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10 Ways to Go Outside and Play in Cody Yellowstone

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Hiking trails are found throughout the region.

CODY, Wyo., June 23, 2021 – With a seemingly endless lineup of outdoor activities, it’s a good thing there is so much outdoors to be found in Cody Yellowstone.

Covering close to 7,000 square miles, Cody Yellowstone is comprised of the towns of Cody, Powell and Meeteetse, Wyo., as well as areas inside of Yellowstone National Park and the valley east of the entrance. That leaves a lot of open space.

“Our town was envisioned and built by the ultimate outdoorsman – Buffalo Bill Cody – and that heritage is reflected in the many authentic offerings available to visitors to our destination today,” said Ryan Hauck, executive director of the Cody Yellowstone, the marketing arm of the region. “Travelers today can still experience many of the places – largely untouched – that inspired Buffalo Bill Cody when he first traveled through the region more than 125 years ago.”

Here are some examples of outdoor recreation in Cody Yellowstone:

  1. Horseback riding. The region is practically synonymous with horseback riding, and riding options are always a short canter away. Rides can be short and originate in town or they can take place in the backcountry and cover multiple days out. Dude and guest ranches offer rides for their guests, but many provide rides to the general public as well.
  2. Fishing. Rivers, streams and lakes are plentiful in Cody Yellowstone, and so are the fish. The region is known for blue-ribbon trout fishing with several outfitters offering guides and information.
  3. Camping. There are numerous group campgrounds and individual backcountry sites throughout the region including Buffalo Bill State Park, Yellowstone National Park and Shoshone
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    Rafting is available on the Shoshone River.

    National Forest. Tent campers can easily find privacy while those in RVs seek out hookups for their rigs.

  4. Rafting and kayaking. Outfitters offer a variety of trips on the Shoshone River ranging from two hours to a half day. Early season snowmelt creates exciting rapids but gives way to smoother floats later.
  5. Hiking. Whether a developed trail or one in need of some serious bushwhacking is your preference, the region has the right trail for you. And they are as long or short as you want. Information is available from a variety of sources, including parks departments and federal entities.
  6. Rock climbing. The region is well-suited to climbing, with porous rock creating drainages and rock formations that appeal to climbers of all abilities. Conditions are typically good for rock climbing through October. Local outfitters lead classes and provide specialty equipment.
  7. Sport shooting. Visitors to the indoor shooting range at the Cody Firearms Experience can shoot replicas of a variety of guns – including a Gatling gun – through history under the close supervision of dedicated instructors. For those who prefer to shoot their own firearms, the Cody Shooting Complex is open to the public Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays.
  8. Off-Road Excursions. Outfitters will take guests through water, around gorges and up and over rocks to places in the region they would never see otherwise.
  9. Power hang gliding. You read that right. Look for those hikers, bikers, riders and off-roaders as you enjoy the views of the region from above.
  10. Golf. We have both kinds – miniature and regular size. The Olive Glenn Golf & Country Club in Cody features 18 holes and is relatively flat with plenty of trees and water defining the holes. The Powell Golf Club features 18 holes measuring close to 6,700 yards.



Home of the Great American Adventure, Cody Yellowstone is comprised of the northwestern Wyoming towns of Cody, Powell and Meeteetse as well as the valley east of Yellowstone National Park. The region is known for rodeos, authentic guest and dude ranches, world-class museums and recreational adventures that reflect the adventurous spirit of the visionaries and explorers who brought the remote region to the world’s attention.


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10 Ways to Go Outside and Play in Cody Yellowstone