Plan the Ultimate Wild West Getaway in Cody Yellowstone
Forged by nature, founded by outsiders, and treasured by those who keep it wild, Cody Yellowstone offers a rare opportunity to experience the authentic spirit of the Old West. Affectionately known as the “Rodeo Capital of the World”, Cody Yellowstone attracts nearly a million visitors annually, drawn in by the destination’s wide-open spaces, fascinating history, and untamed frontier spirit. Here, you can step backward in time to a bygone era on historic Sheridan Avenue; channel your inner cowboy with a stay at an authentic dude ranch; or take in all the athleticism, excitement, and heart-pounding action of the longest-running nightly rodeo in the world. Ready to saddle up for the ultimate Wild West adventure? Here are a few ideas to help plan your next great getaway in Cody Yellowstone.
Cowboy Charm Meets Creature Comfort
Home to some of the most spectacular scenery on earth, Cody Yellowstone is a destination that was made to be experienced on horseback. And what better way to do just that than with a stay at one of the area’s authentic guest and dude ranches? Immerse yourself in cowboy culture and untamed wilderness — without sacrificing any of the comforts of home — when you book one of the historic log cabins at Shoshone Lodge and Guest Ranch.
A family-owned, all-inclusive dude ranch located just three miles from the gates of Yellowstone, Shoshone Lodge offers a wide range of cabin accommodations suitable for parties of up to ten guests. A host of guided activities let you experience the true heart of the West, whether you’re an experienced horseman or a total novice. Saddle up for a ride through high mountain meadows and crystal-clear streams, savor a little cowboy cuisine at a rustic camp cookout, then watch the stars come out from the rocking chair
of your cabin’s front porch to the soft babbling of nearby Grinnell Creek. This is the Wild West as it was meant to be experienced.
Travel Back to a Bygone Age
Founded by the famed showman Buffalo Bill in 1896, the town of Cody is rich in cowboy history — and you don’t have to look far to find it. Historic Sheridan Avenue is home to a number of storied properties, including the iconic Irma Hotel. A Cody institution that first opened its doors in 1901, the hotel was built by Buffalo Bill himself and named for his youngest daughter. Today, this grand dame of downtown Cody is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, offering visitors the chance to immerse themselves
in the trappings of a bygone era with lovingly restored, historic accommodations and dining spaces.
Of course, The Irma isn’t the only place you can get a taste of the past around these parts. Transport yourself to the Old West of the 1890s at Old Trail Town, the original site of historic Cody City. A five-minute drive from downtown Cody, Old Trail Town offers a glimpse into frontier life through its 27 stunningly preserved historic buildings, including the saloon frequented by Butch Cassidy’s Hole in the Wall Gang, as well as the grave of the legendary mountain man Jeremiah Johnston.
Spirit of the West
While your days in Cody Yellowstone may be spent exploring the soaring peaks, wide-open spaces, and big sky Wyoming is famous for, you won’t want to sleep on the incredible nightlife this one-of-a-kind destination has to offer. Head on over to Stampede Park to take in the Cody Nite Rodeo, a two-hour extravaganza of wild, western, family-friendly action. The rodeo kicks off at the beginning of June and runs until the end of August. This proud tradition dates back to 1938 — earning the Cody Nite Rodeo the distinction of being the longest-running nightly rodeo in the world.
Looking for a night on the town that lets you delve deeper into frontier life in this fascinating town? Head to the historic Cody Theatre for Wild West Spectacular, an award-winning musical retelling of the legend of Buffalo Bill Cody. Returning for its eighth summer engagement from June 24 to August 6, 2023, this raucous comedy brings to life a colorful cast of characters, including Annie Oakley, “Wild Bill” Hickok, Frank Butler, and of course, Buffalo Bill himself.
Find Your Wild
From horseback adventures through the rugged wilderness to historic frontier accommodations, you’ll find the true spirit of the Old West is alive and well in Cody Yellowstone. Start planning your visit today, and discover an off-the-beaten-path adventure made for mavericks, wanderers, and explorers like you. To learn more about Cody Yellowstone, visit CodyYellowstone.org or call 1-800-393-CODY.
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