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Nine Reasons to Visit Cody Yellowstone this Fall

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Fall is when elk are bugling and seeking mates.

CODY, Wyo., August 11, 2022 – Let’s be frank. June flooding in the northern part of Yellowstone National Park was big news, and many would-be park vacationers are now spending their time off at the beach, at a theme park or watching a medieval reenactment at a dinner show.

Those that did not cancel are enjoying a laid-back version of Yellowstone and the surrounding region. And all signs indicate that 2022 is the year for a fall visit.

“Empty nesters and others with the flexibility to travel in September and October have known for a while that post-Labor Day is a wonderful time to come for a visit,” said Ryan Hauck, executive director of Cody Yellowstone, the marketing arm for the towns of Cody, Powell and Meeteetse, Wyo., as well as areas inside of Yellowstone National Park and the

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Bears are preparing for winter by consuming large amounts of food.

valley east of the entrance. “That’s especially true this year.”

For those considering a fall vacation to the region, here are some reasons to visit Cody Yellowstone.

Fewer Visitors

Even during a “normal” year traffic drops off when the kids go back to school. As long as most school districts follow the traditional calendar and have long summer breaks, most families will be back to their routines by September.

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Outdoor recreation has increased in popularity in Cody Yellowstone.

Room Availability

The floods that made the news in June resulted in a lot of people changing their vacation plans and heading to other parts of the country. That means more rooms, cabins and campsites are available for those who haven’t made reservations yet. More information can be found online.

Great Weather

Warm – but not too hot – daytime temperatures followed by cooler evenings are typical in Cody Yellowstone. Low humidity and few rainy days help to temper the extremes as well.

The Bears are Hungry

The Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem is known for its grizzly and black bear populations, and as winter approaches these species kick their caloric intake into high gear as they prepare for hibernation. That means opportunities to spot bruins as they fatten up for the season.

The Elk have Other Things on their Minds

Male elk court prospective mates by shrilly bugling and challenging other males to battle. Fortunate visitors can receive quite the show – from a safe distance, of course – as the bulls look to expand their harems.

The Fish are Biting

Cody Yellowstone is renowned for its fishing. While seasoned anglers will tackle trout action in the streams in and around Cody on their own, novices might want to hire a fishing guide for their first foray. Fly fishing shops also offer maps and advice.

Style and Art

The most prestigious event of the year, Cody’s Rendezvous Royale is staged the third week of September. The event includes the nationally known Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale with Western-themed art, a quick-draw event, auction, Western fashion show, seminars, studio tours and a ball.  For more about the rendezvous, go online.


The Heart Mountain 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. The Buffalo Bill Center of the West is a Smithsonian-affiliated museum – actually five museums under one roof dedicated to town founder Buffalo Bill Cody, firearms, fine Western Art, the Plains Indians of the region and the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem. The town features many historic buildings such as the Irma Hotel built by Buffalo Bill himself and named for his daughter, the Chamberlin Inn where Earnest Hemingway was a guest and Old Trail Town & Museum of the Old West featuring homesteader cabins, including one used as a hideout by Butch Cassidy and his Wild Bunch.


Outdoor recreation in the area has been on a steady upward trend for years. Horseback riding has been a mainstay since before Cody was even founded in the late 1800s. Visitors can also enjoy world-class hiking, biking and climbing.




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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Nine Reasons to Visit Cody Yellowstone this Fall