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“TOP 10” THINGS YOU DON’T KNOW ABOUT...

December 10th, 2012 by Park County Travel Council | Comments (8)

“Cody.” The name alone conjures up images and legends of the American West: wagon trains, gold rushes, gunslingers, Indian battles and more. And among these legends, William Frederick Cody — commonly known as “Buffalo Bill” — is one of the best-known and most colorful.

And possibly the most misunderstood.

At the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyo., (the town at the gateway to “Yellowstone Country” founded by the legend himself) visitors enjoy a more well-rounded view of Buffalo Bill: the legend and the man. And, as is often the case with legendary figures, “the truth is more interesting than the myth.”

Here’s a “top 10” list of little-known facts about the man, showman and pioneer who dazzled millions around the world with “Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show”:

1.  Known as a fearless Indian fighter, Cody respected — and advocated for the rights of — American Indians and once said, “Every Indian outbreak that I have ever known has resulted from broken promises and broken treaties by the government.”

2.  Cody was an ardent supporter of women’s rights and insisted on equal pay for all members of his traveling shows, regardless of gender. “What we want to do is give women even more Read More


Where to Stay in Cody/Yellowstone Country

October 25th, 2012 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

A vacation in Cody/Yellowstone Country is spectacular! There is so much to see and do that you should plan to stay at least 2 days exploring Yellowstone National Park and at least 2 nights outside the Park in the Cody area.  The options for lodging are varied from motels to ranches to bed and breakfasts. Summer travelers should make reservations well in advance so that you get exactly what you want.

Hotels and Motels:

When it comes to hotels and motels in Cody/Yellowstone Country, there is something for every taste and every budget. The unique thing about the Cody/Yellowstone area is you will find a hint of the West at each property.  You can choose from national chains or locally owned properties.  There are some motels that offer cabins in addition to their traditional motel rooms. The historic hotels and inns provide a glimpse into the past with their interesting stories woven into their décor. The high-end and boutique hotels keep the western theme of the area but offer all the modern day amenities that you would expect of a high-end property.  You can choose to be in the heart of downtown or a bit out of the way. Either way, you Read More


Geocaching in Buffalo Bill’s...

August 6th, 2012 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

When I was a child, my friends and I loved going on scavenger hunts, especially nature scavenger hunts! It kept us engaged and outdoors. Today, many kids don’t seem too interested in the thrill of the hunt. I recently discovered the outdoor sport of geocaching. The thought of this family-friendly activity took me back to my scavenger hunts days but added the twist of technology. This seems like a great way to get kids out of the house and moving!

 

So what is geocaching?  Geocaching is an outdoor sporting activity using a GPS or other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers, called “caches.” Caches are usually small containers with a logbook and pen/pencil in them. Sometimes there are items for trading in a cache like a toy or trinket.  There are only a few rules. If you take something from a cache, leave something of equal or greater value.  Write about your find in the logbook and log your experience on www.geocaching.com.  Be sure to share your geocaching stories and photos online. I started exploring the options for geocaching in Cody/Yellowstone Country and I was shocked! I found 1684 geocaches for Cody alone! Powell has 115 caches and Meeteetse has Read More


What’s New in Cody

July 10th, 2012 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

The 2012 summer is going great in Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country! Lots of folks are spending their vacation with us. We are all excited about a few new and improved things to do in our area. In addition to the “Must-do” list, here are a few new things in Cody this year.

 

The Heart Mountain Interpretive Center opened in August last year at the site of the World War II relocation center where more than 14,000 Japanese Americans were confined. Internees began arriving at the center in August of 1942 and the center closed on November 10, 1945. The Center offers a glimpse into life at the camp through photographs, artifacts, oral histories and interactive exhibits. There is a memorial walking trail that leads visitors through key moments of the camps history. A trip to this National Historical Landmark is a must while visiting the area.

 

The Cody Trolley Tours are a great way to see Cody and learn about the area and history. This summer, the Trolley has added a Heart Mountain tour. Guests hop aboard the air conditioned Trolley and travel though the agricultural district of Cody/Yellowstone Country. Guides provide the history, legend and lore of the area’s agriculture on Read More


Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country...

April 11th, 2012 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

When we think about the West and Wyoming, we can’t help but think about Buffalo Bill Cody!  He was the embodiment of the spirit of the west to the world. In fact, at the turn of the century, Buffalo Bill was the most famous American in the world.  Let’s shine the spotlight on The Man, The Show, and The Town.

The Man – He was born William F. Cody in 1846 and raised on the prairies of Iowa and Kansas. At the age of 14, he joined the Pony Express. He became one of their most fearless and daring riders. During the Civil War, he served as a Union scout against the Kiowa and Commanche. After the war, he married and was hired to hunt buffalo to feed the crews building the Kansas Pacific railroad. This occupation earned him the nickname, “Buffalo Bill.” He returned to scouting for the Army in 1868 and was earning a reputation for skill and bravery. His fame began to take shape when he became a character in Ned Buntline’s dime novels that mixed his real life stories with fiction. Buntline convinced Buffalo Bill to star as himself in a stage play. This is where Buffalo Read More


Corrie’s Top 11 Reasons to Visit...

April 6th, 2012 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

When I mention I live in Cody, Wyoming, people are interested and wonder what there is to see and do here. Many think it is just a town you fly into or drive through to get to Yellowstone.  They have no idea what a great place it is. I decided it is time for the Top 11 reasons to visit Cody/Yellowstone Country!

1.  Amazing Scenery – We have everything from the most remote wilderness in the lower 48, sage brush deserts, rivers, lush valleys and Yellowstone National Park. There are two spectacular scenic drives outside of Cody, the Beartooth All-American Road and the North Fork Highway. Both are considered to be some of the most scenic drives in America.

2. History – Be sure to jump on the Cody Trolley to learn more about Buffalo Bill and a tour of the area’s historical sites, geology, wildlife and old and new west attractions. In an hour, you will get a hundred years of history! Visit the Cody Mural Visitors Center to learn about the Mormon pioneer’s life in the Big Horn Basin. Tecumseh’s Old West Miniature Village and Museum is a great treasure with a huge diorama of Wyoming and western history.

3. Yellowstone Read More


RENDEZVOUS ROYALE – A celebration of...

September 20th, 2011 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

ren·dez·vous: (rahn-duh-voo) noun

1. an agreement between two or more persons to meet at a certain time and place.

2. the meeting itself.

3. a place designated for a meeting or assembling.

4. a favorite or popular gathering place.

All these definitions apply to the annual Rendezvous Royale, a fabulous week-long party here in Cody that celebrates all that is unique and great about western art! 

If you haven’t been to the Rendezvous before, be prepared for events and happenings all day, every day, for five days!  According to Kathy Thompson, the director of the Buffalo Bill Art Show and Sale, people come from all over the United States to take part in the authentic western experience that is Cody.

Although Rendezvous Royale takes place the last full week in September, the activity actually begins in August, with the display of the Buffalo Bill Art Show and Sale’s Miniature Art Show.  These smaller works of art have all been created by the artists who have been invited to participate in the larger Buffalo Bill Art Show and Sale that happens during Rendezvous Royale at the end of September.  The show hangs at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center until it’s time for the big show Read More


THE ELUSIVE BLACK FOOTED FERRET… Made in...

September 15th, 2011 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

It seems like every time we turn around, there’s another animal on the endangered species list.  We don’t hear too often about species that have become extinct in our lifetimes, because of the hard work that’s being done and attention that is paid to our animal friends from environmental groups and the national and state wildlife divisions.

But the case of the black-footed ferret is unique – the species was thought to be extinct in the late 1950s, until a small population (a group of ferrets is called a “business” – isn’t that cool?) was discovered in South Dakota in 1964.  When that “business” of ferrets began to decline, wildlife officials captured some of the ferrets to save the species.  However, the last of those died in captivity in 1974, and it was thought the species was officially extinct.

Then came a fateful day – September 26, 1981. I talked to a friend of mine, Dennie Hammer, who is now with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.  On that day, Dennie was employed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as the crew leader for a team searching for endangered species that might have habitats on land that was being considered for Read More


CORRIE N. CODY SALUTES THE BUFFALO BILL...

August 12th, 2011 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

Did you know that there are over 85,000 dams in the United States?  My goodness!  Just eleven of those are in Wyoming – and we’re really fortunate here in Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country to benefit from the Buffalo Bill Dam, construction of which began on October 19, 1905 and was completed January 15, 1910. The dam provides this area with irrigation water, electricity, recreation opportunities, and a great history lesson.

What’s neat about the Buffalo Bill Dam is not only the value of the crops raised on almost 100,000 acres of now-irrigated agricultural lands, the power generated by the four electric plants fed by the Dam, and the water used for the cities and towns downstream – it’s also the historical significance of how the construction of the dam changed this part of the country.

At the time of its construction, the then-named Shoshone Dam was the tallest concrete dam in the world, at 325 feet. It cost about a million dollars at the time to build the dam, which holds back about 400,000 acre feet of water in the Buffalo Bill Reservoir. Construction was difficult – because the region was so remote, it was hard to recruit and keep workers; additional Read More


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT BUFFALO...

August 5th, 2011 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

I’m really fortunate in that I get to visit with lots of folks as they come through Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country.  It’s funny, though, how many people ask the same questions!  So I thought I’d run down some of the more frequently asked questions and give you the answers, so you’ll be in the know when you come to visit!

1.  How far is it to Yellowstone National Park?

–  Answer:  It’s 53 miles from Cody to the East Entrance in Yellowstone.  However, once you get into the Park, you don’t run into any services until you get to Fishing Bridge, which is another 27 miles.  So don’t expect to just get in the entrance to the Park and be greeted by a friendly Yogi-type bear… you’ll have a ways to go before you can stop for a meal and a tank of gas!

2.  Is there lodging in the Park?

–  Answer:  There are some absolutely fabulous lodges and campgrounds in Yellowstone National Park, all operated by Xanterra Parks & Resorts!  (My personal recommendations:  Old Faithful Lodge and the Lake Hotel – AMAZING historic buildings!)  Reservations can be made by calling Xanterra at (866) 439-7375.  Better contact them early, though – they sell Read More