The Elephant Head 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 Elephant Head Lodge is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The lodge is now owned and operated by Kevin & Debbie Millard, who are Wyoming natives with fourth generation ranch family backgrounds.
Lodging Style and Amenities
We have 15 small historical cabins, a restaurant with home made cooking, a lounge/office/family room, and a small horse concession. The cabins house 2-8 people depending on the cabin, and 5 of them have kitchenettes.The cabins are mostly stand alone and have at least one bathroom.
Breakfast Style Served
Full and Hearty Breakfast
Mid May until end of September
Ranch Activities Available
Easy access to Yellowstone National Park, beautiful scenery, hiking, fishing, wildlife viewing, cultural educational art gallery and local story teller Kevin, playground, relax and enjoy our western hospitality, and geological formations in the area including the Elephant Head rock formation in the backyard.
We are also close (40 miles) to the historical Buffalo Bill Center of the West, Old Trail Town, western shopping, and a fabulous drive of our geological rock formations along the Buffalo Bill Scenic Byway between Cody, WY and East Entrance of Yellowstone National Park.
Rates range from $185 - $370/cabin. Prices vary with the size of the cabin - house 2-8 people. We also offer a AAA discount, as well as an off season rate (before memorial day and after labor day).
1170 North Fork Hwy Cody, WY OR 1170 Yellowstone Hwy Cody, WY
We are 11.7 miles outside the East Entrance of Yellowstone National Park, along HWY 14-16-20 . We are 40 miles west of Cody, WY, and 40 miles east of Fishing Bridge in Yellowstone National Park.