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Tourism and Wyoming – A Prolific...

February 4th, 2011 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

You know, every spring when I see business picking up around town and the first visitors coming in, I marvel at the way that tourism affects EVERYONE in our little town.  And I was fortunate enough to spend a couple days this week in the state capitol of Cheyenne, learning more about how our state as a whole benefits from the tourism industry.

Living in Cody for as long as I have, I witness every year how important tourism is to our local economy.  Did you know that around a million people went through Park County last year?  Holy cow!  And what did those people do while they were here?

Well, they bought gas.  They replenished their supplies.  They stayed overnight in a motel or campground.  They went to the Buffalo Bill Historical Center and learned about Buffalo Bill and grizzly bears (not that Bill had any direct encounters himself, but I digress…).  They experienced their first rodeo.  They were entertained at the downtown gunfight and the Dan Miller Cowboy Music Revue.  They bought their first pair of cowboy boots.  They had their oil changed and their vehicles repaired.  They bought and sent postcards to friends and family.

Now think about what those Read More

2010 – What a Great Year!

December 29th, 2010 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

As 2010 comes to a close, it seems an appropriate time to reflect on what this year has brought to us here in Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country.

We celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Shoshone Dam, now called the Buffalo Bill Dam – that structure completely changed the economy of Powell and Cody and the geography of the North Fork highway!  

We had some top-name entertainers come to Cody this year for the Cody Wild West Shows – Billy Dean, the Kentucky Headhunters, Bryan White, The Bellamy Brothers, Suzy Bogguss, Asleep At The Wheel and Riders In The Sky wowed local audiences throughout the year.

Sleeping Giant Ski Area was featured on National Geographic Channel’s “The World’s Toughest Fixes” – ever seen a ski lift being built?  Watch that episode!

We learned to be careful around wildlife – several grizzlies went haywire this summer…

Our local air service board negotiated a great deal with United Airlines AND we have a new terminal at Yellowstone Regional Airport – so flying to Cody is easier and more economical than ever (hint, hint)…

The 4th of July Stampede Celebration once again brought thousands out to celebrate the western way of life – and it was televised, too! ESPN broadcast the Read More

Powell’s Heros

November 12th, 2008 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

Living in Wyoming where several of the biggest and best professional rodeos are held it seems like we are all fans of this exciting event.  In the past several years we have had the pleasure of watching a local cowboy have big success in the bull riding event. Now his younger brother is an up and coming competitor in the saddle bronc competition. It has given us a sense of pride to watch the success of these two Powell boys so determined to be contenders in the rodeo arena. Equally impressive, the third brother who is not a rodeo competitor, is serving our country in his second tour of duty in the Middle East. These brave and couragous men were recently together at a rodeo event in Casper.

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Saddle up for a Cody, Wyoming getaway

September 3rd, 2008 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

Within the first few hours of setting your cowboy boots in Cody, you’ll quickly realize how its community lives up to the phrase “Cody is Rodeo”. In Wyoming, rodeo celebrates a way of life and pays homage to the American hero and icon, the cowboy. Many travel to Cody, the rodeo capital of the world, to experience and witness the excitement of this age-old tradition.  Thanks to showman Buffalo Bill Cody, America grew fascinated with this Wild West spectacle.

The rodeo capital of the world hosts some of the most famous rodeos, notably the Cody Stampede and the Cody Nite Rodeo, the longest running rodeo in the United States. The Cody Stampede, July 1- 4, is one of several top rodeos held during the long holiday that cowboys refer to as “Cowboy Christmas”. The Cody Stampede attracts many of the top cowboys from across North America where they compete to win the big purses and ride the best stock. Having operated for over 60 years, the Cody Nite Rodeo hosts full rodeo entertainment every night, all summer long where you have a chance to watch various rodeo events from bull ride to barrel racing.

Cody, Wyoming is also the proud host of another thrilling event, the Cody/Yellowstone Xtreme Read More

What To Expect At The Rodeo

August 9th, 2008 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

Rodeo is a way of life, not just in Cody, but across Wyoming. Many of the rodeo events take place throughout the summer, with Cody’s nightly rodeo running from the start of June to the end of August. If this is your first rodeo, then you’re in for a treat. Here’s a guide to some of the events you might see.

It’s man against horse in the bareback riding competition. The rider has spurts and must stay on for eight seconds. Control is key at this event as well as at saddle bronc riding, another classic rodeo event. Two of the events that date back to the early history of rodeo are calf roping and steer wrestling, skills that were essential for cowboys in the Old West. In this event, riders have to get the rope on the calf from horseback, then dismount and get three legs tied. Steer wrestling, also called bulldogging, came to fame through American cowboy Bill Picket around 75 years ago.

If you’re new to rodeo then consider taking part in steer riding and novice barrel racing. These are good ways to learn the skills without too much danger. The only women’s rodeo event is barrel racing – Read More

The First Rodeo

August 3rd, 2008 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

One of the best things to do in Cody, Wyoming is to attend one of the nightly rodeos in June, July and August. There are events for the whole family, with bull riding, calf roping, bulldogging and cowgirl barrel racing among the favorite adult events. There are stick horse races, scrambles and clowns for the younger members of the family. This is a great night out, with tickets available at the gate or from a range of businesses in Cody.

While the rodeo is now totally American, its origins are Spanish. Ranchers from Spain and their ranch hands (often from Mexico) have been wrangling cattle and fighting bulls for centuries. Bull riding and steer wrestling have also been around for a long time. These events took place around the Spanish empire, including the areas that later became part of the US, and they spread from there to other towns and cities – and moved from the Spanish population to the English-speaking one. Bill Pickett’s unique bulldogging method also increased the popularity of rodeo.

With all that ancient history, there’s a lot of dispute about which is the world’s oldest rodeo. Several towns make that claim, including Pecos, Texas; Payson, Arizona; and Prescott, Read More