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Cody Things to Do

  • 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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  • 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 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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Cody Hotels

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  • Cody Cowboy Village

    I stayed for 5 days at The Cody Cowboy Village. The rooms are almost new only been open 3-4 years....

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  • Chamberlin Inn

    The Chamberlin Inn is a small, elegant two story hotel, which includes the main building’s rooms, as...

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  • Irma Hotel

    While on vacation my three friends and I stayed at the Erma. We enjoyed the bar and bid everyone...

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Cody Restaurants

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  • For an Old West Historic Setting

    The Irma is the historic hotel and restaurant in town, having been built by Buffalo Bill and named after his daughter. The Irma’s main dining room has a cherry wood back bar that was presented to Buffalo Bill Cody by Queen Victoria of England after a command performance of his Wild West Show was given for her in 1900. This back bar was made in...

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  • A Small Restaurant In A Beautiful Valley

    TheYellowstone Valley Inn is a casual, rustic restaurant which is located in the beautiful Wapiti Valley along the highway that takes tourists to Yellowstone Park. If you are staying in Cody, this is an out of the way place to eat, being about 18 miles from town. Because of the drive that most locals have to make to eat here, the restaurant does...

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  • A Tasty Americanized Mexican Restaurant

    Another popular restaurant is La Comidas. Although they call themselves a Mexican restaurant, the dishes are very Americanized, so if you are wanting traditional Mexican food, don't go to La Comidas, as you will be very disappointed. Generally folks who go without the expectation of eating the traditional Mexican fare, do find the restaurant quite...

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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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  • A Long Time Popular Bar

    The Silver Dollar is another bar that sometimes has live entertainment, especially in the summer. A variety of styles such as rock, blues, and country can be found here. This is also another one of the bars in town that has pool tables available. You are less likely to find cowboys, but you will find all different types of folks hanging out around...

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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

  • Weather, Critters, Crime

    Snow can come at any time of the year in the high country. Always take some warm clothing, just in case. If visiting Yellowstone in the spring or fall call 307-344-2117 for road conditions in the park. The crime rate is VERY low in Cody, we do, however occasionally have items stolen out of cars that are left unlocked. Just as a precaution, lock...

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  • 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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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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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

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 fancy 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

  • A Scenic Drive to the Medicine Wheel

    The Medicine Wheel, a National Historic Landmark, was mentioned as a side trip in my Off the Beaten Path tip, Scenic Drive Through the Big Horn Mountains. It is quite a drive from Cody, and you would want to pack a lunch and plan to spend the day. In this tip I will give you a more direct route for reaching the Medicine Wheel. For those of you...

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  • 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...

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  • Yellowstone Lake

    Here is a piece of information that most tourists do not know about the beautiful Yellowstone Lake. The “Cody Enterprise”Monday, November 4, 2002 newspaper ran an article that tells us: “A recent survey of the bottom of Yellowstone Lake has revealed hundreds of previously undocumented hot-water vents and explosion craters up to one-mile wide. The...

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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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