A trip to Cody/Yellowstone Country would not be complete without a visit to Powell. Powell was named for Major John Wesley Powell, famed proponent of western land reclamation and an explorer of the Rocky Mountain West. Powell adds diversity to Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country in that it has an agricultural economy. The area has been enriched by the control of water through the Buffalo Bill Dam. These irrigation waters transformed the sagebrush and hardscrabble of the area into abundant grain and sugar beet fields and pasture. The town and the surrounding area are a tribute to the farming pioneers of a century ago.
Meeteetse is a town with character and charm. It is one of the oldest settlements in the Big Horn Basin. It was settled in the 1880’s and many of the original buildings are still in use. The name is said to derive from an Indian phrase meaning “meeting place.” Once the largest town in Park County, Meeteetse has clung to its roots and today is just about as it was at the turn of the century. It is a town with rich history and legends of the past. It is also the site of the last known population of Black Footed Ferrets, an endangered species.
The East Yellowstone Valley is a secluded western mountain valley where the plains meet the mountains. Now home of the American cowboy, ranching, the bald eagle, elk, shiras moose, mule deer, black and grizzly bear and big horn sheep. The valley lies in the Absaroka Range of the Rocky Mountains in northwestern Wyoming between Cody and Yellowstone. Enjoy the peace and solitude of high mountain lakes, wild flowers, glaciers, trout streams and the most spectacular scenery anywhere.