Keep it Wild in Cody, Wyoming

The name Cody, Wyoming conjures up images of the Wild West, magnificent rustic landscapes, and rough-riding gunslingers moseying through town.  Today’s Cody is, in fact, Cody is all of that – and a whole lot more!  Here’s to those who want to keep it wild in Cody, Wyoming!

About Cody

Cody was founded by Colonel William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody, who passed through the area in the 1870s.  He fell in love with the stunning scenery, fertile soil, abundant hunting, and proximity to Yellowstone National Park.

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Buffalo Bill returned to the region with a few friends roughly 20 years later – and in 1901, Cody was incorporated.  You can still find the names of the men who came with him on the street signs downtown.

Only 52 miles from the east entrance to Yellowstone, Cody is 10 ½ square miles of historic western charm and unspoiled outdoor recreation.  It’s a perfect spot for a group getaway.

Wild West Vibes

Everything about this Rocky Mountain region beckons to those who love the wild west.  There are endless historic activities and attractions to explore.

The Homesteader Museum shares the stories of the first families who settled here as part of the U.S. Reclamation Act.  Find out what life was like for these early pioneers as they carved out a community that continues to thrive.

Cody Old Trail Town
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Put on your favorite cowboy boots and step back in time to the 1890s at Old Trail Town.  Here you’ll find 26 original structures from the area that were taken apart, moved to this spot, and meticulously reassembled for an authentic old-west experience.

Meet at the Meeteetse Museums where the western photography of Charles Belden and other regional highlights are exhibited.

And then there’s the Cody Nite Rodeo, Wyoming’s longest-running nightly rodeo.  Experience the thrill of the round-up each night at 8:00 p.m. (June through August.)

Cody Nite Rodeo
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Outdoor Adventure

Embrace the rugged outdoors and exceptional recreation for which Cody is known.  Climb, hike, ride, fish, or forge a path through the backcountry.  There’s nothing quite like fresh mountain air and an adrenaline rush!

Check out one of Cody’s expert guides and outfitters for an all-in outdoor adventure.  Set up camp in the shadow of the majestic mountains under a peaceful blue sky.

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Go four-wheeling through some of the country’s best off-road terrain, or stick to two wheels and bike scenic trails that take you through historic hotspots or quiet passes.  There’s even a bike park with ten miles of dedicated trails and jump lines!

Yellowstone National Park

Just a short drive from Cody is our nation’s first national park.  This exquisite parcel of wilderness drew Buffalo Bill’s attention – and today more than 3 million visitors each year enjoy its splendor.


Yellowstone is of course known for the famous and timely eruptions of Old Faithful, as well as the constantly changing terraces of the Mammoth Hot Springs.

Toss in the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River, Yellowstone Lake, and an abundance of wildlife, and you’re ready for an adventure into one of the most beautiful spots on the planet!

Sophisticated Sips

While many seek the spirit of the Wild West, others simply want to enjoy some good spirits in breathtaking surroundings.

The Sippin’ Trail Drink Pass allows visitors to enjoy local libations at restaurants and bars around the area.  Taste unique, regional flavors while collecting rewards as you go.

The Irma in Cody
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Groups in Cody

Groups of adventure seekers have been answering the call to this rugged land for more than a century.  Today’s groups can expect the same thrilling experiences but with unexpected touches of 21st-century Western hospitality.

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Recently, the Destination Dispatch team chatted with Ryan Hauck, Executive Director of Yellowstone Park County Travel Council about some incredible group activities and attractions.

Listen in for great ideas on how your group can keep it wild in Cody, Wyoming!

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