If you are searching for abandoned places and the best ghost towns near Cody, look no further. Wyoming has a rich history and is filled with dozens of attractions that date back as far as the 18th century. We’ve pinpointed three of our favorite Wyoming ghost towns and abandoned places to visit. Each of them are historic and unique in their own way, but are you brave enough to explore them?
Cody, WY, is full of adventure, entertainment, and Wild West offerings. After exploring these Wyoming ghost towns, download our free Cody, WY, Vacation Guide for more great attractions in Cody/Yellowstone Country.
The Best Wyoming Ghost Towns & Abandoned Places
Kirwin Ghost Town
Kirwin is an abandoned gold mining town that was established in 1885, shortly after gold was discovered there. Hidden away in the Absaroka Mountains, approximately 200 miners and their families lived in Kirwin. Today, you will find remnants of the past everywhere, from old machinery, to cabins, collapsed structures, old mining offices, and more. During the middle of August, the Meeteetse Museums offers a free annual tour of Kirwin. A high-clearance, four-wheel drive vehicle is required, but if you don’t have your own, the museum will help you find a ride with someone who does.
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The Smith Mansion
Located in Wapiti Valley, the Smith Mansion shares a striking resemblance to an imaginary home in a Dr. Seuss book. Lee Smith, the former home builder and engineer, began constructing Smith Mansion for his wife and family. However, he never finished. Sitting empty for nearly three decades, stories of ghosts, hauntings, and ghastly legends have curated from the abandonment of the home. Check the Smith Mansion Preservation Project on Facebook for information on guided tours.
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Many are unaware of the underwater ghost town of Kane, named after the local cowboy, Riley Kane. This abandoned town was established in 1912, primarily as a railroad shipping venue for sheep, cattle and lumber. Today, it is almost completely submerged under water, and all that remains is a railroad marker, old bridge abutments, a cemetery, and some say, a ghost. Are you brave enough for this ghost town?
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Where to Stay
After a day of exploring these Wyoming ghost towns and abandoned places, continue your night on Monster Lake Ranch. Relax and recount the day’s memories at the Cutthroat Saloon. You will enjoy western art, wildlife mounts, and spectacular 360-degree views of the ranch. This is a great spot to start and end your day while staying at Monster Lake. Breakfast is served daily for guests staying with us, and your favorite beverages are available at the bar in the evenings!
Our Duplex Cabin sits adjacent to the beautiful 100-acre Quick Lake. This spacious accommodation sleeps up to four guests comfortably with two bedrooms, a living room, one bathroom, and a full kitchen. This is the perfect accommodation for small groups of friends who want to explore Cody/Yellowstone Country and plan the ultimate Wild West vacation.
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