Set against the beautiful backdrop of Yellowstone National Park and the Absaroka and Beartooth mountains, Cody is the doorstep to some of the USA’s most scenic country.
Incorporated in 1901, Cody, Wyoming is located 52 miles from Yellowstone National Park’s east entrance and 80 miles from the northeast entrance. Cody was founded in 1896 by Colonel William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody, who passed through the region in the 1870s. He was so impressed by the development possibilities of irrigation, rich soil, grand scenery, hunting, and proximity to Yellowstone National Park that he returned in the mid-1890s to start a town. He brought with him men whose names still adorn street signs in Cody’s downtown area: Beck, Alger, Rumsey, Bleistein, and Salsbury.
Nestled at the base of the Wyoming Rocky Mountains, Cody blends old with the new without sacrificing any of its truly western character. Here you can experience the west with attractions that include nightly rodeos, gun fight re-enactments, cowboy music and the world-class Buffalo Bill Center of the West.
Cody bills itself as the “Rodeo Capital of the World”. During June-August you can visit The Cody Nite Rodeo for family entertainment in a real western setting.
Visit the Irma Hotel, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was built by Buffalo Bill, as a luxury hotel, epitomising the essence of western hospitality. He named it after his youngest daughter, Irma, and opened it under suitable fanfare in 1902. Each night in summer you can drop in and watch the re-enactment of an authentic Old West gunfight.
Outdoor adventure includes rock climbing, mountain biking, hiking, kayaking, fly-fishing, horseback riding or river rafting. Three scenic byways offer opportunities to view wildlife and see some of the most beautiful landscapes anywhere.
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