Dream of going where the sky is clear, the air is pure, and nature is at your doorstep? Do you seek the peace and solace of open spaces, and the grandeur of majestic mountains? Do you enjoy brilliant sunsets, the sounds of a babbling stream, and the aromatic smell of pine and sagebrush heating under a lazy sun? Or are you just looking for a place between Yellowstone National Park and Cody, Wyoming. If so, then Doc’s Cabin is for you.
Nestled in the scenic Wapiti Valley of Northwestern Wyoming, Doc’s cabin offers you the unique opportunity to both sightsee and experience nature by Yellowstone. Summer activities are almost unlimited in the valley. Horseback riding, hiking, fishing, photography and river rafting top the list. Come for a week of relaxation or use the cabin as a hub for recreation or visiting Yellowstone and Cody.
Doc’s cabin, situated on Whit Creek (a Northfork River tributary), was built by Dr. Millard J. Smith as a small hunting lodge and headquarters for hunting trips to the top of Table Mountain. The ' cabin' actually consists of two cabins (see tour page) situated on 10 acres of stream and hillside. One cabin serves as the main living quarters and the other as a bunkhouse guest cabin. The main cabin is fully equipped with a 3/4 bath, a kitchen with wood burning stove, dining room table, two queen beds, and a small library. The cabin has hot running water and electricity, but no telephone or television. Cooking may be done on the woodburning stove or with a hot plate. The bunkhouse guest cabin offers a large sitting area and sleeps up to six people (one queen, a bunk bed, and a rollaway).
This type of setting allows you to customize your lodging your way. The main cabin can be the parent's headquarters while the large bunkhouse guest cabin can be the kid's hideaway. Another option allows you to share the Wyoming outdoors with friends, as you save on lodging (both cabins are offered at a single unit price).
Wapiti Valley, only 30 miles east of Yellowstone National Park is surrounded by the magnificent Absaroka Mountains. These mountains were named after the Crow Indians--Absaroka means Crow in the native language. Millions of years of erosion has uniquely carved these magnificent mountains, the North Fork Valley and its many tributaries, unusual hoodoos, and other interesting rock escarpments throughout the valley. Wapiti, meaning elk, is the home to a number of wild animals including deer, elk, bear, bighorn sheep, and coyote. Beautiful Birds of all sizes soar throughout the river basin.
The cabin is situated off US 14-16-20, the most direct route to Yellowstone Park from Cody, Wyoming. Teddy Roosevelt called this route the “most scenic 50 miles in the U.S.”. The route follows the North Fork of the Shoshone River and its upper stretch to Yellowstone is labeled a scenic byway.
A 20 minute drive east takes you into historic Cody, Wyoming, home of Buffalo Bill. Cody becomes alive in the Summer; with nightly rodeos, river raft trips, horse back tours, unique shopping and numerous sites to see. This includes internationally-acclaimed Buffalo Bill Historical Center, housing four separate museum complexes and the McCracken Research Library.
A 30 minute drive to the west, brings you to the east entrance of Yellowstone National Park. Along this route you will pass Pahaska Teepee, Buffalo Bill’s old hunting lodge. Other scenic and historic sights within driving distance include: Jackson Hole, the Little Bighorn Battle Field (Custer’s Last Stand), and the Beartooth Scenic Highway.
June 1-30: CLOSED
July 1-July 25: RESERVED
July 25-August 2: OPEN
August 2-31: RESERVED
August 30 and later: CLOSED FOR SEASON
Location: On 10 acres of undeveloped land adjacent to Whit Creek.
Availability: Usually June through August.
Cabins: Main cabin sleeps 4; Bunkhouse sleeps 5.
Facilities: Kitchen and bathroom in main cabin; propane BBQ; porch; picnic table. Kitchen staples, linens, and towels provided. Cabin can be stocked for extra fee.
Cost: $130/night or $650/week - main cabin; $20/night or $100/week - additional for bunkhouse.
Well-behaved pets are welcome.