Post Office Box 2454
Cody, Wyoming 82414
Phone: (307) 587-2297
Cody/Yellowstone Country – comprised of the towns of Cody, Powell and Meeteetse as well as parts of Yellowstone National Park – is a prime destination for an authentic Western experience, and that has been the case for generations of travelers. This rugged, breathtakingly beautiful region of northwestern Wyoming draws nearly 1 million visitors from around the world each year.
Many visitors spend time in Cody before or after a trip to the world’s first national park, Yellowstone, just 52 miles west of town. Some come to spend a week playing at one of the region’s dozens of guest and dude ranches. And others come to explore the region’s abundant outdoor adventures including fishing, horseback riding, mountain biking, rock climbing, river float trips, kayaking and wildlife watching.
Founded by Buffalo Bill
Cody was founded by William Frederick Cody – more commonly known as “Buffalo Bill Cody” – in 1895. The lanky, good-looking outdoorsman had tried his hand at many careers — trapper, bullwhacker, Pony Express Rider, Colorado “Fifty-Niner,” wagon master, stagecoach driver, soldier, and army scout. But he was at heart a showman. In 1872, he began playing himself in “Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show,” and he became famous throughout the world.
In the mid-1890s Cody began a years-long mission to establish and build the town of Cody, and although he died nearly 100 years ago, visitors can still see the many ways that Buffalo Bill’s big dreams for the town of Cody came true.
History on Display
The Buffalo Bill Center of the West is often an important stop for vacationers interested in learning more about the region. With five highly regarded museums under one roof – Buffalo Bill Museum, Cody Firearms Museum, Whitney Western Art Museum, Draper Museum of Natural History and Plains Indian Museum — the Center employs a variety of techniques to engage visitors. Other important cultural attractions include the Heart Mountain World War II Interpretive Center, with thought-provoking exhibits showcasing the lives of thousands of Japanese-American incarcerees; the Buffalo Bill Dam & Visitor Center, a perfect stop for travelers who like to know how things work; and Old Trail Town/Museum of the West, an enclave of 26 frontier buildings.
Throughout the summer season from the beginning of June through the end of August, visitors can enjoy the Cody Nite Rodeo, the longest running nightly rodeo in the world, as well as the Cody Gunfighters, a fun-loving group of local actors who put on a nightly show in front of the Irma Hotel, and the Dan Miller Cowboy Music Revue, a fun and family-friendly musical attraction.
Nature-lovers and road-trippers have plenty of options as well. The region is a prime wildlife habitat, with many animals viewed from the road throughout the spring, summer and fall. And Cody is a great home base for driving five scenic loops.
In summer Yellowstone Country is known for its hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, rafting and rock climbing. Winter activities include ice climbing, skiing, snowmobiling and ice skating. And any time of year is great for blue-ribbon fishing, wildlife watching, scenic drives, gallery and museum hopping and soaking up the authentic Western atmosphere.
The area features a wide variety of accommodations including Yellowstone park lodges, historic hotels, guest ranches, lodging chains, independent properties and campgrounds.
From a bold and richly detailed mural showing the westward Mormon exodus to a whimsical painting of bare-bottomed cowgirls, artwork found in Yellowstone Country reflects the town’s collective attitude of independence and ambition as well as a deep respect for tradition and history. And most of the museums, galleries and public art displays are within an easy walk of each other so visitors can leisurely explore Cody’s treasures without the hassle of driving and parking.
Shoppers looking for unusual gifts must visit the town’s world class saddle and leather artisans and stores featuring western design furniture and accessories, top-quality sporting goods and outdoor gear and equipment, Native American art and artifacts and Christmas shops that design and manufacture their own items.
Fine dining, chuckwagon dinners, casual restaurants, ethnic options and fast food abound. Beef is always popular, and locally grown items are gaining in popularity.