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Acts Opening Through June 1st

May 8th, 2013 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!


Blog post – Week of May 6

 Over the weekend I sat down at my kitchen table with my dry erase board and magic markers and began filling in my calendar. Yes, I know there are all of these high-tech methods of setting up programs with reminders and priority flags and color coding, but I just prefer my white board on the front of the refrigerator.

 Anyway, summer is almost here, and several of my favorite acts and attractions in Cody/Yellowstone Country are opening for the season in the next month or so.

 This weekend the town will host our Annual Buffalo Bill Top Notch Horse Sale. On Saturday we will close down the street at the Irma Hotel and set up a corral as close to 100 horses are bought and sold.

 From May 15-19 is our first Spring Into Yellowstone festival. This will be a great opportunity for folks to learn about and observe some the local wildlife, especially the birds of the area. I am planning on spending equal time in the seminars listening to some of our wildlife experts and out in the field putting some of that newfound knowledge to use.

 On May 17 Read More

The History of Dude Ranches

April 24th, 2013 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!


The things that happen in the back yard of Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country that you didn’t even know are astounding.

 The other day I came across a book called Dude Ranching, a Complete History by Lawrence R. Borne. While I have not received the book yet (an online company named after either a South American river or a society of strong women is supposed to send it my way), I did learn a few things.

 The term “dude” did not come from California to describe surfers. Rather, it was coined back in the 1870s by rangers from our own Yellowstone National Park to describe any visitor from the East. Over the course of the next few decades that term was applied specifically to people who hired guides in the West.

 Most of these guests came to hunt and to live the life of a Westerner, even if it only was for a few weeks at a time. They typically camped at night by a fire or pitched tents on the range.

 Not all of the dudes roughed it, however. Many of us here have heard the story of the time Buffalo Bill Cody guided a group Read More

The Progress of the Plows

April 16th, 2013 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!


Seems like all I hear these days is what’s happening on Game of Thrones. While I have nothing against television shows featuring dragons and nasty little kings, my favorite show is to watch the progress of the snow plows as they make their way into Yellowstone Park.

First, let’s back up a little. As I told you a couple of weeks ago, the National Park Service (NPS) announced that it would delay plowing roads by two weeks as part of a budget-cutting plan because of sequestration. Instead of just allowing that to happen, some folks around here decided to take action and contacted the state of Wyoming. In short time a deal was worked out where the state would supply plowing equipment and crews if the town could raise the money to cover expenses.

Under the leadership of our Chamber of Commerce, the town raised $100,000 in only five working days. The plows are now working their way from the East Gate up Sylvan Pass while NPS plows are heading from Lake Village toward our crews.

The fun part for me is that I like to watch their progress. From Monday through Thursday the crews work 10-hour shifts. Read More

Cody, Rodeo Capital of the World!

April 10th, 2013 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

I have grown up around cowboys and rodeo my whole life.  My father made a living as a bull rider in his younger days.  There were always cowboys around our house.  I would wake up and mom would be fixing breakfast for dad and his rodeo buddies.

There’s still nothing I like better than to be in those rodeo stands, hotdog in one hand, cold drink in the other, and cheering on those tough cowboys and cowgirls.  When I say tough, I mean tough!  I can’t imagine climbing on to back of one of those bucking bulls or broncs.  I hold my breath, watching, hoping those cowboys stay on for eight seconds.  I get chills when those huge bulls come at them or those kicking horses hooves get close when the ride is done.

Then there’s the steer wrestling.  Cowboys jumping off their horse and grabbing the horns of a running steer to wrestle it to the ground.  I wonder how many pair of boots they go through in a season, digging their heels in to the dirt to bring them to a stop.

I watch in awe as steers, calves and even goats are roped from the back of a running horse.  Read More

Let The Plowing Begin

April 4th, 2013 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

It was a beautiful day…..the sun was shining, the wind wasn’t blowing and the sound of snowplows could be heard for miles!  I was able to see the start of the plowing of the east gate to Yellowstone.

On the drive up the Buffalo Bill Cody Scenic Byway, I saw some bison lazily feeding and basking in the warm sunshine, as well as a female moose that I was able to get a couple of pictures of before she ran across the road and out of sight. I think the animals are just as ready for spring as I am!

When I arrived at Pahaska Tepee, I loaded into a Park service van with several others who were there to watch as well and was taken to the east gate.  I don’t really know a lot about plowing snow, especially on such a large scale, but it was fascinating to watch!

First to pass was a bulldozer pushing the snow off the side and to the middle of the road.  Next came a giant plow whose blades pulled the snow in and blew it an enormous spray down the side of the embankment of the North Fork of the Shoshone River. The WYDOT Read More

The Little Town That Could

March 26th, 2013 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

Some question whether the budget discussion in Washington D.C. could ever affect us here in Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country. Well, it can.

One result of the sequestration was the call for national parks to cut their operating budgets this year. Since Park County is named after the world’s first national park and the East Gate is about 50 miles from downtown Cody, we have been watching developments very closely.

Every winter, Yellowstone closes most of its roads to wheeled vehicles and lets the snow pile up. Visitors get around the park in snowcoaches or snowmobiles. In March after the two winter hotels close, the Park Service begins plowing the roads in preparation of the summer season. That means the road from the East Gate up and over Sylvan Pass into the interior of the park has many miles of deep snow that needs to be cleared.

This year, in order to save money, the Park Service decided to delay plowing for a couple of weeks and let the sun do some of the work so that fewer man hours are spent on this job.

Unfortunately for us, even the smallest delay has the potential for visitors to reroute their trips around our little slice Read More

Spring Into Yellowstone

March 20th, 2013 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

Sometimes, even in Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country, we get bored and look to the television for entertainment. A little while back I was flipping through the channels when I came across the movie “The Big Year.” I had heard about this flick when it was first in the theaters, but I never got around to seeing until it was on the small screen.

I am so glad I stopped to watch it. Yes, there was some spectacular scenery and with Steve Martin, Owen Wilson and Jack Black in it, plenty of humor. What I truly enjoyed though, was the way the birding affected the characters’ lives. In one case, the competition to see as many species as possible in one calendar year – where the term “Big Year” came in – became an obsession. Another character became closer to his father in the process, and the third learned to balance business with pleasure.

I’m curious to see how our own first birding festival will play out May 15-19 when we host “Spring into Yellowstone: Cody Birding and Wildlife Festival.” This event will feature special guided trips, interactive forums and speakers, a trade show and the opportunity to showcase the Cody area’s birds Read More

Annual Buffalo Bill Top Notch Horse Sale

March 12th, 2013 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

One thing about us here in Cody: When something works well we don’t tinker with it too much.

Take our Annual Buffalo Bill Top Notch Horse Sale. On Saturday, May 11, we will close down 12th Street at the Irma Hotel for the 15th straight year, truck in a whole bunch of dirt and set up a corral. Buyers, sellers and those interested in horses – that’s most people around here – will gather as close to 100 horses are bought and sold.

On a typically sunny day in May, there is no place I would rather be than on the hotel porch with my iced tea in hand and a cowboy hat on my head. This is truly a major social event for those of who aren’t even in the market for a quarter horse.

Things actually get going on Friday. In the hotel lounge people will have the opportunity to preview the horses for sale on a video. As buyers and sellers come and go its fun to watch their body language. It’s a bit like playing poker as most people try to keep their emotions in check and not let anyone see their “tell.” I make a game of it Read More

Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day

March 4th, 2013 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

March is here and I’m ready to become Irish for a day.  I’m ready to pull out my green t-shirt and green shamrock necklace.  I think I will play a trick on my friend and slip some green food coloring into her gallon of milk…..she will think leprechauns came!

This year I am planning on taking the Cody Trolley over to Powell for a traditional Irish buffet of corned beef and cabbage and bangers and mash.  After that I am seeing Lunasa, an Irish acoustic group perform.

Lunasa consists of some of the greatest musical talents in Ireland.  They are internationally acknowledged as being the finest Irish instrumental band of recent times and they are coming here! I made my reservations through the Park County Arts Council. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day……other than finding gold at the end of a rainbow!

Until next time, I’m putting on my green and wishing for the luck of the Irish here in Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country.


Corrie N. Cody

Where Is Buffalo Bill Cody Really Buried?

February 26th, 2013 by Park County Travel Council | Comments (4)

I’ll admit it; I’m a bit of a sucker for conspiracy theories. And I think we have a terrific one right here in Cody involving our very own town founder, William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody.

As the folks down in Denver know, there is a huge museum visitor area near Buffalo Bill’s alleged gravesite on Lookout Mountain. I say “alleged” because there are some people who believe that the only person buried under 20 tons of concrete at the Denver site is a one-time Cody ranch-hand who looked a little like Buffalo Bill and whose name has been lost to history. Many people right here in Cody believe that the real Bill is actually buried on Cedar Mountain overlooking the town of Cody.

While visiting relatives in Denver in the spring of 1917, Buffalo Bill became ill and died. Soon after, his wife Louisa arrived to claim his body and settle his affairs. While in Denver, Louisa was approached by representatives from the Denver Post newspaper and the city of Denver who offered her $10,000 each to bury Cody in the area where they felt his grave would be a tourist attraction.

Although Bill Cody was at one time regarded as the best-known Read More