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!
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.
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!
The high elevation here in Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country means that flowers are in bloom all summer long. The higher the elevation, the later the flowers bloom, so even in September you’ll find a huge variety of wildflowers in every color if you take highways such as the Beartooth All-American Road.
Cody has its own “Wild West Show” that runs in the winter – it’s a concert series that has brought entertainers such as Mel Tillis, Suzy Bogguss, the Kentucky Headhunters, Asleep at the Wheel, B.J. Thomas, Billy Dean, Gary Morris… the list goes on! This October, “Whisperin’” Bill Anderson is scheduled to appear at the historic Cody Theatre!
The rivers are running at their peak right now, which means that river rafting is a great activity to enjoy on a hot August afternoon! Whether you’re looking for a whitewater experience or a lazy float trip, there are several rafting operators who would be glad to help you have a memorable (but safe) river adventure!
Until next time, I’ll be goin’ wild here in Buffalo Bill’s Country!