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Fall Fun in Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country

CODY, Wyo., Aug. 17, 2017 – Fall in Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country heralds far more than colorful trees. During the months of September and October, visitors see fine Western art and meet the artists who created it. They hear the bugling elk and cowboy music. They taste locally made brews and meals created from regional ingredients. And they experience northwest Wyoming’s abundant outdoor adventures and cultural heritage.

A hiker taking in the incredible sights on a green trail

There are many miles of hiking trails throughout the region.

“Fall is a season that is especially appreciated by mature audiences,” said Claudia Wade, director of the Park County Travel Council, the tourism marketing arm for Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country. “With kids back in school, Yellowstone Country becomes an adult playground that fills the senses with authentic Western pleasures.”

Yellowstone Country is comprised of the towns of Cody, Powell and Meeteetse as well as the valley east of Yellowstone National Park.

Here’s what visitors to Yellowstone Country can expect in the fall:

Western art. The most prestigious event of the year in Cody is Rendezvous Royale, a week-long celebration of authentic Western art Sept. 16-23. Highlights of the week include a workshop about building a Thomas Molesworth-influenced coffee table, a 2½-day painting workshop, live art auction, quick draw event and a glamorous ball on the final night.

Wildlife. The forests, river valleys, mountains and canyons of Yellowstone Country are home to bears, elk, wolves, moose, bighorn sheep, bison, pronghorn, deer, eagles, river otters and many other mammals, birds and other species.

An elk appears from the forrest tree lins

Fall wildlife viewing includes the elk rut.

Blue-ribbon trout fishing. Yellowstone Country is home to several top fishing spots including the North and South Forks of the Shoshone River. Cody is home to several fishing outfitters that can offer guides, maps and advice.

Fall bounty. Local and sustainable food offerings have continued to expand in Cody, resulting in several restaurants and stores that incorporate the bounty of northwestern Wyoming ranchers and farmers into their offerings. Not surprisingly, beef and bison are readily available, but many locations also offer freshly harvested produce and locally made beer and wine.

Hiking. Yellowstone’s bounty also extends to its hiking trails, which are numerous throughout the region. Local favorites include the Bluebird Trail on Bureau of Land Management land five miles from town. Cedar Mountain Trail, begins with a strenuous uphill climb, and hikers are rewarded with spectacular views from the summit. The Prickly Pear Trail is a paved walking trail that circles two lakes.

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 rock-climbing expeditions throughout the region.

Driving. Yellowstone Country road-tripping in the fall is a memorable way to enjoy fall color, with five scenic drives leading into Cody that take travelers past some of Wyoming’s most breathtaking valleys, mountain passes, rivers and forests.

Dan Millar waving at his adoring fans

Dan Miller’s Cowboy Music Revue continues through Oct. 7.

History. The Heart Mountain WWII Interpretive Center at the site of the Heart Mountain Internment Camp offers a glimpse of the lives of some 14,000 Japanese-American citizens who were interned there during World War II. Opened in August 2011, the center explores that difficult period of the country’s history with thoughtful exhibits that encourage visitors to ask the question “Could this happen today?”. The storied life of the town’s founder, Colonel William Frederick Cody, is presented in the recently reinstalled Buffalo Bill Museum, one of five museums that comprise the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. There are also museums dedicated to firearms, fine Western Art, the Plains Indians of the region and the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem.

Music. Dan Miller’s Cowboy Music Revue continues its performances of cowboy music, poetry and comedy Monday through Saturday night through Oct. 7. The Cody Cattle Company provides a casual evening at picnic tables with music and a chuckwagon dinner through Sept. 23.

Tours The Cody Trolley Tours’ “Best of the West” tour provides a terrific introduction to the destination. This informative one-hour tour covers 22 miles and helps orient visitors to where things are and what they might like to go back to see.


Yellowstone Country is comprised of the towns of Cody, Powell and Meeteetse as well as the valley east of Yellowstone National Park.

The area of Park County is called “Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country” because it was the playground of Buffalo Bill Cody himself. Buffalo Bill founded the town of Cody in 1896, and the entire region was driven and is still heavily influenced by the vision of the Colonel. Today its broad streets, world-class museum Buffalo Bill Center of the West and thriving western culture host nearly 1 million visitors annually.

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