When Buffalo Bill Cody helped found the town that bears his name, the year was 1895. Cody felt the beauty of the area and its proximity to Yellowstone National Park made it a perfect spot for a town. One hundred and 25 years later, Cody offers travelers to and from Yellowstone the best of the Old and New West. Plan your multi-day adventure with these must-sees.

1. The Irma Hotel

The Irma's Original Cherrywood Bar from 1902. Photo by Rob Wood

The Irma's original cherrywood bar and antique cash register

Built in 1902 and named after Buffalo Bill Cody’s youngest daughter, this historic hotel is open for tours, overnight stays and dining. Head to the Silver Saddle Saloon to order a cold Buffalo Bill Beer and admire the original cherry wood bar Queen Victoria of England gave to Buffalo Bill Cody.

2. Cody Nite Rodeo 

Cody Rodeo Bronco Riding

Cody Rodeo Bronco Riding

Celebrate more than 80 years of the world's longest running rodeo that happens every night in the summer. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the rodeo starts at 8 p.m. Buy your tickets in advance online or at one of 30 retailers in Cody that sell them. 

Note: On Saturday June 20, 2020, the Cody Nite Rodeo is opening up the chutes to release the Cody Nite Rodeo. The Cody Nite Rodeo will be operating under an approved exception to the Wyoming State Health orders and the permitted limits placed on outdoor crowd size to help support the health of all involved with the Cody Nite Rodeo.

3. Meeteetse Chocolatier

Thirty miles southeast of Cody on Hwy. 120, you’ll discover the quaint ranching town of Meeteetse where wooden boardwalks roll through downtown. Stop by the Meeteetse Chocolatier where cowboy Tim Kellogg has developed an international following for his fine chocolates. meeteetsechocolatier.com

4. Sleeping Giant Zipline

Ziplining minutes from Yellowstone's East Gate. Photo courtesy of the Sleeping Giant Zipline

Ziplining minutes from Yellowstone's East Gate. 

Just three miles from Yellowstone National Park, you can sail through the air on a zipline and get a whole new perspective on the landscape unfolding below you. Feel your adrenaline rush as you catch views of the Absaroka Mountains. 

5. Dan Miller’s Cowboy Music Revue

Located in Buffalo Bill’s Music Hall, the show features cowboy music and entertainment. More than 160,000 people have seen this show, representing more than 68 countries. 

6. Buffalo Bill Dam

View of the Shoshone River from the Buffalo Bill Dam

View of the Shoshone River from the Buffalo Bill Dam

Six miles west of Cody is the Buffalo Bill Dam & Visitor Center. Completed in 1910, it was the world’s highest concrete dam at the time, stretching 325 feet into the sky. It was also one of the nation's first concrete arch dams. Stop by the visitor center to see a movie, stroll the top of the dam and peruse the gift shop.

7. Buffalo Bill Center of the West

Chuckwagon dinner at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West

Chuckwagon dinner at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West

This five-in-one museum complex at Buffalo Bill Center of the West enables you to explore exhibits on firearms, Native Americans, natural history, art and Buffalo Bill himself. The best part is your admission is good for two days, so you can come and go as you like.

8. The Cody Cattle Company

Located near Stampede Rodeo Park, enjoy this ultra-casual live country western music show and dinner buffet. The show is over in time for people to attend the 8 p.m. rodeo since dinner is at 5:30 p.m. and the show starts at 6:30 p.m. 

Note: the Cody Nite Rodeo may or may not happen during summer 2021 because of COVID-19 precautionary measures. We hope to have an update by the first week of June. 

9. Buy Boots at Wayne's

Wayne's Boots in Cody

Wayne's Boots in Cody. 

Look like a real cowboy after you buy boots at Cody’s longtime local favorite, Wayne’s Boot Shop. Wayne Lundvall bought the business in 1959 when he was in his early 20s. It’s been a family affair ever since as the Lundvalls gradually expanded from boots to hats and other western accessories. Stop by at 1250 Sheridan Ave., or go to www.waynesbootshop.com

10. By Western Hands

Woodworking at By Western Hands in Cody, Wyoming

Knotty woodwork clock

Stop at By Western Hands, a non-profit artisan guild that specializes in western design and functional art. The legacy artisans guild exhibits work in the gallery space and teaches classes in the workshop. The museum highlights western design past and present to show how Cody became the birthplace of western design.

For more information:
Cody Yellowstone Country
Cody County Visitor Center
836 Sheridan Ave, Cody, WY 82414
Email: pctc@codychamber.org

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