News from the Cody Front Porch
August Programs at Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area
Are you running out of activities while self-isolating with your friends and family? Bighorn Canyon may have the solution.
Bighorn Canyon is again offering guided kayak programs this year on the Bighorn Lake. Programs will be presented by park rangers on both ends of the lake. The programs will cover proper paddling techniques, general safety precautions, and fun facts about Bighorn Canyon.
These excursions will be offered free of charge on a first come, first serve basis. To decrease the possibility of community spread of COVID 19, the programs will be restricted this year to family groups of 6 to 8 people. Face coverings are required. Participants must call ahead and register.
To register for programs please call the Bighorn Canyon NRA Visitor Center at 307-548-5406. Have a list of the people in your group and their life jacket sizes available.
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Open Attractions and Tours
Cody, Wyoming is dedicated to being Open and Safe! Please see the list below for current hours of operation for local attractions and tours you don't want to miss while in Cody Country! Follow the links to browse additional information. Updated Thursday, July 9th.
Cody Chamber Visitor Center - 8am-5pm Daily
Buffalo Bill Center of the West - 8am-6pm Daily
Buffalo Bill Dam Visitor Center - 9am-5pm Daily
By Western Hands - 10am-5pm Tue-Sat
Cody Cattle Company - Dinner 5:30pm – Show 6:30pm Daily
Cody Firearms Experience - 9am-7pm daily
Cody Heritage Museum - 10am-4pm Tue-Sat – 12pm-4pm Sun
Cody Nite Rodeo - 8pm Daily
Cody Trolley Tours - tours at varying times, please contact
Dan Millers Cowboy Music Review - 7pm Mon-Sat
Heart Mountain Interpretive Center - 10-4 Daily
Cody Dug Up Gun Museum - 9am-9pm Daily
Old Trail Town - 8am-6pm Daily
The Wild Bunch - 6pm Mon-Sat
Wild West Spectacular - July 8- August 7 7:30pm Wed-Sat
*Rodeo Bus is running
* Cody Mural Chapel is closed for the season
Governor Mark Gordon recently convened a special session of the Wyoming Legislature to help respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Restrictions ease under new orders, May 15, 2020
Governor Mark Gordon has announced that updated public health orders effective May 15 will ease restrictions on several business categories and permit restaurants to resume indoor table service statewide. The Governor has also allocated $17 million in federal funding to expand COVID-19 testing, improve contact tracing and add to the state’s supply of personal protective equipment (PPE).
The modified orders allow restaurants to offer indoor and outdoor dining service under specific conditions intended to limit the potential spread of COVID-19. These include adequate spacing of tables, a requirement that staff wear face coverings and be screened for symptoms of COVID-19, as well as the implementation of increased sanitation measures.
Movie theaters, performance theaters, opera houses, concert halls, and music halls may operate with more than 25 persons in attendance, as long as they adhere to the social distancing guidelines and restrictions listed in Public Health Order Number 1 (6 feet of spacing between groups, etc.). All other public gatherings should be limited to 25 persons. Gyms may now open locker rooms, offer personal training and provide group classes for up to 20 participants. Childcare centers will be permitted to have up to 25 persons total in a classroom.
Yellowstone National Park has reopened on a limited basis
Following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities, Yellowstone National Park will reopen on a limited basis on May 18, 2020.
What will be open beginning May 18?
Phase 1 will begin on Monday, May 18 at 12:00 p.m. with the opening of the South and East entrances in the state of Wyoming.
Visitors will be able to access the lower loop of the Grand Loop Road coming in and out of the South and East entrances only.
Visitors will be able to access restrooms, self-service gas stations, trails and boardwalks, and other Phase 1 facilities that are prepared to open. Open roads are not gated at night: people may enter/exit the park 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
What will remain closed until later phases of the plan?
The Montana entrances (North, West, and Northeast) will remain closed. The park is consulting with the Governor of Montana to establish reopening dates for the Montana entrances.
Commercial tour buses will not be allowed in the early phases of opening.
Overnight accommodations will be unavailable until later in the season.
Campgrounds, backcountry permits, visitor cabins, additional stores, expanded tours, takeout food service, boating, fishing, and visitor centers will remain closed. These Phase 2 services and/or facilities will open when safe and appropriate mitigation measures are in place. This will happen at different times.
Hotels, full-service dining, commercial tour buses, and ranger programs will remain closed. These Phase 3 services and/or facilities will reopen when health conditions allow.
Visitors should come prepared and follow all CDC and local health guidance by practicing good hygiene and social distancing. Face coverings are recommended where social distancing is not possible. People who are sick should stay home and not visit the park. The CDC has provided specific guidance on visiting parks and recreational facilities.
You can always check current road conditions in the Park by calling 307-344-2117, or visit https://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/parkroads.htm
State Parks have opened Camping to WY Residents
Wyoming State Parks will partially reopen to camping for Wyoming residents beginning May 15. State Parks has remained open to day-use recreation but closed to camping due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
To ensure the safety of our visitors and staff, and in an effort to open parks to camping as quickly as possible, all camping will now require reservations. Not all campsites will be available due to designed social distancing. This will also ensure that only in-state residents can make reservations, provide instant communication through information on the reservation, and reduce cash handling by staff. The reservation system also decreases the stress of not knowing if you have a campsite to stay in before you leave your home.
Sites will not be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Visitors can still secure a spot without a prior reservation, but must do so through the reservation system upon arrival. For the safety of our staff and visitors, fee booths will remain closed and fee compliance and reservations will be verified by law enforcement.
Additionally, according to the approved plan, only single-unit campsites will be made available. Per Wyoming State Park Rules on camping units, and COVID-19 guidance, no more than 10 persons per site will be allowed. Cabins and yurts will be available for three-day reservations, Friday through Sunday. This will ensure each structure will be cleaned and disinfected prior to the next reservation.
Due to social distancing and CDC guidelines, all playgrounds, group shelters, group campsites, and some indoor facilities will remain closed to the public.
The decision to reopen out-of-state visitor camping will be continually reassessed by State Park management, and a future plan will be submitted to the Governor and State Health Officer as camping begins to open in surrounding states.
Wyoming State Park Permits 2020
We are an authorized vendor for these permits.
WY Resident Permit Fees for 2020:
$40 Day Use
$12 Additional Day Use Permits
$15 Additional 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 discounted permits registered to same household are only offered in person with proof of original receipt!
More information (and the option to purchase online) on State Park Permits can be found on the State Parks website.
Park County Courthouse re-opens May 4 to in-person transactions with some restrictions
The Park County Courthouse will reopen to in-person transactions on Monday, May 4th, 2020 at 8:00 AM. Patrons are asked to enter through the east door of the courthouse addition (Door 1). Patrons will be asked what office they need to do business in and will then be directed from there. For the health and safety of staff and patrons, we are regulating foot traffic to one-way flow and signage will be posted to help assist with navigation. To exit, we ask that customers use the south door at the end of the ramp hallway (Door 5). There will be guides available to ensure that traffic flow is smooth. Access to the courthouse addition basement and Clerk of District Court will be restricted at this time. We appreciate your patience during this time.
Weekly public work progress meetings are being held on Tuesdays at 9am (and will run through June 9, 2020.) The meeting location is in front of the Irma Hotel at the intersection of 12th/Sheridan.
May 19 update
The Contractor will reopen the south intersection of 13th Street and Sheridan Avenue tentatively on the morning of May 21. The south intersection of 14th Street and Sheridan Avenue will be closed that same date. Work will proceed from 13th Street through 14th Street on the south side of Sheridan Avenue. Work consists of removal and replacement of damaged concrete pavement, curb and gutter, and sidewalk and removal and replacement of ADA ramps.
Street grinding will continue at night from 9:00 PM to 9:00 AM from 11th Street to 13th Street. There will be rolling intersection closures at 11th Street, 12th Street, and 13th Street. Only one intersection will be closed at a time as the grinder passes through.
Sawing and sealing started on May 19. At this time, this work will proceed from 10th Street to 13th Street during normal working hours, 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM. This work will also require rolling intersection closures. Only one intersection will be closed at a time as the sawing and sealing passes through.
Traffic will be carried in one lane each direction on one side of the street while work is being completed on the other half of the street.
The speed limit is reduced to 20 mph through the work zone. No left turns are allowed through the work zone.
No work is planned for Memorial Day.
Feb. 24, 2020 Press Release - Cody Sheridan Avenue project scheduled to begin Monday, March 2.
Phase 1 of the project -- 10th Street to 14th Street -- is required to be complete by June 15, 2020, said Wyoming Department of Transportation resident engineer Todd Frost of Cody.
"The project will be shut down from June 16, 2020, through Aug. 23, 2020," Frost said.
The project begins at US14/16/20 milepost 51.78 at the intersection of 10th Street and Sheridan Avenue in front of the Park County Courthouse, and it proceeds 1.20 miles on US 14/16/20 to the Intersection of 17th Street and Stampede Avenue on Greybull Hill.
Phase 2 of the project, by contract, starts Aug. 24, 2020, and all work must be completed from Alger Avenue to 14th Street through grinding and texturing prior to winter shut down.
Phase 3 of the project, by contract, proceeds from Alger Avenue to the end of the project and must be completed through concrete grinding and texturing prior to June 15, 2021.
The project will be shut down from June 16, 2021 through Aug. 23, 2021.
Phase 4 of the project, by contract, requires all remaining work to be completed by Sept. 30, 2021.
Prime contractor S&S Builders, LLC, of Gillette will be paid a $200,000 incentive if all project work is complete by June 15, 2021.
Contract completion date is Sept. 30, 2021.
For information about this news release, please contact Cody Beers, WYDOT public relations specialist, at (307) 431-1803.
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 Cody Senior Center, 613 16th Street, 307-587-6221.
Contact Express Arrow's main office at 877-779-2999.