Sweet Silence and Where to Find it in Cody Yellowstone this Winter
CODY, Wyo., Dec. 3, 2020 – It’s noisy out there. From honking horns on the highways to the hum of gadgets in the home, it’s hard to escape the constant sounds of modern-day life. According to the World Health Organization, which called noise pollution a “modern plague,” for the sake of our mental and physical well-being, we should at least try.
In northwestern Wyoming’s sparsely populated Cody Yellowstone, there are many places and activities where visitors can experience silence – or at least a major reduction in noise – particularly in the winter. From fishing for trout in a backcountry stream to night skiing at Sleeping Giant – the region’s gem of a ski resort in the Bighorn Basin – intrepid winter visitors will find plenty of ways to recharge their personal batteries in peace and quiet.
“Everyone needs a break from the sounds of everyday life, and our winter-season visitors will find an array of places and activities where sweet silence awaits,” said Claudia Wade, director of the Park County Travel Council, the marketing arm of the region that includes the towns of Cody, Meeteetse, Powell and the valley east of Yellowstone National Park. “Of course, we can’t control the sounds of nature, such as the howl of a wolf or the whistle of the wind as it travels through the canyons.”
Cody Yellowstone is a year-round destination, but far fewer visitors travel to this classic vacation destination in the winter, which makes social distancing even easier. Several of the region’s hotels, inns, campgrounds, restaurants and museums remain open throughout the winter. Visit the Cody Yellowstone website for links to accommodations and attractions as well as information about seasonal hours and Covid-19 protocols.
Here are several activities and experiences that allow visitors to experience quiet and solitude:
- Go cross-country skiing along the Shoshone River. The Park County Nordic Ski Association grooms 19.2 kilometers of classic tracks and skate lanes near Pahaksa Tepee, the eastern gateway to Yellowstone National Park. The tracks wind through the Shoshone National Forest and along the Shoshone River. The all-volunteer ski association maintains trails through mid-March. Cross-country skis can be rented at Sunlight Sports, Sleeping Giant Ski Area and other locations.
- Rent a backcountry cabin for the night. The Wood River Valley Ski Touring Park and Cabin offers a comfy respite for solitude-seekers. Located near the town of Meeteetse, the cabin is an easy ski or hike from the
trailhead. The park offers more than 25 kilometers of groomed trails for quiet daytime fun.
- Ski down a mountain at night. For the first time, Sleeping Giant Ski Area is offering nighttime skiing, with trails lit by solar-powered LED lights. The beloved family-friendly ski area is located 50 miles west of Cody. The resort also offers daytime skiing, snowboarding, Nordic skiing and snowshoeing.
- Experience wildlife watching early in the morning or at dusk, when wildlife are most active. Bring your binoculars and spotting scopes as well as your common sense and keep a safe distance from all wildlife. Deer, elk, bison, bighorn sheep, eagles and other species can often be observed near roadways. Cody Yellowstone’s website lists several locations where wildlife are often abundant and the quiet of the forests and canyons can be enjoyed.
- Pitch your tent or park your RV at one of several backcountry sites or campgrounds located throughout Park County. Included are one-of-a-kind destinations like Big Quiet Camping, with wall tents, Apsaalooke and Cowboy Range Teepees and tent sites located on an organic farm just outside Powell. A fresh, hot breakfast is included. Visit the Cody Yellowstone website for other locations and details.
- Go fat-tire biking. There are numerous fat-tire biking trails in Park County where cycling enthusiasts can pedal on even in the winter. The Park County Pedalers website lists information about trails and destinations such as the Beck Lake Bike Park, where fat tire cyclists can explore more than 10 miles of trails.
- Climb a frozen waterfall. Northern Wyoming’s South Fork Valley is home to numerous backcountry waterfalls where ice climbers can enjoy extreme adventure and stunning views.
- Go ice fishing at the Buffalo Bill Reservoir in Buffalo Bill State Park. For the latest conditions and recommendations, visit the Buffalo Bill State Park website.
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