History of the Bill Cody Ranch
A Long History In Yellowstone
Like many Wyoming dude ranches, we've had a love affair with Yellowstone country since before tourists packed the park by the millions. Read on to discover a ranch in a place like nowhere else on Earth in a land that'll never change - for the worse, at least.
Origins of an Iconic Western Dude Ranch
Hollywood actor Leonard Morris established the precursor to The Bill Cody Ranch, the Lazy Bar H Ranch, in 1925. He built the original lodge to feel typical of Western life "with its Navajo rugs, Indian curios, hunting trophies, huge fireplaces, and unusually comfortable furnishings."
Since then, little has changed beyond updating to modern standards. Step back in time to a place where all the things that matter have stayed the same for decades.
Why "Bill Cody"?
Buffalo Bill Cody is a famed showman and the namesake of Cody, Wyoming.
After a turbulent time in the late '60s when the ranch passed through many owners' hands quickly, the grandson of Buffalo Bill, also named Bill Cody, bought the ranch. The purchase occurred in 1971 and he renamed it Bill Cody's Ranch Inn.
Bill Cody had grown up in the Cody area. His mother was Irma Cody Garlow, the favored daughter of Buffalo Bill after whom the historic Irma Hotel is named.
The young Bill Cody left Wyoming to pursue other ventures as a young adult, but Bill Cody Ranch would be where he spent his later years.
He and his wife, Barbara, acquired the operation with a small deposit and devoted their next 25 years to expanding guest capacity and growing a diminished herd from five to more than 50 horses.