We invite you to spend several days, a week, or a year in Cody Country.
Experience the True West
Take a vacation in one of the last places that epitomizes the True West. Cody is what America was, a place where the cowboy culture thrives and where the new west begins. The vistas are spectacular, the land is wild, the people are genuinely friendly and the opportunities for outdoor adventure, recreation, education and entertainment are as large and varied as the Wyoming skies.
Cody Country has varied lodging opportunities, fine dining, world class museums and western activities. We are the only gateway community with two entrances to Yellowstone National Park and Cody is the hub for several loop tour drives that access five different day trips, some are scenic byways.
For exceptional Yellowstone Country travel information, including an on-line trip planner you can also visit the Cody/Yellowstone Country website at www.CodyYellowstone.org.
Driving & Historic Downtown Walking Tours
This tour will take you on a scenic drive between Cody and Fishing Bridge Yellowstone National Park, passing through Wapiti, Sylvan Pass, and the East Entrance to Yellowstone along the way.
If we had to choose one word for the route, it’d be “dramatic”! This region is packed with fascinating stories, from Mother Nature’s spectacular, rumbling, steaming landscape to fantastic human engineering accomplishments and the wildly entertaining feats of local legend “Buffalo Bill” Cody.
You’ll travel along the Buffalo Bill Cody Scenic Byway. As you wind your way along the North Fork of the Shoshone River, keep an eye out for the abundant wildlife that inhabit this area. Have your camera ready to snap pictures of deer, elk, bighorn sheep, bison and, if you’re lucky, maybe even a grizzly bear.
This tour is brought to you by the Park County Travel Council, Buffalo Bill Center of the West and the generous donation from the Nielson family. Local historian and photographer, Mack Frost narrates.
Cody, Wyoming was founded in 1896 by the living legend, Colonel William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody, who at the age of 41 was one of the most famous men in the world.
Walk through downtown Cody and travel back to the frontier days, exploring sites such as:
- Carnegie library founded by literary frontierswomen with help from Andrew Carnegie
- Irma Hotel, Buffalo Bill’s “Hotel in the Rockies,” named after his daughter
- Chamberlin Inn, where celebrity guests like Ernest Hemingway stayed
This tour was created in partnership with the Buffalo Bill Center of the West and the Park County Travel Council. It was made possible by the generosity of the Nielson Family. Narrated by retired local radio broadcaster Mack Frost.
Both these tour download links are courtesy of TravelStorys. Their app is available free for download for both iOS and Android phones.
2020 Construction Projects in Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park between Fishing Bridge and Indian Pond
Locals and visitors alike should be aware of the road improvements being made between Fishing Bridge and Indian Pond in Yellowstone National Park.
From May 4 to October 20, 2020 visitors should expect 30-minute delays along the East Entrance road between Fishing Bridge and Indian Pond (excluding Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day weekends). You can read the most current construction updates at this link. This project will be completed in 2020!
Tower Fall to Chittenden Road
The road between Tower Fall and Chittenden Road will be completely closed until May 2022. Specific areas on each side of this closure will be open for select time periods:
On the Canyon Village side of the closure: The only way to access the peak of Mount Washburn during construction is via the Canyon Village side of the closure. The Mount Washburn trail and trailhead parking lot near Dunraven Pass will be open during construction. The Chittenden Road and parking area will be open from June through August, but this road and parking area will be closed at select time periods before Independence Day and after Labor Day (dates to be determined).
On the Tower-Roosevelt side of the closure: Tower Fall, the Tower General Store, Tower Fall Campground, and Calcite Springs will be open and accessible from Tower-Roosevelt between June 5–September 6, 2020 and June 4–September 26, 2021. In the winters, Tower Fall and trails in the vicinity will be open for skis and snowshoes, snow-permitting, from early November through March (follow all closure signage posted at Tower Junction). Traffic from Tower-Roosevelt will be turned around at Calcite Springs May 8–June 5, 2020; September 6–November 2, 2020; May 7–June 4, 2021; and September 26–November 8, 2021. There will be no access to the trails for Mount Washburn from the Tower-Roosevelt side of the closure.
Our dedicated Visitor Center Staff can help you plan your time in Cody! We have brochures, maps of Cody, information on Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming state maps and other information you can browse. We sell tickets to several local attractions, in addition to Wyoming State Park Passes (not to be confused with National Park passes, which we do not sell.)
Visitor Center Hours:
Fall hours: 8am to 5pm, daily in the month of October.
Winter hours: 8am to 5pm, Monday through Friday, November to April.
Summer hours: 8am to 6pm, seven days a week, May 1-24, 2019. 8am to 7pm, seven days a week, as of Memorial Day weekend in May to September.
Our Visitor Center is closed for the following holidays: New Year's day, Martin Luther King Jr. day, Presidents' day, Veterans' day, Thanksgiving (the holiday and the Friday after), and Christmas day.