The Historic Wapiti Lodge



The Historic Wapiti Lodge is a beautifully restored property located in the heart of the Northfork Valley, overlooking the Shoshone River. Built in the early 1900s by Ben and Mary Simpers, it was known as the Green Lantern Tourist Camp, and believed to be the first establishment to hold a license to sell beer after Prohibition was repealed. The Simpers also started the first food service in the valley, serving chicken dinners to both tourists and locals in the area.

The Simpers subsequently sold to F.O. Sanzenbacker in 1931, and the name was changed to the Wapiti Lodge. The lodge evolved over the decades, from a gas station, general store, post office , and restaurant, now returning to its original offering of relaxation and recreation to area travelers. The property even served as the home of the Wapiti Post Office from 1938 until 2010. 

Although over 100 years old, time has been kind in preserving the lodge's structure and grace. Today, the lodge epitomizes Wyoming's character and charm, with a bit of the old intertwined with the comforts expected by discerning travelers.


In addition to the River House, Sportman's Cabin and Hunter's Cabin; six suites are now available, all capturing the style and elegance of past and present. The Lodge boasts of modern comfort and convenience for guests with kitchenettes, phones, WIFI, cable TV, continental breakfast, gathering areas, and a gameroom for kids and adults alike. Viewing the spectacular scenery surrounding the lodge and fishing our private stretch of the Shoshone River are just a bonus.