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Cody Highlights

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     A small western tourist town that feels and is more real than touristy; with low crime, friendly people; and a beautiful, clean environment. 

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     High altitude, harsh winters. 

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     Friendly town. 

Cody Things to Do

  • Draper Museum of Natural History

    The Draper Museum of Natural History is the newest museum within the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, opening on June 4, 2002. The Draper is the first American Natural History Museum to be built in the 21st century. Founding Curator, Doctor Charles R. Preston, was hired in 1998 to lead in the designing and development of the new museum. The Draper,...

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  • Buffalo Bill Center of the West

    You may have heard of this museum before, but by a different name. In 2013 the name was changed from the Buffalo Bill Historical Center to The Buffalo Bill Center of the West. The name change came about because many tourist who passed through our town thought the museum was only about the history of Buffalo Bill Cody, but this museum is so much...

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  • Buffalo Bill Museum

    The Buffalo Bill Museum is located to the left after you enter the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, and was completely redone in 2012. This section of the BBCW explores the personal and public lives of W.F. Cody, often called Buffalo Bill. Living from 1846 to 1917, Cody was one of the founders of our town, and the most famous. He had worked for the...

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  • Experience the West

    Cassie’s Supper Club has been serving up food and entertainment to locals since the 1920s. Unfortunately, it is very inconsistent in quality. Sometimes it is excellent, and other times we walk away very disappointed. Cassie’s is open for lunch and dinner, and is a favorite local nightspot as well as a restaurant. Here you will find a true western...

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  • For a Restaurant With a Western...

    The Proud Cut Saloon, with its casual, western saloon style atmosphere, is a bar and restaurant that is quite popular with locals. Tourists seem to love the rustic western decor, although at times it can be crowded and very noisy. It has a varied menu ranging from sandwiches to steaks. Their steaks are quite good, the sandwiches tasty, and you can...

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  • Delicious Varied Menu

    Wyoming Rib and Chop House opened in the summer of 2004, and advertise “Award Winning Babyback Ribs.” I don’t know if this is a true statement, but these ribs are marinated with seasonings for 24 hours, then slow cooked in their oven, then finished on the grill and lightly glazed with barbecue sauce. The ribs are tender, and my husband and a good...

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Cody Nightlife

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  • Rodeo

    Every night, from June 1st through August 31st, at 8:00 p.m to 10:00 p.m. (open at 7:00 p.m). The duration of the show is about 2 hours, you can attend different disciplines:►Roping►Bronc riding►Bull riding►Barrel racing►Calf scrambleThe kids will love the "Calf Scramble", they will have to chase a calf and catch a...

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  • Check This Out if You Are In the Valley

    Yellowstone Valley Inn is a business that includes a restaurant, campgrounds, cabins, a small motel, and a saloon. This establishment is located about 18 miles from town in the Wapit Valley. If you are staying in the valley check out the saloon for some night entertainment. You will find a jukebox, dartboard and a small pool table, and on many...

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  • One of the Newer Local Bars

    Due to a fire, Cooter Brown's is no longer in business. It has not been decided if they will redo the inside and reopen, or not. Cooter Brown’s, housed in a converted brick garage, has been around for a number of years now, but it is still one of the newer nightspots in town. I have never been in Cooter Browns, but my husband goes there ever so...

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Cody Transportation

  • Yellowstone Reginal Airport

    Large jets do not fly into the Yellowstone Reginal Airport (COD), but you can pick up smaller commercial flights from the Denver, Co, and the Salt Lake City, Utah’s airports. If you are flying in and staying at one of the Guest Ranches, many of them will pick you up at the airport upon your arrival. This small airport offers convenient services for...

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  • Various Ways to See Cody Country

    Most people arrive by car, as they are on the way to Yellowstone, and only plan a day or two to visit Cody. This is a small town, and if you are able to walk comfortably, you will find that you can easily park, then walk from one end to the other. If you flew into Cody, and plan to explore our beautiful mountain valleys, or visit Yellowstone, you...

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  • See Cody as a Native

    Well, not erally as a native, but certainly in style. These four person rental bikes looked like a lot of fun, but I decided againts it myself. Maybe after a couple of cervezas.

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Cody Shopping

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  • If you need some groceries.

    If you are looking for groceries there is only the Super Wal-Mart or Albertsons. People from a larger town will probably find these small, but hopefully they will fill your needs. Albertsons usually has the best fresh produce in town, including a selection of organic items. Surprisingly this produce is similar in price to, and sometimes even less...

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  • Casual Clothing/Sports Equipment

    Another sports equipment store that also carries quality clothing and equipment is Sunlight Sports. Although this store is usually more expensive than the Sierra Trading Post, it carries more equipment, so you may be able to find items here that are not carried by Sierra. This is especially true of non-clothing sports items. Casual and sports...

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  • Great Western and Leather Items

    Wayne’s Boot Shop is one of the oldest family owned businesses in downtown Cody. The shop opened as a boot repair shop in 1959, but since then has branched out into the sales of fine leather goods such as purses, wallets, boots, belts, lamb skin lined slippers, some dress and casual shoes, as well as Western hats by Stetson and other high quality...

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Cody Local Customs

  • Friendly Folks and Traditions

    Fourth of July is big around here. We have parades on both July 3 and July 4th, which include a Children's parade, and two large parades. The large parade on the fourth is usually pretty much the same as the one on the 3rd, but usually a little larger, as some bands, etc. only come for the 4th. You will see a lot of horses, wagons, cowboys, pack...

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  • Unity in Diversity: Say Hello To...

    Although Cody's residents are predominantly Caucasian (European descent); the town remains to be friendly to diversity and cultures. So, don't be shy and say hello! No sense in being a stranger in such a small town. For the first time this year, the first annual Race Unity Day Celebration will be held on the second Sunday in June, that is June...

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Cody Warnings and Dangers

  • Parking Limits

    In August of 2004 Cody City Council enacted a 2 hour parking limit down town. But it really isn’t for you, and it really isn’t for me, and there won’t really be anyone checking cars to see how long you have been parked. So what is it all about? Well, Cody merchants became angry at each other over the habits of various businesses employees. The...

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  • Early Spring Bear Warnings

    Spring visitors to Cody Country and Yellowstone should be alert to signs of bear activity. Grizzly and black bears emerging from their winter dens are hungry and will be searching for winter killed wildlife and winter-weakened elk and bison. Be especially careful if you are hiking and come upon a carcass as these attract bears. If a bear should be...

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  • Canoeing and Kayaking at High Altitudes

    While driving in the mountains of Wyoming you may see beautiful high altitude lakes, mirror smooth and surrounded by mountain peaks. Your canoe is strapped to your car top and you are tempted to stop and take a paddle. This activity can bring both joy and peace, but also danger. Remember that the water in mountain lakes is extremely cold and high...

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Cody Tourist Traps

  • Are You Sure You Want To Eat Those?

    In some western restaurants, including Cody, you may see Rocky Mountain Oysters on the menu as a starter or appetizer. Be aware that these are not oysters, in fact they are not even seafood. Rocky Mountain Oysters, sometimes known as Prairie Oysters, or Bull Fries, are considered a true western delicacy. What are Rocky Mountain Oysters? They are...

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  • Are Jackalopes Real?

    There are NO SUCH THINGS as jackalopes. Let me repeat, THERE ARE NO SUCH THINGS AS JACKALOPES. Most tourists understand that this imaginary animal is a joke, but you would be amazed how many unsure people ask about it when they see these critters stuffed in various shops in town. You may even find postcards that describe the jackalope, but do not...

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Cody What to Pack

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: If you plan to hike, bring hiking boots if you have them. Always bring some warm clothing if you plan to drive up into the mountains, including Yellowstone, as there can be a cold snap, even snow in any month of the year in the high country. Casual and nice casual clothing is the rule around Cody. You won't need a suit and tie or a long dress to eat out in any of Cody's restaurants.

    Photo Equipment: CAMERAS: should not be left at home, no matter what type you own. Also, if you have them, a tripod and telephoto lenses are wonderful for photographing elk, deer, bear, big horn sheep, buffalo, antelope, coyote, wolves (in Yellowstone), birds,etc. A movie camera or a digital with video would be great if you plan to take in the July 4th parade or a rodeo. The photo of this grizzly bear with her cub was taken along the highway, which runs beside the Shoshone River as you drive to Yellowstone National Park. It was taken with a 300mm zoom lens.

    Miscellaneous: If you are headed for Yellowstone National Park, and plan to spend time viewing wildlife, be sure to bring binoculars. A spotting scope, if you have one, is even better. Wildlife can be off in the distance, especially if you are out looking for wolves, and this equipment can greatly enhance your wildlife experience.

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Cody Off The Beaten Path

  • Grand Teton National Park

    OK, this is really out of the way from Cody, but not if you are in Yellowstone National Park. If you have the time, plan at least a full day in Grand Teton National Park, which is located 5 miles from the South Entrance of Yellowstone Park. Grand Teton National Park offers spectacular mountain scenery of one of the most beautiful mountain ranges in...

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  • Learn about a World War II Relocation...

    Description: If you are Interested in American History, other than just the west, don’t miss the Heart Mountain World War II Japanese Internment Camp and its wonderful Interpretive Learning Center. Located between Cody and Powell, the Interpretive Learning Center is housed in a bleak-looking replica of three barracks sitting side by side. This was...

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  • Riding at Shoshone Lodge

    We spent a night at Shoshone Lodge on our way to Cody in order to fulfil one of our holiday objectives: riding in Wyoming! At Shoshone it’s possible to stay just one night, and to book a ride by the hour, which suited our modest ambitions perfectly.The prices here are very reasonable. We paid $25 per person for an hour’s ride that was actually well...

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Cody Sports & Outdoors

  • The Cody Quad Center for Swimming and...

    The Paul Stock Aquatics and Recreational Center, or the "Cody Quad Center" as it is generally called, opened in July 2001. The 105,000-square complex offers swimming, three basketball courts, two racquetball courts, a running/ walking track, and exercise machines. The swimming area offers a large leisure pool, lap pool, therapy pool, and hot tub....

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  • Canoeing and Kayaking

    InYellowstone Park canoeing is allowed on Yellowstone Lake, Lewis Lake, and Shoshone Lakes, as well as some smaller bodies of water within the park. No boats are allowed on any river inside the park except the waterway between Lewis and Shoshone Lakes. A permit must be obtained before launching your canoe. Check at the Canyon and Mammoth...

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  • Favorite Things to Visit

    If you plan to be in Cody at least a day, and enjoy museums, then the Buffalo Bill Historical Center is a must. Photo 2 shows a statue that may be seen near the Historical Center--many people like to have their picture, or their children's photo taken standing next to this statue. Photo 3 shows a bronze titled Washakie, Chief of the Shoshone, a...

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  • For additional information you...

    For additional information you may wish to visit the website for the Cody Chamber of Commerce at www.codychamber.orgYou 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...

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  • So Nature is Calling

    Hmmmm, so you are walking around downtown exploring the shops and galleries when you feel a need to look for a bathroom. Or you have small children and they have to use a toilet NOW. Well in down town Cody you are in luck! Being a tourist town Cody realized that it would be a convenience to shoppers to have a Public Restroom available. Be aware...

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