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Yellowstone National Park - Road Information

The only road open year-round to automobiles is from the North Entrance at Gardiner, Montana, through the park to Cooke City, Montana (via Tower Junction).

Roads will open at 8 am on the following dates (conditions permitting):

April 15: West Entrance to Madison Junction, Mammoth Hot Springs to Old Faithful, Norris to Canyon Village
May 6: East Entrance to Lake Village (Sylvan Pass), Canyon Village to Lake Village
May 11: Cooke City to Chief Joseph Scenic Byway
May 13: South Entrance to West Thumb, Lake Village to West Thumb, West Thumb to Old Faithful (Craig Pass), Tower Junction to Tower Fall
May 27: Tower Fall to Canyon Junction (Dunraven Pass), Beartooth Highway

We encourage visitors to bookmark the Yellowstone National Park - Park Roads page for reference before visiting the Park.  For up-to-date information, call (307) 344-2117 for recorded information, or sign up to receive Yellowstone road alerts on your mobile phone by texting "82190" to 888-777 (an automatic text reply will confirm receipt and provide instructions). Anticipate possible road closures due to inclement weather and dangerous driving conditions.

Visitors can also visit these webcams within the Park to gauge current weather conditions.

Cody Stampede Parade

The Cody Chamber is not in charge of the 4th of July Parade.  Please contact the Cody Stampede Parade Committee for questions about parade entries. The Cody Stampede Parade Committee is a group of local volunteers who direct and produce our annual 4th of July parades. The committee is always looking for fun, dedicated, and enthusiastic individuals to join their organization. If you are interested in joining the committee please inquire any committee person or call 307-527-5055.

There are two parades that occur annually on July 3rd and 4th at 9:30 am. You can also attend the Kiddies parades which is held each July 2nd at 10 am.

You can download the 2022 parade entry forms on the Cody Stampede Rodeo website.

Entries must be returned by June 28th, No Exceptions! Download your form at the link above or get one from their office at 1031 12th Street, Cody, WY 82414. 527-5055. Return forms via mail to:
Parade Entries
PO Box 2327
Cody, WY 82414

WYDOT - Pavement improvements slated for US14/16/20 west of Cody near Yellowstone

The 10.25 miles of US14/16/20 directly east of the East Entrance to Yellowstone National Park will receive pavement improvements and other work beginning May 2.

The $5.4 million project, west of Cody, will consist of rotomilling of the existing pavement surface, a 2-inch pavement overlay, chip sealing, minor slope flattening, guardrail repair and other work.

"The contractor is tentatively scheduled to begin work on May 2 with the guardrail repairs," said Wyoming Department of Transportation resident engineer Todd Frost of Cody. "Shoulder flattening and paving is tentatively scheduled for mid-June, depending on weather. Chip sealing will follow."

The project is located west of Cody between Yellowstone National Park and Cody from milepost 0.00 (Yellowstone's East Entrance) and extending east 10.25 miles to milepost 10.25 (Fishhawk Trailhead).

"Motorists should expect a paved driving surface and minimal delays during the guardrail work. During shoulder flattening, paving and chip sealing, motorists should expect traffic delays of up to 20 minutes," Frost said. "Traffic will be controlled with flaggers and a pilot vehicle during this work."

All work, with the exception of reclamation, is required to be complete by Aug. 31. Contract completion date is Oct. 31, 2022.

Prime contractor for the project is Mountain Construction Co., of Lovell.

This section of US14/16/20 was originally constructed in 1996-97. "Normal service life for pavement is approximately 20 years before it needs rehabilitation and an overlay," Frost said.

Project questions may be directed to WYDOT Resident Engineer Todd Frost, P.E., at (307) 587-2220, or by email at Todd.Frost@wyo.gov.

For information about this news release, please contact Cody Beers, WYDOT public relations specialist, at (307) 431-1803.

Wyoming State Park Permits 2022

We are an authorized vendor for these permits.  

Please read How to Purchase WY State Park Annual Day Use & Camping Permits for 2022.

WY Resident Permit Fees for 2022:
$48 Day Use
$24 Additional Day Use Permits
$80 Overnight Camping
$40 Additional Overnight Camping Permits

Locals - please bring along your vehicle registration information and your Wyoming driver's license to confirm your in-state residency. Additional vehicle or replacement permits registered to same household are only offered in person with proof of original receipt!

Non-Resident Permit Fees for 2022:
$96 Day Use
$48 Additional Day Use Permits

More information (and the option to purchase online) on State Park Permits can be found on the State Parks website. Annual day use and camping permits are available through Reserve America or by phone at 877-996-7275.  Customers will receive a permit number at the time of checkout, and can expect permits to ship directly to them.

Founders' Banquet Awards

We had a lovely celebration at the Cody Cattle Company on February 24th. If you weren't able to attend here are the awards presented that evening:

Business of the First Quarter 2021
Cody Regional Health
Business of the Second Quarter 2021
Cody Ace Hardware
Business of the Third Quarter 2021
The UPS Store
Business of the Fourth Quarter 2021
Wyoming Buffalo Company

2021 Chamber Board Member of the Year
Travis Hill
2021 Chamber Ambassador Chair
Lisa del Valle
2021 Business of the Year
Wyoming Buffalo Company
2021 "The Scout"
Tim Mahieu

40th Annual Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale!

More than $1,178,000.00 worth of art was sold when the gavel dropped on the last artwork during the 40thth annual Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale—bringing an end to another successful series of events. While our 2021 season looked different, The Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale was extremely grateful to be back in the tent and back in person.

While in person attendance was limited, hundreds of patrons, artists, and community members were able to enjoy a variety of art related events throughout the week culminating with our annual Quick Draw on Saturday morning.

The Live Auction’s highest selling work went to Tucker Smith for his iconic mountain sheep entitled “Glacier Carved” which sold for $65,000. Pieces were sold online with the LiveAuctioneers platform, through phone bidding and in-person bidding at the 15,000 square foot tent.

FULL Press Release is here.

40th Annual Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale Announces Award Winners!

The Spirit of the Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale Award
This award recognizes the artwork that is most representative of the Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale in terms of location, history, and the greatness and grandeur embodied by the “spirit” of the American West. The judges awarded this honor to “South Fork Wanderers,” a 32- by 45-inch oil painting by Mark Kelso.

Two-Dimensional Award
The judges selected “The Fence Inspector” by T. Allen Lawson as the two-dimensional artwork of exceptional execution and craftsmanship. Tylee Abbott called the 14- by 14-inch oil painting “a whisper of a Western winter landscape.”

Three-Dimensional Award
The judges selected Joshua Tobey’s sculpture “Stepping Stone” as the three-dimensional artwork of exceptional execution and craftsmanship. This patinated bronze stands 55 by 18 by 21 inches.

Judges’ Awards of Excellence
A mark of the show’s overall quality, the judges decided to recognize four additional artists for their excellence in design and execution.
Campbell Dosch, “Apsaalooke,” bronze, 37 by 18 by 12 inches.
Dolan Geiman, “Midnight Moonlight,” vintage paper collage, 46 by 36 inches.
Paul Rhymer, “Chicken Hawk in Repose,” bronze, 66 by 18 by 18 inches.
Kyle Sims, “Glider,” oil, 16 by 32 inches.

People’s Choice Award
Members of the public who visited the Live Auction gallery cast votes for their favorite piece of artwork. Heide Presse received the most votes for her 40- by 30-inch oil painting “Tall Tales.”

Gilly Fales Fine Art Scholarship Award
The Gilly Fales Fine Art Scholarship Award is a local scholarship opportunity provided by the Gilly Fales Memorial Foundation for the Arts. The Foundation seeks to empower young artists ages 18-30 who have a passion for the arts. Olivia Christensen received the honor for her 40- by 30- inch oil painting entitled “Heart of Wyoming.”

FULL Press Release is here.

Express Arrow Bus Service

Express Arrow is operating a limited day schedule route that makes stops in Wyoming at Lovell, Cody, Greybull, Basin, Thermopolis, Shoshoni, and Casper.

Purchase tickets online with a credit card, or locally with cash in Cody at the Wyoming Buffalo Company, 1270 Sheridan Avenue, 10am - 6pm.

The pick up and drop off location in Cody is the Paul Stock Aquatic & Recreation Center, 1402 Heart Mountain Street. Dirt lot south west corner of property. Be sure to have someone there to pick you up.

Contact Express Arrow's main office at 877-779-2999.

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