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CODY, Wyo., July 13, 2018 – With its grand opening July 19, the Cody Heritage Museum further strengthens the region’s standing of Cody/Yellowstone Country as a foremost destination of historical significance. The new museum focuses on the founding of the town of Cody, its history of ranching and agriculture, early businesses, the relationship with Yellowstone National Park, cowboys, rodeo and local families.

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Cody’s Heritage Museum will have its grand opening July 19.

“We are so fortunate to have so many high-quality museums,” said Claudia Wade, director of the Park County Travel Council, the marketing arm for the region. “We sincerely welcome the Cody Heritage Museum, and we are all eager to check out the exhibits and to share Cody’s story.”

Located in the historic DeMaris house on Cody’s main drag of Sheridan Ave., the new museum is open 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays during the summer and by appointment on Saturdays and during the winter. Grand opening information can be found online.

Among the area’s museums are:

Buffalo Bill Center of the West

An affiliate of the Smithsonian, the Buffalo Bill Center of the West is a world-class facility featuring five museums under one roof. It was founded in 1917 to preserve the legacy and vision of Buffalo Bill Cody and is the oldest and most comprehensive museum of the American West. Its five museums are the Buffalo Bill Museum, Plains Indian Museum, Whitney Western Art Museum, Cody Firearms Museum and the Draper Natural History Museum. The facility also includes the Harold McCracken Research Library.  The Center of the West is located in downtown Cody at 720 Sheridan Ave.

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The Powell Homesteader Museum is located in a building constructed of logs found near the east gate to Yellowstone National Park.

The Homesteader Museum

Located in nearby Powell, The Homesteader Museum celebrates a rich history with thousands of artifacts, historic buildings and photographs depicting the domestic, entrepreneurial and rugged homesteading life of the early Big Horn Basin pioneer. The museum is housed in a building built with logs from near the east gate to Yellowstone National Park for the American Legion in 1933, and the space has been used as a banquet and community dance hall, roller rink and teen center. During WWII it briefly housed German prisoners of war. The museum moved into the building in 1972. Original art deco chandeliers still hang from the beams.

Cody Dug Up Gun Museum

The Cody Dug Up Gun Museum in downtown Cody features more than  1,000 relic guns and other weapons found throughout the country and from many different time periods including the American Revolution, the Gold Rush Era, The United States  Civil War, the Old West and Indian Wars, World War I, The Roaring ‘20s and World War II. This free museum – donations are accepted – is a delightful combination of serious and whimsical that surprises many of its visitors with fascinating stories of lost and found.

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The Meeteetse Museum tells the story of the black-footed ferret, thought to be extinct until several were discovered in the area.

Meeteetse Museums

The town of Meeteetse features three museums under an umbrella organization that includes the Charles Belden Photography Museum, the Meeteetse Museum and the Bank Museum. The Belden Museum features the photographic works of Charles Belden, many  which document daily life on the Pitchfork Ranch from about 1914 through the early 1940s. The Belden Museum also showcases the personal memorabilia of the photographer and his family. The exhibit “Little Wahb, the Grizzly Bear” and the Olive Fell Gallery are also located there. Meeteetse Museum contains exhibits that tell the stories of wild sheep of North America, the black-footed ferret, the Forest Service Cabin, the Meeteetse Mercantile and the Saddle Room. Meeteetse Museum is also home to a number of important western sculptures by the late Harry Jackson. The Bank Museum is located in the newly restored First National Bank of Meeteetse, which served as Meeteetse’s bank from 1901 to 1975.

Old Trail Town/Museum of the West

Old Trail Town/Museum of the Old West is an enclave of more than two dozen authentic frontier buildings, including one used by Butch Cassidy and his infamous Hole-in-the-Wall Gang. The cabins were disassembled and reconstructed on the site of the original town of Cody to create an Old West main street, complete with a saloon, stores and residences.

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Cody/Yellowstone Country is comprised of the towns of Cody, Powell and Meeteetse as well as the valley east of Yellowstone National Park.

The area of Park County called “Cody/Yellowstone Country” was the playground of Buffalo Bill Cody himself. Buffalo Bill founded the town of Cody in 1896, and the entire region was driven and is still heavily influenced by the vision of the Colonel. Today its broad streets, world-class museum Buffalo Bill Center of the West and thriving western culture host nearly 1 million visitors annually.

Related hashtags: #YellowstoneCountry #CodyWyoming #CenteroftheWest #BuffaloBill #Yellowstone # Wyoming

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1Seven-Time   PRCA   Bullfighter   of   the   Year  –  and   Park County   Native   –   Dusty   Tuckness   to  be   Grand   Marshal   of   Cody   Stampede   Parade

 

CODY, Wyo., June 8, 2018 – Dusty Tuckness, seven-time Pro Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) Bullfighter of the Year and a native of Meeteetse, Wyo., will be the grand marshal of this year’s July 4 Cody Stampede Parade.

Tuckness joins a long list of distinguished grand marshals including John Wayne, Steven Seagal, Wilford Brimley, Red Steagall and Chuck Yeager. Last year actors Robert Taylor and Adam Bartley, who play Sheriff Walt Longmire and Deputy Archie “The Ferg” Ferguson in the A&E “Longmire” series, performed the honors.

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Champion bullfighter Dusty Tuckness will be the grand marshal of the Cody Stampede Parade.

July 4 is the fifth and final day of Cody’s annual birthday bash for the country, a 99-year tradition.

The celebration is called the Cody Stampede, and nearly every event – from the rodeos to the parades – reflects the equestrian heritage of this tiny northwestern Wyoming town. Horses have been a big part of Cody’s heritage ever since Buffalo Bill rode through this region and envisioned a town there.

This year’s events kick off on Saturday, June 30, with the Cody/Yellowstone Bull-Riding Event. The fun continues July 1 through July 4 with four Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA)-sanctioned Stampede Rodeos; a Kiddies Parade July 2; Stampede Parades July 3 and 4; a 5K/10K run/walk July 4; and the three-day Wild West Extravaganza Craft Fair July 2 – 4. There are also musical performances by regional acts in outdoor venues throughout town.

The Stampede Parade on the morning of July 4 is especially fun, with at least three marching bands from around the country parading down Sheridan Avenue, Cody’s main street.

Following the Cody Stampede Rodeo on July 4, Cody caps the annual celebration with the Cody Skylighters Fireworks Show.

The Start of the Stampede

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Tuckness joins a long line of distinguished grand marshals, include John Wayne.

In April 1920, a group of local leaders including a lawyer, dude ranch owner, newspaper editor and a publicity-savvy and nationally known female novelist met to talk about how to transform the town’s small annual July 4 celebration into an event that would showcase Cody’s authentic Western dude ranches and other attractions as well as its proximity to two entrances to Yellowstone National Park.

Among the most vocal of those leaders – and the only female present – was Caroline Lockhart, whose best-selling novels in the early 1900s had earned her fame and fortune. Once the group settled on naming the event the Cody Stampede and sketching a general framework, Lockhart took the reins as president. She set about publicizing it in the Park County Enterprise – Buffalo Bill’s newspaper, which was later renamed the Cody Enterprise, and is still in operation today. She also organized fundraisers and invited famous rodeo performers to demonstrate their skills at the nightly rodeos.

These town leaders had little idea that they would create an annual event that would be enjoyed and remembered by generations of Cody residents and visitors from around the world.

Visiting during the Cody Stampede

It is always a good idea for travelers to plan ahead if they want to experience the Cody Stampede. The town’s inns, lodges, hotels and guest ranches offer more than 1,600 rooms, and most of those sell out during the Cody Stampede.

Visitors will find an array of activities to keep them engaged when not enjoying Cody Stampede events. Among them, the Cody Heritage Museum, the Sleeping Giant Ski Area Zip Line, Cody Firearms Experience, Dan Miller’s Cowboy Music Revue, Heart Mountain WW II Interpretive Center, Buffalo Bill Center of the West, Old Trail Town and the Cody Trolley Tour. There are also many outdoor adventures such as hiking, rock climbing fly fishing and whitewater rafting.

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Cody/Yellowstone Country is comprised of the towns of Cody, Powell and Meeteetse as well as the valley east of Yellowstone National Park.

The area of Park County called “Cody/Yellowstone Country” was the playground of Buffalo Bill Cody himself. Buffalo Bill founded the town of Cody in 1896, and the entire region was driven and is still heavily influenced by the vision of the Colonel. Today its broad streets, world-class museum Buffalo Bill Center of the West and thriving western culture host nearly 1 million visitors annually.

Related hashtags: #YellowstoneCountry #CodyWyoming #CenteroftheWest #BuffaloBill #Yellowstone # Wyoming

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Register  Now  for  2018  Heart  Mountain  Pilgrimage

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The pilgrimage includes a special exhibit featuring the artwork of Estelle Ishigo, a Caucasian woman who chose to join her Japanese-American husband in prison.

CODY, Wyo., June 4, 2018 – Heart Mountain WW II Interpretive Center is accepting registrations for the annual Heart Mountain Pilgrimage July 26-28. The weekend event includes an array of educational sessions, multigenerational discussions, film screening and other activities as well as a keynote speech by David Inoue, executive director of the Japanese American Citizens League.

Opened in 2011, the Interpretive Center is situated on the site of the Heart Mountain WW II Incarceration Camp where 14,000 Japanese-American citizens were imprisoned following the Pearl Harbor attack after President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, forcing the imprisonment of 120,000 American citizens of Japanese ancestry.

“During the war, there were more prisoners in the camp than the population of Cody, and the destination of Cody Yellowstone is forever linked to that black mark on our country’s past,” said Claudia Wade, executive director of the Park County Travel Council, the marketing arm for the region. “We believe that the best way to honor the thousands of people who were impacted by that executive order is to continue to study and reflect upon what happened here.”

The camp is located between Cody and Powell, Wyo., approximately 15 miles from downtown Cody.

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Sharon Yamato’s “Moving Walls” explores what happened to the barracks that housed prisoners.

Heart Mountain Pilgrimage attendees can choose from an array of sessions. For example, on Friday, July 27, participants can select from three educational sessions: “Memories of Heart Mountain,” moderated by former incarceree Sam Mihara; “The No-No By Music Projected,” a collaborative multi-media concert featuring original songs, stories and photos; and “Artifacts of Incarceration,” a collection of objects that tell stories of camp life. There will also be a film screening in Cody of Sharon Yamato’s “Moving Walls,” which explores what happened to the barracks that housed prisoners. Some were hurriedly sold to homesteading farmers for $1 as the government rushed to deconstruct the camp following the end of the war.

The pilgrimage also includes a special exhibit featuring the artwork of Estelle Ishigo, a Caucasian woman who chose to join her Japanese-American husband in prison rather than be separated.

Visit the Heart Mountain Pilgrimage website for more details.

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Cody/Yellowstone Country is comprised of the towns of Cody, Powell and Meeteetse as well as the valley east of Yellowstone National Park.

The area of Park County called “Cody/Yellowstone Country” was the playground of Buffalo Bill Cody himself. Buffalo Bill founded the town of Cody in 1896, and the entire region was driven and is still heavily influenced by the vision of the Colonel. Today its broad streets, world-class museum Buffalo Bill Center of the West and thriving western culture host nearly 1 million visitors annually.

Related hashtags: #YellowstoneCountry #CodyWyoming #CenteroftheWest #BuffaloBill #Yellowstone # Wyoming

Media contact:

Mesereau Travel Public Relations

(970) 286-2751

[email protected]

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Cody  Nite Rode  Readies  to 

Begin  80th  Season  June 1 

 

1CODY, Wyo., April 23, 2018 – The Cody Nite Rodeo is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year in Cody Yellowstone Country. The event is the longest-running outdoor rodeo and only nightly rodeo in the world. Inspired by Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show, the Cody Nite Rodeo – along with the five-day Cody Stampede, an annual July 4 rodeo-centric festival – has earned Cody the designation as “Rodeo Capital of the World.”

“We think that Buffalo Bill Cody would be tickled that his groundbreaking Wild West Show inspired a  form of entertainment that is enjoyed by thousands of travelers every year,” said Claudia Wade, executive director of the Park County Travel Council, the marketing arm for the region. “The Cody Nite Rodeo is a celebration of the Western traditions and cowboy culture with a timeless appeal, and visitors travel from around the world to experience the determined bull-riders, elegantly athletic barrel racers, hilarious rodeo clowns and so much more.”

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The Cody Nite Rodeo will be held June 1 – August 31.

A little history

Originally called the “Pup” rodeo, the nightly event was started by a one-time Wild West Show performer, Carly Darling, in 1938, 25 years after the final performance of the Wild West Show. Darling’s rodeo, like the Wild West Show, was intended to highlight the rough-and-tumble reputation of “Wild West,” a notion that was also perpetuated through films and books of the time.

Cody was already becoming known as a rodeo destination when the nightly rodeo began because of the growing popularity of the annual Cody Stampede. This annual multi-day event – celebrating its 99th season this year – was started by Buffalo Bill’s friends in 1919, two years after his death. While the original Cody Stampede coincided with the late-June opening of nearby Yellowstone National Park, the timing was moved to early July so that the final night of the event could be held on July 4. This year’s Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA)-sanctioned event will be held June 30 through July 4 with daily events including parades, fun and competitive runs, a craft fair, live music, rodeos and the Cody/Yellowstone Extreme Bulls event on Saturday, June 30.

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The Cody Stampede is celebrating its 99th season this year. The annual event attracts the world’s top rodeo riders.

Throughout the past eight decades, Cody has drawn some of the top rodeo cowboys in the world, and many rodeo performers got their start in Cody. A saddle horse named “Come Apart” was one of the first bucking broncos to challenge cowboy after cowboy with his relentless bucking ride, for example. Performing for 30 years and known for his unpredictable bucking patterns, the horse was considered an impossible ride by many cowboys.

The Cody Nite Rodeo will be held June 1 – August 31.Two-legged world champions who started their careers in Cody include bullfighter Dusty Tuckness, Jim Houston, Deb Greenough, Mel Stonehouse, Floyd Stillings, Normal Price and Arthur Hoffman.

Modern-day rodeo events include steer wrestling, team roping, bull riding, barrel racing, calf roping and bronc riding.

What else to know

The 2018 Cody Nite Rodeo season begins on Friday, June 1 at 8 p.m. The final rodeo of the season is Friday, Aug. 31. General admission tickets can be purchased online, at the gates or in one of many ticket outlets located throughout downtown Cody. Admission is $20 for adults and $10 for children.

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Cody Yellowstone encompasses the towns of Cody, Powell and Meeteetse as well as the valley east of Yellowstone National Park. As one of the original old west towns, Cody, Wyo. was founded by legendary showman Buffalo Bill Cody, and his spirit of adventure lives on in the town today. With Yellowstone in its backyard, a world-class museum and recreation galore, Cody is home to the Great American Adventure.

Related hashtags: #YellowstoneCountry, #CodyWyoming, #CenteroftheWest, #BuffaloBill, #Yellowstone, #Wyoming #ThatsWY, #TheGreatAmericanAdventure, #CodyYellowstone

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The Cody family in front of the Irma Hotel.

Thirteen things you probably didn’t know about Buffalo Bill Cody

CODY, Wyo., April 12, 2018 – He was the most interesting man in the world long before that Dos Equis guy. Buffalo Bill Cody entertained a queen, founded a town and championed the rights of women, children and minorities. Historians are fascinated by his quirky, colorful life. And nearly 1 million travelers from around the world, intent on experiencing a great American adventure, visit the town he built just outside of Yellowstone National Park every year.

Thousands of Cody Yellowstone Country visitors will learn about Buffalo Bill’s life and times as they explore the Smithsonian-affiliated Buffalo Bill Center of the West, experience the always-entertaining Cody Nite Rodeo and visit historic attractions like Pahaska Tepee, his hunting lodge at the entrance to Yellowstone National Park, and the Irma Hotel, which he built in 1902 and named after his daughter.  While visitors will certainly leave with a better understanding of the life and times of Buffalo Bill Cody, it is difficult to absorb a complete picture of a man who was legendary even in his own time.

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The Colonel was known for his generosity.

Here are some nuggets of Buffalo Bill Cody’s life that are not widely known:

On the tail end of a lengthy hunting trip throughout the West in 1902, he pulled his six-horse stagecoach to a stop in front of Salt Lake City’s Templeton Hotel and registered for a room. He signed the hotel register “W.F. Cody, Buffalo Bill,” and in the space to list his residence, merely wrote “the world.”

We were this close to having a Buffalo Bill Comstock. While employed as a hunter to supply bison meat to railroad workers, Bill Cody engaged in an eight-hour competition with another hunter, Bill Comstock, to see who could shoot the most bison and earn the “Buffalo Bill” nickname. Cody shot 68 bison – about one every seven minutes, soundly beating Comstock’s total of 48 bison.

He was lousy with money. Although he built a fortune with his Wild West Show, he was a generous lender to friends on the down and out, and he made a series of bad investments that ultimately led to financial ruin. One of the final financial blows was in 1902 when he lost much of his Wild West profits in an unsuccessful mining venture in Arizona. He was deeply in debt when he died in 1917.

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Buffalo Bill with Sitting Bull.

He even tried his hand in journalism. Buffalo Bill started the Cody Enterprise in 1899, three years after founding the town of Cody, which had grown to a population of 300. The newspaper is still in operation today under the same masthead.

Buffalo Bill got his sense of fairness honestly. His father Isaac barely survived an 1853 stabbing following an antislavery speech he delivered in Fort Leavenworth, then part of the Kansas Territory. Pro-slavery sentiment in the town made life difficult for the Cody family, and at one point, a plot to murder Isaac was foiled when young William, not yet 10 years old, rode 30 miles to warn him of the plan.

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Located outside the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, “The Scout” depicts Cody as the legendary horseman that he was.

He became a household name because of an imaginative dime novelist. Learning of his feats as a hunter and scout, novelist Ned Buntline authored a book called “Buffalo Bill, the King of the Border Men,” the first of some 550 dime novels about the larger-than-life character.

Buffalo Bill’s life has inspired many artists, even long after his death. Mark Twain described his “Wild West Show” as the country’s most “distinctly American pop-culture export to the world.” F. Scott Fitzgerald combined the personalities of Buffalo Bill and Daniel Boone to create “Dan Cody,” a character in “The Great Gatsby.” Film director and screenwriter Sam Peckinpah had Buffalo Bill in mind when he created Randolph Scott’s character in “Ride the High Country.” Even the Beatles found inspiration in their lighthearted, satirical song “The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill.”

Upon his death in Colorado, his estranged wife Louisa sold his body for $10,000. The publisher of the Denver Post and the city of Denver bought the rights to bury Buffalo Bill’s body. The Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum in Golden may – or may not – be his final burial place, though. Some Cody residents still believe the story about an elaborate plot to steal his body from the mortuary and return it to Cody where he wanted to be buried.

Prominent friends formed the Buffalo Bill Memorial Association shortly after his death. Through the association, they secured funding from the Wyoming Legislature and commissioned sculptor Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney to create “The Scout,” a bronze sculpture that stands at the entrance to the Buffalo Bill Center of the West.

Cody was a Freemason who achieved the rank of Knight Templar in 1889 and 32-degree rank in the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry in 1894.

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The Buffalo Bill Center of West is affiliated with the Smithsonian and is five museums under one roof.

Cody was an ardent supporter of rights for women and minorities, and he insisted on equal pay for all members of his traveling shows, regardless of gender. “What we want to do is give women even more liberty than they have,” he once said. “Let them do any kind of work they see fit, and if they do it as well as men, give them equal pay.”

Buffalo Bill received a Medal of Honor while serving the Third Cavalry Regiment as a civilian scout. Congress later rescinded the medal, as well as all others awarded to civilians. In 1989, Cody’s medal was officially reinstated.

He was known as a fearless Indian fighter, but he was also a committed advocate for the rights of American Indians. He once said, “Every Indian outbreak that I have ever known has resulted from broken promises and broken treaties by the government.”

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Cody/Yellowstone Country is comprised of the towns of Cody, Powell and Meeteetse as well as the valley east of Yellowstone National Park.

The area of Park County called “Cody/Yellowstone Country” was the playground of Buffalo Bill Cody himself. Buffalo Bill founded the town of Cody in 1896, and the entire region was driven and is still heavily influenced by the vision of the Colonel. Today its broad streets, world-class museum Buffalo Bill Center of the West and thriving western culture host nearly 1 million visitors annually.

Related hashtags: #YellowstoneCountry #CodyWyoming #CenteroftheWest #BuffaloBill #Yellowstone #Wyoming

Media contact:

Mesereau Travel Public Relations

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[email protected]

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The Chief Joseph Scenic Byway. – Photo by J.L. “Woody” Wooden

Great American Road Trip: Cody Yellowstone Country

 

CODY, Wyo., April 2, 2018 – There is no uninteresting route to northwestern Wyoming’s Cody Yellowstone Country. From every direction, travelers bound for Yellowstone Country drive along scenic byways and highways, pass historically significant sites and spot wildlife roaming free in a wild northwestern Wyoming region that is home to the world’s first national park.

“Yellowstone Country has been a Great American Adventure destination for generations, with road-trippers traveling from near and far to see bison and bears, experience the cowboy culture of Cody and view the geothermal features of Yellowstone National Park,” said Claudia Wade, executive director of the Park County Travel Council, the marketing arm of the destination that includes the towns of Cody, Powell, Meeteetse and the valley east of Yellowstone. “This is a region with many surprises around the next bend, and we urge travelers to slow down and savor the experience of getting here.”

And if guests haven’t had enough road-tripping by the time they arrive in Cody, they can always embark on one of these five scenic driving tours from Cody:

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Wildflowers along the Beartooth Highway.

Beartooth Loop

Heading north from Cody through the rolling grasslands on Wyoming Highway 120, drivers will pass by the west side of Heart Mountain, a local landmark, before turning onto the Chief Joseph Scenic Byway, Wyoming Highway 296. Continuing west over the historic Sunlight Creek Bridge – the highest bridge in the state – travelers should watch for moose and waterfowl as well as a 1,200-foot gorge between the granite Beartooth Plateau and the volcanic Absaroka Mountains. Turning right onto U.S. 212 – also known as the Beartooth Highway – drivers will learn why commentator Charles Kuralt dubbed the road “the most beautiful drive in America.” Continuing on to Red Lodge, Mont., travelers will see Beartooth Butte and pass many trout-rich ponds and lakes dotting the area before driving the Beartooth Pass, the highest road in Wyoming. To continue the loop, drivers should turn east at Red Lodge onto Montana 308 and proceed through the old coal-mining town of Bear Creek to Belfry, Mont. Upon turning south on Montana 72/Wyoming 120, drivers follow the base of the Beartooth Mountains and Clark’s Fork Canyon before returning to Cody.

Detours – In addition to stopping at the Sunlight Creek Bridge, a popular stop is Red Lodge, Mont., a friendly and historic mining town.

Bighorn Basin Loop

This route begins with Wyoming Highway 120 south through the town of Meeteetse and to Thermopolis. Turning north onto U.S. 20 to the town of Worland – the agricultural hub of the region – and then taking U.S. 16 east to the town of Ten Sleep, visitors will be treated to a spectacular view of the Bighorn Mountains. Heading north on Norwood Road, drivers will skirt the base of the Bighorns before joining Wyoming 31 and connecting to U.S. 16-20 from the town of Manderson to the town of Basin. Drivers will pass through fertile ranch and farm lands of the Greybull River Valley on Wyoming 30 west before picking up Wyoming Highway 120 again and returning to Cody.

Detours – In Thermopolis, home of the world’s largest free-flowing hot springs, travelers can stop at Hot Springs State Park to soak in mineral hot pools or visit the Wyoming Dinosaur Center and Dig Sites, also in Thermopolis.

Bighorn Mountain Loop

This route begins on U.S. 14A and heads northeast through the towns of Powell and Lovell, past the Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area Visitor Center and to Burgess Junction. From there, drivers head south onto U.S. 14 along the west slope of the Bighorn Mountains and through wildlife-rich meadowlands before arriving at the town of Greybull, which derives its name from a legendary albino bison bull that was sacred to American Indians. U.S. Highway 14-16-20 continues west to Cody and offers terrific views of the Absaroka Mountains to the west and Heart Mountain to the north.

Detours – Explore the Heart Mountain WWII Interpretive Center between Cody and Powell for a moving lesson in U.S. history. The Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range, home to 120 free-roaming wild horses, is a short detour from the Wild Horse Range Visitor Center. On a three-mile access road off 14A between Burgess Junction and Bighorn Lake, visitors will find Medicine Wheel, a mysterious 74-foot stone circle with 28 spokes that some think had religious or astronomical meaning to an ancient Indian tribe.

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Wildlife is spotted often from the roads in Cody Yellowstone Country.

East Yellowstone Loop

This route heads to Yellowstone National Park via the U.S. Highway 14-16-20 along the North Fork of the Shoshone River past the Buffalo Bill Reservoir and through the scenic East Yellowstone Valley and the Shoshone National Forest to Pahaska Tepee, Buffalo Bill’s original hunting lodge. Entering the park through the East Gate, travelers can explore the eastern half of the park and exit via the Northeast Gate and Cooke City and connecting to U.S. Highway 212. Along the way, visitors will pass Yellowstone Lake, Fishing Bridge, the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River and Tower Falls before driving through Lamar Valley, known as “America’s Serengeti” because of its abundance of wildlife. From Cooke City, drivers will trace the route taken by Chief Joseph and the Nez Perce Indians in 1877 as they fled the U.S. Army. Highway US 212 connects to Wyoming Highway 296 – the Chief Joseph Scenic Byway – and drops to the valley of Clarks Fork of the Yellowstone River. Continuing on Wyoming 296, drivers climb Dead Indian Pass, with dramatic vistas of the Clarks Fork Canyon and Sunlight Basin, before connecting to Wyoming 120 and returning to Cody.

Detours – Yellowstone is full of viewpoints, historic sites and architecture and wildlife. The Lower Falls of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River shouldn’t be missed. Documented by photographer William Henry Jackson and in paintings by Thomas Moran, the beauty of the falls helped inspired Congress to designate the world’s first national park.

South Fork Trip

A good option for Cody visitors with limited time, the half-day drive begins on Wyoming 291 a short drive west of Cody’s Buffalo Bill Center of the West and skirts Cedar Mountain before heading toward the Buffalo Bill Reservoir. The route continues along the South Fork of the Shoshone River and past Buffalo Bill Cody’s original TE Ranch, built in 1895. The road dead-ends near Deer Creek Campground.

Detours – Deer Creek Campground is a desirable place for a picnic lunch, and travelers will likely see abundant pronghorn, elk and deer along the way.

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Cody/Yellowstone Country is comprised of the towns of Cody, Powell and Meeteetse as well as the valley east of Yellowstone National Park.

The area of Park County called “Cody/Yellowstone Country” was the playground of Buffalo Bill Cody himself. Buffalo Bill founded the town of Cody in 1896, and the entire region was driven and is still heavily influenced by the vision of the Colonel. Today its broad streets, world-class museum Buffalo Bill Center of the West and thriving western culture host nearly 1 million visitors annually.

Related hashtags: #YellowstoneCountry #CodyWyoming #CenteroftheWest #BuffaloBill #Yellowstone #Wyoming

Media contact:

Mesereau Travel Public Relations

(970) 286-2751

[email protected]

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Spring is Around the Corner in Cody Yellowstone Country,   and so are the Cubs, Calves and Pups

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CODY, Wyo., March 1, 2018 – Spring is a time of rebirth, and many wildlife species in Cody/Yellowstone Country embrace that idea literally.

Although the first day of spring is March 21, for most residents of northwestern Wyoming’s Cody – situated east of Yellowstone National Park – the season truly begins when the babies make their debut. For some species, that is still a couple of months away.

“Around here, the spring starts when the first bear cub is spotted,” said Claudia Wade, executive director of the Park County Travel Council, the marketing arm of the region. “We typically start to see mature bears sometime in March and mothers with their cubs in April and May. By the time our summer-season visitors begin to arrive, those cubs will have begun to learn the ropes of living in the Yellowstone wilderness.”

The first cub-spotting is a big deal in Cody Yellowstone, and the word spreads fast when someone sees a young bear ambling along the road or running through a valley with its mother, said Wade.

Yellowstone Country wildlife

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Wolves were reintroduced to the region more than 20 years ago.

Bison calves are often the first of the young ones to make their debut. Reddish-colored, fuzzy-furred bison calves are quick studies, and they can keep up with their mothers as soon as two hours after birth. It takes a village to protect a bison calf, and all adult bison surround young calves when predators such as wolves and bears are near.

Black bear cubs are born during the winter, and they spend the first couple of months of their lives nursing and dozing while their semiconscious mamas continue to slumber in their dens until they emerge in the spring. Mothers spend the next 16 to 18 months teaching their babies how to survive in the wild.

Moose cows aren’t quite as patient with their young. Once they give birth to a new calf – typically in May or June – they chase away the previous season’s calves. While not known for their intelligence, moose are predictably unpredictable, particularly when protecting a calf. Moose cows will chase human observers and other wildlife if they perceive a threat. Moose are frequently spotted near the northeast and east entrances to Yellowstone.

Bighorn sheep produce one or two lambs annually. Born in May or June, the lambs immediately begin the multi-year process of growing their horns. For this species, size matters. The horns on male Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep can weigh as much as 40 pounds, and the size of horns can influence a ram’s rank in the herd.

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Elk are found throughout Cody/Yellowstone Country.

Elk thrive throughout Yellowstone Country, particularly in East Yellowstone Valley along the north fork of the Shoshone River. Usually born in late May and June, elk calves like most ungulates can walk within an hour or two of birth. An elk cow’s protective strategy when predators are near is to run away in hopes the predator will follow her and not notice the newborn lying motionless in the grass.

Wolf pups begin appearing in April and May, and their packs will remain with them for three to 10 weeks as they learn bit by bit how to be a wolf in Yellowstone. Their playful antics with their littermates make wolf-watching in spring especially fun. While wolves roam throughout the greater Yellowstone region, the best sightings are often in the Lamar Valley inside the park.

River otters are also born with an entertainer’s spirit, but they are a little harder to spot. Born in March and April, these aquatic nomads stay with their moms for a year as they learn how to find fish and other food and swim underwater for minutes at a time.

Eagles emerge in mid-April and fly from their nests three to four months after that. This remarkable once-endangered bird is one of 19 raptor species in the park. Northwestern Wyoming is home to bald eagles and golden eagles. Bald eagles feed on fish, and their nests can often be found in trees close to water. Golden eagles are more frequently spotted in valleys where they can accommodate their preference for rabbits and other small mammals.

Tours and tips

The best place to start when embarking on a Yellowstone Country wildlife excursion is the Draper Natural History Museum at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in downtown Cody. The museum offers award-winning exhibits that showcase the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem and provides travelers with knowledge about what to look for and where to look.

Cody is home to several tour companies that offer wildlife tours in Yellowstone National Park and throughout the region. Visitors who prefer to self-guide are guaranteed a scenic ride along one of the five wildlife loop tours from Cody.

Travelers will find an array of overnight accommodations, from boutique inns to guest ranches, that provide a comfortable home away from home.

Above all, observe safely

Wade advises visitors to keep binoculars handy and to strictly observe recommendations to stay at least 100 yards away from bears and wolves and 25 yards away from all other wildlife. “While most visitors by far observe wildlife in a safe and respectful way, we do have incidents of visitors and animals injured because travelers got too close,” said Wade. “So, it bears repeating. This is not a zoo. It is one of the wildest places in the country.”

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Cody/Yellowstone Country is comprised of the towns of Cody, Powell and Meeteetse as well as the valley east of Yellowstone National Park.

The area of Park County called “Cody/Yellowstone Country” was the playground of Buffalo Bill Cody himself. Buffalo Bill founded the town of Cody in 1896, and the entire region was driven and is still heavily influenced by the vision of the Colonel. Today its broad streets, world-class museum Buffalo Bill Center of the West and thriving western culture host nearly 1 million visitors annually.

Related hashtags:  #YellowstoneCountry  #CodyWyoming  #CenteroftheWest  #BuffaloBill  #Yellowstone  #Wyoming

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1Ten Tips for Planning a Summer Vacation in Cody/Yellowstone Country

 

CODY, Wyo., February 21, 2018 – A Cody/Yellowstone Country vacation can be a trip of a lifetime, one that will be remembered forever by every member of the family. To maximize the experiences, Claudia Wade of the Park County Travel Council, the marketing arm of this northwestern Wyoming region, shares these tips for a fun and memorable vacation in Yellowstone Country.

“The best time to plan a summer trip to Cody/Yellowstone Country is early in the year, when there is still plenty of room availability and travelers can choose the best option for their travel style and budget,” said Wade. “And a little time spent on the Cody/Yellowstone Country website will help potential travelers determine the adventures that appeal to them the most, so they begin building a flexible itinerary that will make everyone in the group happy.”

  1. Choose where to lay your head and make reservations soon. Cody/Yellowstone is home to an array of dude and guest ranches, Bed and Breakfasts, luxury hotels, boutique inns and cabins. A complete listing of lodging can be found online.
  1. Travel before June 20 for the best lodging availability.  Most of the region’s summer-season attractions like the Cody Nite Rodeo and Cody Trolley Tours kick off June 1, but travelers – especially those with school-age kids – don’t typically start hitting the road in droves until after mid-June. “Those of us who have lived here for years can practically guess the date by the number of visitors on Sheridan Avenue,” said Wade. “The visitor floodgates open after the middle of June, so early-June visitors will find plenty of room availability and fewer travelers in museums and on tours.”
  1. Take the Cody Trolley Tour, ideally at the beginning of a visit.  This fun and informative one-hour tour travels around the town and as far as the Buffalo Bill Dam while an on-board
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    Wildlife viewing in the summer includes wild mustangs as well as grizzly bears, elk and more.

    narrator introduces riders to the town’s attractions, history and legends.

  1. Visit the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. Capping the west end of Sheridan Avenue – Cody’s main street – this sprawling facility with five museums under one roof should be on every visitor’s must-do list. Travelers heading to the park will find the Draper Natural History Museum to be a great pre-trip orientation, as exhibits showcase the wildlife and natural history of the Great Yellowstone ecosystem. The other museums are the Buffalo Bill Museum, Plains Indian Museum, Whitney Western Art Museum and Cody Firearms Museum.
  1. Tour Yellowstone with an expert. With 2.2 million acres, five entrances, abundant free-roaming wildlife and geothermal features unlike any other place on Earth, a visit to Yellowstone National Park can be a bit overwhelming. Several companies offer daily and multi-day tours with on-board guides who share details about the park’s furry residents, hot spots and other natural wonders.
  1. Practice safe viewing. Most Cody/Yellowstone Country visitors will see wildlife such as bison, bighorn sheep and elk along the road. For roadside sightings, Wade reminds travelers wishing to stop pull completely off roads — ideally in a pull-out — and use binoculars for the best views. Travelers should stay at least 25 yards away from most wildlife and at least 100 yards from predators like bears and wolves.
  1. Experience the Cody Nite Rodeo, especially this yearwhen this authentic Western attraction is celebrating its 80th season. The longest running summer-season nightly rodeo in the country,
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    The Cody Nite Rodeo runs from the beginning of June until the end of August.

    Cody Nite Rodeo is a fun and memorable experience for the entire family.

  1. Pack smart. Weather in Cody Yellowstone Country can vary greatly throughout the summer, and travelers should be ready for temperatures that typically range from the 70s to the 40s. Visitors should also plan for a high-altitude experience and bring plenty of sunscreen and refillable water bottles to stay hydrated.
  1. Dine around. As travelers might expect, there are plenty of places to find a great steak, but there are also restaurants that specialize in local and sustainable food, ethnic cuisine, sandwiches and diner fare.
  1. Live the history. Numerous attractions showcase the history of the region, including Old Trail Town and Museum of the Old West, Buffalo Bill Dam & Visitor Center and the powerful Heart Mountain World War II Interpretive Center – the site of an incarceration camp were 14,000 Japanese-Americans were imprisoned during World War II.

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Cody/Yellowstone Country is comprised of the towns of Cody, Powell and Meeteetse as well as the valley east of Yellowstone National Park.

The area of Park County called “Cody/Yellowstone Country” was the playground of Buffalo Bill Cody himself. Buffalo Bill founded the town of Cody in 1896, and the entire region was driven and is still heavily influenced by the vision of the Colonel. Today its broad streets, world-class museum Buffalo Bill Center of the West and thriving western culture host nearly 1 million visitors annually.

Related hashtags: #YellowstoneCountry #CodyWyoming #CenteroftheWest #BuffaloBill #Yellowstone #Wyoming

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Climbing Legend Conrad Anker to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award, Speak at Cody Ice Festival in February

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CODY, Wyo., Feb. 1, 2018 – The Cody Ice Festival will present the Jack Roberts Lifetime Achievement award to climbing legend Conrad Anker at the Cody auditorium Friday, February 9, 2018.

A climber, mountaineer and author, Anker is the captain of the North Face Global Athlete climbing team with several first ascents to his credit, including Shark’s Fin, one of the last unclimbed Himalayan peaks. He has summited Mount Everest three times, including once without supplemental oxygen.

Anker will be the featured speaker after receiving the award.

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Conrad Anker will address the festival and be recognized with a lifetime achievement award.

The Roberts award for “excellence in the mountains and contributions to alpinism” was established by the Cody Ice Fest in 2017, and the first recipient was the late Scott Adamson. Jack Roberts was a longtime friend and mentor to the climbing community around the world.

There is still time to register for the 20th-annual Cody Ice Festival, to be held Feb. 8-11, 2018 in Cody/Yellowstone Country. With a line-up of affordable clinics for beginners, experienced climbers and women only, the festival promises the biggest ice of any festival in North America.

The popular festival features ice climbing clinics by day and nightly speakers and presentations developed to inspire and encourage festival participants. In the evenings, there are nightly raffles for ice climbing gear and bottomless beer pours with the purchase of a pint glass.

“The Cody Ice Fest promotes safety, stewardship, education and camaraderie in a positive and professional environment,” said Ari Novak, director of the Cody Ice Festival for the second year. “This is one of those sports where you can find yourself receiving a climbing tip from a star like Conrad Anker during the day and sharing a joke with him and others in the evening when everyone is winding down.”

Established in 1998, the festival offers world-class instruction through on-ice clinics in one of the most exciting ice climbing venues in the world.

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Climbers of all abilities are welcome.

Clinics

Each clinic is led by a top professional mountain guide and a professional athlete. Clinics range in price from $150 to $200, and there is also a free ice climbing day on Sunday priced at $25. Active members of the military and veterans receive a 10 percent discount off the price of the clinics.

The festival will include clinics for advanced climbers and beginners as well as all-female clinics taught by female athletes.

World-Class Ice Climbing Region

Ice routes can be found in the North and South Forks of the Shoshone, the region to the west of the town of Cody, Wyo. The South Fork of the Shoshone is home to the highest concentration of frozen waterfalls in the United States, with more than 200 climbable pitches within a 10-mile radius. Cody is home to plenty of long moderate and advanced ice routes offering a memorable experience for climbers of all abilities.

Commercially guided ice climbing made its debut in 2011 in Shoshone National Forest outside of Cody, Wyo. as the National Forest Service issued the first permits to outfitters to lead ice-climbing trips.

The region is comprised of porous volcanic soil that allows for easy water seepage. The mountains receive large amounts of snow that melts into a high number of drainages. These factors result in spring-fed waterfalls that are constantly regenerating themselves and freezing into high-quality ice climbs. Climbers are still discovering new waterfalls in the region, and some have made dozens of “first ascents” over the past few years.

More About the Festival

The Cody Ice Festival will offer participants discounted rates at Cody-area hotels and transportation to the climbs.

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Yellowstone Country is comprised of the towns of Cody, Powell and Meeteetse as well as the valley east of Yellowstone National Park.

The area of Park County called “Cody/Yellowstone Country” was the playground of Buffalo Bill Cody himself. Buffalo Bill founded the town of Cody in 1896, and the entire region was driven and is still heavily influenced by the vision of the Colonel. Today its broad streets, world-class museum Buffalo Bill Center of the West and thriving western culture host nearly 1 million visitors annually.

Related hashtags: #YellowstoneCountry #CodyWyoming #CenteroftheWest #BuffaloBill #Yellowstone #Wyoming

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This is the Year to Experience the Cody Stampede in Cody/Yellowstone Country. Here’s Why.

 

CODY, Wyo., January 23, 2018 – The small town of Cody, Wyoming celebrates July 4 with five days of parades, fairs and the four-day Cody Stampede Rodeo, and when the big day falls on a weekend or a Monday or Friday, many of the travelers frequently turn the holiday into a long weekend getaway.

With this year’s Independence Day in the middle of the week, however, the town anticipates fewer short-getaway visitors. That means road trippers taking longer vacations will find more lodging options, better rodeo seats and fewer people watching parades and strolling through the outdoor fairs.

Long-time director of the Park County Travel Council Claudia Wade has observed the pattern for years. “Instead of parade-watchers six deep on the sidewalks, travelers can easily find front-row seats to watch the parades,” said Wade. “While our small town celebrates July 4 in a very big way, when the holiday falls midweek like this year, the atmosphere is typically a little less frenetic than usual.

Park County Travel Council is the marketing arm of the region.

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Stampede parades will take place July 3 and 4.

Event Lineup

The Cody Stampede events kick off this year with the Cody/Yellowstone Extreme Bulls event on Saturday, June 30. The fun continues Sunday, July 1 through Wednesday, July 4 with four Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA)-sanctioned Stampede Rodeos. Visitors and locals alike overload on cuteness watching the annual Kiddies Parade, this year scheduled for Monday, July 2. Stampede Rodeos are set for Tuesday and Wednesday, July 3 and 4.

There’s also a 5K/10K run/walk on July 4, and the three-day Wild Extravaganza Craft Fair July 2-4.  Additionally, visitors will find a variety of musical performances by regional acts in outdoor venues throughout town.

The Stampede Parades on July 3 and 4 are especially fun, with at least three marching bands from around the country parading down Sheridan Avenue, Cody’s main street. The parade’s 2018 grand marshal will be announced soon. Last year’s grand marshals were actors Robert Taylor and Adam Bartley, who play Sheriff Walt Longmire and Deputy Archie “The Ferg” Ferguson in the A&E “Longmire” series. Past grand marshals have included storyteller Red Steagall, John Wayne, Steven Seagal, Chuck Yeager and Wilford Brimley.

3Stampede History

The Cody Stampede is marking its 99th year in 2018. The Stampede got its start when a group of local leaders including a lawyer, dude ranch owner, newspaper editor and a publicity-savvy and nationally known female novelist met three years after the death of Buffalo Bill Cody to talk about how to transform the town’s small annual July 4 celebration into an event that would showcase Cody’s authentic Western dude ranches and other attractions as well as its proximity to two entrances to Yellowstone National Park.

Among the most vocal of those leaders – and the only female present – was Caroline Lockhart, whose best-selling novels in the early 1900s had earned her fame and fortune. Once the group settled on naming the event the Cody Stampede and sketched a general framework, Lockhart took the reins as president. She set about publicizing it in the Park County Enterprise – Buffalo Bill’s newspaper, which was later renamed the Cody Enterprise, and is still in operation today. She also organized fundraisers and invited famous rodeo performers to demonstrate their skills at the nightly rodeos.

These town leaders had little idea that they would create an annual event that would be enjoyed and remembered by generations of Cody residents and visitors from around the world.

Visiting during the Cody Stampede

Even with the fortunate July 4 timing this year, Wade advises travelers to plan soon if they want to experience the Cody Stampede. The town’s inns, lodges, hotels and guest ranches offer more than 1,600 rooms, so visitors will find plenty of lodging choices.

Visitors will find an array of activities to keep them engaged when not enjoying Cody Stampede events. Among them, the Sleeping Giant Ski Area Zip Line, Cody Firearms Experience, Dan Miller’s Cowboy Music Revue, Heart Mountain WW II Interpretive Center, Buffalo Bill Center of the West, Old Trail Town and the Cody Trolley Tour. There are also many outdoor adventures such as hiking, rock climbing fly fishing and whitewater rafting.

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Cody/Yellowstone Country is comprised of the towns of Cody, Powell and Meeteetse as well as the valley east of Yellowstone National Park.

The area of Park County called “Cody/Yellowstone Country” was the playground of Buffalo Bill Cody himself. Buffalo Bill founded the town of Cody in 1896, and the entire region was driven and is still heavily influenced by the vision of the Colonel. Today its broad streets, world-class museum Buffalo Bill Center of the West and thriving western culture host nearly 1 million visitors annually.

Related hashtags: #YellowstoneCountry #CodyWyoming #CenteroftheWest #BuffaloBill #Yellowstone #Wyoming

Media contact:

Mesereau Travel Public Relations

(970) 286-2751

[email protected]

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