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

It seems like every time we turn around, there’s another animal on the endangered species list.  We don’t hear too often about species that have become extinct in our lifetimes, because of the hard work that’s being done and attention that is paid to our animal friends from environmental groups and the national and state wildlife divisions.

But the case of the black-footed ferret is unique – the species was thought to be extinct in the late 1950s, until a small population (a group of ferrets is called a “business” – isn’t that cool?) was discovered in South Dakota in 1964.  When that “business” of ferrets began to decline, wildlife officials captured some of the ferrets to save the species.  However, the last of those died in captivity in 1974, and it was thought the species was officially extinct.

Then came a fateful day – September 26, 1981. I talked to a friend of mine, Dennie Hammer, who is now with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.  On that day, Dennie was employed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as the crew leader for a team searching for endangered species that might have habitats on land that was being considered for Read More


September 8th, 2011 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

Living out here for as long as I have, I have been privileged to see how important our western heritage is to the residents of Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country.  From the ranchers who are still living the western dream, to the local organizations raising funds to restore historic buildings, to the shopkeepers who make sure that visitors get that “western experience” – the folks who live here appreciate every day our unique place in America’s history!  And for those of you who have visited here or are considering a trip this direction, there are so many attractions and activities that celebrate our American heritage:


This collection of authentic buildings (the original buildings, not just recreations) brings to life what the area was like in the late 1800s!  Step onto the boardwalks at the original town site of “Cody City”; wander into a saloon that was frequented by outlaws like Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (and visit a cabin that they used as a hideout); see the log cabin that a Crow scout for General George Armstrong Custer used as his home; take in the vista of the plains as they meet Cedar and Rattlesnake mountains west of town. Read More


August 29th, 2011 by Park County Travel Council | Comments (3)

My friend “Robin” has the greatest commute in the world.  She lives in a log cabin between Cody and the East Entrance to Yellowstone, and every day she goes to work she sees wildlife, incredible scenery and the best of what this part of the country is!

Robin works as a Park Ranger at the east entrance to Yellowstone National Park.  This is her third 6-month season working for the National Park Service, and she says she is simply blessed to be doing what she does!  Robin greets people as they come to the world’s first National Park, and she says the reactions of folks who are visiting for the first time can really touch your heart.

Robin’s day on the job begins when the first visitors pass through the gate at 8 a.m., and is ready with her fellow gate-keepers to issue their familiar greeting – “Welcome to Yellowstone!”

And it truly is a welcome, and sometimes a profound, event for most of the folks who come through that gate, according to Robin.  She relayed several heartfelt stories to me about people who have been checking a visit to Yellowstone off their “Bucket Lists”… like the elderly couple who drove to the Read More


August 23rd, 2011 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!


CODY, Wyo., August 22, 2011 – Ah, fall. The kids are back in school, and couples without children and older travelers hit the road.  It is peaceful, the weather can be wonderful, lodging easy to secure and there is still plenty to do.


Everyone knows there are numerous attractions in Yellowstone Country, including Cody, Powell and Meeteetse, Wyo., in the summer. But what about autumn? Oh, yes. The days are pleasant (average September temperatures are in the upper 60s), and nights are cool (the gauge hits mid-40s) – perfect sleeping weather. It tends to be a dry month (an inch or less of precipitation). October is slightly cooler with a little more chance of dampness.


It’s a time of fall colors, which can be lovely here and in Read More


August 12th, 2011 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

Did you know that there are over 85,000 dams in the United States?  My goodness!  Just eleven of those are in Wyoming – and we’re really fortunate here in Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country to benefit from the Buffalo Bill Dam, construction of which began on October 19, 1905 and was completed January 15, 1910. The dam provides this area with irrigation water, electricity, recreation opportunities, and a great history lesson.

What’s neat about the Buffalo Bill Dam is not only the value of the crops raised on almost 100,000 acres of now-irrigated agricultural lands, the power generated by the four electric plants fed by the Dam, and the water used for the cities and towns downstream – it’s also the historical significance of how the construction of the dam changed this part of the country.

At the time of its construction, the then-named Shoshone Dam was the tallest concrete dam in the world, at 325 feet. It cost about a million dollars at the time to build the dam, which holds back about 400,000 acre feet of water in the Buffalo Bill Reservoir. Construction was difficult – because the region was so remote, it was hard to recruit and keep workers; additional Read More


August 5th, 2011 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

I’m really fortunate in that I get to visit with lots of folks as they come through Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country.  It’s funny, though, how many people ask the same questions!  So I thought I’d run down some of the more frequently asked questions and give you the answers, so you’ll be in the know when you come to visit!

1.  How far is it to Yellowstone National Park?

-  Answer:  It’s 53 miles from Cody to the East Entrance in Yellowstone.  However, once you get into the Park, you don’t run into any services until you get to Fishing Bridge, which is another 27 miles.  So don’t expect to just get in the entrance to the Park and be greeted by a friendly Yogi-type bear… you’ll have a ways to go before you can stop for a meal and a tank of gas!

2.  Is there lodging in the Park?

-  Answer:  There are some absolutely fabulous lodges and campgrounds in Yellowstone National Park, all operated by Xanterra Parks & Resorts!  (My personal recommendations:  Old Faithful Lodge and the Lake Hotel – AMAZING historic buildings!)  Reservations can be made by calling Xanterra at (866) 439-7375.  Better contact them early, though – they sell Read More


July 29th, 2011 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

I’m not really much of an athlete.  I’ve never really LIKED to exercise at all…  But a few years ago I discovered (the hard way) that being active is essential to my health and well-being, so now, I exercise!

One of the things that I have discovered that I really like to do is to participate in 5k races.  I’m not fast, I usually finish in the last third of the pack, but I do finish!  And for me, the most fun is not the actual running of the race, but the social aspects of the event, and the sense of accomplishment I feel when the race is over.

Another neat by-product of running a 5k around here is the incredible scenery that you’re surrounded by as you run!  When I participated in the Runner’s Stampede on July 4, the route took us to Beck Lake, which is a pretty park on the east side of Cody that affords a great view of Cedar and Rattlesnake mountains to the west.  Even MORE incredible was the setting for the Meeteetse Wagon Box Social 5k/10k/13k in June – that race was in the Wood River valley near Meeteetse, and was absolutely breathtaking!  (The scenery Read More

Grand Opening Celebration Set for Heart...

July 27th, 2011 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

Grand Opening Celebration Set for Heart Mountain Interpretive Learning Center


Event Speakers to Include Tom Brokaw, Sen. Daniel Inouye, Judge Lance Ito and

Boyhood Friends Sec. Norman Mineta, Sen. Alan Simpson


POWELL, Wyo. – The grand opening of the Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation’s long awaited Interpretive Learning Center will offer the public a unique chance to tour the new museum free of charge from Saturday, Aug. 20, through Monday, Aug. 22, and hear nationally renowned speakers participating in key events during the weekend-long celebration, according to Executive Director Steve Leger.


“When the Heart Mountain Interpretive Learning Center opens its doors to the public for the first time next month, it will mark the culmination of a preservation effort that has involved the communities of Cody and Powell, Wyo., and many Japanese Americans who were incarcerated at the Heart Mountain Relocation Center during World War II,” said Leger. “It will be an important new museum and an exciting new visitor attraction for the region,” Read More

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