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Friendly and functional

The office staff was very friendly both when calling to make a reservation and during the stay. They were attentive to making sure your stay and visit to the area was good. 

Wifi worked well. Facilities were clean. Lounge area worked perfect for a video conference call. 

Not a wilderness camping experience, but you have to know going in its not that kind of place. No complaints.

Convenient

On top of each other but ok for one night. Can walk downtown to Cody. Bathrooms clean, showers nice.

Expensive and not much to it

Close to Cody, which was nice. We felt not being in one of the in-town packed KOA-style campgrounds would give us more nature and space—this did not exactly satisfy either. Views are pretty, but no access to the river, and the trout pond was low on water and covered in slime. They nickel and dime you for extra people (our kids), so price gets high. Just don’t see any value for what you pay over and above more standard rates. Good for the owners if people are willing to pay (and they are, as it was crowded) though we most likely will try somewhere else next time. Opposite side of town from the rodeo too.

Close to the heart of the city . . .

We swung into town to visit some friends while vacationing in Yellowstone park. Our go to place, KOA was full for Tenters, but they referred us to Ponderosa Campground. I really love this place very down home attitude and great ladies that work at the desk. Any place that you can go to get a cuppa coffee for a dollar and free refills is my kind of place :-) they’ve got a great playground for kids as well. They’ve got a great little store lots of restrooms with showers, a laundromat, and you can even stay in a Tee Pee if they are available :-).

It doesn’t have all the amenities like a pool, putt putt golf, or other things that KOA has, but really for $35 a night and being less than a half a mile from downtown Cody, this is a great deal for a short stay.

Location is key

The sites at Ponderosa are fine. They’re mostly level, if a little torn-up, and our hookups were solid. Access is easy enough and the office/common spaces seem decent (laundry looked good but we didn’t get around to it). We didn’t use any amenities aside from (attempted) WiFi. You won’t be surprised to learn it barely existed. The campground’s proximity to the Cody Rodeo & Buffalo Bill Center for the West can’t be beat. We walked to the museum and could have walked to the rodeo. Main Street Cody is within a mile or so and there’s plenty of amenities and tourism options nearby. The front office is friendly but quite disorganized. They only take cash or check, almost (very accidentally) overcharged is $50 and almost put us in the wrong spot. Everything seems to be done via pencil and eraser. All good, just be a conscious guest when you arrive. They’re sweet people. They really stack guests into some tight spots. Our spot was fine but we watched some smaller rigs get backed into the shadow of huge coaches. During rodeo season, I suspect it’s always crowded. It was quite full for our 2-day stay, for rodeo kick-off. Also, through no fault of the campgrounds, there was some bad camper etiquette happening during our stay. Tons of dogs off leash and crazy barking all day, cigar smoking right outside windows, people staring into trailer windows and our neighbors kept their dirty water/sewer items on our picnic bench for their entire stay. All very bizarre. We’d return just based on proximity alone.

Location is key

The sites at Ponderosa are fine. They’re mostly level, if a little torn-up, and our hookups were solid. Access is easy enough and the office/common spaces seem decent (laundry looked good but we didn’t get around to it). We didn’t use any amenities aside from (attempted) WiFi. You won’t be surprised to learn it barely existed. The campground’s proximity to the Cody Rodeo & Buffalo Bill Center for the West can’t be beat. We walked to the museum and could have walked to the rodeo. Main Street Cody is within a mile or so and there’s plenty of amenities and tourism options nearby. The front office is friendly but quite disorganized. They only take cash or check, almost (very accidentally) overcharged is $50 and almost put us in the wrong spot. Everything seems to be done via pencil and eraser. All good, just be a conscious guest when you arrive. They’re sweet people. They really stack guests into some tight spots. Our spot was fine but we watched some smaller rigs get backed into the shadow of huge coaches. During rodeo season, I suspect it’s always crowded. It was quite full for our 2-day stay, for rodeo kick-off. Also, through no fault of the campgrounds, there was some bad camper etiquette happening during our stay. Tons of dogs off leash and crazy barking all day, cigar smoking right outside windows, people staring into trailer windows and our neighbors kept their dirty water/sewer items on our picnic bench for their entire stay. All very bizarre. We’d return just based on proximity alone.

Visit Once & You'll Want to Vist Again & Again

🚙 🚐 🚌 🏕 🚲 🛵🐈🐕🚾 🚿 🏞🍦🛒 We first stayed at the Ponderosa in one of the cabins before becoming we becaming Rv'rs. The entire team embraced us just like they do everyone staying at their campground…we went in as visitors and left as friends just like most who travel through their gates! The Ponderosa family know everything about the area and share like the ambassador's they are. It's a great place for passing through or staying around for entire season. Personally we love staying in Cody because we can drive up to Yellowstone, or over to the beautiful Chief Joseph scenic byway and loop around back to Cody and everything between these two day trips. And of course the town of Cody has plenty of little shops, Cafe's and several major outfits like Walmart, Albertson's, dollar places, tractor supply, dealerships and more.. 🐕 a dog run on site 🏞River dry camping & access on site 🍦Dairy Queen nextdoor ☕️In office or walk for a five min to a local drive through coffee 🛎 hotel across from campground for the non-glampers you may be traveling with 🤪 🛒Walmart just up the road 🥩We always love to go to Cassie's for prime rib! It's a great rustic steakhouse. 🚲We usually take our bikes so we can bike to town, the museum, or up to Walmart and then some. 🖼 Buffalo Bill Museum is a must. The ticket is good for two days and it takes two days. 🐴 We love the Cedar Mtn Trail Rides…they are super friendly and Bob the owner has an uncanny way to match horse to rider. The ride is scenic and not far from the campground. The ride is hilly which makes it more fun then flatter rides.

…we have been staying at the Ponderosa for about six years. We went from doing a cabin, to pulling a trailer and now to an Rv pulling our Jeep behind. And I could go on and on about ponderosa campground and Cody but I need to let you all discover what we have…it is half the fun!!!

Not my favorite tent camp

Only small designated spaces for tents. It’s like one big group site, no designated spaces. We had to park outside of the fenced in tent area and carry all our gear in. The night we were there it was very overcrowded. We didn’t have a picnic table. Tents were so packed in that we were kept up all night by the snoring from the tent next to us. Close to attractions, clean bathrooms and very friendly staff.

Clean and accommodating

Family run campground that is very clean and quiet.  Three shower houses and on sight laundromat  Owners accommodate late arrivals.  Approximately 1 hour to the East entrance of Yellowstone. I highly recommend this campground!!

Clean and all amenities

We stayed only one night just on our way through. They were very well organized, clean and had shuttles that pick up there for all of Cody’s activities. Located within walking distance to done fun areas.