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Full Family Season Is Upon Us

July 9th, 2013 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!


The 2013 Cody Stampede is now a fond memory. I should have kept some sort of journal of how many old friends I saw and new ones I made – hmm, maybe I could invent some sort of electronic contraption that will allow me to take photos, record addresses and phone numbers, organize these friends into one big group and then tell everyone details of my life such as what I am having for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

But I digress. With the Stampede complete, we are in full summer season, and that means family time. I understand that many people like to travel during what is called the “shoulder seasons” when the weather is nice and the atmosphere a little more relaxed, but as long as kids are in school from early September through early June, families will make the Great American Road Trip in the summer.

Personally, I love it. With the obvious exception of Sleeping Giant ski area, all of our activities and attractions are going full force and you can feel the energy on our streets.

While many of the visitors stop in Cody for one night on their way to or from Yellowstone Park, Read More

The Cody Stampede Is A Week Away!

June 25th, 2013 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!


With the Cody Stampede just a week away I am shifting my efforts to find a date for the July 4th holiday into a higher gear.

I had my sights set on nine-time world rodeo champion Ty Murray, but someone told me he is married to a singer. And I do respect the institution of marriage. Otherwise, I would just head over the Cody Theatre and tell Dan Miller what time to pick me up.

The Cody Stampede is special even in our rodeo-centric town. This year’s events will be held for four days July 1-4 and will attract the top cowboys in the world. I tried to legally change my name to “Cody Stampede” but the judge would not allow it. He didn’t accept my argument that I, too, attracted cowboys.

In addition to the bull riding, roping and such, we have the stampede parade. Actually, that’s two parades. On July 2 at 10 a.m., the Kiddies Parade gets underway. In addition to being in the parade just for the fun of it, the kids compete in various categories such as “Most Patriotic,” “Best Decorated Float” and several others. At 9:30 a.m. on July 3 and 4, the Read More

The Cody Stampede and the Cody Nite Rodeo

May 14th, 2013 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!


This summer I am planning an Independence Day date with a 94-year-old and a few after dinner rendezvous with a 75-year-old. And I truly am excited about them.

You see, I am not just some opportunist hoping to weasel her way into an inheritance a la Anna Nicole Smith. Nope, the old timers I am referring to are the Cody Stampede and the Cody Nite Rodeo.

The Cody Stampede dates back to 1919. It has twice been named the “Best Large Outdoor Rodeo of the Year” by PRCA. This four-day event attracts the top cowboys in the world as they compete in all of the disciplines like bull riding, roping and buying fine Western jewelry for their favorite bloggers. Okay, I made that last one up, but I will say that I am partial to turquoise and anyone who wants to know my ring size can send me a private e-mail.

In addition to the rodeo events, my favorite Fourth of July activity is watching the parade. In Cody, it is not just any parade. Our grand marshals have included a few people you might have heard of. How about John Wayne, Chuck Yeager and Steven Seagal?

The Cody Read More

Acts Opening Through June 1st

May 8th, 2013 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!


Blog post – Week of May 6

 Over the weekend I sat down at my kitchen table with my dry erase board and magic markers and began filling in my calendar. Yes, I know there are all of these high-tech methods of setting up programs with reminders and priority flags and color coding, but I just prefer my white board on the front of the refrigerator.

 Anyway, summer is almost here, and several of my favorite acts and attractions in Cody/Yellowstone Country are opening for the season in the next month or so.

 This weekend the town will host our Annual Buffalo Bill Top Notch Horse Sale. On Saturday we will close down the street at the Irma Hotel and set up a corral as close to 100 horses are bought and sold.

 From May 15-19 is our first Spring Into Yellowstone festival. This will be a great opportunity for folks to learn about and observe some the local wildlife, especially the birds of the area. I am planning on spending equal time in the seminars listening to some of our wildlife experts and out in the field putting some of that newfound knowledge to use.

 On May 17 Read More

Cody, Rodeo Capital of the World!

April 10th, 2013 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

I have grown up around cowboys and rodeo my whole life.  My father made a living as a bull rider in his younger days.  There were always cowboys around our house.  I would wake up and mom would be fixing breakfast for dad and his rodeo buddies.

There’s still nothing I like better than to be in those rodeo stands, hotdog in one hand, cold drink in the other, and cheering on those tough cowboys and cowgirls.  When I say tough, I mean tough!  I can’t imagine climbing on to back of one of those bucking bulls or broncs.  I hold my breath, watching, hoping those cowboys stay on for eight seconds.  I get chills when those huge bulls come at them or those kicking horses hooves get close when the ride is done.

Then there’s the steer wrestling.  Cowboys jumping off their horse and grabbing the horns of a running steer to wrestle it to the ground.  I wonder how many pair of boots they go through in a season, digging their heels in to the dirt to bring them to a stop.

I watch in awe as steers, calves and even goats are roped from the back of a running horse.  Read More

Spring Into Yellowstone

March 20th, 2013 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

Sometimes, even in Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country, we get bored and look to the television for entertainment. A little while back I was flipping through the channels when I came across the movie “The Big Year.” I had heard about this flick when it was first in the theaters, but I never got around to seeing until it was on the small screen.

I am so glad I stopped to watch it. Yes, there was some spectacular scenery and with Steve Martin, Owen Wilson and Jack Black in it, plenty of humor. What I truly enjoyed though, was the way the birding affected the characters’ lives. In one case, the competition to see as many species as possible in one calendar year – where the term “Big Year” came in – became an obsession. Another character became closer to his father in the process, and the third learned to balance business with pleasure.

I’m curious to see how our own first birding festival will play out May 15-19 when we host “Spring into Yellowstone: Cody Birding and Wildlife Festival.” This event will feature special guided trips, interactive forums and speakers, a trade show and the opportunity to showcase the Cody area’s birds Read More

Annual Buffalo Bill Top Notch Horse Sale

March 12th, 2013 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

One thing about us here in Cody: When something works well we don’t tinker with it too much.

Take our Annual Buffalo Bill Top Notch Horse Sale. On Saturday, May 11, we will close down 12th Street at the Irma Hotel for the 15th straight year, truck in a whole bunch of dirt and set up a corral. Buyers, sellers and those interested in horses – that’s most people around here – will gather as close to 100 horses are bought and sold.

On a typically sunny day in May, there is no place I would rather be than on the hotel porch with my iced tea in hand and a cowboy hat on my head. This is truly a major social event for those of who aren’t even in the market for a quarter horse.

Things actually get going on Friday. In the hotel lounge people will have the opportunity to preview the horses for sale on a video. As buyers and sellers come and go its fun to watch their body language. It’s a bit like playing poker as most people try to keep their emotions in check and not let anyone see their “tell.” I make a game of it Read More

Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day

March 4th, 2013 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

March is here and I’m ready to become Irish for a day.  I’m ready to pull out my green t-shirt and green shamrock necklace.  I think I will play a trick on my friend and slip some green food coloring into her gallon of milk…..she will think leprechauns came!

This year I am planning on taking the Cody Trolley over to Powell for a traditional Irish buffet of corned beef and cabbage and bangers and mash.  After that I am seeing Lunasa, an Irish acoustic group perform.

Lunasa consists of some of the greatest musical talents in Ireland.  They are internationally acknowledged as being the finest Irish instrumental band of recent times and they are coming here! I made my reservations through the Park County Arts Council. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day……other than finding gold at the end of a rainbow!

Until next time, I’m putting on my green and wishing for the luck of the Irish here in Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country.


Corrie N. Cody

Buffalo Bill’s Birthday Ball

February 21st, 2013 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

We’re having a party here in Cody, and everyone’s invited.

This Saturday, Feb. 23, I’m heading to the Buffalo Bill Birthday Ball to celebrate in style the birth of the town’s founder, William Frederick Cody. Buffalo Bill was born in 1846 in Leavenworth, Kansas, so he’d be 167 years old on Feb. 26.

Although he lived until he was 71, Buffalo Bill Cody accomplished more in those seven decades than most humans could ever dream. He was a trapper, bullwhacker, Pony Express Rider, Colorado “Fifty-Niner,” wagon master, stagecoach driver, Civil War soldier, hotel manager and scout for the U.S. army. And he was just hitting his stride.  He also became a husband, father, town founder…and at one time, he was the most famous man on Earth.

The lanky, good-looking outdoorsman was at heart a showman. In 1872, he launched the career for which he would become famous – playing himself in a show that evolved into “Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show” and eventually made him one of the most famous people in the world. He even caught the attention of royalty. In 1887, Buffalo Bill’s Wild West was the main attraction at Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee celebration, and the show continued to tour Read More

The Climbers Are Coming!

February 14th, 2013 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

Well, if it’s President’s Day weekend, that must mean one thing.

Don Foote is jumping out of his skin.

You see, Don is the founder and promoter of the Cody Ice Festival, and the whole weekend to him is better than Christmas, Halloween and Spring Break rolled into one.

Don and 40 of his closest friends got together 15 years ago to spend a weekend climbing frozen waterfalls in the area. Since then the festival has grown to approximately 300 of Don’s closest friends with things happening throughout the weekend.

I keep saying these are Don’s closest friends for a reason. Once you meet Don it is hard not to get caught up in his enthusiasm and his affable nature. The Cody Ice Festival has been described as the “Friendliest Ice Festival” of the eight or so you will find in this country each winter. Sure there are other festivals that are larger and have more of an “ESPN-X-Games” feel to them, but our area has conditions that cannot be beat as well as the most frozen waterfalls in the Lower 48 states.

If you don’t run into Don at the festival, there’s a good chance one of his daughters will print out your name Read More