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Corrie N. Cody’s Top 11 list of best...

November 6th, 2011 by Park County Travel Council | Comments(1)

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 Read More


AUTUMN AT YELLOWSTONE’S EAST GATE

September 28th, 2011 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

How long has it been since you’ve checked out the fall colors here in Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country?  According to my friend at Yellowstone’s East Gate, Ranger Robin, the leaves are turning and the colors are stunning! 

If you missed my last blog on Robin, she’s been a ranger at the East Gate for the last three years, and enjoys every day that she gets to welcome folks to the country’s first National Park.  She lives in a mountain cabin halfway between Cody and Yellowstone, so she gets to see wildlife almost every day!  And the visitors love to see all the animals before they even get in the Park – just this week Robin heard two different reports of grizzly bears crossing the highway just 5 miles east of the gate, and others spotted a wolf just up from the pass that same day.  And something even more unusual – Robin said that visitors reported seeing a mountain lion in the Hayden Valley, along with a wolf and eagles, all in the same area! 

Robin says that visitors are REALLY enjoying the beautiful weather we’re having right now – in fact, some have jokingly asked if they have to pay more Read More


RANGER ROBIN’S REPORT FROM...

August 29th, 2011 by Park County Travel Council | Comments (3)

My friend “Robin” has the greatest commute in the world.  She lives in a log cabin between Cody and the East Entrance to Yellowstone, and every day she goes to work she sees wildlife, incredible scenery and the best of what this part of the country is!

Robin works as a Park Ranger at the east entrance to Yellowstone National Park.  This is her third 6-month season working for the National Park Service, and she says she is simply blessed to be doing what she does!  Robin greets people as they come to the world’s first National Park, and she says the reactions of folks who are visiting for the first time can really touch your heart.

Robin’s day on the job begins when the first visitors pass through the gate at 8 a.m., and is ready with her fellow gate-keepers to issue their familiar greeting – “Welcome to Yellowstone!”

And it truly is a welcome, and sometimes a profound, event for most of the folks who come through that gate, according to Robin.  She relayed several heartfelt stories to me about people who have been checking a visit to Yellowstone off their “Bucket Lists”… like the elderly couple who drove to the 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


Corrie N. Cody’s Top 11 List of FREE...

June 13th, 2011 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

Vacations can be hard on a budget – that’s why I’m so glad we live in a place where your vacation dollar can go a LONG way!   There are a ton of free things to do here in Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country, so I thought I’d highlight a few in this installment of my Top 11 List!

1.   The Buffalo Bill Dam was an incredible feat of engineering when it was constructed in 1910.  At the time, it was the tallest concrete dam in the world, and the Hoover Dam outside of Las Vegas was actually modeled after this structure!  The visitor center is free to the public (donations are always appreciated, though), and presents the history of the area as well as the construction of the dam itself.  It’s open 8 am to 8 pm from May through September.

2.  The only thing that you have to pay for is a license to experience one of the best recreational activities in this area – fishing!  The various rivers and lakes in the region are full of all sorts of species of trout, and while most fishing spots are “catch-and-keep”, there are a few that are “catch-and-release” only.  Be sure to check Read More


BUFFALO BILL’S CODY/YELLOWSTONE COUNTRY...

May 13th, 2011 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

The community of Cody has always had a symbiotic relationship with Yellowstone National Park.  Folks coming from the eastern part of the country have to pass through Cody on the way to the country’s first National Park, so it’s a natural place to stop, get gas, spend the night, regroup and get ready for adventure.

The appreciation that this town has for the National Park system has been expressed for years – in part through a tradition that was started about 60 years ago by the Coe family, a prominent eastern family who had fallen in love with the Yellowstone region and made Cody their second home.  Their social relationship with the management of Yellowstone Park soon expanded to involve Cody’s business community, and soon “National Parks Day” became an annual event in Cody.  Usually held in mid- to late May, it offered both the staffers at Yellowstone, as well as the locals who have an interest in the Park, an opportunity to exchange information and get acquainted.  These days “Parks Day” incorporates an evening reception, business meeting and community lunch.  And it’s not just Yellowstone National Park that is recognized anymore – we also invite the Superintendent from Grand Teton 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


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


Exploring The Communities In Yellowstone...

October 28th, 2008 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

Yellowstone Country is beautiful country and there’s a lot to explore when you visit this region. Just over 50 miles from Yellowstone National Park is Cody, named after William F Cody, better known as Buffalo Bill. This colorful character was famous for his buffalo hunting prowess, disposing of more than 4,000 in a very short time. He was also well known for taking the Wild West around the world in a show which ran for decades. Cody is full of mementos to this folk hero, including the extensive Buffalo Bill Historical Center.

To get a glimpse of what life was like for the pioneer farmers, visit Powell, named for explorer Major John Wesley Powell. This is an agricultural area, which is made lush by the waters of the Buffalo Bill Dam. The Homesteader Museum is a great place to stop and see memorabilia from Powell’s early history. You can even try out the caboose!

Explore other aspects of the area’s early history in Meeteetse. This is a great place to see wildlife and to roam the areas walked by Buffalo Bill, Butch Cassidy, Amelia Earhart and others. Now famous for ranching, Meeteetse also boasts a mining ghost town.

And let’s not forget Yellowstone Read More


Getting Out And About In Yellowstone Country

August 21st, 2008 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

If you’re looking for an active holiday, then Yellowstone Country is the right place for you. There are many activities that pay tribute to the area’s Wild West history, such as sport shooting at the Cody Shooting Complex. Buffalo Bill himself shot more than 4,000 buffalo – can you pop as many clays or skeets?

Horseback is a great way to explore the region. You can take a guided tour or spend a day at a dude ranch and ride out from there. With miles of trails, there’s always somewhere to explore. The Shoshone National Forest and Yellowstone National Park are just two of the possible destinations in this area. This is a mountainous area, so consider doing some rock climbing as well.

Not all the fun activities are on land; there’s also plenty to do on the water, such as fishing for trout or spending half a day floating through the Shoshone River Canyon. If you prefer your thrills on four wheels, then consider some off road excursions through the hills and gorges. Even the winter months won’t cramp your style, as there are plenty of winter sports on offer in Cody and neighboring towns.