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The Climbers Are Coming!

February 14th, 2013 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

Well, if it’s President’s Day weekend, that must mean one thing.

Don Foote is jumping out of his skin.

You see, Don is the founder and promoter of the Cody Ice Festival, and the whole weekend to him is better than Christmas, Halloween and Spring Break rolled into one.

Don and 40 of his closest friends got together 15 years ago to spend a weekend climbing frozen waterfalls in the area. Since then the festival has grown to approximately 300 of Don’s closest friends with things happening throughout the weekend.

I keep saying these are Don’s closest friends for a reason. Once you meet Don it is hard not to get caught up in his enthusiasm and his affable nature. The Cody Ice Festival has been described as the “Friendliest Ice Festival” of the eight or so you will find in this country each winter. Sure there are other festivals that are larger and have more of an “ESPN-X-Games” feel to them, but our area has conditions that cannot be beat as well as the most frozen waterfalls in the Lower 48 states.

If you don’t run into Don at the festival, there’s a good chance one of his daughters will print out your name Read More

Valentine’s Day in Cody

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

This Valentine’s Day, I’m planning a perfect Cody day for me and my guy. Want to hear about it?

Well, my guy is a big fan of breakfast, so I’m going all out and taking him to breakfast for a protein-packed start to our day. I can’t say for sure of course, but I’m betting he’s going to order Beef Benedict. I’ll probably go with Pecan-Rum French Toast. Well, maybe I better do a test run before the big day just to make sure.

After breakfast we’re going to pack up our snowshoes, throw on our fleece and head to Pahaska Tepee for a morning of snowshoeing. Have you been to the trails that wind around Buffalo Bill’s original hunting lodge and circle the Pahaska Tepee cabins? It’s such beautiful country there. So peaceful. And the last time I was there I spotted a moose!

Before we head back into town we’ll probably stop at the Sleeping Giant Ski Area to warm up by the fireplace and sip something hot from the Grizzly Grill. It’s so much fun to watch the kiddos practicing on the beginner runs. Who knows…maybe we’ll have kiddos of our own some day. But I digress…

I’m thinking we’ll have Read More

Beef and the Irma Hotel

January 28th, 2013 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

OK, I know I said I’d be having nothing but salads for the entire month of January after all of those holiday helpings, but I’m a Wyoming gal, and a Wyoming gal’s gotta have some beef. I needed a fix. I know we have so many great places for beef here in Cody – the Chop House, the Terrace, Cassie’s, The Proud Cut – but I decided that last Saturday night, it was going to be The Irma Hotel and its famous prime rib. While I was happily devouring my perfect prime rib feast fit for a queen – which by the way, did come with a salad – I got to thinking about royalty, ghosts and this darling little fringed jacket that I simply have to have (as soon as my post-holiday bank account is off its diet too!).

As you probably know, the Irma Hotel Dining Room is famous for more than just its prime rib. There is a room-long cherry wood bar that lines one wall of the dining room. It’s a great gathering place for Cody’s cowboys and cowgirls and just about any day at any time, you’ll see locals and visitors alike sipping on a coffee Read More

Sleeping Giant

January 22nd, 2013 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

Baby, it’s cold outside! Winter has definitely arrived in Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country and Sleeping Giant, our local ski hill, is no exception! Did you know Sleeping Giant Ski Area is one of the oldest ski areas in the country? It originally opened in 1936, and was much loved by area skiers for its family-friendly atmosphere and still is.

With temps below zero at night, they are cranking out the man-made snow and laying down a healthy base. Right now that base is 20 inches and growing. And as any ski diva will tell you, that’s a very respectable base. Sleeping Giant operates a triple chairlift on the west side of the ski area and a double chairlift on the east side. I like watching the tiny kids ride the magic carpet to their special hill.

I’ve noticed extra layers on the skiers this past week or so. Their cheeks have that healthy glow that comes after a few runs in single digit temperatures.  I think the Grizzly Grill and T-Bar have been a little busier these last few days. I’ve seen many skiers play the numbers game: ski five runs and take 10 minutes inside to warm up, have a cup Read More

New Year Resolution

January 14th, 2013 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

I resolve to be “Cody-centric” in 2013 and enjoy events that are unique to my hometown in Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country.

Here’s what I will do in Cody.

Take a beginners ice climbing lesson at the 15th Annual Cody Ice Festival, February 16 and 17. Most people do not know that we have porous volcanic soil that allows for easy water seepage and some of the best ice climbing in the world. Yes, the world! Our mountains receive large amounts of snow that melts and fills many different drainages. This results in spring-fed waterfalls that are constantly regenerating themselves and freezing into high-quality ice climbs. Climbers are still discovering new waterfalls in the region, and some have made dozens of “first ascents” over the past few years.


The whole family will have fun during the Cody Stampede. This year’s celebration kicks off Sunday, June 30 with the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) Xtreme Bulls event. The four Cody Stampede Rodeos – part of the Wrangler Pro Rodeo Tour sanctioned by PRCA – are held July 1 – 4. We will sit at our favorite spot on main street and watch one of the largest and best parades in Wyoming on July 4. That Read More


December 10th, 2012 by Park County Travel Council | Comments (2)

“Cody.” The name alone conjures up images and legends of the American West: wagon trains, gold rushes, gunslingers, Indian battles and more. And among these legends, William Frederick Cody — commonly known as “Buffalo Bill” — is one of the best-known and most colorful.

And possibly the most misunderstood.

At the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyo., (the town at the gateway to “Yellowstone Country” founded by the legend himself) visitors enjoy a more well-rounded view of Buffalo Bill: the legend and the man. And, as is often the case with legendary figures, “the truth is more interesting than the myth.”

Here’s a “top 10” list of little-known facts about the man, showman and pioneer who dazzled millions around the world with “Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show”:

1.  Known as a fearless Indian fighter, Cody respected — and advocated for the rights of — American Indians and once said, “Every Indian outbreak that I have ever known has resulted from broken promises and broken treaties by the government.”

2.  Cody was an ardent supporter of women’s rights and insisted on equal pay for all members of his traveling shows, regardless of gender. “What we want to do is give women even more Read More

Corrie N. Cody Salutes the...

November 28th, 2012 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

Yellowstone National Park and the Cody area are known throughout the world for the wildlife viewing opportunities. Most people do not get to experience animals in their natural environment. It is exhilarating to see a bear meandering through the woods!  Many visitors come to Yellowstone just to see the wildlife. One of my favorite wildlife viewing spots in Yellowstone is the Lamar Valley also known as the Serengeti of the US. Large herds of bison meander the valley while wolves, coyotes, antelope, bears, deer and elk forage nearby.  Stop and sit a spell and you will be surprised at the wildlife you experience.

Yellowstone National Park is home to 67 species of mammals. The most watchable mammals are bison. Bison are located throughout the Park and tend to wonder outside the Park boundaries.  Areas like the Hayden and Lamar Valleys are home to large herds. Solitary males tend to hang out all over the Park. Practically every visitor to the Park will get to a bison and often quite closely from their car!  Other watchable wildlife include elk, deer, pronghorn antelope and coyotes. It is not unusual to see these animals grazing near the Park’s main roads. If you are lucky, Read More

The Holiday Season in Buffalo Bill’s...

November 9th, 2012 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

My favorite time of year is between Halloween and New Year’s Day. I love all the festivities, gatherings, parades and smells of the season! The change in the air lends itself to sipping hot cider or cocoa while watching great old movies. I also like getting out and sharing the season with family. Here in Cody/Yellowstone Country, we have a ton of events! Our community hosts some wonderful holiday festivities adding to all the other great reasons to visit the area.

Spontaneous Theater Productions, a local theater company, presents the American classic, “John Brown’s Body” on November 13th at the Wynona Thompson Auditorium in Cody. Based on the classic poem by Stephen Vincent Benet, this play tells the story about the Civil War from John Brown’s raid of Harper’s Ferry to the Battle of Gettysburg.  The stories of those involved are beautifully told through song and poetry.  This should be a wonderful evening with a host of local performers!

Another wonderful evening of culture will take place on November 15th at the Wynona Thompson Auditorium. The Central City Opera will perform a collection of music reflecting the ups, the downs, and the magic of love. A romantic duo and pianist will take Read More

Bucket List

November 2nd, 2012 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

It seems as though everyone has a “bucket list” these days. You know, the list of everything you want to do and see before you die. It is all about experiences. That’s why bucket list vacations can be so great! Usually you can usually plan a trip that incorporates several items. That’s why Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country is so perfect, it is all about seeing and doing!

If visiting Yellowstone National Park is not on your list, it should be!  Visitors come from all over the world to visit the nation’s first national park. Yellowstone is home to the largest concentrations of geysers and geothermal features in the world. Cross Old Faithful off your list.  Wildlife viewing is also a major attraction in the Park. Wolves, grizzly bears, and bison are just a few of the animals you may see.  Cross seeing these animals in the wild off your list.  If hiking in the Rocky Mountains is on your list, you can also check that one off by taking a great hike in Yellowstone. There are terrific hiking trails for all skill levels. You may have other experiences on your bucket list that can be done in Yellowstone. No matter what, Read More

Where to Stay in Cody/Yellowstone Country

October 25th, 2012 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

A vacation in Cody/Yellowstone Country is spectacular! There is so much to see and do that you should plan to stay at least 2 days exploring Yellowstone National Park and at least 2 nights outside the Park in the Cody area.  The options for lodging are varied from motels to ranches to bed and breakfasts. Summer travelers should make reservations well in advance so that you get exactly what you want.

Hotels and Motels:

When it comes to hotels and motels in Cody/Yellowstone Country, there is something for every taste and every budget. The unique thing about the Cody/Yellowstone area is you will find a hint of the West at each property.  You can choose from national chains or locally owned properties.  There are some motels that offer cabins in addition to their traditional motel rooms. The historic hotels and inns provide a glimpse into the past with their interesting stories woven into their décor. The high-end and boutique hotels keep the western theme of the area but offer all the modern day amenities that you would expect of a high-end property.  You can choose to be in the heart of downtown or a bit out of the way. Either way, you Read More