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October is a Good Time to Roam Free in...

October 10th, 2014 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

It’s getting to be that time of year here in Yellowstone Country when a lot of my friends take a lesson from the local bears and other wildlife and start to think about nesting. The temperatures are getting a little cooler all the time, and the leaves have been dropping from the trees. Winter is coming.

I’m not one of the nesters though. This is the time of the year when I like to take long hikes and spend hours at a time fishing in one of my secret trout streams. There’s something magical about October. In the next few days, the last of the lodges in Yellowstone National Park will close so the National Park Service can prepare for the winter season. Days get shorter, and it gets a little quieter.

But just because the trees are dropping their leaves and creating a multi-colored carpet across our valleys doesn’t mean we have to hightail it into our houses. Here are some of my favorite ways to play outside this month:

– I like to watch the wildlife in Wapiti Valley. Wildlife viewing is at its peak this time of year, with bull elk still emitting a distinctive bugling sound to get the Read More


10 Places to Visit on Your Cody, Wyoming...

July 17th, 2014 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

It’s Not Too Late to Take that Cody Vacation!

I was watching one of the Lord of the Rings movies one winter night when the character Gandalf explained to one of the hobbits that he was never late and never early but he always showed up according to his schedule.

Maybe you are a little like that. You haven’t made your summer vacation plans yet because the time wasn’t right. Well, if that’s your story – and you’re sticking to it – I have a few suggestions to help you get away. Get away with your story and get away for a vacation, that is.

We have plenty of options for accommodations in and around Cody and Yellowstone. Dude ranches, more commonly called guest ranches these days, have been a staple of the Western vacation experience for more than a century, and Cody has played an integral part of the evolution of these All-American vacation getaways. The roots of this vacation style can be traced to areas in Wyoming where the term “dude” originated and where many ranches operate today.

Enjoy a Western vacation at one of our local guest ranches

For guests who prefer in-town accommodations within walking distance of attractions like the Read More


Memorial Day marks the beginning of...

May 23rd, 2014 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

This is one of my favorite times of the year in Cody, Wyoming. To me, Memorial Day is when the town really swings into Cody summer vacation mode with gusto.

Cody’s East Entrance to the world’s first national park, Yellowstone.

By now the Buffalo Bill Center of the West and Heart Mountain Interpretive Center have switched to their summer hours, Cody Nite Rodeo is ready for its June 1st start, Old Trail Town has reopened, Dan Miller and his Cowboy Music Revue are once again entertaining guests six nights a week and the East and Northeast Gates to Yellowstone National Park have reopened.

Pretty soon our own Cody Gunfighters will be bickering and brawling on the streets in front of the Irma Hotel, and before you know it we will be seeing a steady stream of road-trippers from around the country arriving to share in the fun of vacation in the American West.

And Cody has something extra special to celebrate this Memorial Day. The town will be dedicating the new World War I monument at the Wyoming Veterans Memorial during a public memorial service at 11 a.m. on Memorial Day.

One of several monuments at the State of Wyoming Veterans Memorial Read More


Do what Peter Greenberg says and plan your...

April 25th, 2014 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

Last Saturday I was up early, got myself nice and caffeinated, found my grandmother’s recipe for extra-strength borax cleaner, mixed up a batch, donned my industrial rubber gloves, zeroed in on the dust bunnies accumulating under the kitchen table, turned the TV to CBS This Morning Saturday, turned back to the dust bunnies and stopped in my tracks. Because right then, I heard CBS travel expert Peter Greenberg recommend a vacation in Cody as a place to spend your tax return.

The dust bunnies could wait. Peter knows a little something about Cody. He was here a few months ago to do a Peter Greenberg Worldwide radio program, and he talked with several of our local experts on the history and offerings in our town. He called Cody “a place where the wild West still lives,” and he talked about many of our unique attractions like the Cody Nite Rodeo and the Buffalo Bill Center of the West.

The Scout statue: Buffalo Bill astride his horse – outside the Buffalo Bill Center of the West.

Now, Peter has been all over the world, and his credentials as a travel reporter are as long and impressive as the list of Read More


Classic Cody/Yellowstone Country Vacation...

April 12th, 2014 by Park County Travel Council | Comments (2)

Just Don’t Call ME a Classic

I love classic vacations.

For my whole life I have watched families come for a classic Cody vacation, arriving in their overstuffed vehicles with mom and dad in the front and the kids jockeying for position in the back.

Early on these family vacations were taken in station wagons (think the Griswold Family Truckster) followed by minivans. Today’s version tends to be a sport utility vehicle, but the concept is still the same.

When these vehicles first arrive, the doors open and the family members all depart from different angles, stretch and look around, ready for their first taste of Western fun. I can tell they are ready to spend some time anywhere other than in the car.

The good news is that they have come to the right place with plenty of activities within walking distance and a well-planned street system that makes it very difficult to get lost.

There really isn’t any bad news.

Often one or both of the parents will look around before turning to each other and say “Yep, this is how I remember Cody when I came here with my parents when I was a kid. I sat on the porch of the Read More


Buffalo Bill’s Name Still Dominant

October 15th, 2013 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

 

Let’s face it, it’s near impossible to go anywhere around here without catching on that Buffalo Bill Cody is still a dominant force. While our friendly little town was named after the man when it was founded in 1895 and incorporated in 1901, there was a whole mess of things named after Buffalo Bill after he died. Some are nearby and others are located throughout the West where he lived and died.

Here is a quick rundown.

Museums

The Buffalo Bill Center of the West (BBCW) in Cody is actually five museums with the Whitney Gallery of Western Art, Firearms Museum, Plains Indian Museum, Draper Museum of Natural History and, of course, the Buffalo Bill Museum.

There is also a Buffalo Bill Museum in LeClaire, Ill. focused on life along the Mississippi River and local history and one in Golden, Colo. next to Cody’s official grave.

Fort Cody Trading Post in North Platte, Neb., is the home of a miniature Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show. The show took 12 years to carve and contains more than 20,000 hand carved pieces – many animated.

Parks

There is the Buffalo Bill State Read More


Bison…Part 1

September 17th, 2013 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

 

Around here the legacy of our town’s founder, William F. Cody, known as “Buffalo Bill”, is easily found.

Interested in history, art, firearms, the surrounding regions or our native peoples? Spend a day or three at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West.

Want to go camping or boating? Head west to Buffalo Bill State Park.

On your way, stop and check out the Buffalo Bill Dam.

Technically, William F. Cody could have easily been nicknamed “Bison Bill Cody.”

                                                   

The term “buffalo” as it applies to our North American species is actually a misnomer. Early settlers here called them buffalo because they reminded them of the African buffalo. The species are not related, and the proper term for our species is “bison.”  The Latin term is actually Bison bison. I guess the biologist who came up with that name liked it a lot.

Bill Cody was hired to hunt and kill bison to help feed railroad workers, and he received his nickname because he was good at it.

The bison was a huge part of the culture and life of the plains Indians in this country with the animal providing food, clothing, housing and Read More


Buffalo Bill Photos

July 30th, 2013 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

 

If you have ever been to my house, you know that I do a decent job of keeping it clean and free of clutter. I am certainly not a neat freak, but I just don’t like it when there is too much stuff lying around.

My drawers and closets are a different matter. Some of them are nice and neat while others are packed tightly with things I have collected over the years. I absolutely had to have the microwave bacon tray. You know the one that holds up to 14 slices and keeps them separate so they don’t stick together. Same with the perfect meatloaf pan that practically makes dinner without my help.

My walls are a combination of family photos, pieces of art I picked along the way at summer art shows and various knick knacks that caught my fancy.

My prized possessions are a couple of vintage posters from Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show. Many of us locals have mementos that have been passed down through the generations. I know one guy who has a pair of moccasins that belonged to Sitting Bull.

In addition to my posters, I have a box in Read More


Buffalo Bill Presents Our Flag To The Queen

July 2nd, 2013 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

 

With July 4th almost here, I think about what our flag means to me as a symbol of freedom and the joining of the many diverse regions of our country into a single entity that is so much stronger than our individual parts.

I also think about how that flag and our very own Buffalo Bill Cody were instrumental in solidifying our relationship with England.

Many people know that Buffalo Bill was the most famous person in the world at one time. His Wild West Show was incredibly popular as it toured the U.S. and later went international. In 1887, Bill took his show to Europe where it was a smash success seen by more than one million people.

Among those attending the show was the very proper Queen Victoria. Many of the English people were more than a little surprised that the queen chose to attend the show, and this step only served to increase interest. What happened at the show is even better.

At the beginning of each show, Buffalo Bill entered with the American flag. On this day he rode into the arena and over to the queen to present himself and the Read More


Where Is Buffalo Bill Cody Really Buried?

February 26th, 2013 by Park County Travel Council | Comments (4)

I’ll admit it; I’m a bit of a sucker for conspiracy theories. And I think we have a terrific one right here in Cody involving our very own town founder, William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody.

As the folks down in Denver know, there is a huge museum visitor area near Buffalo Bill’s alleged gravesite on Lookout Mountain. I say “alleged” because there are some people who believe that the only person buried under 20 tons of concrete at the Denver site is a one-time Cody ranch-hand who looked a little like Buffalo Bill and whose name has been lost to history. Many people right here in Cody believe that the real Bill is actually buried on Cedar Mountain overlooking the town of Cody.

While visiting relatives in Denver in the spring of 1917, Buffalo Bill became ill and died. Soon after, his wife Louisa arrived to claim his body and settle his affairs. While in Denver, Louisa was approached by representatives from the Denver Post newspaper and the city of Denver who offered her $10,000 each to bury Cody in the area where they felt his grave would be a tourist attraction.

Although Bill Cody was at one time regarded as the best-known Read More