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The Progress of the Plows

April 16th, 2013 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!


Seems like all I hear these days is what’s happening on Game of Thrones. While I have nothing against television shows featuring dragons and nasty little kings, my favorite show is to watch the progress of the snow plows as they make their way into Yellowstone Park.

First, let’s back up a little. As I told you a couple of weeks ago, the National Park Service (NPS) announced that it would delay plowing roads by two weeks as part of a budget-cutting plan because of sequestration. Instead of just allowing that to happen, some folks around here decided to take action and contacted the state of Wyoming. In short time a deal was worked out where the state would supply plowing equipment and crews if the town could raise the money to cover expenses.

Under the leadership of our Chamber of Commerce, the town raised $100,000 in only five working days. The plows are now working their way from the East Gate up Sylvan Pass while NPS plows are heading from Lake Village toward our crews.

The fun part for me is that I like to watch their progress. From Monday through Thursday the crews work 10-hour shifts. Read More

Let The Plowing Begin

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

It was a beautiful day…..the sun was shining, the wind wasn’t blowing and the sound of snowplows could be heard for miles!  I was able to see the start of the plowing of the east gate to Yellowstone.

On the drive up the Buffalo Bill Cody Scenic Byway, I saw some bison lazily feeding and basking in the warm sunshine, as well as a female moose that I was able to get a couple of pictures of before she ran across the road and out of sight. I think the animals are just as ready for spring as I am!

When I arrived at Pahaska Tepee, I loaded into a Park service van with several others who were there to watch as well and was taken to the east gate.  I don’t really know a lot about plowing snow, especially on such a large scale, but it was fascinating to watch!

First to pass was a bulldozer pushing the snow off the side and to the middle of the road.  Next came a giant plow whose blades pulled the snow in and blew it an enormous spray down the side of the embankment of the North Fork of the Shoshone River. The WYDOT Read More

The Little Town That Could

March 26th, 2013 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

Some question whether the budget discussion in Washington D.C. could ever affect us here in Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country. Well, it can.

One result of the sequestration was the call for national parks to cut their operating budgets this year. Since Park County is named after the world’s first national park and the East Gate is about 50 miles from downtown Cody, we have been watching developments very closely.

Every winter, Yellowstone closes most of its roads to wheeled vehicles and lets the snow pile up. Visitors get around the park in snowcoaches or snowmobiles. In March after the two winter hotels close, the Park Service begins plowing the roads in preparation of the summer season. That means the road from the East Gate up and over Sylvan Pass into the interior of the park has many miles of deep snow that needs to be cleared.

This year, in order to save money, the Park Service decided to delay plowing for a couple of weeks and let the sun do some of the work so that fewer man hours are spent on this job.

Unfortunately for us, even the smallest delay has the potential for visitors to reroute their trips around our little slice Read More

Corrie N. Cody Salutes the...

November 28th, 2012 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

Yellowstone National Park and the Cody area are known throughout the world for the wildlife viewing opportunities. Most people do not get to experience animals in their natural environment. It is exhilarating to see a bear meandering through the woods!  Many visitors come to Yellowstone just to see the wildlife. One of my favorite wildlife viewing spots in Yellowstone is the Lamar Valley also known as the Serengeti of the US. Large herds of bison meander the valley while wolves, coyotes, antelope, bears, deer and elk forage nearby.  Stop and sit a spell and you will be surprised at the wildlife you experience.

Yellowstone National Park is home to 67 species of mammals. The most watchable mammals are bison. Bison are located throughout the Park and tend to wonder outside the Park boundaries.  Areas like the Hayden and Lamar Valleys are home to large herds. Solitary males tend to hang out all over the Park. Practically every visitor to the Park will get to a bison and often quite closely from their car!  Other watchable wildlife include elk, deer, pronghorn antelope and coyotes. It is not unusual to see these animals grazing near the Park’s main roads. If you are lucky, Read More

Bucket List

November 2nd, 2012 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

It seems as though everyone has a “bucket list” these days. You know, the list of everything you want to do and see before you die. It is all about experiences. That’s why bucket list vacations can be so great! Usually you can usually plan a trip that incorporates several items. That’s why Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country is so perfect, it is all about seeing and doing!

If visiting Yellowstone National Park is not on your list, it should be!  Visitors come from all over the world to visit the nation’s first national park. Yellowstone is home to the largest concentrations of geysers and geothermal features in the world. Cross Old Faithful off your list.  Wildlife viewing is also a major attraction in the Park. Wolves, grizzly bears, and bison are just a few of the animals you may see.  Cross seeing these animals in the wild off your list.  If hiking in the Rocky Mountains is on your list, you can also check that one off by taking a great hike in Yellowstone. There are terrific hiking trails for all skill levels. You may have other experiences on your bucket list that can be done in Yellowstone. No matter what, Read More

Where to Stay in Cody/Yellowstone Country

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

A vacation in Cody/Yellowstone Country is spectacular! There is so much to see and do that you should plan to stay at least 2 days exploring Yellowstone National Park and at least 2 nights outside the Park in the Cody area.  The options for lodging are varied from motels to ranches to bed and breakfasts. Summer travelers should make reservations well in advance so that you get exactly what you want.

Hotels and Motels:

When it comes to hotels and motels in Cody/Yellowstone Country, there is something for every taste and every budget. The unique thing about the Cody/Yellowstone area is you will find a hint of the West at each property.  You can choose from national chains or locally owned properties.  There are some motels that offer cabins in addition to their traditional motel rooms. The historic hotels and inns provide a glimpse into the past with their interesting stories woven into their décor. The high-end and boutique hotels keep the western theme of the area but offer all the modern day amenities that you would expect of a high-end property.  You can choose to be in the heart of downtown or a bit out of the way. Either way, you Read More

Top 11 Things To See In Yellowstone...

October 9th, 2012 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

Yellowstone National Park is one of the most popular travel destinations in the world.  It’s no wonder. This vast wonderland is home to a plethora of wildlife and geothermal features.  Where else in the world can you see a grizzly bear foraging for insects in the morning, a geyser erupting in the afternoon and a wolf howling at sunset? Not to mention the amazing scenery of this corner of the Rocky Mountains. It can be a little overwhelming when planning your trip. So to help with your planning here is Corrie’s Top 11 Things to see when visiting Yellowstone National Park.

Old Faithful  – The most popular sight-seeing spot in Yellowstone should be on your must-see list. It is the most reliable thermal feature in the world. Old Faithful erupts approximately every 91 minutes for a duration of about 2.5 minutes. It is a spectacular site to see! I suggest viewing the eruption from the boardwalk then take the short hike up to the Old Faithful Overlook and watch it from that vantage point.  After experiencing Old Faithful, I usually plan to spend about 3 hours walking the geyser basin. There are some really interesting thermal features to see. This brings Read More

Fall in Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone...

September 4th, 2012 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

I am so excited!  My favorite season is right around the corner – Fall!  The first of September signals a change in décor at my house!  Lots of oranges, yellows, reds and pumpkins emerge. There is something very serene about the colors of fall. The hue of the sky even seems golden.  Mix that with the new chill in the air and you can just smell the cider! I am so excited that Cody/Yellowstone is my home because fall is one of the most spectacular times to visit the area!


The pace slows down in the Cody/Yellowstone area in the fall. The school calendar has taken many travelers out of the mix. You won’t miss the crowds of summer. You will also find lots of deals.  I find it to be the most relaxing time to visit. Most of the lodging properties drop their rates after Labor Day so look for some great rates. Many of the stores are liquidating their summer merchandise and have some great deals. I love to do some of my Christmas shopping while traveling in the fall.


You will be the envy of all your friends when they see your fall photos from Yellowstone. Fall in the Read More


August 24th, 2012 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

With a heavy heart, I must admit that summer is ending. Kids are back in school, days are shorter and busy fall schedules seem to be taking over the lazy days of summer. There is still one last hoorah for summer – Labor Day weekend!  There are several opportunities to get out and enjoy the weekend in Cody/Yellowstone Country.

The town of Cody has a great Labor Day festival each year in the City Park, the Labor-Less Music Fest. This year the festival has been expanded to a two day event. Cody’s City Park becomes the ”happening place to be” Friday evening at 6:00 PM when One Ton Pig takes the stage in the bandshell. Based in Jackson, this honky tonk and bluegrass band will make you want to get on your feet and dance! One Ton Pig is best known for packing Jackson Hole’s famous Silver Dollar Bar every Tuesday night.  They describe their music as “fun, dance-worthy, down-and-dirty, outlaw-country, bluegrass and Americana.” The band has played the Labor-Less Music Fest all three years and loves coming to Cody.  Saturday is chock full of fun. There will be “Zumba in the Park” as well as “Art in the Park.” The Read More

Geocaching in Buffalo Bill’s...

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

When I was a child, my friends and I loved going on scavenger hunts, especially nature scavenger hunts! It kept us engaged and outdoors. Today, many kids don’t seem too interested in the thrill of the hunt. I recently discovered the outdoor sport of geocaching. The thought of this family-friendly activity took me back to my scavenger hunts days but added the twist of technology. This seems like a great way to get kids out of the house and moving!


So what is geocaching?  Geocaching is an outdoor sporting activity using a GPS or other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers, called “caches.” Caches are usually small containers with a logbook and pen/pencil in them. Sometimes there are items for trading in a cache like a toy or trinket.  There are only a few rules. If you take something from a cache, leave something of equal or greater value.  Write about your find in the logbook and log your experience on  Be sure to share your geocaching stories and photos online. I started exploring the options for geocaching in Cody/Yellowstone Country and I was shocked! I found 1684 geocaches for Cody alone! Powell has 115 caches and Meeteetse has Read More