Local Resources for your Cody Vacation

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Yellowstone National Park access through the East Entrance or Northeast Entrance

Enjoy simple access to Yellowstone from Cody via a scenic 52-mile drive to the East Entrance passing the Buffalo Bill Reservoir (see below) and climbing the incomparable Sylvan Pass to Yellowstone Lake.

Or take a stunning 99-mile mountain drive past the memorable Pilot Peak and peaceful river plains to the Northeast Entrance of Yellowstone.

In the mood for a long scenic drive past jewel-like mountain lakes? Trace a 176-mile loop to Red Lodge, Montana and back to Cody over the nearly 11,000-foot Beartooth Pass, dubbed “the most beautiful drive in America.”

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Buffalo Bill Center of the West museum

In downtown Cody, experience the Wild West at its best at the Buffalo Bill Center for the West, named after legendary showman and Cody’s namesake, “Buffalo Bill” Cody.

This Smithsonian-affiliated, award-winning facility collects five museums into one to give you a grand taste of the natural history, arts, and culture of a rich area and era.

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Buffalo Bill Dam and Reservoir

At 325 feet tall, the Buffalo Bill Dam 6 miles west of Cody was the highest dam in the world after its construction in 1910. The dam and the reservoir behind it still thrill visitors today with scenic canyon views and rich historical narrative.

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Other Wild West sights and thrills

  • Cody Stampede Rodeo, the only nightly rodeo in the nation, makes Cody the Rodeo Capital of the World through the summer season.
  • Old Trail Town was voted “the Best Tourist Site and Historical Attraction” by True West Magazine because of its authentic structures and furniture on the original site of Buffalo Bill Cody’s settlement.
  • Dead Indian Summit Overlook offers “breathtaking vistas” of the mountains of the Chief Joseph Scenic Byway while telling the sad, sometimes grisly history of the native people in the area.
  • The Irma Hotel, built in 1902 by legendary showman “Buffalo Bill” Cody, still treats guests to an authentic Wild West experience at the famous cherrywood bar gifted by Queen Victoria.
  • River rafting on the Shoshone River provides wild whitewater and scenic vistas for visitors who want a little more action.
  • Cody Dug Up Gun Museum exhibits more than 1,000 historical guns literally dug up from various eras in American history.
  • River rafting on the Shoshone River provides wild whitewater and scenic vistas.
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Visitor Information for Cody, Wyoming

Find your perfect campground, hotel, or sightseeing trip through the links below.