Getting Outdoors in Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country
CODY, Wyo., April 27, 2017 – With its wide open spaces, miles of forests, soaring mountains, crystal clear streams and seemingly never-ending trails, Buffalo Bill’s Cody Yellowstone Country attracts outdoor enthusiasts looking for peaceful, exciting, modern and authentic experiences.
“There are still plenty of places where you can leave the electronics behind and enjoy a completely natural experience that usually ends with you wondering why you don’t do it more often,” said Claudia Wade, director of the Park County Travel Council. “This is one of those places.”
Here are some those activities that Wade recommends:
Try your hand at Cody’s blue-ribbon trout fishing in one of Cody’s many streams, lakes and rivers. Local guides can be hired to take anglers to their own favorite spots. Fishing licenses: $14 daily for non-residents.
Raft the Shoshone River. With an above-average snowpack this year, local outfitters are predicting flows of 5-6,000 cfs above the Buffalo Bill Reservoir with Class III-IV rapids. Below the dam water levels will approach 8,000 cfs with solid Class III rapids. And the large snowpack should allow for a longer season. Cody is home to several outfitters offering float and whitewater raft trips that last from just a couple of hours to a half day. The town’s rafting outfitters offer partial- and full-day tours that pass through breathtaking red rock canyons with white-water rapids with names like “Hole in the Wall,” and “Sundance Kid.”
Go two-wheeling. Mountain-biking in Yellowstone Country provides visitors with a chance to take in the scenery at their own pace while getting some exercise in the fresh Wyoming air. Riders won’t want to miss the new Beck Lake Mountain Bike Park and Trail System southeast of Cody.
Hit the links. Park County features two mature 18-hole championship golf courses. Olive Glenn Golf and Country Club opened in 1970 and has been rated by Golf Digest as one of the “Best Places to Play.” It contains a fully staffed golf shop with PGA professional and features a practice range and putting green on site. The full-service restaurant is open year-round and the course is open April 1 through November 1: Powell Golf Club measures up to 7,000 yards and is open April through October: daily, 8am-dusk. Call for pricing and tee times.
Hit the trails. Head in any direction and go for a day or an overnight backcountry hike. Much of the land in Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country is public land and part of the Shoshone National Forest, Bureau of Land Management and Yellowstone National Park featuring astonishing rock formations, broad sweeps of forest, wide open meadows, rivers, lakes and abundant wildlife.
Saddle up. With its wide streets, nightly rodeo and history, Cody was home base to Buffalo Bill Cody’s Wild West Show. Horseback riding still is the authentic activity in Cody/Yellowstone Country. The area’s guest and dude ranches as well as the area’s horse riding concessioners provide the experience of reliving life in the rugged west.
Yellowstone Country is comprised of the towns of Cody, Powell and Meeteetse as well as the valley east of Yellowstone National Park.
The Park County Travel Council website lists information about vacation packages, special events, guide services, weather and more. Travelers wishing to arrange a vacation can also call the Park County Travel Council at 1-800-393-2639.