Meetings in Cody Yellowstone. Classic Western Vacation Destination is Emerging Meeting Destination Too, with Plentiful Venues, Adventures and Accommodations
CODY, Wyo., Nov. 7, 2023 – The northwestern Wyoming destination of Cody Yellowstone has long been a top vacation area, and with a growing number of meeting venues, plenty of accommodations choices and year-round attractions and outdoor recreation offerings it has also emerged as a top choice for small- to- mid-size meetings and events.
Located to the east of Yellowstone National Park, the vast destination of Cody Yellowstone covers more than 7,000 square miles, and it includes the towns of Cody, Meeteetse and Powell, parts of the Shoshone National Forest and a large swath of Yellowstone National Park. In addition to the pristine forestland and world-famous national park, the destination features numerous museums and other year-round attractions – some offering event space – as well as accommodations for every budget and many meeting space choices.
“Cody Yellowstone has emerged as a meeting and special events destination because of its solid infrastructure, friendly locals and memorable side trips,” said Ryan Hauck, executive director of Cody Yellowstone, the marketing arm for the region. “Those are all attractive to the general public who come here on vacation, and meeting attendees have discovered them as well.”
The vast majority of visitors travel by automobile to Cody Yellowstone. Cody is served by Yellowstone Regional Airport, located just minutes from the center of town. Many hotels have airport shuttles, and downtown is a 10-minute taxi ride to the airport. More information about Yellowstone Regional Airport is available online.
Cody features a wide selection of lodging choices including full-service hotels, limited-service hotels, luxury hotels, Bed & Breakfasts, boutique inns and dude and guest ranches. Most hotels are open year-round, but some limited-service properties and all dude and guest ranches close in the winter. Altogether, more than 2,000 rooms are available.
Cody Yellowstone offers a variety of meeting space options at hotels, public venues, restaurants and local businesses. For example, the Buffalo Bill Center of the West can accommodate up to 300 people in the midst of five Smithsonian-affiliated museums while providing state-of-the-art technology and dining. Venues around town also include the Cody Holiday Inn Convention Center which can accommodate up to 500 people and the Victor J. Riley Arena & Community Event Center can hold more than 2,200. The Irma Hotel restaurant can be reserved for up to 200, and the Cody Cattle Company has space for 500. In Powell three venues handle from 125 to 1,050. In Meeteetse three venues hold 50 people each. Inside Yellowstone National Park, the Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel recently underwent a renovation that resulted in new meeting space for up to 120 people.
Cody was founded by Colonel William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody in 1895. The most famous person in the world at the time, Cody was known for taking his Wild West
Show across the country and around the world where he introduced the American West to multiple cultures. Earlier he was a trapper, stagecoach driver, Pony Express rider, wagon master, soldier and scout.
In the 1870s he rode into the undeveloped Bighorn Basin where he envisioned a gateway to the newly established Yellowstone National Park. Years later he founded a town, named it after himself and returned as often as possible from his world travels.
Today that town of some 10,000 is renowned as a destination that has seen millions of visitors and multiple generations enjoy the classic family road trip.
Many meetings factor in extra time for attendees to see the local sites, experience activities, learn about the region and generally enjoy time away from seminars. Here are some of the particulars that show why Cody Yellowstone is a solid choice as a meeting destination.
The town of Cody is small and easy to navigate. Most of the destination’s major attractions listed below are located on Sheridan Ave., the town’s main street. Some attractions are out of town, and estimated drive times to and from downtown Cody are noted. Here are the most-visited attractions and the minimum recommended amount of time visitors should plan for each one.
Buffalo Bill Center of the West – Year round
Heart Mountain WWII Interpretive Center – Year round
Cody Nite Rodeo – June 1 to August 31
Cody Trolley Tour – Mid-May to late-September
Cody Cattle Company – Mid-May to late-September
Wild Mustang Tours – Mid-May to late-September
Cody Firearms Experience – Year round
Buffalo Bill Dam & Visitor Center – Year round
By Western Hands Museum & Gallery – Year round
Cody Country Art League – Year round
Meeteetse Museums – Year round
The Chief Joseph Scenic Byway tour describes various scenes along the highway such as geology, wildlife habitat, fire ecology, historic sites and more. The tour is approximately 45 miles long and includes 11 separate GPS-triggered scripts, called geotags.
The Buffalo Bill Scenic Byway tour takes place between Cody and the East Gate of Yellowstone with descriptions of the Wapiti Valley, Buffalo Bill Cody’s hunting lodge of Pahaska Tepee, the world’s first national forest and its first ranger station.
Several options are available for guided tours, including the Cody Trolley, Powell Agricultural Tours, Kirwin Ghost Tours, Scenic Boat Tours, Scenic Flights, Yellowstone National Park Tours and more. Guide services and bus tours are available throughout the region, including Yellowstone National Park.
Shopping and Galleries
Cody has been recognized as “Top Small Town Arts Scene,” and its galleries and shopping options are easily found up and down the main drag of Sheridan Avenue.
About Yellowstone National Park
At 2.2 million acres, Yellowstone National Park is big, but many visitors take just a day to experience the park’s geothermal features, observe its wildlife, see its remarkable architecture and learn about its fascinating human history.
The park’s main roads are laid out in a figure eight, with a lower loop and upper loop as well as roads leading to each of the five main entrances. Along each road, there are pullouts that must be used by vehicles stopping to observe wildlife. The town of Cody claims two of the five gates – East and Northeast – for their easy access. Many people who take day trips to the park will enter the park through one of those gates and exit through the other.
The park is home to an array of wildlife including predators like wolves and bears as well as elk, pronghorn, fox, coyote, eagles and other raptors and many other species.
Home of the Great American Adventure, Cody Yellowstone is comprised of the northwestern Wyoming towns of Cody, Powell and Meeteetse as well as areas inside of Yellowstone National Park and the valley east of the entrance. 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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