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Canyon Lodge in Yellowstone National Park...

May 5th, 2014 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!



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Canyon Lodge in Yellowstone National Park to Begin Redevelopment

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, May 5, 2014 – Visitors to Yellowstone National Park’s Canyon Village this summer will see the beginnings of significant changes.As part of its concessions contract with the National Park Service (NPS), lodge operator Xanterra Parks & Resorts will remove some 200 cabins this spring and begin site preparations for the construction of five lodge buildings as well as the addition of paths that will make the area more biker- and hiker-friendly.Canyon Lodge & Cabins currently features more than 400 cabins and two lodge buildings and is the largest accommodation complex in the park. Much of the development occurred during the late 1950s after the United States Congress appropriated funds to dramatically expand visitor services in many national parks. With the expansion of the country’s Interstate highway system and automobile travel becoming the norm for travelers in the U.S., the goal was to complete this far-reaching project by 1966 when NPS celebrated its 50th anniversary.The Canyon lodging redevelopment project is scheduled to be completed by 2016 when the NPS marks 100 years. The total cost of the plan is estimated at around $70 million.“The cabins at Canyon Read More

In Cody, staff and members care about our...

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Surrounded by People Who Just Want to get the Job Done

When I was a kid there were days when my dad would come home from work moving a little more slowly than normal and without that bounce that helped define him. His face still lit up when he saw my siblings, mother and me, but we knew that he had had a rough day.

I asked him once why he seemed so tired.

“Well, Corrie, there are two types of people in charge,” he said. “There are those who do whatever is needed to get the job done and those who care more about other people doing the job so that the boss looks good. Today my co-workers and I made the boss look good.”

A major reason why I enjoy living in Cody so much is that it seems like everybody cares more about getting than the job done than getting credit for it. It’s a refreshing attitude that somehow makes a vacation to Wyoming so much more enjoyable. It is common here to see the restaurant owners jumping in during the lunch and dinner rushes to get meals on the tables and the tables cleaned up afterwards. Gallery and retail owners Read More

Do what Peter Greenberg says and plan your...

April 25th, 2014 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

Last Saturday I was up early, got myself nice and caffeinated, found my grandmother’s recipe for extra-strength borax cleaner, mixed up a batch, donned my industrial rubber gloves, zeroed in on the dust bunnies accumulating under the kitchen table, turned the TV to CBS This Morning Saturday, turned back to the dust bunnies and stopped in my tracks. Because right then, I heard CBS travel expert Peter Greenberg recommend a vacation in Cody as a place to spend your tax return.

The dust bunnies could wait. Peter knows a little something about Cody. He was here a few months ago to do a Peter Greenberg Worldwide radio program, and he talked with several of our local experts on the history and offerings in our town. He called Cody “a place where the wild West still lives,” and he talked about many of our unique attractions like the Cody Nite Rodeo and the Buffalo Bill Center of the West.

The Scout statue: Buffalo Bill astride his horse – outside the Buffalo Bill Center of the West.

Now, Peter has been all over the world, and his credentials as a travel reporter are as long and impressive as the list of Read More

Honoring Those From World War I, State of...

April 18th, 2014 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

Some people called it the “War to End All Wars.” In this country we call it “World War I.” In much of Europe – where the fighting actually occurred – they called it the “Great War.”

A few years ago while traveling in France I went to the Musée de l’Armée (the Army Museum) in Paris. While most people go to the Louvre or Notre Dame, I was eager to see this museum because two of my great grandfathers fought in World War I not far from each other. Something drew me to learn more about these great men and my own heritage.

It is always fascinating to get a different historical perspective on a major event such as this war. We in the United States tend to view World War II as a defining time in our country’s history because of the collective efforts and sacrifices we made in this country and the fact that we were attacked.

In Europe, and especially France and Belgium, the Great War had a much more profound effect. With fighting taking place on French soil for years, rebuilding afterwards took such a long time that the country was not well-prepared for the next war.

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Robert Redford in Bellbottoms, Civil...

April 16th, 2014 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

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Robert Redford in Bellbottoms, Civil War-Era Guns, Marty Robbins Cowboy Tunes; Cody Celebrates Heritage of American West with Array of Classic Travel Experiences

CODY, Wyo., April 15, 2014 – When travelers see the photo of a youthful, shaggy-haired Robert Redford wearing white bellbottoms and carrying a coffin, they are quite certain they’re not in Kansas anymore. Hung on the ancient wall of a tiny pioneer cabin at Old Trail Town in Cody, Wyo., the photo shows Redford helping to move the coffin containing the remains of Jeremiah “Liver Eating” Johnston, a mountain man Redford portrayed in the 1972 self-titled film.

Old Trail Town is one of Cody’s many attractions that make Cody and the surrounding area a prime destination for learning about western Wyoming’s significant role in establishing the culture and heritage of the American West.

“There is a distinct retro feel in many places in town, and we believe that preserving our proud heritage – and introducing visitors to it – is an important part of our role,” said Claudia Wade, executive director of the Park County Travel Council, the region’s marketing arm. “And while many of our museums, historic sites and other attractions have adopted modern, interactive Read More

Cody, Culture and Kids…Learning is Fun in...

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Cody, Culture and Kids…Education Looks a Lot Like Fun in Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country

CODY, Wyo., February 12, 2014 – Once the textbooks and report cards are stored away for school breaks, kids may think they’re done with all that learning business. In Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country, there is no need to tell them otherwise. Because attractions in this northwestern corner of Wyoming disguise learning as fun.

With an array of “please touch” exhibits and wow-inducing displays that showcase the region’s history and Western spirit and introduce Cody’s larger-than-life town founder, area museums and other attractions will resonate for learners of all ages long after they return home.

“Yellowstone Country’s family-friendly cultural attractions are a terrific complement to our destination’s outdoor adventures like rodeo, fishing and horseback riding,” said Claudia Wade, director of the Park County Travel Council, the marketing arm for the region. “The common denominator for all these cultural attractions is that they capture and showcase the spirit of the American West. And many of the experiences can be directly traced back to the influence of the town’s visionary founder, Buffalo Bill Cody.”

Here are examples of Yellowstone Country’s family-friendly cultural attractions.

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Yellowstone National Park has long been a photographer’s paradise. Now, in partnership with the Palm Beach Photographic Centre in West Palm Beach, Florida, the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming, announces three week-long photography workshops to nearby Yellowstone National Park in 2014. Led by three renowned photographers, the workshops instruct participants in techniques to capture the Park’s incredible landscapes, wildlife, and thermal features through photography.Beginning May 12 – 18, 2014, National Geographic photographer Raymond Gehman leads a “Spring into Yellowstone” photography workshop in conjunction with Cody, Wyoming’s, annual festival celebrating the May opening of the east entrance to the park for the season. Author of the book “National Geographic Park Profiles: Yellowstone Country,” Gehman helps participants see the well-known highlights of Yellowstone with fresh eyes and new artistic vision. This workshop focuses on both landscapes and wildlife.The “Spring into Yellowstone” workshop includes four nights lodging and dining at the historic Old Faithful Inn. In addition to three full days of photographing in the park, the workshop concludes with attendance at the Cody Nite Rodeo. The trip begins and ends with a night of lodging and dinner at Cody’s Ivy Inn and Suites.For “Yellowstone with Vincent Versace,” June Read More

Nonstop Weekend Flights Between Cody,...

April 15th, 2014 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

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Nonstop Weekend Flights Between Cody, Wyoming and Chicago’s O’Hare Airport to be Offered This Summer

CODY, Wyoming, February 5, 2014 – Trips to Cody, Wyo. and the surrounding area – including Yellowstone National Park – will be easier to make this summer as United Airlines has added nonstop weekend service between Cody’s Yellowstone Regional Airport and Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport.

The flights will depart O’Hare on Saturdays at 6 p.m. and arrive in Cody at 7:57 p.m. The return flights will depart Cody on Sundays at 8 a.m. and arrive at Chicago O’Hare at 11:42 a.m. The new flights will run weekends June 28 through August 17, 2014 and are available for sale at as of February 1, 2014.

“For the many people whose time is so precious, these flights open up options for them to see our version of heaven here in Cody as well as one of the world’s most fascinating destinations – Yellowstone National Park,” said Claudia Wade, director of the Park County Travel Council, the marketing arm for Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country. “We also welcome those international travelers who can now get here with one less stop.”

Located in northwest Wyoming 50 Read More

Classic Cody/Yellowstone Country Vacation...

April 12th, 2014 by Park County Travel Council | Comments (2)

Just Don’t Call ME a Classic

I love classic vacations.

For my whole life I have watched families come for a classic Cody vacation, arriving in their overstuffed vehicles with mom and dad in the front and the kids jockeying for position in the back.

Early on these family vacations were taken in station wagons (think the Griswold Family Truckster) followed by minivans. Today’s version tends to be a sport utility vehicle, but the concept is still the same.

When these vehicles first arrive, the doors open and the family members all depart from different angles, stretch and look around, ready for their first taste of Western fun. I can tell they are ready to spend some time anywhere other than in the car.

The good news is that they have come to the right place with plenty of activities within walking distance and a well-planned street system that makes it very difficult to get lost.

There really isn’t any bad news.

Often one or both of the parents will look around before turning to each other and say “Yep, this is how I remember Cody when I came here with my parents when I was a kid. I sat on the porch of the Read More

Everyone’s Talking About the Bird

April 4th, 2014 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

I like to think that I have a good working knowledge of the birds of Yellowstone Country and can tell the difference between the Wyoming state bird – the Western Meadowlark – and my all-time favorite – Clark’s Nutcracker.

I understand that with our wide open spaces and wilderness there is tremendous bird habitat to be found just by driving a few minutes in any direction. Migratory patterns enable us to see a huge variety of birds at different times of year. Many people think of the pelican as a bird you see on a pier in Florida, but I associate them with the Yellowstone River as I watch cutthroat trout swimming upstream at LeHardy Rapids.

To truly get a sense of just how spectacular and varied the bird population is in this region, you should consider attending Spring into Yellowstone Birding & Wildlife Festival May 14-18. The festival features field trips and interactive seminars led by some of the biggest names in birding.

Ibis Birds

Returning this year is Luke Seitz who has made quite the name for himself as a bird expert, artist and photographer. I met Luke last year and was overwhelmed by his knowledge and passion, not Read More