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Jul
30

Camping in Cody/Yellowstone Country

Tent in the pine treesIf you really want to experience the great outdoors in Cody/Yellowstone Country, there is nothing better than camping! From tents to large motorhomes, you won’t be disappointed in what the area has to offer. Options in the area include developed campgrounds in town with all the amenities to remote Forest Service campgrounds.  Don’t forget this is an economical way to vacation in Cody/Yellowstone Country. Campsites are inexpensive and preparing your own meals instead of eating out every day really cuts expenses.   Camping lets you reconnect with nature and each other. I love sleeping under the stars and the silence of the mountains. Waking up to amazing sunrises is one of my favorite parts of camping. And, it’s fun!

 

Cody

Cody has some wonderful campgrounds that are a perfect home base for all your adventures. Most can accommodate large motorhomes, have full hook ups and are close to in-town attractions. Cody’s peak travel season is May to September andCampground with trailers, picnic tables and mountains in the background all of the campgrounds are open during those months.  Rates typically run $28-$45, depending upon you camping preference.  There are several campgrounds between Cody and Yellowstone on the Buffalo Bill Cody Scenic Byway that provide some amazing scenery and outdoor recreation opportunities.  Many of these campgrounds are operated by the Forest Service in the Shoshone National Forest, the nation’s first national forest. These sites have a nominal fee. You won’t find hook-ups or other amenities but your surroundings will more than make up for a few days without modern conveniences.

 

Meeteetse

campground in the mountains with pine trees and picnic tablesIf you really want to get away and become one with nature, I recommend heading to one of Meeteetse’s campgrounds. You can camp at the campground in the quaint town and use it as your home base to explore the area. If you really want to get off the beaten path, you can head up to one of the Forest Service campgrounds in the Wood River area or up the Greybull River. These campgrounds only have a few spaces with no fees but donations are suggested. There are great opportunities to see wildlife at these campgrounds. If you want to explore even more, bring your horse!   The Jack Creek campground up the Greybull River has corrals and is located at a trailhead. It is your perfect base camp.

 

Yellowstone

Camping has long been associated with Yellowstone National Park. It is still a wonderful way to experience the Park. There are 12 campgrounds with over 2,000 sites. Seven of the campgrounds are on a first-come, first-served basis. The other Travel trailer and pine treesfive are operated by Xanterra and may be reserved up to one year in advance.  The Park Service campgrounds have tables, fire grills, drinking water, garbage cans and flush or pit toilets. The campgrounds operated by Xanterra have fire grates, restrooms with flush toilets and some tables accessible to persons with disabilities. The Fishing Bridge RV Park is the only campground with full hookups and is restricted to only hard-sided vehicles.  All of the campgrounds in Yellowstone have food storage regulations. Be sure you know what is required so you do not attract bears. The really adventurous may want to do some backcountry camping in Yellowstone. Permits are required.  There is a fee for advanced reservations. Reservations made up to 48 hours in advance are free and available at visitor centers and ranger stations.

 

Tent at a campsiteWhatever your preference, there are lots of great opportunities for camping throughout Cody/Yellowstone Country.  Get a little closer to nature on your next trip to the area by camping. There’s something about a campfire that soothes the soul. Who can argue with s’mores!

 

 

 

Until next time, I’ll be lovin life in Buffalo Bill’s Cody Yellowstone Country,

Corrie N. Cody

Jul
18

Nightlife in Cody/Yellowstone Country

Cody sign, mountains and hotair balloonsIf you’re like me, you love to pack as much as possible into your vacation. Cody/Yellowstone Country is a great place to do that! In fact, I recommend you spend at least two nights in Cody so you don’t miss a thing. Be sure you don’t forget about the evenings when planning your trip to Cody/Yellowstone Country. You might not be aware of the “nightlife” here. Here are my suggestions for planning a night on the town!

 

The Cody Nite Rodeo runs every night all summer long so it is easy to fit into your schedule. Cody is known as the “Rodeo Capital of the World” so it is no wonder that many of America’s top cowboys started their rodeo careers in Cody. Some Cowboy on a white bucking horseeven compete back in Cody from time to time. No matter what night you attend, you can be sure that you will see some great performances.  If you have kiddos, be sure they compete in the nightly “calf scramble.” Children in the audience are asked to enter the arena and chase a calf with a ribbon tied to its tail. Whoever gets the ribbon, wins a prize. It is great fun for the kids and hysterical for the parents. Everyone will enjoy the antics of the rodeo clown as he banters with the announcer and the contestants.

 

Cowboys in the street shootingIf you want to experience a bit of the Old West, mosey over to the porch of the Irma Hotel at 6:00 p.m. for a melodrama performed by the Cody Gunfighters.  You might notice the crowds gathering on the street. Be prepared for a gunfight to breakout in the streets of Cody!  This FREE 45 minute show is performed in the street with colorful characters like Buffalo Bill, Calamity Jane, Wild Bill Hickok, and Wyatt Earp. The show is great for the whole family.  After the show, the gunfighters will be happy to pose for photos with you.

 

If you like music, you don’t want to miss Dan Miller’s Cowboy Music Revue in the historic Cody Theatre. This Branson/style music variety show happens Monday through Saturday all summer long at 8:00 p.m. Dan andFront of building with neon marquee his “Empty Saddle Band” perform songs of the American West, Americana, Bluegrass and cowboy poetry and is suitable for the whole family. You might be surprised that Cody has such a high caliber show! The show is a must-see while visiting Cody/Yellowstone Country. The Irma Hotel has partnered with the Cowboy Music Revue for dinner/show packages that can be purchased at the Irma Hotel. Plan a great evening with the Irma’s famous prime rib buffet and cowboy music.

 

Front of building with Cody Cattle Company signageIn staying with the western theme, you can head out to the Cody Cattle Company’s dinner and live western music show. Enjoy an all-you-can-eat buffet with brisket, baked chicken, baked potatoes, baked beans and more. For a bit more, you can add steak to your meal. After dinner, sit a spell and enjoy the music. Expect western favorites like Tumbling Tumbleweeds and Ghost Riders in the Sky. The music show ends so that you have enough time to head out to the rodeo. You can purchase the Trifecta Ticket that includes the dinner, show and rodeo that offers a small discount.

 

Many of Cody’s restaurants and and bars offer live musical entertainment and dance bands on Friday and Saturday nights. No matter what you choose, you will have a wonderful evening in Cody! Just remember, don’t Couples dancingwear yourself out during the day so you can enjoy an exciting western evening!

 

Until next time, I’ll be lovin the western life in Cody/Yellowstone Country,

 

Corrie N. Cody

Cartoon Cowgirl with braids

 

Jul
10

What’s New in Cody

Bull bison sitting in sage brushThe 2012 summer is going great in Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country! Lots of folks are spending their vacation with us. We are all excited about a few new and improved things to do in our area. In addition to the “Must-do” list, here are a few new things in Cody this year.

 

The Heart Mountain Interpretive Center opened in August last year at the site of the World War II relocation center where more than 14,000 Guard tower, barrack buildingsJapanese Americans were confined. Internees began arriving at the center in August of 1942 and the center closed on November 10, 1945. The Center offers a glimpse into life at the camp through photographs, artifacts, oral histories and interactive exhibits. There is a memorial walking trail that leads visitors through key moments of the camps history. A trip to this National Historical Landmark is a must while visiting the area.

 

Trolley coming out of tunnelThe Cody Trolley Tours are a great way to see Cody and learn about the area and history. This summer, the Trolley has added a Heart Mountain tour. Guests hop aboard the air conditioned Trolley and travel though the agricultural district of Cody/Yellowstone Country. Guides provide the history, legend and lore of the area’s agriculture on the way to Heart Mountain Interpretive Center. Once at the Center, guests have an hour to explore before heading back to Cody. This is a great way to experience the history of the area.

 

YLoop Road Trips is a new tour company offering tours into Yellowstone National Park and other area adventures. YLoop offers certified interpretiveTour bus with hills in background guides, healthy food, eco-friendly and new, comfortable vehicles. Trips are suitable for the family with kid-friendly activities along the way.  Trips into Yellowstone include admission to the Park, lunch, snacks and a pick up from your Cody or East Yellowstone location. These trips are great for those who what to see and experience the Park but don’t want to hassle with driving and want a little more insight into what they are experiencing in the Park.

 

Interior of museum with a wagonThe Buffalo Bill Historical Center is a wonderful collection of 5 museums dedicated to the American West. A newly redesigned Buffalo Bill Museum officially opened in June. This museum features new collections on Buffalo Bill the man and the showman. This museum also interprets the history of the American cowboy, dude ranching, western conservation, and frontier entrepreneurship. Beautifully done, this museum will get you excited about the west!

 

Whether this is your first trip or a repeat trip to Cody/Yellowstone Country, I encourage you to take advantage of these new attractions.

 

Until next time, I’ll be lovin life in Cody/Yellowstone Country,

 

Corrie N. Cody

Cartoon image of a cowgirl with braids

Jun
18

It’s Summer in Cody/Yellowstone Country!

Shoreline, water and mountainsThe first day of summer is quickly approaching and I am ready. Longer days and warm temperatures are welcomed as we say goodbye to the Wyoming cold and wind. This winter seemed to be more windy making me all the more excited for summer. It is invigorating to get outside during the summer months in Cody/Yellowstone Country and explore.  I am always ready for some summertime adventure!

 

Horseback riding is a great way to experience Buffalo Bill’s personal playground. There are stables just outside of town offering rides that overlookhorseback riders on a trail following a creek with mountains in the background town. If you want a little more adventure, mosey down the road towards Yellowstone where there are several guest ranches that offer day rides into the Absaroka Mountains. Be prepared to enjoy Wyoming wildflowers, beautiful mountain vistas and possibly wildlife. If you are really feeling adventurous, stay at one of the ranches and ride every day! There is an old cowboy saying that “everything looks better from the back of a horse.” Experience it for yourself.

 

man fly fishing in a riverThe Shoshone River begins in Yellowstone and runs right through Cody. Every section of the river offers great fishing. The North Fork of the Shoshone is incredibly scenic with great walk and wade fishing. The North Fork dumps into the waters of the Buffalo Bill Reservoir just outside of town. Fish from the shore or get out on a boat. In town, you can fish on your own or contact one of the fly shops in town for a float trip. The more adventurous might want to hire a guide and fish some of the high mountain waters. No matter what you chose, it will be great fun!

 

A “cool” way to experience Cody Country is a river rafting trip. These trips are great for the whole family. Hit all the major rapids and some tranquil People in a raft on white waterpools on the Shoshone River with a 2-3 hour trip. If you are feeling more adventurous, take a half day trip on the North Fork of the Shoshone. These trips offer great wildlife viewing like bighorn sheep on the cliffs, moose grazing along the river’s edge and maybe an eagle soaring above. There are several rafting companies in Cody that will provide a great experience and equipment.

 

Man and woman hiking on rocky terrain with wildflowersI love to experience the area’s natural beauty by getting out and hiking. The opportunities are endless in Cody/Yellowstone Country. Yellowstone offers about 1,000 miles of trails with a variety of terrain. Park rangers are happy to assist with planning your hike. Be prepared for changing weather conditions as well as wildlife encounters. Bear spray is a must in Cody/Yellowstone Country! Trails abound throughout our region. Sunlight Sports in Cody offers outdoor concierge services. They can help you plan and outfit your hike.

 

These are just a few of the outdoor adventure opportunities in the area. It is not hard to plan a weekend or week long adventure in Cody/YellowstoneCassie's restarant sign with grass and trees Country. Don’t forget that Cody has great restaurants and evening entertainment in the summer months too!  Plan an adventure getaway this summer.

 

Until next time, I’ll be lovin’ adventure in Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country,

 

Cartoon character of a cowgirl with braidsCorrie N. Cody

 

 

May
15

Memorial Day Weekend in Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country

Memorial Day weekend signals the kick off to summer in Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country! The area comes alive with the opening of roads, area attractions and summer time events.  It is a great time to visit because the temperatures are very comfortable and it is not too busy yet.  Here are my recommendations for the long weekend trip to Cody/Yellowstone Country.

 

The Buffalo Bill Center of the West should always be on the list of “must dos” when visiting Cody.  This world class facility has five western museums under one roof! The various museums feature Yellowstone’s natural history, Buffalo Bill, Plains Front of building with wolf sculptureIndian arts and culture, western art and a renown firearms museum.  The Buffalo Bill museum had been recently redesigned and is reopening on May 19th. The Center has its own eatery and coffee bar so you can spend all day exploring!

 

Photo fo singer sitting playing the guitarThere is a little extra going on Memorial Weekend this year.  The Cody Wild West Show Concert series presents Grammy-award winning singer, Kathy Mattea, on Saturday, May 26th.  Kathy will be performing hits like “18 Wheels and A Dozen Roses,” “Where Have You Been” in addition to new songs from her upcoming album.  Kathy, along with her band, will perform concerts at 5:00 and 8:00 p.m in the Wynona Thompson Auditorium.  Contact the Cody Country Chamber of Commerce at 800-393-2639 for ticket and lodging package information.

 

Plan another evening of music with Dan Miller’s Cowboy Music Revue in downtown Cody.  This award- winning variety show features Americana, bluegrass, songs of the American West and cowboy poetry.  Located in Western singers  playing guitarsthe historic Cody Theatre, this Branson-style show is great for the entire family. The theatre is across the street from Buffalo Bill’s Irma Hotel and offers a Dinner and Show package. The Irma is famous for their prime rib buffet that you won’t want to miss either!

 

view of old buildings and wagonsOld Trail Town and Museum of the Old West are located on the original town site of Cody City.  The town is a collection of 26 area frontier buildings. Thousands of artifacts are displayed throughout the buildings. A small cemetery contains the gravesite of Jeremiah Johnson and other notorious characters of the area.  My favorite building is the saloon.  It is a quaint building with red wallpaper and bullet holes in the walls. Hollywood depicts western saloons as large halls full of people when in reality most saloons were quite small.

 

You might not realize there is a wild horse herd that roams on BLM land just outside of Cody. Take a 2 ½ hour tour with Red Canyon Wild Mustang Tours and get up close to the horses. Your guide will share the history horses grazing with mountains in the backgroundand information about the behavior of wild horses.  You may also see pronghorn antelope, golden eagles, coyotes and black-tailed prairie dogs.

 

replica derricks and smokestackLocated between the towns of Cody and Powell, Heart Mountain Interpretive Center is the historical site where 14,000 Japanese Americans were confined during World War II. The relocation center was open from August 1942 to November 10, 1945 and at one point was the third largest city in Wyoming.  The Center shares the experiences of the internees through a museum, exhibits and a walking trail. The Center preserves a very important part of American history.

 

Complete your weekend with a trip into Yellowstone!  All roads within the Park will be open by Memorial Day weekend and it should not be too busy. Wildlife viewing is good as many animals are still hanging out in theFemaile bison walking along a river with a bison calf lower areas because of snow and temperatures in the high country. It is also a great time to get a glimpse of bear cubs, bison calves, and many other animal babies. I like visiting early in the season because everything is so green and the wildflowers are popping up all over.

 

There are lots of things to do in Cody/Yellowstone Country over Memorial Day weekend. Take in all of my recommendations or just a few on this visit. Whatever you decide, you won’t be disappointed!

 

Cartoon cowgirlUntil next time, I’ll be lovin’ the beginning of summer here in Cody/Yellowstone Country!

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