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What’s New in Cody

July 10th, 2012 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

The 2012 summer is going great in Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country! Lots of folks are spending their vacation with us. We are all excited about a few new and improved things to do in our area. In addition to the “Must-do” list, here are a few new things in Cody this year.


The Heart Mountain Interpretive Center opened in August last year at the site of the World War II relocation center where more than 14,000 Japanese Americans were confined. Internees began arriving at the center in August of 1942 and the center closed on November 10, 1945. The Center offers a glimpse into life at the camp through photographs, artifacts, oral histories and interactive exhibits. There is a memorial walking trail that leads visitors through key moments of the camps history. A trip to this National Historical Landmark is a must while visiting the area.


The Cody Trolley Tours are a great way to see Cody and learn about the area and history. This summer, the Trolley has added a Heart Mountain tour. Guests hop aboard the air conditioned Trolley and travel though the agricultural district of Cody/Yellowstone Country. Guides provide the history, legend and lore of the area’s agriculture on Read More

It’s Summer in Cody/Yellowstone Country!

June 18th, 2012 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

The first day of summer is quickly approaching and I am ready. Longer days and warm temperatures are welcomed as we say goodbye to the Wyoming cold and wind. This winter seemed to be more windy making me all the more excited for summer. It is invigorating to get outside during the summer months in Cody/Yellowstone Country and explore.  I am always ready for some summertime adventure!


Horseback riding is a great way to experience Buffalo Bill’s personal playground. There are stables just outside of town offering rides that overlook town. If you want a little more adventure, mosey down the road towards Yellowstone where there are several guest ranches that offer day rides into the Absaroka Mountains. Be prepared to enjoy Wyoming wildflowers, beautiful mountain vistas and possibly wildlife. If you are really feeling adventurous, stay at one of the ranches and ride every day! There is an old cowboy saying that “everything looks better from the back of a horse.” Experience it for yourself.


The Shoshone River begins in Yellowstone and runs right through Cody. Every section of the river offers great fishing. The North Fork of the Shoshone is incredibly scenic with great walk and wade fishing. The North Read More

Memorial Day Weekend in Buffalo Bill’s...

May 15th, 2012 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

Memorial Day weekend signals the kick off to summer in Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country! The area comes alive with the opening of roads, area attractions and summer time events.  It is a great time to visit because the temperatures are very comfortable and it is not too busy yet.  Here are my recommendations for the long weekend trip to Cody/Yellowstone Country.



Photography in Cody/Yellowstone Country

May 7th, 2012 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

As the seasons are changing and spring is in full bloom, I am excited to get the camera out and capture the new life that is emerging. I am fortunate to live in an area that is so spectacular and has so much to photograph. Whether you are a professional or just want to capture photos from your vacation, Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country is a photographer’s dream.


One of the most photographed places in the world is Yellowstone National Park. Once you have visited the Park, you understand. You will want to capture the beauty to take home with you.  The Park landscapes and geological features will be on your photo list. There are also great spots to take a family photo that would be great for your Christmas card!  Don’t forget the wildlife. You will want to photograph every animal you see. Be sure you do so safely, most of the time from your car. Remember there are regulations on how close you can be to wildlife.


A drive from Cody to the East entrance of Yellowstone is also a great opportunity to take some wildlife and scenic shots. The drive will take you past the Buffalo Bill Reservoir, into the Read More

Corrie’s Top 11 Reasons to Visit...

April 6th, 2012 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

When I mention I live in Cody, Wyoming, people are interested and wonder what there is to see and do here. Many think it is just a town you fly into or drive through to get to Yellowstone.  They have no idea what a great place it is. I decided it is time for the Top 11 reasons to visit Cody/Yellowstone Country!

1.  Amazing Scenery – We have everything from the most remote wilderness in the lower 48, sage brush deserts, rivers, lush valleys and Yellowstone National Park. There are two spectacular scenic drives outside of Cody, the Beartooth All-American Road and the North Fork Highway. Both are considered to be some of the most scenic drives in America.

2. History – Be sure to jump on the Cody Trolley to learn more about Buffalo Bill and a tour of the area’s historical sites, geology, wildlife and old and new west attractions. In an hour, you will get a hundred years of history! Visit the Cody Mural Visitors Center to learn about the Mormon pioneer’s life in the Big Horn Basin. Tecumseh’s Old West Miniature Village and Museum is a great treasure with a huge diorama of Wyoming and western history.

3. Yellowstone Read More

The Wildest Way Into Yellowstone

March 29th, 2012 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

As the days get longer and warmer, my anticipation for a summer vacation heats up!  I am ready for a change of scenery and new adventures! I like to figure out “the best” way to reach my vacation destination so I look for the most creative way to get there.  If you are going to Yellowstone on vacation this summer, you really have to plan on starting in Cody, “the wildest way into Yellowstone”.  You might not realize how much there is to do and see in Cody and on the road from Cody to Yellowstone.  Be sure to plan at least two nights in Cody!

Cody is home to Yellowstone Regional Airport (YRA) which is serviced by Delta Airlines through Salt Lake City and United Airlines through Denver.  The airport offers competitive fares and is very convenient. I love that it is a small airport but modern. Not to worry about long lines for check in, security or getting your luggage. Renting a car is also very convenient at YRA. There are 5 major rental car agencies at YRA. There is also a great little restaurant, The Landing, in the airport, a local favorite! Since the airport offers free parking, Read More

Inner Cowboy

February 15th, 2012 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

Cody is definitely the place to find your inner cowboy. In fact, Cody is featured in the February issue of Western Horseman magazine as one of the Top Ten Cowboy Towns!  I think we all have a little cowboy/cowgirl in us.  If you are over 40, you probably spent some time during your childhood playing “Cowboys and Indians.”  Some of us even remember watching old westerns on TV. I grew up with a father that was a huge John Wayne fan and a mother that loved Roy Rogers!  Needless to say, I watched a lot of westerns. Remember how romantic ranch life seemed in those movies? I long for the days when men worked from the back of a horse and women tended to the home and children.  I often say that I was born 100 years too late. Luckily for me there are still western towns where the cowboy is still cherished and loved. Cody and the surrounding towns of Powell and Meeteetse embrace the cowboy and western way of life.

You may not know that there are still wild horses roaming the free range in Wyoming and Cody is lucky enough to have one of the largest herds just Read More

Ice Climbing in Cody/Yellowstone Country

February 7th, 2012 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

You may not know that the Southfork Valley west of Cody is known for its winter ice climbing. In fact, it is considered the best place in the lower 48 to go ice climbing. Each February, ice climbers from all over the country flock to this area for the annual Waterfall Ice Festival to climb, learn and socialize with others passionate about the sport. This year’s event is the 14th annual and will be held February 17-20th. The festival has clinics on the Southfork each day with dinner and evening events at the Cody Auditorium.

This year’s event includes a slide presentation by Pete Tapley, professional guide, writer, photographer and videographer on Friday evening. A silent auction and presentation by Ralph Tingery, “The Grand Rescue: A True Story of 1967 Teton Rangers” will round out the day on Saturday. Sunday evening will conclude the event with a pizza party, slide show and music. These events are open to the public.

Event organizer, Don Foote, says that this year’s event has the most participants the festival has ever seen. Foote says that the festival has “some of the best instructors, guides, professional athletes and gear reps supporting us and helping the clinics be Read More

Business Retreats in Cody Country

February 1st, 2012 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

Well planned business retreats can be productive, fun and exciting. They can also be mundane and boring, it all depends on the venue.  Bet you never thought about hanging out in a cool western town outside of Yellowstone for a business retreat!  The natural splendor of the area makes it an ideal spot for a unique and affordable business retreat, especially for team building and morale boosting. Cody/Yellowstone Country is a great destination for renewing, refreshing and reconnecting. What better setting than the mountains to renew your passion for life and work.

Cody has several options for retreats depending upon the size of the group. Area dude and guest ranches are perfect for smaller groups. Ranches typically offer all-inclusive packages for groups so it is easy for the group planner. Most have wonderful lodges that provide unique backdrops for the nitty-gritty meeting times. Ranches also provide a range of activities and relaxation opportunities ensuring that everyone in the group has something to look forward to. Most provide horseback riding, fly-fishing, hiking and spa services. Evening activities such as campfires, cowboy singers and poets,  or wagon rides allow for a casual atmosphere to get to know each other. Fresh air and a Read More

How to please your whole family with a...

January 25th, 2012 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

So what are the “Must Dos” in Cody/Yellowstone Country?

The Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody is a necessity when visiting the Cody area. The Center is often referred to as the “Smithsonian of the West.”  My family never tires of the Center. You can learn about Buffalo Bill, the Plains Indians, western art and Yellowstone. The Center also boasts the largest collection of firearms in the world-a favorite of the males in my family! Don’t forget to check out the gift shop for great souvenirs. You can bundle your museum trip with the Cody Trolley Tour at a discounted rate. The Trolley will pick you up at the front door of the museum and take you on an hour long tour.  This 22-mile tour in a classic trolley explores places, people and lore of the area.

Step back in time as you stroll through the original town site of Cody located at Old Trail Town. Historic buildings of the area have been carefully moved to the site in addition to authentic artifacts. My favorite building is the saloon. It is a quaint building with great character. This saloon could probably hold about 20 people. We forget that Hollywood has depicted saloons Read More