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Let’s go WILD!

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

You know, “wild” is an often-used term out here in Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country!  After all, Buffalo Bill Cody became famous for his Wild West Shows; wildlife abounds at every turn; wildflowers are in bloom all summer long, depending on your elevation; and “wild” entertainment happens year-round!  So I thought that this week I’d highlight some of the “wild”-ness that happens here all year round!

“Wild” Action!

The Cody Nite Rodeo provides “wild” entertainment every night, June through August!  It’s the longest running nightly outdoor rodeo in the country, entertaining visitors for almost 70 years.  All the traditional rodeo events are represented each night – team roping, saddle bronc riding, barrel racing, bull riding, bareback, the works!  There are even trick riders and rodeo clowns to keep the audience entertained between events.

 “Wild” life!

No matter which direction you go around Cody, you’ll find wildlife.  Heading east, you’ll see herds of wild mustangs and antelope; south, the Bighorn Sheep find themselves right at home; north, elk can be found in abundance in the Sunlight Basin area; and of course, west takes you to Yellowstone National Park, where you’ll find bison, moose, wolves, coyotes, and bears!

“Wild” flowers…

The high elevation here in Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country Read More


July 19th, 2011 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!


CODY, Wyo., July 1, 2011 – It is not too late to arrange a classic summer vacation in northwestern Wyoming’s Yellowstone Country, comprised of the towns of Cody, Meteetse and Powell, Wyoming and parts of Yellowstone National Park.


Yellowstone Country offers a full range of Western entertainment options, a wide array of quirky, kid-pleasing attractions and many affordable lodging options, including numerous guest ranches, charming inns and budget motels.


Well-known for its proximity to Yellowstone National Park, many vacationers visit Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country on their way to or from the park or make Cody their home base for a day trip into the park, just 50 miles away.


“Yellowstone Country offers a classic vacation experience, and for our younger visitors it is often their first exposure to Western traditions, history and hospitality,” said Claudia Wade, executive director of the Park Country Travel Council, a tourism organization that supports marketing of the area. “With the addition of new adventures and attractions Read More


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CODY, Wyo., July 5, 2011 – With the high price of gasoline this summer, vacationers are naturally keeping an eye on the contents of their wallets. Yellowstone Country, comprised of the northwestern Wyoming towns of Cody, Meteetse and Powell and parts of Yellowstone National Park, offers a wide array of affordable experiences, including many that are free.


“The price of gas is unfortunate, but based on advance bookings, vacationers are still choosing to enjoy travel adventures this summer,” said Claudia Wade, executive director of the Park County Travel Council, the region’s marketing arm. “Yellowstone Country has always been a destination that offers incredible value, and many of our most memorable experiences – like watching our nightly Cody Gunfighters or spotting a bear along the road outside of town – are free.”


Wade offers the following ideas for free and moderately priced Cody experiences:



·            Find “Snoopy Read More

Good news?

July 15th, 2011 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

Yellowstone is having its third biggest season on record!  Isn’t that great news?  You would think so… but I guess it all depends on how you view the world.

Personally, I don’t complain much.  I see the world as a pretty sunny place – I look for the light rather than the shadows.  That’s why it bugs me when I see news headlines or hear people talk about the negative side of an issue that can be so positive!

Take, for example, the latest visitor numbers coming out of Yellowstone National Park, which show a decrease in visitation by about 5% compared to 2010.  Sure, there aren’t as many people who entered the Park as there were last year, but it’s tough to compare this year to last!  2010 was a HUGE year for visitation in National Parks.  Much of the reasons for the increase were attributed to people staying closer to home, looking for less expensive locations to take their families, and a national park vacation costs quite a bit less than a trip to, say, Disneyworld!  So, in comparison, numbers coming down slightly in 2011 should NOT be cause for concern.  It has been an unusual year for tourism, that’s Read More


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


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