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Corrie N. Cody Salutes the Old Faithful Inn!

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

I was privileged last week to spend a weekend in Yellowstone National Park at the Old Faithful Inn.  What an amazing, historic place – the architecture alone is impressive, and then when you put it with the setting, oh my! 

A little history lesson, first – the Old Faithful Inn (along with the dining room and kitchen wing) was originally built in 1903; an east wing was added in 1914, and 13 years later the west wing was constructed.  The Inn was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1987. I was SO excited, I got to stay in the east wing, and my room looked directly out to the geyser!  I just sat in my room, with its fancy Keurig coffee maker and historic atmosphere, and watched Old Faithful go off.  

I was also fortunate that I got one of the rooms that actually had its own bathroom… in the original building, folks who stay in those rooms (which are rustic and beautiful) have to share a hallway bathroom!

There are a couple of neat things that I liked about the Old Faithful Inn’s common area – number one, the HUGE fireplace and wrought iron clock in the middle of the lobby!  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


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


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


A fiery past, present and future.

April 30th, 2010 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

Believe it or not, fires in Yellowstone National Park are considered a vital part of the park’s ecosystem. While living its life typecast as earth’s ultimate natural enemy, fires ironically do help in developing the park’s flora and sustaining a healthy habitat environment. How is this fact and not fiction? Here are some of Yellowstone Fire Facts:

• By removing some of the forest surplus, room becomes available for other plant-life. • Minerals that are otherwise trapped in wood are released in the soil during a fire. • Fires are rarely suppressed, since doing so diminishes plant diversity and minerals remain locked up or released more slowly. • Various plants in Yellowstone, such as lodgepole pine and aspen are adapted to fire. • Burned pine bark provides nutritious food for elk

Most of all fires, 80% to be exact, are naturally started. Since many of them are started by the natural cause of lightning, we suggest not testing the “lighting never strikes the same place twice” theory. The dry seasons also affect considerably the amount of fires spread throughout the park. The summer of 1988, labelled the Summer of Fire was the park’s driest season ever recorded. It also brought the largest fire-fighting effort in the United States at the time:

• The Read More


The search for bigger and better in...

April 22nd, 2010 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

Human nature finds us in the constant hunt for new and exciting ways to enjoy life’s little gifts and wonders. Try to stay away from investing in that ultra-sleek-cool-modern flat screen TV or the attention-grabbing mustang convertible. Consider a trip to Yellowstone National Park instead. As the natural epitome of bigger and better, explore nature’s wonders on a grander scale.

Big Facts on Yellowstone National Park • Yellowstone National Park is the first national park, and the second largest national park in the United States. • Yellowstone National Park measures 2,221,773 acres. • Yellowstone Volcano is one of the largest active volcanoes in the world. • The highest point in the park is Eagle Peek at 11,358 feet. • With approximately 300 geysers, the park holds the largest concentration of geysers on earth. • Largest protected population of wild mammals in the United States. • Shoshore Lake is the largest backcountry lake in the park. • At 7,733ft above sea level, Yellowstone Lake is the largest high elevation river in North America. • Old Faithful eruptions can blow steam up to 184ft vertically. • The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone is approximately 10,000 years old, 20 miles long, 1,200ft deep and approx. 2,500 ft wide. • The lodgepole pine tree can reach heights up to 75ft.

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Falling for Yellowstone National Park

April 6th, 2010 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

You can almost feel it and soon, you’ll be able to see the difference. The sun will rise a little later and will set a little earlier. The carefree days of summer will make one final curtain call and bow out graciously, making way for the fall season. Before you breathe a sigh of despair, try seeing things differently through the eyes of Yellowstone National Park.

It’s just you and a world of opportunities. In the early days of autumn, the flocks of summer tourists have packed up left, leaving you with the undisturbed quietness of the Grand Canyon, the trickling sounds of the Upper and Lower Falls and the wind rustling through the leaves of golden aspen groves. Paints a pretty picture doesn’t it?

 

Beauty knows no rest. Old Faithful, Mammoth Hot Springs, over 300 geysers, hot springs, rock caves and rushing waterfalls will still be around when the temperature drops. When you start layering up, Yellowstone sheds its summer coat and radiates in hues of reds, yellows and oranges.

Wildlife ‘round the clock. Rain or shine, Yellowstone will always be in touch with its wild side. Mid- to late September sees an increase in wildlife activity, where you’ll see various mammals begin to sport Read More


Yellowstone Wildlife Safari

March 24th, 2010 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

When you hear the term wildlife safari, you automatically think of leaping gazelles and lions in the wide open plains of South Africa. But what if we told that you that you don’t need to book your tickets to Africa to experience a wildlife safari? According to various sources, the term safari is defined as a “journey or a trip”. How about you take a journey to Yellowstone National Park and explore the largest concentration of wildlife in the lower 48 states?

In Yellowstone, the National Park Service reports: • 67 different mammals • There are possibly 500 to 600 black bears in the greater Yellowstone area • Gray wolves were restored in 1995; more than 370 live in the greater Yellowstone ecosystem • There are 7 species of ungulates – elk, mule deer, bison, moose, bighorn sheep, pronghorn and long-tailed deer

Many guides and outfitters in Buffalo Bill’s Cody/ Yellowstone Country offer memorable Yellowstone wildlife tours, where you’ll discover the animals of Yellowstone National Park on a guided learning adventure. For some ideas, check out the Yellowstone Safari Co. and the Flying Pig Adventure Company.


Roughing it in Cody/Yellowstone Country

March 19th, 2010 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

In the distance, a coyote howls. A fire crackles in the pit. Up above, the midnight sky is dotted with amazingly bright stars. The silent yet powerful presence of peaceful serenity is felt all around… Contrary to how this may sound, this isn’t an excerpt borrowed from a renowned romance novelist. Actually, believe it or not, this may be an accurate description of what your next country escapade may entail. That is, of course, if you make your way to our own little piece of paradise for campers.

Whether you’re looking for a remote campsite or a campground with full hook-ups for your family vacation, there are many spots to choose from including commercial campgrounds, a state park, national forest and Yellowstone National Park. For camping opportunities in Yellowstone National Park, contact Xanterra Parks & Resorts. They handle all reservations for in-park lodging, four campgrounds and the only RV Park inside Yellowstone. Take a look out of list of featured campgrounds and RV Parks in Cody/Yellowstone Country.

Cody campgrounds and RV parks are usually open for business from early May until mid-September. Though this may seem like plenty of time to plan a summer camping getaway, keep in mind many campgrounds have Read More


Exploring new heights in northern Wyoming

March 2nd, 2010 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

When someone hands you an incredible opportunity, you do what comes natural to most – grasp the occasion and make the most it. In this case, Mother Nature is delivering an unbelievable hiking experience, served on a silver platter. Let’s trade the fully paved, straight highways for backcountry dirt paths that will lead you through Yellowstone National Park and Cody’s abundant wildlife, hidden waterfalls and exceptional views of rivers and canyons. You’ll be glad you did.

Best hiking hotspots

• Shoshone National Forest Imagine the hiking possibilities with 940 miles of trails winding through 2.5 million acres of sagebrush flats, rugged mountain peaks, diverse wildlife and more.

• Grand Teton National Park Step up to the challenge and join a hiking tour with a certified guide. Scale the mountains of Grand Teton National Park, offering some of the most diverse climbing in the country.