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Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country, Wyoming: The Place for Authentic Western Vacations


Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country – comprised of the towns of Cody, Powell and Meeteetse as well as parts of Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming – 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 83 kilometers 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.

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.

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 that can be viewed from the road throughout the spring, summer and fall. And Cody is a great home base for driving five scenic loops.

No matter what experiences visitors choose to experience in Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country, they can be sure that it will be authentic, just the way Buffalo Bill would have wanted.

Official Cody, Wyoming Travel Site

Official Cody Travel Information

Park County Travel Council

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