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New Year’s Resolution to Travel More

January 13th, 2012 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

 

It is that time of year when we reflect on the past year and start making resolutions and plans for the upcoming year.  Do you resolve to make the same changes each January?  The ever-so-popular “lose weight,” “get fit,” “get organized,” “quit smoking,” seem to be on many lists. Why not resolve to do something fun like traveling more in 2012? You don’t have to think “globally” when it comes to travel. Why not explore some of the treasures we have in Wyoming! Have you been to Yellowstone? Has it been 20+ years since you were there? Have you explored the area around Yellowstone? Make 2012 the year to really get to know Cody/Yellowstone Country! 

Dan Miller's Cowboy Music Revue

Let me help you plan your trip!  Start your Wyoming vacation by flying into Yellowstone Regional Airport in Cody on jet service from either Salt Lake City or Denver.  I recommend spending two nights in Cody right from the start. Stroll the downtown shops and mosey over to the Irma Hotel for the Gunfighters street theatre performance. Dine at the restaurant in Buffalo Bill’s historic Irma Hotel. After dinner, check out Dan Miller’s Cowboy Music Revue. Spend another day Read More


Horses – How the West is FUN!

October 16th, 2011 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

I love horses!  They’re beautiful, majestic, amazing animals whose relationship with human beings spans centuries.  And when it comes to the “western experience”, horses just come with the territory!  Think about it –  in every western movie, western-themed logo or promotion, horses feature prominently.  As it should be!  After all, how would the first tourists have travelled to Yellowstone National Park, if not by horse-drawn stagecoaches?   Think of the influence the presence of our equine friends have held on our western heritage here in Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country – and how much of a presence they still are for those who come to visit!

Obviously, Cody IS Rodeo, and there would be NO rodeo without horses!  They feature in every aspect of the evening’s entertainment – barrel racing, team roping, saddle bronc riding, you name it, horses are the main attraction.  Even in bull riding, the cowboys are watched over and rescued by the faithful outriders on their trusty steeds.  And the Cody Nite Rodeo runs from June 1 through the end of August, so there’s no reason at all to miss the action when you come to visit next summer!

If you’re looking to immerse yourself in the western experience, most of 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


Let’s go WILD!

July 22nd, 2011 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

You know, “wild” is an often-used term out here in Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country!  After all, Buffalo Bill Cody became famous for his Wild West Shows; wildlife abounds at every turn; wildflowers are in bloom all summer long, depending on your elevation; and “wild” entertainment happens year-round!  So I thought that this week I’d highlight some of the “wild”-ness that happens here all year round!

“Wild” Action!

The Cody Nite Rodeo provides “wild” entertainment every night, June through August!  It’s the longest running nightly outdoor rodeo in the country, entertaining visitors for almost 70 years.  All the traditional rodeo events are represented each night – team roping, saddle bronc riding, barrel racing, bull riding, bareback, the works!  There are even trick riders and rodeo clowns to keep the audience entertained between events.

 “Wild” life!

No matter which direction you go around Cody, you’ll find wildlife.  Heading east, you’ll see herds of wild mustangs and antelope; south, the Bighorn Sheep find themselves right at home; north, elk can be found in abundance in the Sunlight Basin area; and of course, west takes you to Yellowstone National Park, where you’ll find bison, moose, wolves, coyotes, and bears!

“Wild” flowers…

The high elevation here in Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country Read More


X-treme Bulls coming to Cody next week!

June 22nd, 2011 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

Corrie N. Cody’s stepping aside to let the folks from the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association tell you all about the annual event that will be kicking off our annual 4th of July celebration next week!

The Seminole Hard Rock Xtreme Bulls Tour, presented by B&W Trailer Hitches, returns to Cody on Thursday, June 30 to kick off the 92nd annual Buffalo Bill Cody Stampede Rodeo. The Cody-Yellowstone Xtreme Bulls tour stop is featured as part of the PRCA’s nationally-televised programming on Great American Country (GAC) – and it offers a “Fourth of July Fight” among the leading PRCA bull riders.

PRCA Cowboy Kanin Asay

Forty of the world’s top bull riders will converge on the Cody Stampede Park to take their shot at the prestigious Cody-Yellowstone Xtreme Bulls title. The showdown will include a head-to-head battle between the bull riders ranked 1-2 in the PRCA World Standings: Shane Proctor, of Grand Coulee, Wash., and J.W. Harris, of Mullin, Texas. Harris, a three-time and reigning world champion, is fresh off a win at the Reno Xtreme Bulls and is the defending champion of the Cody-Yellowstone Xtreme Bulls event.

Also scheduled to compete are Wyoming bull riders Tyler Willis, Wheatland; Bobby Welsh, Gillette; Seth Glause, Read More


COWBOYS AND INDIANS

June 3rd, 2011 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

Just in time to plan your Cody/Yellowstone Country vacation, I’m going to tell you about two amazing events that take place here in Cody every summer.

One of these signature events is, obviously, the rodeo!  But not just any rodeo.  The Cody Nite Rodeo is the longest-running outdoor nightly rodeo in the country.  It’s got all the excitement of the big-time events – steer wrestling, barrel racing, bull riding, saddle bronc riding, team roping… you get the idea – and it happens EVERY NIGHT from June through August!

But speaking of big-time rodeo events, Cody is also proud to show off the best of the rodeo world every July 1-4 during the Cody Stampede!  It’s been voted the best outdoor rodeo in the country more than once, and it draws rodeo cowboys and cowgirls from New York to Australia, competing in the various events.  At the Cody Stampede, you’ll see big rodeo names like Bobby Mote, Howdy Cloud, Billy Etbauer and local boy Kanin Asay – and all the big rodeo action that comes with it!

We’re also proud to host, for the fifth year in a row, the Cody/Yellowstone Xtreme Bulls tour.  The top bull riders from all over the country compete Read More


American Cowboy Magazine names Cody one of...

March 11th, 2011 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

I make no excuses, I love living in Cody!  There is NEVER an excuse to be bored, the people are fantastic, the scenery can’t be beat, and living away from the hustle and bustle of more urban areas is refreshing and rewarding.

So it just tickles me silly when I hear that Cody is being recognized by national magazines as being one of the best places to live, since those of us who dwell here already know that!  In its April/May issue, American Cowboy Magazine included Cody in its fourth annual “Best Places to Live The West” list!

According to DeAnna Jarnagin, associate publisher of American Cowboy, “This year’s entries truly live up to the Western ideal of places embodying the rugged, free spirit of the Western version of the American Dream.”  She cited authentic cowboy culture, spectacular scenery, great food and exposure to the history of the West as reasons that a town would get placed on this exclusive list.

Those of us who live here would love to say that Cody towers head and shoulders over any other Wyoming town for its western atmosphere and general live-ability, but to be fair, Sheridan has a spot on this list as well.  We’re 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


Tourism and Wyoming – A Prolific...

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

You know, every spring when I see business picking up around town and the first visitors coming in, I marvel at the way that tourism affects EVERYONE in our little town.  And I was fortunate enough to spend a couple days this week in the state capitol of Cheyenne, learning more about how our state as a whole benefits from the tourism industry.

Living in Cody for as long as I have, I witness every year how important tourism is to our local economy.  Did you know that around a million people went through Park County last year?  Holy cow!  And what did those people do while they were here?

Well, they bought gas.  They replenished their supplies.  They stayed overnight in a motel or campground.  They went to the Buffalo Bill Historical Center and learned about Buffalo Bill and grizzly bears (not that Bill had any direct encounters himself, but I digress…).  They experienced their first rodeo.  They were entertained at the downtown gunfight and the Dan Miller Cowboy Music Revue.  They bought their first pair of cowboy boots.  They had their oil changed and their vehicles repaired.  They bought and sent postcards to friends and family.

Now think about what those Read More


2010 – What a Great Year!

December 29th, 2010 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

As 2010 comes to a close, it seems an appropriate time to reflect on what this year has brought to us here in Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country.

We celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Shoshone Dam, now called the Buffalo Bill Dam – that structure completely changed the economy of Powell and Cody and the geography of the North Fork highway!  

We had some top-name entertainers come to Cody this year for the Cody Wild West Shows – Billy Dean, the Kentucky Headhunters, Bryan White, The Bellamy Brothers, Suzy Bogguss, Asleep At The Wheel and Riders In The Sky wowed local audiences throughout the year.

Sleeping Giant Ski Area was featured on National Geographic Channel’s “The World’s Toughest Fixes” – ever seen a ski lift being built?  Watch that episode!

We learned to be careful around wildlife – several grizzlies went haywire this summer…

Our local air service board negotiated a great deal with United Airlines AND we have a new terminal at Yellowstone Regional Airport – so flying to Cody is easier and more economical than ever (hint, hint)…

The 4th of July Stampede Celebration once again brought thousands out to celebrate the western way of life – and it was televised, too! ESPN broadcast the Read More