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Yellowstone National Park - Road Information

2023 Spring Opening Dates

Weather conditions permitting, roads will open in 2023 on the following dates:

OPEN: West Entrance to Madison Junction, Mammoth Hot Springs to Old Faithful, Norris to Canyon Village
OPEN: East Entrance to Lake Village (Sylvan Pass), Canyon Village to Lake Village
OPEN: South Entrance to West Thumb, Lake Village to West Thumb, West Thumb to Old Faithful (Craig Pass), Tower Junction to Tower Fall
OPEN: Tower Fall to Canyon Junction (Dunraven Pass), Beartooth Highway (US-212)*
OPEN May 26 (weather pending): Between Cooke City, MT, on US-212 to Chief Joseph Scenic Byway (WY-296)*

Stay informed

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 - Entry Forms Available Online!

The Cody Stampede Parade is know the world over for being one of the best parades to attend over the July 4th holiday. For many decades, thousands of spectators have lined Sheridan Avenue in downtown Cody to observe this magnificent spectacle. 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.

Download your entry form here. DEADLINE to apply is June 28th - NO EXCEPTIONS! Mail your entries to Parade Entries, PO Box 2327, Cody, WY 82414.

(Please note the Cody Chamber does not organize the parade. Direct all parade inquires to their office, 307-527-5055, or stop by 1031 12th Street.)

Cody Country Chamber of Commerce Announces New CEO.

EJ House to lead Cody Country Chamber of Commerce Forward. This week at the Cody Country Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors Meeting, the Cody Country Chamber of Commerce announced its new CEO. EJ House will assume the duties of former CEO, Tina Hoebelheinrich.

EJ served a rewarding career in the US Air Force. Following his military service, EJ worked in federal civilian service and private sector business financial services and real estate. He has a deep background in entrepreneurial initiatives, business consulting, operations management, and technology security.

EJ completed private sector education in aviation technology and business administration. He completed his graduate studies in business at Webster University. He completed his advanced military and command leadership studies at Air University which is the educational institution of the U.S. Air Force.

He is a dedicated veteran advocate and community builder having served in roles for the American Legion, Boy Scouts of America, and County Elections in the metro Washington, D.C. area. He is a dedicated supporter of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Commemorative Air Force, Canine Companions for Independence and the National D-Day Memorial.

Cody Fireworks Committee - Support Information

The Cody Fireworks Show has been a celebrated tradition in Cody Country for a very long time. Over the years, the fundraising for our patriotic tradition has been through many changes… The constant however, is that the show depends on the support of the community; without it, the show simply would not go on.

The Cody Fireworks Committee is the latest group to take up the project of raising funds for our annual fireworks celebration. It is their goal to develop a long-term plan to ensure our celebration of independence continues.

Donations are tax-deductible and can be made to:

Payable to: Cody Commerce Foundation
With “Cody Fireworks Committee” in the memo of your check

Mailed to:
Cody Fireworks Committee
PO Box 1622
Cody, Wyoming 82414

Follow the Committee on Facebook for news about their progress and details for an upcoming raffle!

WYDOT Updates & Projects

There are three WYDOT area projects that motorists will need to be aware of in the Cody vicinity this summer.

Work on a 5.28-mile highway settlement repair project is continuing west of Cody, adjacent to Buffalo Bill Reservoir. The $5.9 million project is located on US14/16/20 between Trout Creek (milepost 36.41) and Buffalo Bill State Park Campground and Boat Launch (milepost 41.69).

With settlement repairs beginning at 4 locations, traffic is being narrowed to 1 lane and will be controlled by temporary traffic signals or flaggers, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with reduced speeds of 20 mph. Motorists should expect a 2-minute delay during non-working hours at these 4 settlement locations.

Motorists should expect a maximum cumulative delay of up to 15 minutes during all work on the project, and there will be a 12-foot width restriction on the project. All work, except reclamation and other work, is required to be complete by Aug. 31.


Bridge rehabilitation over the Shoshone River on WY120 near the law enforcement center. The bridge work will require a single lane for traffic over the bridge for several months while work is being completed on half of the bridge. Traffic movements will be controlled with portable traffic signals. Work will be in two phases, west half closed first, with a 10 ft width restriction and two way traffic. This project is slated to run May 31 through September 30.


Night work and removal and replacement of the existing lighting system inside the big tunnel west of Cody on US14/16/20 is continuing.

Project work is at night, 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., 6 days a week, in a 153-calendar-day window. During the 153-day project, motorists should expect one-way traffic movements with a pilot vehicle and flaggers during working hours and cumulative delays of up to 10 minutes. Traffic will be returned to two-way traffic with no delay during non-working hours.

Project limits for the lighting project begin at milepost 45 (west end of the big tunnel), extending 1 mile east (east end of the short tunnels) toward Cody at milepost 46. Contract completion date is Oct. 31, 2023.

Follow WYDOT District 5 on Facebook for updates and project information.

Wyoming State Park Permits 2023

We are an authorized vendor for these 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!

WY Resident Permit Fees for 2023:
$48 Day Use
$24 Additional Day Use Permits
$80 Overnight Camping
$40 Additional Overnight Camping Permits

Non-Resident Permit Fees for 2023:
$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.

Annual Banquet Awards Presented on February 23, 2023.

Each year, the Chamber acknowledges excellence in our business community by recognizing outstanding leaders during the annual banquet. The 2022 awards were presented at the Chamber’s 121st Founder's Day Banquet on February 23, 2023.

2022 Board Member of the Year
Greg Pendley

2022 The Scout Award
Claudia Wade

2022 Ambassador Chair Service Award
Sarah Reisch

2022 Business of the Quarter
Q1: The Scout Inn
Q2: Nature's Design Taxidermy
Q3: Treasured Memories
Q4: Richard Realty

2022 Business of the Year
Treasured Memories

Congratulations to all our winners!

Brown Cody Bucks - No Longer Valid or Exchangeable!

Brown Cody Bucks, last issued back in June of 2019, are no longer valid as of July 1, 2022. Due to changing banks and those new bank processing rules, we can no longer exchange ANY Brown Cody Bucks.

Cody Bucks should be used within six months of their date of issue. If you have outdated Green Cody Bucks, those are still valid for exchange at this time. If you possess Green Cody Bucks that are outdated, please stop by the Chamber to exchange them. For large quantities, we ask that you contact us in advance, so that we may prepare your exchange prior to your arrival.

Cody Bucks work like a pre-paid check, help ensure local spending and help feed our economy! Please, remember to use Cody Bucks within 6 months of the stamped issue date!

Work-Ready Boot Camp

In April of 2022, the Cody Country Chamber of Commerce started a program called “Work-Ready Boot Camp” to train youth workers ages 14-18 on the soft skills they need to be successful in the workplace.

That first cohort of 10 students graduated in May of 2022, feeling much more prepared to seek and succeed in their first summer jobs.

This class is great for kids who are seeking their first job, kids who have worked before, and kids who already have a job lined up. These aren’t just work skills, they are life skills. Watch for details of future classes on the Work-Ready Boot Camp page.

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