For additional information you...
For additional information you may wish to visit the website for the Cody Chamber of Commerce at www.codychamber.org
You may also enjoy taking a peek at the local twice a week newspaper, ”The Cody Enterprise” at their website: www.codyenterprise.com
The Cody Night Rodeo has a wonderful website to answer all your rodeo event and seating questions so check out www.codystampederodeo.com
Even after Yellowstone’s gates are officially opened after their winter closure for automobile travel, spring and fall may bring snow that can cause temporary closures to Yellowstone National Park entrance gates, or a requirement for snow tires. For information on road conditions in the park call 307-344-2117.
CHIEF JOSEPH HIWAY AND BEARTOOTH HIWAY
This is the road between Cody Wyoming and Red Lodge Montana. It is best driven on a motorcycle, but a car will do just fine. Absolutely stunning natural beauty. Great historical information about indians and the silly calvary. Very curvy, tight turns, but well worth the trip. Don't bypass this.
Scenic drive through the North Fork.
Drive the North Fork of the Shoshone River along U.S. 14/16/20. This is the highway that takes you from Cody to Yellowstone Park. 52 miles from the gate, this trip will take you about two hours if you plan to make stops along the way. After traveling through the tunnels, make a stop at the Buffalo Bill Dam Visitor Center and gaze down into Shoshone Canyon, which forms a gorge between Cedar and Rattlesnake Mountains. You will then continue along the highway through the Wapiti Valley, following the curves of the North Fork of the Shoshone River and along the shores of the Buffalo Bill Reservoir. From here you will continue up the valley and enter the Shoshone National Forest. You will find a series of pull offs with interpretive signs giving you information about the surrounding area. Stop at the Wapiti Ranger Station and read the information there before continuing on your way. You will see a variety of formations as you drive toward Yellowstone, including the Holy City and Chimney Rock. Along the way you will see forest, cliffs, and narrow columns of rock rising through the trees. You may also spot bears, deer, elk, buffalo, or bighorn sheep, as well as a variety of birds.
"lots and lots of room to explore"
as many of you know there are very few people who live in wyoming so cody wyoming is no exception. they do have tons of rodeos within close proximity but we were there on a trip to yellowstone mostly for sight seeing and fly fishing. some of the best fishing is found between yellowstone and cody wyoming so keep that in mind. most people go into yellowstone to fish but ignore all of the rivers that flow out of the area, which is less pressured by fishermen so therefor more willing to strike along with you have miles and miles of river to yourself... im not going to give away any of my best spots but just drive along any river and stop on the side of the road and just park, and start hiking up and down the river you might get lucky and find a flat section during a hatch.
The Medicine Wheel, which is located in the Big Horn Mountains along Highway Alt 14, is a National Historic Site and therefore protected by Federal Law. It has been studied by archeologists and is believed to be a holy place by American Indians. To get to the Medicine Wheel you will walk along a road for one and a half miles, where you will enjoy the beautiful mountain country that surrounds the site
Many American Indian tribes believe that the circle is a reflection of life and that creating a circle is a sacred action.
This circle, created of stones is revered by the Indian People, and many make pilgrimages to it for rituals, a vision quest, and prayers. During these pilgrimages they will often leave prayer objects tied to the fence, which surrounds the wheel.
This wheel is about 245 feet in circumference with a central cairn of rocks, 28 spokes radiating out from the center, and six smaller rock cairns around the rim of the wheel. In this photo you see one of the stone cairns around the rim with Indian offerings inside of it.
Although archeologists have been unable to determine who built the circle, or why, there are many Indian legends and traditions which different Indian tribes tell to explain the wheel.
Because of the well traveled trail to the Medicine Wheel, it is known that many people have visited the Wheel over the last few hundred years. Some say that the spoke like layout of the wheel resembles the Sun Dancer Lodge or Medicine Lodge, which is part of the Native American Indian culture and religion. Some scientists think that the Medicine Wheel is an early astronomical observatory.
The present day Cheyenne leaders say that tribes go to the mountain to seek spiritual harmony with the powerful spirits that they believe reside there. Prayers for wisdom and strength are always part of this ritual, and guidance may be asked for. On the right side of this photo you see a dream catcher. These are traditional in many different Indian tribal cultures. Dream catchers were hung inside the lodge to catch the bad dreams of the night, but allow the good dreams to flow through. In the morning it is believed that the bad dreams will evaporate with the rising sun.
The Crow people are another tribe of Indians that often visit this wheel. They have many stories that tell about the beginning and importance of the wheel. It is believed that a great Crow Chief, Red Plume found a great spiritual medicine at the Medicine Wheel. When he died he told his people that his spirit would live at the Wheel and they could communicate with him there. Please help to protect this site. Do not disturb or remove any of the sacred prayer items, and respect the privacy of the American Indian people if they happen to be there when you visit.