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East Yellowstone

Explore the Intersection of the Wild West and the Great Outdoors

East Yellowstone is the stunningly scenic corridor between Cody, Wyoming and Yellowstone National Park. Dude ranches and guest ranches comprising East Yellowstone Lodges have introduced people to this paradise for more than a century.

You probably knew that Yellowstone was the world's first national park, but did you know that Shoshone Forest was the first national forest, as well? In other words, you're in God's country when you book a stay here.

But you also saddle up for a historic ride into the Wild West. Home to legendary showman and cavalry scout Buffalo Bill, Cody proudly carries forward its historic roots. Especially at the East Yellowstone Lodges, where U.S. presidents and other legends have made themselves at home.

You'll never be bored in Cody or East Yellowstone. Hats off for choosing us...

Fly fishing, bait fishing, and spin fishing — it’s all here!

Imagine stepping out your rustic cabin door, pine scenting the fresh mountain air and the squeak of waders accenting your walk. After a short stroll, you step into a blue-ribbon trout stream with fish you can only dream of back home.

Or perhaps you prefer more remote waters, so you hop on a horse and sway into the backcountry to find your fishing destination.

At each of the East Yellowstone Lodges, you'll find world-class fishing streams teeming with trophy trout. And access to some of the most remote waters in the lower 48.

Saddle up for the highlight of your vacation

Hop on a gentle horse willing to haul you over the not-so-gentle terrain of East Yellowstone.

Clip-clop through creeks, bob your way to backcountry lakes, and relive the glory days of the Wild West in the pristine outdoors at the gates of Yellowstone.

Choose from dozens of trails for beginning riders or experienced riders. Ride for an hour or take a pack trip to fish in remote corners of Yellowstone Country.

Explore what President Teddy Roosevelt called "The 50 most beautiful miles in America"

Cody and East Yellowstone may just be the king of scenic drives. 

You'll find no location more convenient than East Yellowstone Lodges for a jaw-dropping day-trip into Yellowstone or past what was once the world's highest dam into Cody.

Renowned road trips like the Beartooth Scenic Byway or the Chief Joseph Scenic Highway may also call your name.

Hit the road with purpose, knowing that no direction will leave you feeling unfulfilled.

Experience easy day hikes or epic backcountry treks

If you're a hiker, Yellowstone National Park and Shoshone National Forest will keep you busy.

Disappear into the backcountry with trail dust rising around your hiking boots between crossings of refreshing mountain streams.

Discover waterfalls, erupting geysers, dramatic mountain scenery, blankets of wildflowers, and more within walking distance or a short drive from the ranch of your choice at East Yellowstone Lodges.

Rodeos & Wild West Adventures

Return to the Wild West in the Rodeo Capital of the World

With a nightly rodeo all summer and the famous Stampede Rodeo in July, Cody, Wyoming is the place to catch cowboys and cowgirls on high-flying broncs or bucking bulls, steer wrestling, barrel racing, and daredevil rodeo clowns. You can also expect the following events and more:

  • Cody Gunfighters Show at the Irma (Monday through Saturday all summer)
  • Cowboy Songs & Range Ballads (Annual)
  • Winchester Gun Show (Annual)
  • Plains Indian Powwow (Annual)
  • Original Cody Old West Auction (Annual)
  • Wild West Balloon Fest (Annual)
  • Wild West Show & Shine Car Show (Annual)
  • Western Design Conference (Annual)
Recreation in East Yellowstone

Chuckwagon Suppers & Campfire Get-Togethers

Get a healthy dose of hearty Western hospitality 'round the chuckwagon

Settle in at the East Yellowstone Lodges for a dose of genuine Western flair with a chuckwagon supper or campfire get-together.

Revel in home-cooked Western delights... all while kicking up your cowboy boots and relaxing to the soothing sounds of a cowboy singing and strumming his beloved guitar.

Recreation in East Yellowstone

Wildlife & Scenic Photography

Photograph Rocky Mountain landscapes and the wildlife that lives there

Looking for grizzlies? Got 'em. Moose? Sure. Cowboys? That's why you chose us to begin with. Expansive untamed backcountry? Will 4.6 million acres be enough for you?

From Old Faithful to Lake Yellowstone, Sylvan Pass and beyond, you'll find mind-melting beauty, wildflowers, wildlife, waterfalls, and more that will give your shutter-finger a workout.

Shoshone National Forest and Yellowstone form the perfect backdrop for a Rocky Mountain photography retreat at East Yellowstone Lodges. Whether you're a seasoned professional or new to photography, you won't believe the shots you walk away with from Yellowstone Country.

Recreation in East Yellowstone


Discover an outdoorsman's paradise in the foothills of Yellowstone

Why spend a cold night in a patched-up tent? Flip your hunting trip on its head with a warm lodge or cabin and a hot shower after your hunting treks!

The East Yellowstone Lodges came to life because outfitters could always help their guests hunt down elusive big game including elk, moose, mule deer, or whitetails, mountain goats, pronghorn antelope, and more. The area lives on as a hunter's utopia right outside the gates of Yellowstone.

Most of the Shoshone National Forest is open to hunting. Information on seasons, licenses, and restrictions are available at the lodges along with outfitter information.

Recreation in East Yellowstone

Museums & Attractions

From Smithsonian-affiliated museums to what was once the highest dam in the world

Cody, Wyoming is home to world-class attractions. Expect these attractions and more:

  • Buffalo Bill Center of the West: Explore five museums compressed into one amazing Wild West experience. The Buffalo Bill Museum, the Whitney Gallery of Western Art, The Plains Indian Museum, The Cody Firearms Museum, and The Draper Museum of Natural History.
  • Buffalo Bill Dam: Stand on the brink of a 325-foot dam that stands as a legacy to the pioneering spirit of the Old West. This concrete dam was the highest in the world when completed in 1910, and is just as impressive today as it spans the steep cliffs rising from the Shoshone River.
  • Cody Dug Up Gun Museum: Just what it sounds like, believe it or not. See historic guns dug up from battlefields and other interesting locations.
  • Sleeping Giant Ski Area and Zipline: Visit our neighbor near the entrance of Yellowstone for year-round fun. Shred the slopes in the winter or clip in for a zipline adventure on Wyoming's longest zipline.
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