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CORRIE N. CODY SALUTES THE MEETEETSE...

July 8th, 2011 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

You all know how much I like to talk about the fantastic attractions here in Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country.  What’s even more fun is to give a few more details, let you in on a local’s point of view for a specific attraction – like the really neat place you’ll find just a few miles down the road from Cody, in the little town of Meeteetse, Wyoming… believe it or not, in this town of about 350 people, there’s a gourmet Chocolatier whose yummy creations are putting him on the international map!

Tim Kellogg was a young saddle bronc rider from Meeteetse who had grown up watching his grandmother make candy and other confections.  He himself had become pretty handy in the kitchen, coming up with chocolate creations of his own and sharing them with friends and family.  So in 2004, when he wanted to raise money for a new saddle, his mother suggested that he make and sell some of his chocolates.  His first response was, “no way!”, but he ended up selling them at a local event, and the Meeteetse Chocolatier was born!

I recently visited Tim at his shop in Meeteetse.  It’s in a quaint wooden building, on the 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


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


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


Rain, Rain, Go Away!

May 31st, 2011 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

For those of you who have been following our weather patterns here in Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country, I’m sure you’ve noticed that we’re having quite an unusual spring.  Heavy snow in the high country and heavy rain in the lower elevations have wreaked havoc on how folks get around right now!

It’s been interesting for the staff at the Visitor Center here in Cody to answer questions from travelers as to how they should get to Yellowstone National Park… the East Entrance has been closed during the warmer hours of the day due to a pretty large avalanche risk at Sylvan Pass.  The warmer temperatures mean that some of the heavy snow that’s fallen lately could melt and slough off onto the highway.  During the night, and in the early morning, that snow is frozen in place, so it’s considered safe to go through.  And the National Park Service has certainly been busy trying to knock the snow off the mountain, using a howitzer that’s strategically placed to fire rounds right where the snow needs to fall from.  In a nutshell: the East Entrance is open from 8 p.m. to 10 a.m. right now, closed during the day, and you can Read More


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


Corrie N. Cody’s Top 11 List...

May 6th, 2011 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

I like to spend a little time every few weeks featuring cool things about Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country.  And with the summer season closing in on us fast, I thought it was appropriate to shine the spotlight on one of Cody’s top attractions – the Buffalo Bill Historical Center! 

Here are my Top 11 reasons why you should visit the BBHC:

1.   Five different themes to explore.  Whether you’re into western art, the geological and scientific aspects of the Yellowstone region, firearms through the ages, Native American history, or Buffalo Bill Cody himself, there are five different wings to the Buffalo Bill Historical Center that feature extensive artifacts, stories and treasures dedicated to those subjects!

2.  Appeal for all age ranges.  Young or old, techno-savvy or old-school, you’ll find wonders galore at the BBHC.  The Draper Museum of Natural History features interactive displays that are geared specifically toward the younger crowd, and adults in all age ranges will find the displays in every museum fascinating!

3.  The 30th Annual Plains Indian Powwow.  This event began in 1982 when just a few dancers and one group of singers stopped to participate on their way to another powwow. It has since grown to include several hundred Read More


National Tourism Week in May

April 29th, 2011 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

Hey, folks – I thought that I’d step aside and let the State of Wyoming tell you about National Tourism Week, which is coming up May 7-15.  They have all the information, I’ll just pass it on to you!

 Governor Matt Mead will sign a proclamation Wednesday May 4, 2011 designating May 7-15, 2011 as National Travel & Tourism Week in Wyoming. The signing, along with a travel rally will take place at 10:00 a.m. at the capitol building in Cheyenne. Following the rally, a Reach awards luncheon will take place at Little America, acknowledging the best in customer service from front line employees. Governor Mead is authorizing and requesting that communities across Wyoming observe this week through events and activities that promote Wyoming’s tourism industry.             Kristin Phipps, Industry Services Specialist at Wyoming Travel & Tourism and coordinator of National Travel & Tourism Week conveys, “National Tourism Week allows us to bring all facets of the tourism industry to the forefront of people’s mind. This year, in conjunction with communities across America and the US Travel Association, we are staging a travel rally in conjunction with the proclamation that will allow us to acknowledge and demonstrate how many people are involved in the Read More


Summer’s Coming!

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

You know summer’s coming when the first week of May comes along.  It’s Fire School Weekend, which doesn’t really mean anything to folks who don’t live here, but to the locals, it’s the signal that the winter is over and the busy-ness has begun!  There are several events that take place this last weekend in April and first part of May that kick off our summer season in style…

April 29-May 1st: Fire School – firefighters (volunteers and otherwise) from around the region converge on Cody for three days of training, seminars, workshops, and camaraderie.  Want to watch a group of firefighters set fire to a vehicle, then put it out?  It happens that weekend!

April 29-May 1st: Cassie’s Spring Fling – entertainment, darts, a pool tournament, outdoor barbecue, and a talent show, all at one of the most historic and colorful locations in Cody – Cassie’s Steak House on the west end of Cody!

April 30:  Grand Ole Opry star Jim Ed Brown comes to Cody as part of our Cody Wild West Show concert series!  Only $25 per ticket, but there are only 300 tickets, so get yours now – call 1-800-EYE-CODY for more information on this concert, as well as Read More