Straddling the continental divide in the northwest corner of Wyoming (92% of the park is in the Cowboy State), Yellowstone’s 2.2 million acres evoke a cascade of memories—the birthplace of the national park concept, wilderness, one of the world’s premiere wildlife refuges, the largest and most significant collection of thermal features, mountains, forests, lakes, “the mother” of great rivers, waterfalls and a rich, storied history.
Without doubt Yellowstone represents one of the preeminent places to view geological processes at Old Faithful Geyser, Yellowstone Nat’l Park, Wyoming work—volcanism, earthquakes, glaciation, erosion—this is truly “a land of fire and ice!”
Nearly all the famous sights are within a couple hundred feet of the Grand Loop Road, a 142-mile figure eight through the middle of the park. For all too many visitors, Yellowstone becomes a checklist of places to visit, geysers to watch and animals to see. All this tends to inspire an attitude that treats this great national park as a drive-through zoo where the animals come out to perform, and the geyser eruptions are predicted so everyone can be there on time. If you’re one of this crowd, give yourself a giant kick in the rear and take a walk, even if it is just around Upper Geyser Basin where you see something beyond Old Faithful. Whatever you do, don’t see Yellowstone at 45 miles per hour; that’s like seeing the Louvre from a passing train.”
Take time to immerse yourself in the “world apart” wonders of this magnificent national park. Snowcoach from Cody in winter, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming Visit the Visitor Centers provided throughout Yellowstone National Park by the Nation Park Service. Take a hike, short or long, on any one of the hundreds of miles of trails.
Experience a stagecoach ride or take a boat ride on Yellowstone Lake. Fish for native cutthroat trout. Camp at any one of a dozen sites. Enjoy a picnic along the banksof the Yellowstone, Gibbon, Lamar or Madison rivers. Plan time for ranger interpretive programs which convey a wealth of information regarding the natural history, geology and man’s history in this region.
You owe it to yourself, to your children and to your grandchildren to experience Yellowstone.
Buffalo Bill Cody Historical Center
Cody is home to one of the country’s supreme cultural attractions. The five museum complex of the Buffalo Bill Historical Center. Its third of a million square feet of exhibition space certainly makes it one of America’s largest museum complexes. The Whitney Gallery of Western Art presents an outstanding collection of masterworks of the American West, including original paintings, sculptures and prints from the early 19th century to the present. The Cody Firearms Museum houses the world’s largest and most important assemblage of American arms, as well as European arms dating to the 16th century. The Plains Indian Museum ranks as one of the nation’s finest Native American collections.
The museum presents a varied tapestry of Plains Indian art and artifacts displayed in realistic settings. The Buffalo Bill Museum contains a wealth of material related to the life of Buffalo Bill Cody. The newest member of the museum group, The Draper Museum of Natural History, is a state of the art natural history museum that explores human interaction with the natural world associated with the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem. Highly interactive, it’s a hit with youth and adults alike.
Cody Night Rodeo
And Cody is rodeo! Billing itself as the “Rodeo Capital of the World”, Cody provides a unique opportunity to capture the excitement of a real rodeo in a dramatic western setting. The Cody Nite Rodeo is the only seven-night-a-week rodeo in the country. From June through August, the Nite Rodeo features professional and on-their-way-up cowboys and cowgirls competing under the lights against a picturesque backdrop of the Shoshone Canyon and Heart Mountain.
The Cody Stampede is one of the country’s premiere Fourth of July rodeo celebrations and has been playing host to the top cowboys and cowgirls for more than 80 years! Cody Nite Rodeo – Every night June 1 through August 31 – Nightly performance at 8:00 pm Cody 4th of July Stampede Rodeo – July 1, 2, & 3 – performances at 8:00 pm, July 4th performance at 5:00 pm
The Buffalo Bill Dam Visitor Center
The Buffalo Bill Dam Visitor Center (BBDVC) is located 6 miles west of Cody on the way to Yellowstone National Park, at the Buffalo Bill Dam (just through the tunnels). Open annually approximately May 1 through September, the Visitor Center is operated by the BBDVC Board of Directors, a manager and assistant manager, and volunteers. The hours are 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. daily and admission is free.
Old Trail Town
Collection now consists of 26 buildings, which date from 1879 to 1901, one hundred horse-drawn vehicles, plus an extensive collection of Native American artifacts and memorabilia of the Wyoming frontier. Included in the collection are the Hole in the Wall Cabin used by Butch Cassidy, the Sundance Kid and the Hole-in-the-Wall Gang; Curley’s Cabin, the Crown Indian scout to General Custer in the Battle of the Little Big Horn; and the River Saloon which was frequented by cowboys, outlaws and gold miners.
Bullet holes can still be seen in the door. Old Trail Town is located where Buffalo Bill and his associates surveyed the town site for Cody in 1895. The Trail Town Cemetery is the final resting place of Jeremiah “Liver Eat’n Johnson and other colorful hard-living characters of the Old West.
Cody Chamber of Commerce
Cody Country Chamber of Commerce
836 Sheridan Ave. Cody, WY 82414
For More Information Please Call: (307) 587-2777
VISITOR CENTER HOURS
Memorial Day Weekend to September 30
M-F 8:00am – 6:00pm
Sat. .9:00am – 5:00pm
Sun. 10:00am – 3:00pm
October – May
8:00am – 5:00pm
For a calendar of Cody’s Events:
Cody Recreation Center
1402 Heart Mountain Street; P.O. Box 2200, Cody, Wyoming 82414
Monday – Thursday, 5:30 a.m.-10:00 p.m. (Pool Hours 5:30 a.m.-8:00 p.m.)
Friday, 5:30 a.m.-8 p.m. (Pool Hours 5:30 a.m.-7:45 p.m.)
Saturday, 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. (Pool Hours 10 a.m.-5:45 p.m.)
Sunday, Noon-6:00 p.m. (Pool Hours Noon-5:45 p.m.)
Fees & Charges
Daily Use Fees
Adult :: $6
Student (16 & over) :: $4
Youth :: $3
Non-Residential Rates – Out Of Park County
Adult :: $10
Student/Youth :: $5
Chief Joseph Highway
Located along the northeastern edge of Yellowstone National Park, the Chief Joseph Scenic Byway offers spectacular views and a unique history. However, not only will you find the breathtaking beauty that Wyoming is known for, you will find world-class opportunities for wildlife viewing, access to a variety of recreation opportunities, and a chance to see the land where the legendary flight of Chief Joseph and his band of Nez Perce occurred.
Dedicated to this story, the Chief Joseph Scenic Byway offers you the opportunity to learn more of this tragic tale. From prehistoric times to the present, the Chief Joseph Scenic Byway has much to reveal about the relationship between the natural environment and human history.
Heralded as one of the most scenic drives in the United States the route features breathtaking views of the Absaroka and Beartooth Mountains, and open high alpine plateaus dotted with countless glacial lakes, forested valleys, waterfalls and wildlife. The Beartooth All-American Road provides easy access to Yellowstone National Park at its northeast entrance.
Take time to enjoy this unique travel destination and all of the amenities, attractions and historic sites in the great Yellowstone area. Visits to the gateway communities of Cooke City and Red Lodge, Montana and Cody, Wyoming will complete an unparalleled family western vacation.