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Spring Fever!

March 4th, 2011 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

I love to highlight local folks who make such a contribution to Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country, and you’d be hard pressed to find someone who has made more of a mark than Bob Richard.  Bob is a third generation Cody-ite, which is really saying something!  His grandfather was one of the first to be licensed to give guided tours in Yellowstone National Park – that was way back in 1906!  He and his brother-in-law formed the “Frost and Richard” partnership, and were granted their license by the soldiers who at that time ran Yellowstone Park.

Bob himself has very strong ties to Yellowstone.  When he was but a young lad, he was a mounted ranger in the Park, so his knowledge of the best places to experience Yellowstone is vast.  He has spent the last 30 years as a licensed tour guide for this region, and has hundreds of fabulous stories to tell!

I got a chance to chat with Bob just the other day about springtime in the Yellowstone region.  He had some really great advice for anyone who wanted to get the most out of the great outdoors in the coming months.

CC:         So, Bob, you’ve seen decades of tourist seasons Read More


How do you define Cody?

February 18th, 2011 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

In the early months of the year, it’s natural to look ahead and figure out how we can do things better.  But “better” is such a broad term!  Especially when you want to make “better” your business, or your recreation, or your family life… where the heck do you start?

Take local tourism, for example.  What is it about this area that draws folks?  Obviously, there’s the scenery, but there’s also the local people and the unique perspective they offer; the relatively unhurried manner in which life moves out here in Wyoming, especially when you compare it to the rush-rush of “civilization” in the big city.  It makes you realize that the world is bigger than just the four walls of our offices and the four wheels of our vehicles.  There’s the wildlife, the sights and smells of the sage on the rolling hills.  There’s the rodeo, the river rafting, the museums, and all the other activities and attractions that are so specific to our location.  I once asked a group of folks what they liked most about Wyoming, and one gal said that she and her husband got married here because there is no waiting period in this state!

While most Read More


2011 Brings Changes

January 7th, 2011 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

So, it’s 2011.  What does that REALLY mean here in Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country?  After all, this is such a timeless region.  The hills look much the same as they did a hundred or a thousand years ago.  Buffalo still roam (in selected areas, of course), wildlife is everywhere, and if you look in just the right direction, it can feel as though you’re the only person on earth.  It’s one of the things that I love about the area right around Cody – you can go back in time just by willing it.

But, then, time never does really stand still, and that is evident in the little changes that happen in town every year.  This year we’ll have a new high-end hotel in town, the Best Western Ivy Inn and Suites.  Bill Garlow, who owns the Best Western Sunset, is the great grandson of Buffalo Bill himself, and in the family tradition of naming hotels after daughters, Garlow is naming this new property after his own daughter, Ivy Garlow.  Isn’t that cool?  So by the end of this summer, we’ll have another really nice hotel in town, to add to the charm and character of the properties that are Read More


Amateur Photographers, Unite!

December 23rd, 2010 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

Wapiti Campground on the North Fork Highway

I LOVE to take pictures.  I got my first camera when I was in college – it was a hand-me-down Canon from an old boyfriend who had become a semi-professional photographer.  I learned all about f-stops and ISO speeds and all that gobbledegook (most of which I have forgotten, thanks to the digital age), and took pictures of EVERYTHING, from squirrels to sunsets.

Wapiti Campground on the North Fork Highway

Now that I live in this amazing place we call Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country, I have opportunities to take pictures all the time!  This area is so full of Kodak moments – wildlife and natural wonders abound.  The pictures on this blog page are just some of the images I’ve captured over the past few years.

Wapiti Campground on the North Fork Highway

Because I know I’m not the only amateur photographer who’s proud of their work, I’m really excited about the photo contest that we’ve got running here at www.yellowstonecountry.org!  All folks have to do is upload their favorite pictures of Yellowstone Country, along with a description of their experience, on our Buffalo Bill/Yellowstone Country Facebook Page and they will be instantly entered.  It’s Read More


A few bad eggs in the Wild West

April 16th, 2010 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

When thinking of the Old West, various scenes start to play; a bar brawl between two cowboys driven by one too many shots of whisky; the famous gunfight at the O.K. Corral; Will Smith and Kevin Kline battling a spider-like machine; Clint Eastwood’s rugged features in spaghetti western flicks. Whatever thoughts come to mind, there will always be a looming figure in the background, guns loaded, ready to cause trouble. Yes, indeed, these Western outlaws (or cowboy bandits) truly ran the American frontier… or did they?

Billy the Kid Born Henry McCarty and sometimes referred to as William H. Bonney, our famed “gunslinger” was often described as charismatic and well-spoken but with a violent attitude. But with the help of dime novels over exaggerating his exploits, Billy was accredited with nearly 21 killings when in fact, it was only four. As they say in the modern world of print media, don’t believe everything you read!

Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid Notorious bank and train robbers and ring leaders of the Wild Bunch outlaw gang, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid led a per se successful criminal life, becoming America’s most wanted criminals. After establishing their fame in the Old West, the outlaw duo Read More


Happy housewives with loaded guns

April 10th, 2010 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

Before name-brand products like Tide and floor wax painted the ideal picture of the happy housewife of the early 1900’s, women saddled their horses or loaded their guns and left their mark in Western history. From Belle Starr ‘Queen of the Bandits’ to renegades and loyal lovers, these lovely ladies of the West embraced the wild side whole heartedly. Stay at home, feed the kids and tend to household chores? I think not!

BELLE STARR To Western history, Belle Starr is synonymous with women outlaws. She always carried two guns, was certainly rough around the edges and definitely had her share of bad company. However horse theft and harbouring other fellow outlaws hardly seems to fit the job description as Queen of the Bandits. To each their own!

THE #1 WOMEN IN THE WEST Notoriety comes with a price and these ladies show us that coming first isn’t always something to brag about.

Leading a life of poverty, Pearl Hart robbed a stagecoach, becoming the first woman to do so. She also got caught, which meant she became the first female prisoner. Desperate situations call for desperate measures.

Cattle Kate was the first woman to be hung in the state of Wyoming. Unfortunately the only crime Read More


Western history lives in the urban jungle.

March 26th, 2010 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

It’s no secret. Cody, Wyoming is the place to go when you’re looking to relive the days when the West was run with such characters as Annie Oakley and Billy “The Kid”. Perhaps you’re looking to get away with walking around in your spiked cowboy boots, leather pants and 10-gallon hat. However, the American West is still just as much alive today as it was back in the early 1800’s… It’s in our shopping malls, educational institutions and banking business… Take a look for yourself.

Levi Strauss & Co. Est. 1853 Grab a pair of Levi’s®501® jeans and proudly wear a little piece of western history. Born in Bavaria, immigrating to New York with his family and looking to make his fortune during California’s gold rush economic boom, Levi Strauss is the grand-daddy of blue jeans. With the help of his dry goods business and the talents of Nevada tailor, Jacob Davis, the blue jean was born!

Wells Fargo & Co. Est. 1852 During the Gold Rush Era, mail delivery services, banks, express agencies and stagecoach companies were being driven out of business by one single rival company: Wells, Fargo and Company. Established in 1852 by Henry Wells, William Fargo and others, the company’s services came through for Read More


Welcome to the Buffalo Bill’s Cody /...

August 1st, 2008 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

Here you’ll find the latest on exciting events, new vacation packages and special activities happening in the beautiful Park County, Wyoming which includes the towns of Cody, Powell and Meeteetse and part of Yellowstone National Park. 

Take your time and browse our website for fun ideas for your next vacation and learn more about the many great things that make Cody and Yellowstone a vacation destination.

We hope you’ll find our blog to be informative and helpful. Please feel free to contact us at any time with any inquiries you might have.

Park County Travel Council for Buffalo Bill’s Cody / Yellowstone Country