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Cody is in Northwest Wyoming, close to the east side Yellowstone National Park. Unlike Jackson, with its pet spas and high-end shopping, Cody is more authentically cowboy. Cody is famous for its rodeo, which occurs nightly during the summer, and for its proximity to fantastic wilderness adventures in Yellowstone and in the national forests surrounding the park.

Clouds lifting to reveal the Shoshone National Forest's splendor


  • Buffalo Bill Dam and Cody Visitor Center Six miles away from the Eastern Yellowstone entrance is the visitor center that covers Cody and the Buffalo Bill Dam. There's not a tremendous amount of information, but it's a decent stopover if you're between hikes.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

You can fly into Cody via the Yellowstone Regional Airport. Delta Express flies here via Salt Lake City, Utah, and United Express and Mesa Airlines fly here via Denver, Colorado.

By car[edit]

Car trips to Cody are a bit long, but you're rewarded with beautiful scenery.

  • From the NORTH - MT 310 connects I-90 with WYO 120 from Billings, Montana. Or, for a prettier alternative, drive from Red Lodge, Montana take the Beartooth Scenic Byway - US 212 is one of the top 20 drives in the country. The highway is open summer months only. US 212, the Beartooth Highway, leads to WY 296 - the Chief Joseph Scenic Highway. Here take US 212 to the northeast entrance of Yellowstone National Park, or take WY 296 to WY 120 and on to Cody.
  • From the NORTHEAST - Over the Big Horn Mountains via Powell and Lovell on the Medicine Wheel Passage on US 14-A. Open summer months only.
  • From the SOUTH - I-25 to Casper, US 20 to Thermopolis, and WYO 120 to the hamlet of Meeteetse and then Cody.
  • From the EAST - Across the Big Horn Scenic Byway on WYO 14 from Sheridan, Wyoming to Greybull on WYO 14-16-20. Through Buffalo, Wyoming on WYO 16 the Cloud Peak Skyway through Ten Sleep and Worland to WYO 16-20 to Greybull and on to Cody.
  • From the WEST - Through Jackson, Wyoming and Yellowstone National Park on WY 191 to WY 14-16-20, the Buffalo Bill Cody Scenic Byway to Cody.

Get around[edit]

Given Cody's rather remote location and the activities you've come to Cody to enjoy, you will want a car to get around.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Buffalo Bill Historical Center, 720 Sheridan Avenue, 307/587.4771, [2]. One center offers up five different museums. The Plains Indian Museum is award-winning, and the Whitney Gallary of Western Art has many stunning pieces by Remington and more.
  • Cody Stampede Rodeo and Cody Nite Rodeo, From June 1 to August 31, the Cody Nite Rodeo runs every evening with bull riding, steer wrestling and more. Right around the 4th of July, the Cody Stampede Rodeo occurs, which is the biggest event in the summer in Cody. Cowboys from all over the nation and the world compete in seven different events.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Dude Ranches, there are several ranches in and around Cody that offer horseback riding and ranching experiences. Many of them are close to Yellowstone National Park, so you can piece together two different types of trips. One of the many ranches is K3 Guest Ranch [3].

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Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Proud Cut Saloon, 1227 Sheridan Avenue, +1 307 527-6905. This is one of Cody's most famous restaurants. Don't be surprised to find yourself eating a great cut of meat out on a patio with plastic table coverings. Proud Cut is more about good food than fancy surroundings.
  • Zapata's, 1362 Sheridan Avenue, +1 307 527-7181. Zapata's is located at the end of Cody's business district. The Mexican food isn't bad, but the margaritas and beer are great after a long day's hike.
  • Shiki Japanese Restaurant, 1420 Sheridan Avenue. Amazing Japanese food, and a great atmosphere.  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • The Cody, 232 West Yellowstone Avenue, 307-587-5915, [1]. The only luxury Cody, Wyoming hotel, the Cody is a green-friendly resort offering many upscale amenities. This hotel in Cody, Wyoming is 45 minutes from Yellowstone National Park and less than a mile from the Cody Rodeo Grounds. Enjoy the scenic beauty and luxury of this hotel.  edit
  • Heart2Heart Ranch - Bed, Barn and Breakfast, 486 Rd 2AB, +1 307 587-2906. A small working ranch near the Heart Mountain, Heart2Heart is cozy, comfortable and the folks who run it are very welcoming. You can also stay here with your dog.
  • Best Western Sunset Motor Inn, 1601 8th Street, +1 307 587-4265, Toll-free: +1 800 624-2727, Fax: +1 307 587-9029, [4].
  • Holiday Inn, 1701 Sheridan Ave, +1 307 587-5555, [5].

Get out[edit]

Routes through Cody
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