Here’s What You Can Do in Cody Yellowstone Right Now
CODY, Wyo., January 21, 2021 – Travelers who enjoy outdoor fun in beautiful uncrowded spaces and exploring the history and culture of the places they visit will find plenty of ways to spend their time during a trip to Cody Yellowstone in the winter and early spring.
Situated in northwestern Wyoming’s largely undeveloped Bighorn Basin, Cody Yellowstone is comprised of the classic Western towns of Cody, Meeteetse and Powell as well as the valley east of Yellowstone National Park. The region welcomes most of its annual visitors during the months between May and October, which makes winter and early spring one of the best times of the year for independent travelers to visit the region.
“For travelers who like to avoid crowds and explore destinations at their own speed and in their own way, a trip to Cody Yellowstone between now and the end of April is a great choice,” said Claudia Wade, executive director of Cody Yellowstone, the marketing arm of the region. “This is the best time of the year to wander at leisure through our museums and enjoy outdoor adventures like skiing and snowshoeing. You’ll feel like you’ll have a big slice of Wyoming all to yourself.”
All museums, stores, lodging, restaurants and outdoor adventures have Covid protocols in place for the protection of guests and staff alike. Visit websites for details.
Skiing. Cody’s historic gem of a ski area, Sleeping Giant, is open for both day and night skiing and riding. Visitors pre-order food at the ski area’s inviting lodge. There’s also great cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.
Fat-tire biking. There are numerous fat-tire biking trails for winter-season pedaling.
Ice fishing. Buffalo Bill State Park’s Buffalo Bill Reservoir is a prime place for ice fishing all winter long.
Wildlife watching. Early in the morning and dusk are the best times of the day for spotting deer, elk, bison, bighorn sheep and other species near the roadways surrounding Cody.
Buffalo Bill Center of the West. There are five museums under one roof at this massive Smithsonian-affiliated facility, and with far fewer visitors than during the summer season, winter is a great time to explore at leisure the Draper Natural History Museum, Whitney Museum of Western Art, Cody Firearms Museum, Buffalo Bill Museum and Plains Indians Museum. The Buffalo Bill Center of the West is open Thursday through Sunday until Feb. 28 and then daily beginning March 1.
By Western Hands – This innovative museum focuses on Western design and functional art with exhibits that showcase how the region became the birthplace of Western design and how its artists continue to honor that heritage through their creations.
Heart Mountain WWII Interpretive Center – This award-winning museum showcases the experiences of 14,000 Japanese Americans who were confined at the Heart Mountain WWII Japanese American Confinement site. The center is open Wednesday through Saturday until mid-May.
Cody Firearms Experience. This indoor shooting range educates visitors about firearms through history in a fun and safe environment. The facility is open Tuesdays through Saturdays during the winter.
Lodging and restaurants:
Many of the lodges, inns and hotels and restaurants are open throughout the winter. Visit the Cody Yellowstone website for listings and details.
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.
Mesereau Travel Public Relations