Recreation in East Yellowstone


Historical & Cultural Locations/Events


Yellowstone was our nation’s first National Park and the Shoshone Forest was our first National Forest. One visit to East Yellowstone and you will know why there was so much interest in preserving this land for future generations.

The Lodges of East Yellowstone have many interesting historical tales behind them. Visited by presidents and legends such as Buffalo Bill Cody, the area is rich with stories from the past.

It’s just a short day trip to Cody, where you can even rent a bike to pedal around to various shops and events or spend the day at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center featuring five museums; 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.

If museums aren’t your style, catch one of Cody’s extraordinary annual event such as Cowboy Songs and Range Ballads, Winchester Gun Show, Plains Indian Powwow, Original Cody Old West Auction, Jazz Festival, Wild West Balloon Fest, Wild West Show & Shine Car Show, Cody Trolley Tour, Western Design Conference and more!


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The East Yellowstone lodges are in close proximity to a large variety of exciting recreational opportunities that are certain to be the highlight of your trip to the East Yellowstone area. Individual lodges can provide you with details of recreational activities that they provide or have access to.

It’s difficult to say what the most beautiful or breathtaking part of East Yellowstone will be for you. However, we can guarantee that it will take your breath away. East Yellowstone has it all. Great western hospitality and food, all within walking or driving distance of extraordinary recreational and scenic opportunities. Your East Yellowstone Vacation will be a western experience to remember!

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Guided Horseback Rides & Pack Trips
The event that could very well be the highlight of your vacation! Choose from dozens of trails for beginning riders and experienced riders. You can ride for an hour or take an overnight pack trip and fish in a remote mountain stream.

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Fishing in Blue Ribbon Trout Streams
Fly fishing, bait fishing and spin fishing — it’s all here! Many streams are on the properties of the East Yellowstone Lodges. You can fish on your own or have a local guide take you a remote “hot-spot”. There are many varieties of trout in our Wyoming streams just waiting for you.

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Hiking in Spectacular Mountain Country
Short trails, long trails, easy trails and difficult trails, you’ll find them all here! From East Yellowstone Lodges you will be within driving or walking distance to trail heads in the Shoshone National Forest and Yellowstone National Park. Experience wildlife, dramatic mountain scenery, active geysers, wildflowers and dramatic elevation changes.

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Road Trips, Scenic Drives, Byways & Day Trips
Whether it’s a scenic drive or a day trip to Yellowstone National Park or Cody, WY, the Lodges of East Yellowstone are centrally located on the Yellowstone Highway for unforgettable Wyoming road trips. Wyoming highway 14/16/20, also known as Yellowstone Highway and Northfork Highway, connects Cody to Yellowstone National Park’s East Gate. This stretch of road was called “The fifty most beautiful miles in America” by President Theodore Roosevelt and it certainly lives up to it’s reputation.

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Rodeos & Cowboy Adventures
Each lodge in East Yellowstone provides a unique touch of their own western flare and adventure to make your vacation memorable. From any of the lodges you can take a day trip to Cody and then return that evening to watch the sunset behind the mountains and have a chuckwagon supper or campfire get-together with hospitality you won’t find anywhere else.

Cody, Wyoming is the Rodeo Capital of the World! Top cowboys come from around the continent to Cody for the Stampede Rodeo in July. Cody also features a nightly rodeo from June through August every year. Each night includes cowboys and cowgirls on high flying broncs, riding bulls, steer wrestling, barrel racing and not to mention the daredevil rodeo clowns!

Cody also features “The Cody Gunfighters” at the Irma Hotel Monday-Saturday throughout the summer. Catch other annual events such as Cowboy Songs and Range Ballads, Winchester Gun Show, Plains Indian Powwow, Original Cody Old West Auction, Jazz Festival, Wild West Balloon Fest, Wild West Show & Shine Car Show, Western Design Conference, the Buffalo Bill HIstorical Center and much much more!

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Chuckwagon Suppers & Campfire Get-togethers
Gather ’round the chuckwagon for homecooked western delights! Best of all, we do all the work! You just sit back, relax, watch the clouds go by and enjoy your meals. Many lodges feature an evening campfire where you might even hear an old cowboy singing and strumming his guitar under the starry night sky.

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Wildlife & Scenery Photography
Natural beauty and abundant wildlife…You won’t have to go far to find spectacular photo opportunities such as rugged mountain scenery, snow capped peaks, colorful wild flowers, deer, big horn sheep, bison, elk, moose, antelope, native birds, cowboys, horses, mountain goats, grizzly bears, black bears, alpine meadows, lodgepole pine forests, geyers, Old Faithful, and expansive untamed backcountry.

The East Yellowstone Lodges are either located in or near the Shoshone National Forest which is part of the Rocky Mountains. Shoshone National forest was established in 1891. It is our first National Forest and shares Yellowstone National Park’s Eastern border. The Rocky Mountains extend two thousand miles through two countries, from Canada to New Mexico and comprise over 40 distinct mountain ranges, 20 of which are in and adjacent to Wyoming. Erosion by glaciers and rivers has formed the present landscape of rugged ridges alternating with forested valleys.

Endless scenery abounds between Shoshone National Forest’s 2,446,586 acres and Yellowstone National Park’s scenic adversity. It’s been said that Wyoming has the some of most beautiful sunrises and sunsets around, providing you with a naturally colorful and dramatic backdrop for your scenery and wildlife shots. East Yellowstone is perfect for the beginning photographers and seasoned professionals alike.

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Why spend a cold night in an old tent… cozy up in a warm lodge or cabin after a hot shower instead!

The Shoshone National forest is home to many big game animals such as elk, moose, mule deer, whitetail deer, bighorn sheep, mountain goat, antelope, black bear and grizzly bear. Most of the forest is open to hunting. Information on seasons, licenses, and restrictions are available at the lodges along with outfitter information.

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