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How to Make the Longest Day of the Year Fly By

June 27th, 2014 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

The summer solstice was last week, and I truly do get excited about it. In fact, I like to make a game out of cramming in as much as possible on June 21 each year. I call it my Cody in a day marathon.

Perhaps it’s because of the memories from my childhood when we used to stay outside playing as long as the light held out. At that point all of the kids were still excited about school being done for the year, and most of us were not even thinking about summer vacations or extended visits to our grandparents’ houses. Now that I think about it, it was my parents who were the most eager to send us to bond with Grandma and Grandpa.

I have always been one of those people who cannot go to sleep while it’s still light out, and I am quick to wake up on summer mornings. It’s a good thing I live in such a terrific vacation destination like Cody.

Because the solstice fell on a Saturday this year, I can go all out knowing that I have all day Sunday to recuperate.

Here was my plan:

I will start out “Cody Palooza” by fishing on the Read More

Plains Indian Museum Powwow is Colorful...

June 13th, 2014 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

One of the most colorful events in Cody Wyoming is the annual Plains Indian Museum Powwow. It’s also one of the tastiest. I can already taste the fry bread and Indian tacos.

Each summer competitive dancers from Northern Plains Indian tribes come to Cody to show off swirl, jingle and stomp their way to prizes. Cody vacationers and locals alike are treated to a vibrant show that is fun and festive. But it is also a serious competition, and an announcer explains what’s going on to the uninitiated.

Grand Entry at the Plains Indian Powwow at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West.

Staged by the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, the event this year will be held on June 21 from noon to 9 p.m. and Sunday, June 22 from noon to 5 p.m. My friends and I will be arriving early on Saturday to set up our chairs and blankets on the fabulous grass amphitheater just outside of the museum. Then we’ll go get our first round of Indian tacos and settle in to watch the Grand Entry, when all of the dancers enter the gates and circle the dance area.

The Ladies Shawl Dance is a graceful Read More

“One Active Week” — So many outdoor...

June 6th, 2014 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

Recently my cousin Diana decided to vacation in Cody which I took to mean that she intended to check into my guest room and let me cook and clean up after her for a week. I figured she was trying to save a few bucks like she did when we were little kids and she always left her allowance at home when we walked down to the corner store.

I could not have been more wrong about her intentions. She turned out to be a perfect guest. When we went out for dinner she was quick to pick up the check. When we stayed home for a meal she made sure to stop at the grocery store for supplies. She cleaned up afterwards, and we enjoyed doing the dishes together. It all seemed so natural.

But the best part of the week was that my cousin was simply looking for something active to do every day. She had heard that a vacation in Wyoming was not complete without hiking, riding or fishing.

“Fair enough,” I said. “We have more options for those activities than you can imagine. What do you want to do the rest of the week?”

And that’s how we set Read More

95th Cody Stampede — We Should all Look...

June 2nd, 2014 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

Here in Cody we take our rodeo seriously.

You can say something about my car, my haircut and even certain members of my family. If you want trouble, however, make fun of our Nite Rodeo. And never, ever say something derogatory about the Cody Stampede.

Rodeo clowns help protect bull riders by distracting the bull while the cowboy gets to safety.

Every Fourth of July, like the rest of our country, we celebrate our independence. We like to take things a step or two further by starting the festivities a little early. On Monday, June 30 at 7 p.m., the rodeo grounds will be buzzing as the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) Xtreme Bulls event features 40 of the world’s top bull riders competing for a $50,000 purse and the coveted Cody-Yellowstone Xtreme Bulls title.

The next day the 95th Cody Stampede kicks off and will continue through July 4. Cody Stampede Rodeo is one of nine stops on the Million Dollar Gold Tour Series insuring that the top cowboys in the country come here.

A common entry in the July 4th Cody Parade

Other events during the celebration include parades, a street dance, barbecues and the Wild West Extravaganza in City Park, Read More

The 95th Cody Stampede is Almost Here as...

May 30th, 2014 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

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The 95th Cody Stampede is Almost Here as Town Begins to Gear up for July 4 Event; NASCAR Hall of Famer Bobby Allison to be Parade’s Grand Marshal

Cody, Wyo., May 30, 2014 – For folks in Cody, Wyo. the Fourth of July is a time to celebrate our country’s independence, but it is also the midsummer rodeo highlight in a town that takes its rodeo seriously.

The 95th Cody Stampede will take place July 1-4 with events taking place at 8 p.m. gates open at 6 p.m.) the first three nights with the final performances starting at 5 p.m. July 4. In addition, the event kicks off Monday, June 30 at 7 p.m. with the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) Xtreme Bulls event. This event features 40 of the world’s top bull riders competing for a $50,000 purse and the coveted Cody-Yellowstone Xtreme Bulls title.

“Cody and rodeo simply belong together,” said Claudia Wade, executive director of the Park County Travel Council, the tourism marketing arm of the region. “We can easily trace our roots back to the days when Buffalo Bill Cody himself presided over a town built on horsemanship and showmanship with auditions for his Wild West Read More

Memorial Day marks the beginning of...

May 23rd, 2014 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

This is one of my favorite times of the year in Cody, Wyoming. To me, Memorial Day is when the town really swings into Cody summer vacation mode with gusto.

Cody’s East Entrance to the world’s first national park, Yellowstone.

By now the Buffalo Bill Center of the West and Heart Mountain Interpretive Center have switched to their summer hours, Cody Nite Rodeo is ready for its June 1st start, Old Trail Town has reopened, Dan Miller and his Cowboy Music Revue are once again entertaining guests six nights a week and the East and Northeast Gates to Yellowstone National Park have reopened.

Pretty soon our own Cody Gunfighters will be bickering and brawling on the streets in front of the Irma Hotel, and before you know it we will be seeing a steady stream of road-trippers from around the country arriving to share in the fun of vacation in the American West.

And Cody has something extra special to celebrate this Memorial Day. The town will be dedicating the new World War I monument at the Wyoming Veterans Memorial during a public memorial service at 11 a.m. on Memorial Day.

One of several monuments at the State of Wyoming Veterans Memorial Read More

“Life was so Whimsical?” — Vacation in...

May 15th, 2014 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

I don’t know about you, but every now and then I get a song running through my head that stays there most of the day. I had a friend who was very adept at planting tunes with me and then walking away while I had to deal with Barry Manilow or the theme from Gilligan’s Island the rest of the day. No offense to you Barry Manilow fans, but he is no Marty Robbins.

Do you remember the Supertramp tune “Logical Song?” The lyrics rhyme wonderful, magical, miracle, responsible, practical and more. Maybe it’s even running around in your head right now.

I heard that song last week, and I am convinced my subconscious processed it and was waiting for an opportunity. You see, when I was speaking yesterday to a friend about coming west for one of our signature Cody vacations, for some reason the word “whimsical” came out of my mouth multiple times.

Sure, we have our wide open spaces and perfect country for hiking, biking, fishing, watching wildlife and a whole lot more, but do we really think of our whimsical side?

Here are a few things to do on vacation in Cody that certainly fit the bill. And Read More

Whimsical, Musical and Historical...

May 9th, 2014 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

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Whimsical, Musical and Historical Experiences in Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country

Cody, Wyo., May 9, 2014 – This summer, travelers from around the world will visit Yellowstone Country seeking experiences that are decidedly unlike what their friends are doing. Experiences like learning about the four-legged residents of the region by spotting them on a hillside, not in a cage. Or listening to the strumming of a banjo by a real cowboy, not an animated one. Or belly-laughing at the antics of wacky costumed gunfighters instead of preternaturally large, wacky costumed mice.

“Here in Yellowstone Country, we are a little rough around the edges, and we like it that way,” said Claudia Wade, director of the Park County Travel Council, the marketing arm for Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country. “Our visitors want to roam through wild places, see things they can’t see anywhere else and have experiences that their friends back home aren’t having. Our founder Buffalo Bill was like no other individual in history, and we’re proud that the town he founded is beyond compare as well.”

To begin planning a trip to Cody, Powell and Meeteetse, Wyo. along with parts of Yellowstone National Park, start by visiting The area Read More

Canyon Lodge in Yellowstone National Park...

May 5th, 2014 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!



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Canyon Lodge in Yellowstone National Park to Begin Redevelopment

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, May 5, 2014 – Visitors to Yellowstone National Park’s Canyon Village this summer will see the beginnings of significant changes.As part of its concessions contract with the National Park Service (NPS), lodge operator Xanterra Parks & Resorts will remove some 200 cabins this spring and begin site preparations for the construction of five lodge buildings as well as the addition of paths that will make the area more biker- and hiker-friendly.Canyon Lodge & Cabins currently features more than 400 cabins and two lodge buildings and is the largest accommodation complex in the park. Much of the development occurred during the late 1950s after the United States Congress appropriated funds to dramatically expand visitor services in many national parks. With the expansion of the country’s Interstate highway system and automobile travel becoming the norm for travelers in the U.S., the goal was to complete this far-reaching project by 1966 when NPS celebrated its 50th anniversary.The Canyon lodging redevelopment project is scheduled to be completed by 2016 when the NPS marks 100 years. The total cost of the plan is estimated at around $70 million.“The cabins at Canyon Read More

In Cody, staff and members care about our...

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Surrounded by People Who Just Want to get the Job Done

When I was a kid there were days when my dad would come home from work moving a little more slowly than normal and without that bounce that helped define him. His face still lit up when he saw my siblings, mother and me, but we knew that he had had a rough day.

I asked him once why he seemed so tired.

“Well, Corrie, there are two types of people in charge,” he said. “There are those who do whatever is needed to get the job done and those who care more about other people doing the job so that the boss looks good. Today my co-workers and I made the boss look good.”

A major reason why I enjoy living in Cody so much is that it seems like everybody cares more about getting than the job done than getting credit for it. It’s a refreshing attitude that somehow makes a vacation to Wyoming so much more enjoyable. It is common here to see the restaurant owners jumping in during the lunch and dinner rushes to get meals on the tables and the tables cleaned up afterwards. Gallery and retail owners Read More