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Nightlife in Cody/Yellowstone Country

Cody sign, mountains and hotair balloonsIf you’re like me, you love to pack as much as possible into your vacation. Cody/Yellowstone Country is a great place to do that! In fact, I recommend you spend at least two nights in Cody so you don’t miss a thing. Be sure you don’t forget about the evenings when planning your trip to Cody/Yellowstone Country. You might not be aware of the “nightlife” here. Here are my suggestions for planning a night on the town!


The Cody Nite Rodeo runs every night all summer long so it is easy to fit into your schedule. Cody is known as the “Rodeo Capital of the World” so it is no wonder that many of America’s top cowboys started their rodeo careers in Cody. Some Cowboy on a white bucking horseeven compete back in Cody from time to time. No matter what night you attend, you can be sure that you will see some great performances.  If you have kiddos, be sure they compete in the nightly “calf scramble.” Children in the audience are asked to enter the arena and chase a calf with a ribbon tied to its tail. Whoever gets the ribbon, wins a prize. It is great fun for the kids and hysterical for the parents. Everyone will enjoy the antics of the rodeo clown as he banters with the announcer and the contestants.


Cowboys in the street shootingIf you want to experience a bit of the Old West, mosey over to the porch of the Irma Hotel at 6:00 p.m. for a melodrama performed by the Cody Gunfighters.  You might notice the crowds gathering on the street. Be prepared for a gunfight to breakout in the streets of Cody!  This FREE 45 minute show is performed in the street with colorful characters like Buffalo Bill, Calamity Jane, Wild Bill Hickok, and Wyatt Earp. The show is great for the whole family.  After the show, the gunfighters will be happy to pose for photos with you.


If you like music, you don’t want to miss Dan Miller’s Cowboy Music Revue in the historic Cody Theatre. This Branson/style music variety show happens Monday through Saturday all summer long at 8:00 p.m. Dan andFront of building with neon marquee his “Empty Saddle Band” perform songs of the American West, Americana, Bluegrass and cowboy poetry and is suitable for the whole family. You might be surprised that Cody has such a high caliber show! The show is a must-see while visiting Cody/Yellowstone Country. The Irma Hotel has partnered with the Cowboy Music Revue for dinner/show packages that can be purchased at the Irma Hotel. Plan a great evening with the Irma’s famous prime rib buffet and cowboy music.


Front of building with Cody Cattle Company signageIn staying with the western theme, you can head out to the Cody Cattle Company’s dinner and live western music show. Enjoy an all-you-can-eat buffet with brisket, baked chicken, baked potatoes, baked beans and more. For a bit more, you can add steak to your meal. After dinner, sit a spell and enjoy the music. Expect western favorites like Tumbling Tumbleweeds and Ghost Riders in the Sky. The music show ends so that you have enough time to head out to the rodeo. You can purchase the Trifecta Ticket that includes the dinner, show and rodeo that offers a small discount.


Many of Cody’s restaurants and and bars offer live musical entertainment and dance bands on Friday and Saturday nights. No matter what you choose, you will have a wonderful evening in Cody! Just remember, don’t Couples dancingwear yourself out during the day so you can enjoy an exciting western evening!


Until next time, I’ll be lovin the western life in Cody/Yellowstone Country,


Corrie N. Cody

Cartoon Cowgirl with braids



It’s Summer in Cody/Yellowstone Country!

Shoreline, water and mountainsThe first day of summer is quickly approaching and I am ready. Longer days and warm temperatures are welcomed as we say goodbye to the Wyoming cold and wind. This winter seemed to be more windy making me all the more excited for summer. It is invigorating to get outside during the summer months in Cody/Yellowstone Country and explore.  I am always ready for some summertime adventure!


Horseback riding is a great way to experience Buffalo Bill’s personal playground. There are stables just outside of town offering rides that overlookhorseback riders on a trail following a creek with mountains in the background town. If you want a little more adventure, mosey down the road towards Yellowstone where there are several guest ranches that offer day rides into the Absaroka Mountains. Be prepared to enjoy Wyoming wildflowers, beautiful mountain vistas and possibly wildlife. If you are really feeling adventurous, stay at one of the ranches and ride every day! There is an old cowboy saying that “everything looks better from the back of a horse.” Experience it for yourself.


man fly fishing in a riverThe Shoshone River begins in Yellowstone and runs right through Cody. Every section of the river offers great fishing. The North Fork of the Shoshone is incredibly scenic with great walk and wade fishing. The North Fork dumps into the waters of the Buffalo Bill Reservoir just outside of town. Fish from the shore or get out on a boat. In town, you can fish on your own or contact one of the fly shops in town for a float trip. The more adventurous might want to hire a guide and fish some of the high mountain waters. No matter what you chose, it will be great fun!


A “cool” way to experience Cody Country is a river rafting trip. These trips are great for the whole family. Hit all the major rapids and some tranquil People in a raft on white waterpools on the Shoshone River with a 2-3 hour trip. If you are feeling more adventurous, take a half day trip on the North Fork of the Shoshone. These trips offer great wildlife viewing like bighorn sheep on the cliffs, moose grazing along the river’s edge and maybe an eagle soaring above. There are several rafting companies in Cody that will provide a great experience and equipment.


Man and woman hiking on rocky terrain with wildflowersI love to experience the area’s natural beauty by getting out and hiking. The opportunities are endless in Cody/Yellowstone Country. Yellowstone offers about 1,000 miles of trails with a variety of terrain. Park rangers are happy to assist with planning your hike. Be prepared for changing weather conditions as well as wildlife encounters. Bear spray is a must in Cody/Yellowstone Country! Trails abound throughout our region. Sunlight Sports in Cody offers outdoor concierge services. They can help you plan and outfit your hike.


These are just a few of the outdoor adventure opportunities in the area. It is not hard to plan a weekend or week long adventure in Cody/YellowstoneCassie's restarant sign with grass and trees Country. Don’t forget that Cody has great restaurants and evening entertainment in the summer months too!  Plan an adventure getaway this summer.


Until next time, I’ll be lovin’ adventure in Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country,


Cartoon character of a cowgirl with braidsCorrie N. Cody




Memorial Day Weekend in Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country

Memorial Day weekend signals the kick off to summer in Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country! The area comes alive with the opening of roads, area attractions and summer time events.  It is a great time to visit because the temperatures are very comfortable and it is not too busy yet.  Here are my recommendations for the long weekend trip to Cody/Yellowstone Country.


The Buffalo Bill Center of the West should always be on the list of “must dos” when visiting Cody.  This world class facility has five western museums under one roof! The various museums feature Yellowstone’s natural history, Buffalo Bill, Plains Front of building with wolf sculptureIndian arts and culture, western art and a renown firearms museum.  The Buffalo Bill museum had been recently redesigned and is reopening on May 19th. The Center has its own eatery and coffee bar so you can spend all day exploring!


Photo fo singer sitting playing the guitarThere is a little extra going on Memorial Weekend this year.  The Cody Wild West Show Concert series presents Grammy-award winning singer, Kathy Mattea, on Saturday, May 26th.  Kathy will be performing hits like “18 Wheels and A Dozen Roses,” “Where Have You Been” in addition to new songs from her upcoming album.  Kathy, along with her band, will perform concerts at 5:00 and 8:00 p.m in the Wynona Thompson Auditorium.  Contact the Cody Country Chamber of Commerce at 800-393-2639 for ticket and lodging package information.


Plan another evening of music with Dan Miller’s Cowboy Music Revue in downtown Cody.  This award- winning variety show features Americana, bluegrass, songs of the American West and cowboy poetry.  Located in Western singers  playing guitarsthe historic Cody Theatre, this Branson-style show is great for the entire family. The theatre is across the street from Buffalo Bill’s Irma Hotel and offers a Dinner and Show package. The Irma is famous for their prime rib buffet that you won’t want to miss either!


view of old buildings and wagonsOld Trail Town and Museum of the Old West are located on the original town site of Cody City.  The town is a collection of 26 area frontier buildings. Thousands of artifacts are displayed throughout the buildings. A small cemetery contains the gravesite of Jeremiah Johnson and other notorious characters of the area.  My favorite building is the saloon.  It is a quaint building with red wallpaper and bullet holes in the walls. Hollywood depicts western saloons as large halls full of people when in reality most saloons were quite small.


You might not realize there is a wild horse herd that roams on BLM land just outside of Cody. Take a 2 ½ hour tour with Red Canyon Wild Mustang Tours and get up close to the horses. Your guide will share the history horses grazing with mountains in the backgroundand information about the behavior of wild horses.  You may also see pronghorn antelope, golden eagles, coyotes and black-tailed prairie dogs.


replica derricks and smokestackLocated between the towns of Cody and Powell, Heart Mountain Interpretive Center is the historical site where 14,000 Japanese Americans were confined during World War II. The relocation center was open from August 1942 to November 10, 1945 and at one point was the third largest city in Wyoming.  The Center shares the experiences of the internees through a museum, exhibits and a walking trail. The Center preserves a very important part of American history.


Complete your weekend with a trip into Yellowstone!  All roads within the Park will be open by Memorial Day weekend and it should not be too busy. Wildlife viewing is good as many animals are still hanging out in theFemaile bison walking along a river with a bison calf lower areas because of snow and temperatures in the high country. It is also a great time to get a glimpse of bear cubs, bison calves, and many other animal babies. I like visiting early in the season because everything is so green and the wildflowers are popping up all over.


There are lots of things to do in Cody/Yellowstone Country over Memorial Day weekend. Take in all of my recommendations or just a few on this visit. Whatever you decide, you won’t be disappointed!


Cartoon cowgirlUntil next time, I’ll be lovin’ the beginning of summer here in Cody/Yellowstone Country!


Spring Travel to Cody/Yellowstone Country

As I sit here writing this afternoon, the hope of spring is in the air. It is a beautiful, sunny day with just a touch of wind and a temperature of 54 degrees. It is just a tease because we have a 50% chance of snow tomorrow! The unexpected is typical for March’s weather as winter comes to a close. With spring around the corner, I can’t help but think about weekend get-a-ways and spring break trips. My family loves to take a trip over spring break before it gets too hot.

flowers, trees, mountainsThere is something to be said for traveling in the “off-season.”  No crowds, travel deals and experiencing a destination as it wakes up from winter!  We often try to take a major vacation in the spring. I loved being able to take my kids to an attraction and they could get up close and personal without fighting throngs of people. My kids have the same great vacation memories, it was just cooler. We have also returned to many destinations during the peak season because we went in the off season.

Before our family moved to Cody, we visited in January and in April. Many Street sidewalk with people and shopsof the “major” attractions were not open but there was plenty to do and see. I remember how friendly the shop keepers were. All asked where we were from and what brought us to Cody. As a traveler, I love visiting with the local’s. You can often learn a lot more about the area and find hidden treasures! There are also great sales going on in Cody in the Spring as merchants prepare for the summer season.

Front of Buffalo Bill Historical CenterThe Buffalo Bill Historical Center is a major highlight in Cody and is open year round. The five museums within the center offer everything from a western art gallery, a Plains Indian section, the Bill Cody museum, a Yellowstone ecosystem section and the largest firearms collection in the country. You can easily spend a full day at the Center exploring each of these museums. The Draper Museum is my kid’s favorite part of the center! There are lots of hands-on exhibits on the animals of Yellowstone.

Cody is home to Sleeping Giant Ski Area.  Located in the Northfork area Snowboarderoutside of Cody, you will be amazed at the scenic views as you ski your way down the mountain. In addition to the main runs, the area offers a great terrain park as well as the bunny hill with a Magic Carpet. The ski area’s lessons, equipment and lift tickets are very well priced.  Sleeping Giant is open through Easter.

barricks with American flagHeart Mountain Interpretive Learning Center is located just outside of Cody and is open Wednesday to Saturday. The Center is an important site of American history where 14,000 Japanese-Americans were interned during WWII. The Center houses exhibits and artifacts that capture a sense of life for the internees.  The Center is a great place for all ages to experience a part of history that they may not have learned in school. It is definitely a must-see.

If you have not experienced springtime in the mountains, it should be onBison your “bucket list!” I love watching the mountains come to life with vibrant colors. Spring also means wildlife and babies! There is nothing cuter than a newborn bison! The East Entrance of Yellowstone National Park opens on May 4th and there are usually a lot of newborn bison roaming in the herds. We always go into the Park on that weekend. It is cool and crisp and amazing wildlife viewing. We have definitely seen the most wildlife on our May trips. We pack a picnic lunch and make sure to hit Old Faithful, the Upper Geyser Basin and the Hayden Valley. It is beautiful! There are only a few lodging options that are open in May but they have great deals.

Think spring and make plans to visit Cody/Yellowstone Country!

Until next time, I’ll be lovin’ life in Buffalo Bill’s Country!

 Corrie N. CodyCartoon Cowgirl


Corrie N. Cody’s Top 11 list of best places to view wildlife in Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country

The number of animals in this region is just phenomenal.  Coming from the Midwest, I grew up watching deer and squirrels.  That’s about it.  But here in Buffalo Bill’s country, the different varieties of animals to view are just astounding!  So I decided to put together my Top 11 list of places to watch for many of these amazing creatures.

1.  Elk – the Sunlight Basin northwest of Cody is a popular place for herds of elk to gather.  Drive north of Cody on Highway 120, go about 16 miles, then turn west onto the Chief Joseph Scenic Byway.  The Sunlight Basin road will take you past some beautiful ranches and into the valley where the elk feed.  It’s a gorgeous drive, and the opportunity to view these animals in their natural habitat is worth going the distance!

2.  Bison – without a doubt, Yellowstone National Park is THE place to get your fill of these wild and wooly critters.  They literally own the roads in Yellowstone – anyone who’s been there recently will be able to tell you that the bison traffic jams rival any big city traffic snarls… but there’s a heck of a lot less road rage here!

3.  Big Horn Sheep – the highway that follows the South Fork of the Shoshone River leads to a beautiful mountain valley that is home to herds of big horn sheep.  In the fall, the sheep are feeding in the low country before the hard winter kicks in, and in the spring, the sheep babies can be found frolicking on the ranchland in the valley.

4.  Mountain Goats – Clark’s Fork Canyon just northwest of Cody on Highway 120 is one of the few places in this region where you can spot these elusive rock dwellers.  I haven’t figured out how they can actually climb from one precipitous rock face to another – they’re incredible!

5.  Moose – east of Cody across the Big Horn Basin are the awesome Big Horn Mountains, home to black bear, deer, and the massive moose!  Highway 14A, from Lovell across to Sheridan, is a great place to spot these enormous creatures.  They’ve also been frequently seen in the Wood River Valley southwest of Meeteetse.

6.  Wild Horses – two wild mustang herds call Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country home: the McCullough Peaks area just east of Cody in the Big Horn Basin; and the Pryor Mountains northeast of the Big Horn Basin.  The Pryor Mountain Mustang Center is an educational center dedicated to preserving the legacy of these beautiful wild animals.

7.  Wolves – the Lamar Valley in Yellowstone National Park is prime viewing for all sorts of animals, but it’s one of the best bets for spotting wolves.  The wolf population is thriving in Yellowstone after the animal’s re-introduction in the 1990s. The Lamar Valley is in the northeast corner of Yellowstone Park, between Mammoth Hot Springs and Cooke City, Montana.

8.  Mule Deer – believe it or not, if you’re looking to get up close and personal with a mule deer, go no farther than downtown Cody!  Dozens of deer roam around the community – and it’s either a curse or a blessing, depending on who you talk to… they love to munch in residents’ gardens!

9.  Bears – as you travel closer to Yellowstone National Park on Highway 14-16-20, the odds of seeing a grizzly or black bear grow greater!  Bear are regularly seen on the stretch of highway from about ten miles outside Yellow stone until the entrance to the Park, so keep your camera at the ready, but don’t get too close!  Remember, bears are dangerous creatures that move faster than you think they can…

10.  Antelope – … although pronghorns are actually the fastest land animals in North America.  But here in Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country, they’re pretty content to move a little slower and graze in the lush grass of the Wapiti Valley about 20 miles west of Cody on the Yellowstone Highway.

11.  Waterfowl – Beck Lake and Alkali Lake on the east side of Cody aren’t just beautiful City parks; they’re also prime waterfowl habitat.  There’s a viewing area that was constructed a few years back by a local service organization that provides a fantastic place to sit and watch the ducks, geese, loons and other birds that use these lakes as a resting point along their migration routes.

There you are – Corrie N. Cody’s Top 11 list of the best wildlife watching places in Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country!  Next time you plan a trip this direction, take this list along to build your itinerary… and don’t forget your camera!

Until next time, I’ll be watching the wildlife in Buffalo Bill’s Country!

Corrie N. Cody

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