News from the Cody Front Porch
Yellowstone National Park - Road Information
North and Northeast entrances
The North Entrance Road (Gardiner, Montana to Mammoth Hot Springs) and Northeast Entrance Road (Cooke City/Silver Gate, Montana to Tower-Roosevelt) remain closed to visitor vehicular traffic while temporary repairs are completed.
The North East communities of Silver Gate and Cooke City, MT are open and happy to welcome visitors! They make for nice day trips via the Chief Joseph Scenic Byway (WY296).
Visitors traveling to the park must stay informed about the current situation, changes in visitor entry requirements, and road conditions. The public should also use extreme caution in areas of high water.
Visitors should regularly monitor updates from the park on new openings or closures as recovery efforts continue.
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.
2022 Fall Closing Dates
October 11: The Beartooth Highway (US-212) closes between the Long Lake barricade, near the Top of the World store, and the MT/WY state line.
November 1: All roads close at 12:01am except the road between the North Entrance and the Northeast Entrance.
Brown Cody Bucks - No Longer Valid or Exchangeable!
Brown Cody Bucks, last issued back in June of 2019, are no longer valid as of July 1, 2022.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 If you have outdated Green Cody Bucks, those are still valid for exchange at this time. If you possess Green Cody Bucks that are outdated, please stop by the Chamber to exchange them.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.
Wyoming State Park Permits 2022
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 2022:
$48 Day Use
$24 Additional Day Use Permits
$80 Overnight Camping
$40 Additional Overnight Camping Permits
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
2021 Chamber Ambassador Chair
Lisa del Valle
2021 Business of the Year
Wyoming Buffalo Company
2021 "The Scout"
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.