Double Diamond X Ranch | Upper South Fork Valley | Cody, Wyoming
Cody, Wyoming

FAQ for summer guests

Is the Ranch open year-round? When is peak season?

Yes. Peak season is June 1 - September 15. Off-season is September 16 - May 31.

How far is the Ranch from Yellowstone National Park? How far from Cody?

We’re 85 miles from the east entrance of the Park. We’re 35 miles from Cody. It takes about 1.5 hours to get to the Park from the Ranch. It takes about 45 minutes to get to town from the Ranch.

Where are the closest services such as grocery and gas?

The closest services are in Cody. We recommend fueling up and grabbing any food items in Cody before coming out to the Ranch.

Do you serve food at the Ranch?

Yes, we serve breakfast and dinner. We do not serve lunch, so we advise bringing lunch items with you. Visit our Food and Drink page for more information.

Are reservations required at the restaurant?

Yes. We are a small operation and need to know how many guests plan to come to meals so we know how much food to prepare. There are some nights that all of our guests make other plans, either cooking for themselves or eating in town. It is unsustainable for us to make lots of food only to have few or no guests attend the meal. We’re sorry if this is inconvenient, but it is the only way that we are able to afford to offer food to our guests without packaging meals as part of your stay.

What time is breakfast? What time is dinner?

If you choose, you can have a breakfast basket delivered to your cabin between 7:30 and 8:00 am. Please be seated for dinner between 6:00 and 7:30 pm.

Can I bring my own beer, wine, or spirits to the Ranch?

Please no private alcohol on the Ranch.

Can I bring my dog?

No pets on the Ranch, please.

What amenities do the cabins have?

All of our cabins have sleeping areas, full baths with hot showers, linens and towels, heating, refrigerators, coffee and tea, microwave, and porches. Some cabins have fully stocked kitchens and laundry facilities. Visit our Accommodations page for details.

What time is check-in and check-out?

Check-in is between 3 PM and 10 PM. If you plan on arriving after 10 PM you must get in touch with us so we can make sure you can independently find your cabin. Check-out is by 10 AM.

Is there a pool or hot tub on the Ranch?


What kind of clothing should I bring?

Bring thin layers so you can remove or add clothing as the weather changes, or as you go up or down in elevation. Bring a hat and sunglasses to protect you from Wyoming’s high elevation sun rays. Bring a rain-proof jacket. Bring sturdy hiking boots, work boots, or cowboy boots.

What type of weather should I expect?

Typical summer weather is cool mornings in the 40s or 50s, warm sunny days in the 70s or 80s, a change of afternoon thunderstorms, and breezy conditions. It snows in the high country every month of the year - some summer thunderstorms are associated with cold rain, wind, and snow, so be prepared!

Is there Wi-Fi or cell service on the Ranch?

Yes, we offer Wi-Fi (free service) in the Registration Office. Also, your mobile device will work if your carrier is AT&T. If you have a different carrier, cell service is extremely limited.

What are the hours of the Registration Office?

8 AM - 8 PM.

Where should I park to unload, and where should I park after I’ve unloaded?

There are gravel roads beside each cabin where you can park temporarily for unloading. There is longer-term parking behind the registration building and near the outdoor riding arena. Please do not drive or park on the grass.

Can I park on the grass just to unload?

No vehicles on the grass please.

Is the water in the cabins safe to drink?

Yes. The water is excellent - it comes from deep wells on the Ranch.

Are there grizzly bears, black bears, wolves, or mountain lions on the Ranch?

Yes. We see these animals or their sign regularly.

Are grizzly bears a danger on the Ranch?

It is very important that our guests realize that grizzly bears are present and have the potential to be dangerous. We ask our guests to follow several rules while on the Ranch and adjacent wilderness: do not leave food in your vehicle or on your porch; follow our policy on trash disposal (see below); carry bear spray when hiking or fishing; and be aware of settings where a bear may not be able to see or hear you coming (dense vegetation, windy conditions, rushing water) and be sure to call out in such areas to make the bear aware of your presence.

Should I buy bear spray before coming to the Ranch?

Bear spray is a very important tool to carry with you while fishing or hiking. Although you can purchase bear spray in Cody, we lend bear spray to our guests.

What about bears and trash - what should I do with a full trash bag?

You should leave your tied trash bag on your porch in the morning (not in the evening!). An attendant will pick it up and take it to the dumpster. Or, if you find it convenient, there are two bear-proof dumpsters on the grounds that you can place your trash in.

Are there rattlesnakes on the Ranch?

Although rattlesnakes generally avoid the irrigated areas in and around the Ranch, they occur throughout the surrounding foothills and mountains. Guests should always wear sturdy boots and be aware of the presence of rattlesnakes when hiking.

Can I swim in the river and pond?

Yes. The river is fed primarily by snow melt and springs so the water is a bit chilly.

What kind of fish are in the river?

Brown trout, rainbow trout, brook trout, Yellowstone cutthroat trout, and mountain whitefish are in the river.

Do I need a fishing license to go fishing?

Yes. You may purchase a daily license from sporting retailers in Cody, or from the Wyoming Game and Fish Department website.

Can I keep the fish I catch?

No. To sustain the abundance of the fishery we require catch-and-release.

Do I need a guide to fish or hike on the Ranch?

We encourage use of our guide; however, guests are permitted to fish and hike without a guide provided you have a valid fishing license, follow state and Ranch regulations, and maintain bear-awareness.

Do I need to book guided fishing, guided hiking, or horseback riding in advance, or can I schedule these activities after I arrive?

We encourage booking activities in advance because the schedule fills up quickly, but guests are welcome to schedule activities anytime the guides are available.

I’ve never ridden a horse or gone fly fishing - can you accommodate me even though I don’t have experience with these activities?

Yes, beginners are welcome - our guides (and horses) are excellent with beginners.

On a horseback ride, can we gallop or trot?

No, the trails we use are too rugged, rocky, and steep.

Are there age or weight limits for horseback riding?

Yes, riders must be age 8 or older, and riders must not exceed 240 pounds.

Is the restaurant and saloon open in the off-season?

No; however, special arrangements can be made depending on your needs.

How long have you owned the ranch?

Matt and Jenine bought the ranch in January 2012.’

When is my final payment due?

Your payment is due before you check out. You are welcome to pay for your stay in advance if you’d like