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The 95th Cody Stampede is Almost Here as...

May 30th, 2014 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

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The 95th Cody Stampede is Almost Here as Town Begins to Gear up for July 4 Event; NASCAR Hall of Famer Bobby Allison to be Parade’s Grand Marshal

Cody, Wyo., May 30, 2014 – For folks in Cody, Wyo. the Fourth of July is a time to celebrate our country’s independence, but it is also the midsummer rodeo highlight in a town that takes its rodeo seriously.

The 95th Cody Stampede will take place July 1-4 with events taking place at 8 p.m. gates open at 6 p.m.) the first three nights with the final performances starting at 5 p.m. July 4. In addition, the event kicks off Monday, June 30 at 7 p.m. with the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) Xtreme Bulls event. This event features 40 of the world’s top bull riders competing for a $50,000 purse and the coveted Cody-Yellowstone Xtreme Bulls title.

“Cody and rodeo simply belong together,” said Claudia Wade, executive director of the Park County Travel Council, the tourism marketing arm of the region. “We can easily trace our roots back to the days when Buffalo Bill Cody himself presided over a town built on horsemanship and showmanship with auditions for his Wild West Read More

Whimsical, Musical and Historical...

May 9th, 2014 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

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Whimsical, Musical and Historical Experiences in Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country

Cody, Wyo., May 9, 2014 – This summer, travelers from around the world will visit Yellowstone Country seeking experiences that are decidedly unlike what their friends are doing. Experiences like learning about the four-legged residents of the region by spotting them on a hillside, not in a cage. Or listening to the strumming of a banjo by a real cowboy, not an animated one. Or belly-laughing at the antics of wacky costumed gunfighters instead of preternaturally large, wacky costumed mice.

“Here in Yellowstone Country, we are a little rough around the edges, and we like it that way,” said Claudia Wade, director of the Park County Travel Council, the marketing arm for Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country. “Our visitors want to roam through wild places, see things they can’t see anywhere else and have experiences that their friends back home aren’t having. Our founder Buffalo Bill was like no other individual in history, and we’re proud that the town he founded is beyond compare as well.”

To begin planning a trip to Cody, Powell and Meeteetse, Wyo. along with parts of Yellowstone National Park, start by visiting The area Read More

Canyon Lodge in Yellowstone National Park...

May 5th, 2014 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!



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Canyon Lodge in Yellowstone National Park to Begin Redevelopment

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, May 5, 2014 – Visitors to Yellowstone National Park’s Canyon Village this summer will see the beginnings of significant changes.As part of its concessions contract with the National Park Service (NPS), lodge operator Xanterra Parks & Resorts will remove some 200 cabins this spring and begin site preparations for the construction of five lodge buildings as well as the addition of paths that will make the area more biker- and hiker-friendly.Canyon Lodge & Cabins currently features more than 400 cabins and two lodge buildings and is the largest accommodation complex in the park. Much of the development occurred during the late 1950s after the United States Congress appropriated funds to dramatically expand visitor services in many national parks. With the expansion of the country’s Interstate highway system and automobile travel becoming the norm for travelers in the U.S., the goal was to complete this far-reaching project by 1966 when NPS celebrated its 50th anniversary.The Canyon lodging redevelopment project is scheduled to be completed by 2016 when the NPS marks 100 years. The total cost of the plan is estimated at around $70 million.“The cabins at Canyon Read More

Robert Redford in Bellbottoms, Civil...

April 16th, 2014 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

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Robert Redford in Bellbottoms, Civil War-Era Guns, Marty Robbins Cowboy Tunes; Cody Celebrates Heritage of American West with Array of Classic Travel Experiences

CODY, Wyo., April 15, 2014 – When travelers see the photo of a youthful, shaggy-haired Robert Redford wearing white bellbottoms and carrying a coffin, they are quite certain they’re not in Kansas anymore. Hung on the ancient wall of a tiny pioneer cabin at Old Trail Town in Cody, Wyo., the photo shows Redford helping to move the coffin containing the remains of Jeremiah “Liver Eating” Johnston, a mountain man Redford portrayed in the 1972 self-titled film.

Old Trail Town is one of Cody’s many attractions that make Cody and the surrounding area a prime destination for learning about western Wyoming’s significant role in establishing the culture and heritage of the American West.

“There is a distinct retro feel in many places in town, and we believe that preserving our proud heritage – and introducing visitors to it – is an important part of our role,” said Claudia Wade, executive director of the Park County Travel Council, the region’s marketing arm. “And while many of our museums, historic sites and other attractions have adopted modern, interactive Read More

Cody, Culture and Kids…Learning is Fun in...

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Cody, Culture and Kids…Education Looks a Lot Like Fun in Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country

CODY, Wyo., February 12, 2014 – Once the textbooks and report cards are stored away for school breaks, kids may think they’re done with all that learning business. In Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country, there is no need to tell them otherwise. Because attractions in this northwestern corner of Wyoming disguise learning as fun.

With an array of “please touch” exhibits and wow-inducing displays that showcase the region’s history and Western spirit and introduce Cody’s larger-than-life town founder, area museums and other attractions will resonate for learners of all ages long after they return home.

“Yellowstone Country’s family-friendly cultural attractions are a terrific complement to our destination’s outdoor adventures like rodeo, fishing and horseback riding,” said Claudia Wade, director of the Park County Travel Council, the marketing arm for the region. “The common denominator for all these cultural attractions is that they capture and showcase the spirit of the American West. And many of the experiences can be directly traced back to the influence of the town’s visionary founder, Buffalo Bill Cody.”

Here are examples of Yellowstone Country’s family-friendly cultural attractions.

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Yellowstone National Park has long been a photographer’s paradise. Now, in partnership with the Palm Beach Photographic Centre in West Palm Beach, Florida, the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming, announces three week-long photography workshops to nearby Yellowstone National Park in 2014. Led by three renowned photographers, the workshops instruct participants in techniques to capture the Park’s incredible landscapes, wildlife, and thermal features through photography.Beginning May 12 – 18, 2014, National Geographic photographer Raymond Gehman leads a “Spring into Yellowstone” photography workshop in conjunction with Cody, Wyoming’s, annual festival celebrating the May opening of the east entrance to the park for the season. Author of the book “National Geographic Park Profiles: Yellowstone Country,” Gehman helps participants see the well-known highlights of Yellowstone with fresh eyes and new artistic vision. This workshop focuses on both landscapes and wildlife.The “Spring into Yellowstone” workshop includes four nights lodging and dining at the historic Old Faithful Inn. In addition to three full days of photographing in the park, the workshop concludes with attendance at the Cody Nite Rodeo. The trip begins and ends with a night of lodging and dinner at Cody’s Ivy Inn and Suites.For “Yellowstone with Vincent Versace,” June Read More

Nonstop Weekend Flights Between Cody,...

April 15th, 2014 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

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Nonstop Weekend Flights Between Cody, Wyoming and Chicago’s O’Hare Airport to be Offered This Summer

CODY, Wyoming, February 5, 2014 – Trips to Cody, Wyo. and the surrounding area – including Yellowstone National Park – will be easier to make this summer as United Airlines has added nonstop weekend service between Cody’s Yellowstone Regional Airport and Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport.

The flights will depart O’Hare on Saturdays at 6 p.m. and arrive in Cody at 7:57 p.m. The return flights will depart Cody on Sundays at 8 a.m. and arrive at Chicago O’Hare at 11:42 a.m. The new flights will run weekends June 28 through August 17, 2014 and are available for sale at as of February 1, 2014.

“For the many people whose time is so precious, these flights open up options for them to see our version of heaven here in Cody as well as one of the world’s most fascinating destinations – Yellowstone National Park,” said Claudia Wade, director of the Park County Travel Council, the marketing arm for Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country. “We also welcome those international travelers who can now get here with one less stop.”

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August 23rd, 2011 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!


CODY, Wyo., August 22, 2011 – Ah, fall. The kids are back in school, and couples without children and older travelers hit the road.  It is peaceful, the weather can be wonderful, lodging easy to secure and there is still plenty to do.


Everyone knows there are numerous attractions in Yellowstone Country, including Cody, Powell and Meeteetse, Wyo., in the summer. But what about autumn? Oh, yes. The days are pleasant (average September temperatures are in the upper 60s), and nights are cool (the gauge hits mid-40s) – perfect sleeping weather. It tends to be a dry month (an inch or less of precipitation). October is slightly cooler with a little more chance of dampness.


It’s a time of fall colors, which can be lovely here and in Read More

Grand Opening Celebration Set for Heart...

July 27th, 2011 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

Grand Opening Celebration Set for Heart Mountain Interpretive Learning Center


Event Speakers to Include Tom Brokaw, Sen. Daniel Inouye, Judge Lance Ito and

Boyhood Friends Sec. Norman Mineta, Sen. Alan Simpson


POWELL, Wyo. – The grand opening of the Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation’s long awaited Interpretive Learning Center will offer the public a unique chance to tour the new museum free of charge from Saturday, Aug. 20, through Monday, Aug. 22, and hear nationally renowned speakers participating in key events during the weekend-long celebration, according to Executive Director Steve Leger.


“When the Heart Mountain Interpretive Learning Center opens its doors to the public for the first time next month, it will mark the culmination of a preservation effort that has involved the communities of Cody and Powell, Wyo., and many Japanese Americans who were incarcerated at the Heart Mountain Relocation Center during World War II,” said Leger. “It will be an important new museum and an exciting new visitor attraction for the region,” Read More


July 19th, 2011 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!


CODY, Wyo., July 1, 2011 – It is not too late to arrange a classic summer vacation in northwestern Wyoming’s Yellowstone Country, comprised of the towns of Cody, Meteetse and Powell, Wyoming and parts of Yellowstone National Park.


Yellowstone Country offers a full range of Western entertainment options, a wide array of quirky, kid-pleasing attractions and many affordable lodging options, including numerous guest ranches, charming inns and budget motels.


Well-known for its proximity to Yellowstone National Park, many vacationers visit Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country on their way to or from the park or make Cody their home base for a day trip into the park, just 50 miles away.


“Yellowstone Country offers a classic vacation experience, and for our younger visitors it is often their first exposure to Western traditions, history and hospitality,” said Claudia Wade, executive director of the Park Country Travel Council, a tourism organization that supports marketing of the area. “With the addition of new adventures and attractions Read More