National Forest, where Cross Sabres is located, is a very scenic area filled with a variety of wildlife. Besides the main activities you may also enjoy volleyball, sing-a-longs, barbeques, a hot tub, and square dancing. Trips to Cody to visit Old Trail Town, the Night Rodeo, and the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, as well as to Yellowstone Park can also be arranged.
Unique Qualities: Staying on a ranch would we a great family adventure, that even the children would remember as one of the best. You will find great views, opportunity to see wildlife, and many enjoyable outdoor activities.
Address: 829 North Fork Hwy, Cody WY 82414
Comparison: more expensive than average
Other Contact: 1-888-587-3750
Phone: (307) 587-3750
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The Cody Hotel advertises itself as Luxury Lodging in the Heart of the American West. When I checked it out, I was quite impressed with the decor and amenities. Located along what we in Cody call the West Cody Strip, this 100% non-smoking accommodation is less than one mile from Old Trail Town and the Rodeo, as well as convenient to the downtown and the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, which is about 2 miles from the hotel. This is a green friendly hotel in its construction, and in its recycling program. The rooms are attractive, and all rooms offer luxuries such as feather pillows and comforters, flat screen TV’s, coffee/tea maker, hairdryer, high-speed Internet access, complimentary newspaper, bathrobes, blackout drapes, bathroom scales (just in case you want to know how much weight you have gained while on vacation), bathroom telephones (for those of you who love to sit on the commode, while talking to friends and business associates), clock/radio with an iPod docking station, DVD player, in-room safes, iron & ironing board, refrigerator, microwave, and oversized towels.
You will have three types of suites to choose from. The standard, (called Premier suites) have a choice of either one King sized bed, or two queen sized beds. The Deluxe Suites offer all of the standard amenities, plus a patio or balcony. The Jacuzzi King Suite features one King sized bed, the Deluxe Suite amenities, plus a jetted tub. There are also pet friendly rooms available,
Be aware, that the hotel advertises that it is in a convenient location just 45 minutes from Yellowstone National Park. BUT please do not make The Cody your home base for Yellowstone, stay here only to visit Cody and it's surrounding area. The park is about 50 miles from Cody, and once there, you have a lot of driving to visit the various sites. You can’t see everything in a day, so don’t even try.
Unique Qualities: Within the accommodation you will find a small, attractive dining area where in the morning you will be served coffee, and a complimentary breakfast. Complimentary refreshments are also served in the lobby in the evenings, where you may enjoy the sound of live piano music. Or maybe you would enjoy a dip in their indoor swimming pool, relaxing in the hot tub, or just relax by the fireplace. If you don’t wish to relax, maybe you would like to spend time in their fitness room.
The hotel has space for special events such as business meetings, reunions, or weddings, etc. You may choose from a space that will seat up to 100 people, or a smaller, more intimate area for your event.
The Cody also offers free airport transportation in the event that you are flying into or out of the Cody airport.
Address: 232 West Yellowstone Ave., Cody, Wyoming, 82414
Comparison: most expensive
Directions: Located near the rodeo grounds, along US14/US16, the highway that will take you to/from Yellowstone National Park.
Other Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Love the Elk Statue in Front of the Inn
The AmericInn Lodge & Suites contains 65 smoke-free rooms and suites of different styles. The standard room has a choice of two Queen size beds, or one King sized bed, and includes free high speed internet, cable TV with HBO, coffeemaker, iron and ironing board, hair dryer, CD/AM/FM radio, microwave, and mini-refrigerator. The AmericInn also offers one room and two room suites, including a choice of whirlpool and gas fireplace suites. The two room suites have a bedroom with a king sized bed, and a separate sitting room. The inn also has a conference room, laundry facility, and a beautiful lobby with a fireplace.
Unique Qualities: The AmericInn has a nice recreation area with a heated indoor swimming pool, whirlpool, and a sauna. An enhanced continental breakfast is also available at no extra cost. This breakfast is better than many continental breakfasts offered in many motels. Besides pastries, juice, milk, coffee, and cereal, it also includes such things as fresh fruit, yogurt, and hot waffles. The desk area has a 24 hour copy/fax service available.
Address: 508 Yellowstone Avenue, Cody, Wyoming, 82414
Comparison: more expensive than average
Directions: The AmericInn is located on the west side of town along highway 14-16-20.
Other Contact: reservations: 800-634-3444
Price: US$180 and up
If you would prefer not to stay in town, and would enjoy a lovely mountain view, this is an option to the state park. Still within an easy drive from Cody, the Yellowstone Valley Inn is about 18 miles from town. Here you have the choice of a campground, cabins, or a small motel. In the campground you will find sites with electricity and water, or full hook ups. Both RVs and tents are welcome. Be warned, however, that there is no shade in this campground, although the 360 degree view of the beautiful mountainous valley may offset this disadvantage for you.
My second photo shows the cabins with the small motel in the background. There are 20 cabin rooms, which have knotty pine interiors and include two double beds. Fifteen guest rooms are available in the motel. From the balconies of the motel you can see the Shoshone River. To see views of the inside of the rooms visit their web page, listed below.
Unique Qualities: There is a small heated outdoor swimming pool, coin-operated laundry, indoor hot tub, picnic tables, showers, and playground equipment if you have children. There is also a restaurant, and saloon.
Address: 3324 Yellowstone Park Hwy/North fork Hwy, Cody, Wyoming, 82414
Comparison: about average
Directions: Located in the beautiful Wapiti Valley, about 18 miles west of Cody along highway 14/16/20, and 32 miles east of Yellowstone National Park.
The King’s Inn is a two floor accommodation that was built in 1994, and remodeled in 2000. The inn is an adobe style building, with a uniquely decorated lobby, including a fireplace to complete the ambience. The outside looks like a South Western style inn, however, when you go into the lobby, it is decorated with an African motif. I must warn you that there are a large number of taxidermy animal mounts from Africa within the lobby, both heads and full mounts. Some examples are an elephant head, a full mounted zebra, rhinoceros, full mounted lions, and many others. Some people find this interesting, others do not, so if you find this objectionable, you will not find the lobby to your taste. People who I have talked to that have stayed in the King’s Inn have told me that their rooms were clean, comfortable, and quiet. The rooms are nice sized, and the staff is friendly. Each room includes a small refrigerator, coffeemaker, hairdryer, and a flat screen TV with HBO. You have the choice of rooms with one King sized bed, a room with two double Queen size beds, a Family Room that includes three Queen size beds. Their high end room is a two room suite with one King sized bed, and a whirlpool Jacuzzi spa for two. There is no elevator to the second floor, however, so if stairs are a problem for you, be sure to reserve a first floor room.
Unique Qualities: The hotel includes conference rooms, free wireless internet, laundry facilities, an indoor swimming pool, and a Jacuzzi. A continental breakfast is included with your room.
Address: 524 Yellowstone Avenue, Cody, Wyoming, 82414
Comparison: about average
Directions: The King’s Inn is located along the road to Yellowstone, Hwy 14,16,20. It is on the west side of town, near the rodeo grounds.
The Chamberlin Inn is a small, elegant two story hotel, which includes the main building’s rooms, as well as lodging in a separate building, plus a garden. During the 1920s and 30s, the Chamberlin Inn was a popular place to stay, and such people as Marshall Fields, and Ernest Hemingway stayed at the inn. Offering 24 rooms, this hotel was renovated in 2005-2007, and is beautiful both inside and out. Each room is different, and you have a number of choices of varying sizes and styles, plus luxury suites and apartments to choose from. If you choose the Standard Queen, you will find that some of the bathrooms includes an old fashion claw foot tub/shower combination, others more modern bathrooms, and some only contain a shower. The Queen Suite has a garden view, a queen sized bed, bathroom, and a room divided into areas featuring a small kitchenette, small office, and a small living area with a fold out couch. The Standard King includes a claw tub/shower combination, and a king sized bed. The Hemingway King Studio, has a garden view, a king sized bed, a claw foot tub/shower combination, and a fold-out sofa. Upstairs you will find a King Suite that includes a garden view, bathroom, a small living room, small kitchenette, and French doors separating the sleeping area from the small living room. You will also find lodging in the Inn’s original courthouse, located off the garden, where you will enjoy fireplaces, a queen bed in the main bedroom, full kitchen, office, and living space for up to six people. These are just some of the possible accommodations you may choose from. Visit their web page for descriptions and photos of all their different options, and to register on line.
The only complaints I have heard about the hotel is that the accommodation does not include a breakfast (which shouldn‘t be a surprise, as they do not advertise a breakfast), some rooms are quite small, and there is no elevator. Because of this, if you have a problem climbing stairs, be sure to reserve a room on the first floor. If you are concerned about the size of the room, I would recommend emailing them from their web site, or calling them for more information, as although they offer a number of photos for each accommodation, photos do not always give you accurate information on how roomy the choice is.
This hotel does not have a parking lot, so you will have to park on the street. Since Cody is a small town, and the hotel is on a side street, this is usually not a problem, except for maybe July 3rd and 4th, during the time of the wonderful Cody parade. But then you will want to see the parade, and you won’t have to move your car from where it is parked, just walk down to the end of the block, and watch the parade go by
Unique Qualities: Each room contains a flat screen TV, and high speed wireless internet access. There is also a room to hold meetings in (I have not seen this room), a parlor, and a small library. The library can be quite fun, as many of the books are about the local area. Fresh flowers, Belgium chocolates, coffee, and a morning newspaper will be found in every room. A separate garden, enclosed with a brick wall, offers a lovely outdoor area in the heart of downtown. With its catering kitchen, and lovely garden, you may even arrange for a garden wedding.
Address: 1032 12th Street, Cody, Wyoming, 82414
Comparison: most expensive
Directions: The hotel is located on a side street near the center of the downtown area, just a short distance off the main business district.
Other Contact: 1-888-587-0202 toll free in USA
Lockhart Inn, a Bed and Breakfast
Living in Cody, I have tried to become familiar with some of our accommodations, through asking tourist where they are staying, and how they like the accommodation, as well as visiting newer establishments after they have opened up. Being a tourist town, there are far too many of them form me to evaluate, and it seems like more are built each summer. We have a large variety of motels ranging from small family ones to chains such as Americinn, Best Western, Days Inn, Holiday Inn, Kelly Inn, etc. Some of these are more economical to stay in than other. The best list of places to stay in Cody, can be found at the Chamber of Commerce’s webpage. Here you can click on the type of accommodation you are interested in for a list of places, with their web addresses and maps to show their location. The Commerce does not list any accommodations that are in poor condition or unclean. Click the following link for the Commerce listings: www.codychamber.org/visit-cody
The Irma Hotel, the historic hotel built by Buffalo Bill and named for his daughter offers period decorated rooms. This hotel is located at 1192 Sheridan Avenue, phone number 307-587-4221. For more information on the Irma Hotel visit www.irmahotel.com
The Lockhart Inn (listed below) was previously for sale and has been closed for a few years. I have not heard anything about what the new owners intend to do with the business, and the Chamber of Commerce has dropped this accommodation from their listings. I have included it only for its interesting history. I will try to update this tip in the future, when and if the Lockhard Inn reopens.
Interested in ghosts? The Lockhart Inn, is a bed and breakfast located at 109 W. Yellowstone Ave., along the highway that leads out of town toward Yellowstone National Park. As a warning, the Lockhart Inn, once the home of Caroline Lockhart (1870-1962) is reported to be haunted. The proprietress suspects that Caroline and her lover, Vence Spencer, haunt her bed and breakfast. Guests at the inn have reported their toiletries relocate behind their bathroom doors, water being turned on in their room, and towels placed on the toilet seats or sinks during the night. Other events are the sound of swishing petticoats, the sound of clinking glasses in the parlor, noises from the third floor, and the smell of sweet lilacs. Cindy Kramer states that she has seen both Caroline and Vance, he a slender tall man, and she a stocky woman wearing a blue dress, hair up, as well as tiny spectacles. Guests have also reported seeing them when they were the only guests in the inn.
Campsites are Close Together
The KOA Campground has 50 amp electrical service, grass, picnic tables, free WiFi, and cable TV. Some sites are shaded, but many are not. The sites will accommodate small, as well as large class A motor homes. There is also an open grassy area for tent camping. The KOA also has a few cabins available, with both one and two room models offered. The two room Kamping Kabins (as they like to spell it) sleeps up to 6 people. The one room Kabins sleeps up to 4. You will, however, need your own sleeping bags, or bed linens, towels, and other bath items such as soap, etc. These do not have a private bath, but there is a bathroom with showers located in the campground. The campground also has what they call Kamping Lodges. These have a separate bedroom, bathroom, and kitchen, as well as air conditioning and heat. The lodges, however, also do not supply many items that you would need to stay in them. They do not supply bed linens, most cooking equipment, towels, or toiletries. Call the campground to find out what cooking utensils and dishes are available. There is also a Kamping Kottage, which is their largest accommodation. This Kottage (their spelling) has a loft with 2-twin beds, plus will sleep four more on the ground floor. This accommodation has a full kitchen, and a bath with a shower. The kitchen has an oven and gas stove, full-sized refrigerator, and some cooking utensils. There is also air-conditioning and heat in the Kottage. Even in the Kottage, however, you will need your own sleeping bags or bed linens, towels, toiletries, and possible some cooking equipment. Again, be sure to inquire as to what cookware and dishes are supplied with the Kottage.
My third and fourth photos show the area for tents, and my last photo shows an example of the Kabins.
Unique Qualities: The KOA has a small swimming pool, a small playground, game room, horseshoe pits, and basketball hoops. The staff can also help you to arrange an outing such as a rafting tour, fishing, or an outing to the rodeo. The campground also has special events offered during the summer months, such as bingo (usually on Thursday evenings), homemade ice cream (generally Saturdays), and Friday night campfires with smores. NOTE: These activities and schedules may vary from year to year.
BUT please do not make Cody your home base for Yellowstone, stay here only to visit Cody and it's surrounding area.
Address: 5561 Greybull Hwy, Cody, WY 82414
Comparison: about average
Directions: The KOA Campground is about 3.3 miles east of the center of town on US 14-16-20.
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Absaroka Bay Campground
I don’t know why this campground is called Absaroka Bay, (pronounced Absorka), as it is not located on the water, thus not on a bay, however Beck Lake is across the highway. This Good Sam campground is open from May 1 – Sept. 30, and is about 1.5 miles SE of the center of town. If you are not staying in town at the Ponderosa Campground, this campground is the next closest campground to the downtown area. This full hook-up campground looks a lot like a large parking lot. Trees have been planted, but they are very small, and as of yet will offer you no shade. There are 110 sites, and expect to be close to your neighbors. Of course when in Cody, you will want to be spending most of your time exploring what the town has to offer, so this will probably not be a problem for many of you. The sites will accommodate large rigs as well as small, and each site has a picnic table. Restrooms with showers, laundry facilities, video rentals, LP Gas, and ice are available.
All three of my photos will give you an idea of how close together the sites are.
Unique Qualities: The campground has a Recreation Area, and WiFi Internet. Tour and show tickets may be purchased at the campground.
Address: 2001 US Highway 14-16-20, Cody, WY 82414
Comparison: about average
Directions: The campground is south-east of the downtown area along highway US 14-16-20.
Other Contact: email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: (307) 527-7440
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