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Our Kind of Competition

July 27th, 2015 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

Here in Cody – for that matter, here in Wyoming – we have a healthy respect for guns, gun safety and firearms in general.

Hunting has been a way of life for most people here, and for many of our ancestors it was essential for survival. When I grew up all of my friends and I received “the talk” from our parents about what to do if we came across a gun (don’t touch it, tell an adult immediately) and were instructed on proper handling and shooting once we were old enough.

Guns aren’t toys. We don’t own guns to be cool, and people who just leave them lying around in the open or otherwise mishandle them are told to straighten up.

We take gun safety seriously and are completely flabbergasted when see the way some people treat firearms. Who in their right mind would actually shove a loaded pistol down the front their pants? What could possibly go wrong?

All of my lessons returned to me this week as I began to prepare earnestly for the 22nd Annual Buffalo Bill Invitational Shootout which will be held Aug. 6-8, 2015 at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West’s Cody Firearms Museum and at the Read More


Cody Holidays Like No Others

May 4th, 2015 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

Like many of my townsfolk here in Cody, I took Friday off. At least in spirit, I did.

No, it’s not an early Cinco de Mayo, and I am not like my accountant who celebrates the end of tax season by turning out the lights, locking the doors and sneaking off for her version of Spring Break (or as I call it, “CPAs Gone Wild”).

It takes weeks for plows to clear snow and ice from the Cody/Yellowstone East Entrance Road.

I read the other day that the director of our chamber of commerce thinks May 1 should be a town holiday because the East Gate of Yellowstone National Park opened that day. Even though said gate is 52 spectacular miles up the Buffalo Bill Scenic Byway, we see a marked change in the traffic patterns as out-of-town visitors return for the season.

Let’s face it. We in Cody love our tourists, in fact many refer to them as “guests”. Several of our businesses are built upon visitors who have discovered over the years just how much there is to do on a Wyoming Vacation. The mixture of new, returning and multi-generational visitors has created an atmosphere that makes a visit to Cody Read More


Excuse me, I Need to get a Couple of...

March 27th, 2015 by Park County Travel Council | Comments (2)

Today is my day to ignore all distractions, turn off the sounds of acoustic guitars and fiddles in the background, close the shades and focus on my work in my Cody, Wyoming office.

No, although I will be rooting wholeheartedly for my University of Wyoming Cowboys, I am not trying to get everything done early so I can pay sole attention to the NCAA basketball tournament.

Instead, I want to knock off early enough to get out of the office and head to my other office – my outdoor “office” in Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country.

Young pronghorn quickly learn to run and are very fast

While the Northeast has been hit hard this winter with record-breaking snow (I sincerely feel for you, Boston), northwestern Wyoming has seen an early spring with plenty of sunshine and mild temperatures. I have already put many miles on my hiking boots as the trails are clearing at a nice rate. With the snowmelt I anticipate a strong rafting season in our area’s rivers.

Springtime to me, however, is when I love to go wildlife watching.

Here is what I expect to see in the next few months here in Yellowstone Country:

Grizzly and black bears. Just because bears hibernate for Read More

Get your Quirk on in Buffalo Bill’s...

March 26th, 2015 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

Some of my friends think I’m, well, unusual. I believe the best ice cream flavor is anything but vanilla; I choose cars painted in colors not found in nature (presently highlighter yellow); my fashion choices often combine classic cowgirl, Grandma’s lace and ‘60s mod; and my decorating style is what my friends kindly call “eclectic.” So it is only fitting that I live in Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country.

Cody’s Trolley Tour will take you through 100 years of history.

 Many towns claim to be unique, but Cody takes being unusual to a whole new level. I call that level quirky. No other town that I know of has such a strange and wonderful mix of sights and experiences.

The famous Cherrywood bar at the Irma Hotel.

Here are just a few examples of the quirkiest of Cody’s experiences:

Savor a key lime truffle handmade by a saddle bronc rider. Rock the Cowboy Boogie in the one-time home of a successful madam with a heart of gold. Eat Rocky Mountain Oysters at a room-long bar that was presented to Buffalo Bill Cody by Queen Victoria. Learn about gun safety from a wacky group of local actors with a penchant for to-the-hilt dressing in old-timey cowboy clothes. See Read More

Spreading the Word of Cooperation

February 23rd, 2015 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

Just returned from the Wyoming Governor’s Conference on Tourism, and I am ready to spread the word.

Over the years I have become good friends with my counterparts from various towns all over the state. The conference provides an opportunity for us to compare notes about things like festivals, rodeos, museums and who has the best-looking cowboy musicians. (I’ll let you in on a secret: Cody does.)

We brainstorm and share ideas, and we always  want to see each other succeed. Sure, there are times when people forget just where the last great idea came from, but we all understand that even though we are thousands of feet above sea level, the rising tide raises all of our boats.

It’s easy to get “Buffalo Bill’d” during your Cody visit.

This attitude of cooperation is one reason Wyoming is such a great place to visit. As the least populous state in the union, Wyoming is blessed with some of the world’s truly spectacular natural features. At the same time, we don’t have an exorbitant number of people concentrated in our tourist attractions and generating huge businesses.

Nevada has Las Vegas which has as many people on a given day as Yellowstone sees all summer. Personally, Read More


Active Travel is Nothing New in Buffalo...

February 9th, 2015 by Park County Travel Council | Comments(1)

When you live in a town like Cody that is dedicated to tourism, you need to be a bit of a travel expert, so I tend to try to hone up on my travel industry knowledge, particularly during the winter months. And while doing just that last weekend, I’ll bet I came across a dozen articles discussing the “emerging” trend of active travel.

Are you kidding me?

Excuse me while I harrumph. Active travel, at least here in Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country, is hardly new. In fact, our town founder Buffalo Bill himself was an active travel expert, whether he was performing his Wild West show in Europe or hunting near his hunting lodge, Pahaska Tepee.

Buffalo Bill’s hunting lodge, “Pahaska Tepee” which means “long hairs lodge.”

Of course, a century ago, horseback riding was as much transportation as recreation, and wildlife was spotted and then often hunted. Still, Cody visitors were moving, seeing, doing and playing all the time. Ernest Hemingway came here to fish, hunt and find inspiration. The Prince of Monaco visited as Buffalo Bill’s guest to hunt in the wilderness and enjoy the company of like-minded friends. And visitors to Yellowstone National Park were climbing, hiking, exploring and discovering.

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Winter is the Time to Dream

February 2nd, 2015 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

I heard someone describe the various phases of travel as “dreaming,” “planning,” “experiencing” and “remembering.” That makes sense to me. Here in Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country, we welcome the bulk of our visitors during the months of June, July, August and September and most of them probably spent time dreaming about Cody before they got here.

I do the same thing. During the winter, I find that my eyes linger on the pretty pictures in magazines of destinations to which I’ve always wanted to travel. I know I’ll never see some of those destinations – I’m a girl on a budget, after all – but it is fun to fantasize that someday I will. That exclusive beach resort in the Caribbean is probably not going to see the name “Corrie N. Cody” on the register anytime soon. In Cody, though, few people will stop dreaming about this destination because of budget concerns. There are plenty of options for all budgets, from camping and RV sites to quaint and historic inns. And all of Cody’s museums and attractions are reasonably priced.

Dreaming of a Cody Sunset?

Next step is planning. That’s when you get serious and start looking at your calendars, chequebook, clothes, Read More


It’s True. And we Have the Awards to...

December 5th, 2014 by Park County Travel Council | Comments(1)

Our little slice of heaven here in Cody, Wyo. just received four awards from one of my favorite magazines – True West.

I have read this publication whenever possible for as long as I can remember. Even the name of the magazine gets straight to the essence of our existence. It reminds me of the time I visited a friend in New Hampshire who was incredibly proud of his collection of Yankee magazines.

If Buffalo Bill Cody were alive today he would, at the very least, be a regular columnist if not the editor and publisher of True West.

The historic Irma Hotel years ago.

True West has published since 1953. Its mission is to “capture the spirit of the American West with authenticity, personality and humor by linking our history to our present. Whether you call it the Wild West, the Old West or the Far West, America’s frontier history comes to life in True West, the world’s oldest, continuously published Western Americana magazine.”

The magazine’s annual Heritage Travel Guide recognizes readers’ and editors’ favorite towns, parks, forts, hotels, saloons and restaurants.

Cody winners this year include Editor’s Choice for “Best Old West Town to Live In,” “Best American Indian Collection – Buffalo Bill Read More


Cody/Yellowstone Country — Unplugged

October 28th, 2014 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

I appreciate the irony that comes with my telling you – in a blog read by people on computers, tablets and phones – that around here in Yellowstone Country we are pretty good at riding horses, fishing for trout and putting away our electronics.

Sure, the cell phone coverage in Cody is good and a wi-fi connection is easily found. The cable company was my friend this week as I watched baseball’s World Series and Thursday Night Football featuring the Broncos and Chargers. I might even have caught up on a guilty pleasure (slow down, Jax) or two.

A vacation in Cody, however, is best done when you unplug. I get it that sometimes you need to check your e-mail or follow up with someone back in the office. I have one friend whose attitude is that cell phones should be confiscated at the airport (or the Wyoming border if you are driving) and there should be rules against their use on city streets, in parks, at the beach and basically anywhere within three miles of him when he is outside. Even though I have pointed out to one him for several years now that connectivity allows me to get away more Read More


Honoring the Wyoming Outdoor Hall of Fame...

October 21st, 2014 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

Living in the least densely populated state in the Lower 48, we here in Wyoming have a different perspective compared to other parts of the country. With just six people per square mile, it is easy to appreciate everything nature and the outdoors offer.

Even with the sweeping views of Yellowstone Country, seemingly unlimited trails and trout streams, ability to get away from technology and never ending experiential leisure opportunities, it is tempting to think our resources are inexhaustible.

That is hardly the case. As the state with the country’s first national park, first national forest and first national monument, Wyoming has a long history of conservation and of forward-thinking individuals who have worked to keep the state in good condition for generations to come.

Wide open spaces are part of Cody/Yellowstone Country.

We take things so seriously that we have the Wyoming Outdoor Hall of Fame (WYOHOF) which is operated by Wyoming Wildlife – The Foundation (now a component fund of the Wyoming Community Foundation). According to its web site, this is “a charitable, non-advocacy organization dedicated to conservation education and the funding and management of projects that benefit Wyoming wildlife. Since the year 2000, we have developed many trusted partnerships that Read More