BUFFALO BILL HISTORICAL CENTER, Cody, WY
“I am about to take the back-trail through the Old West—the West that I knew and loved. All my life it has been a pleasure to show its beauties, its marvels and its possibilities to those who, under my guidance, saw it for the first time.” With that, William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody—in a slightly ethereal form—welcomes visitors to the “new” Buffalo Bill Museum at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyoming. Since its opening in summer 2012, the Heliodisplay of Buffalo Bill—think hologram without the lasers—has caught everyone’s attention as the life-size image of the Great Showman who introduces himself and the new Buffalo Bill Museum. Through the theme, “Man of the West; Man of the World,” the exhibit space presents William F. Cody, a man filled with the very essence of the American West of the nineteenth century: scouting, trapping, shooting, riding, exploring, and more. So enamored was he of this place and time, he simply had to travel it, invest in it, live in it, and eventually share it. And it was in the sharing that Cody became the “Man of the World,” the persona of Buffalo Bill. Using high-tech, low-tech, and everything in between, along with its bright and colorful design, the new Buffalo Bill Museum has something for young and old alike. It is indeed a place that William F. Cody would have heartily endorsed. For additional information, call 307.587.4771 or visit www.bbhc.org
BUFFALO BILL’S CODY / YELLOWSTONE COUNTRY, WY
Cody, Wyoming, founded by Col. William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody, is near the east entrance to Yellowstone National Park. This historic full service community offers visitors a host of activities as well as unforgettable western charm. Cody boasts one of America’s finest Western museums, the Buffalo Bill Historical Center. The Historical Center celebrates the spirit of the American West by weaving together the stories of the Western experience – history and myth, art and Native cultures, firearms technology and natural history. The Buffalo Bill Historical Center is open year-round and offers group rates. Check www.bbhc.org for hours of operation.
No visit to Cody would be complete without a stroll down the boardwalks of Old Trail Town, a collection of authentic buildings taken from the area and relocated on the original townsite of Cody City. Explore Tecumseh’s Miniature Village and Museum and the Cody Dug-Up Gun Museum. Watch the gunfight reenactment at the historic Irma Hotel, built by Buffalo Bill and named after his youngest daughter.
Fill your evenings with the thrill of the Cody Night Rodeo with performances nightly, June 1 through August 31. Cody is the “Rodeo Capital of the World” and cowboys from around the country come here to compete. Or enjoy the harmonies and humor at Dan Miller’s Cowboy Music Revue, where extraordinary musicians perform classic cowboy songs and cowboy poetry. Located in the historic Cody Theatre across from the Irma Hotel, Dan and his Empty Saddles Band have been entertaining crowds for eight years. For more information, contact: www.yellowstonecountry.org or www.codychamber.org.
BUFFALO BILL MUSEUM AND GRAVE, Lookout Mountain, CO
“Let my show go on,” were among the last words uttered by Buffalo Bill when he died in Denver in 1917. And it does, on Lookout Mountain, overlooking the cities Denver and Golden. Here, Buffalo Bill’s Wild West and Buffalo Bill live on at the Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave. At the Museum, you will learn about Buffalo Bill’s life, observe artifacts from his show, and experience the Old West. You will see Buffalo Bill’s favorite guns and saddles, Sitting Bull’s war bonnet, and colorful posters from the Wild West show. Dress in cowboy clothing and have your picture taken on Stumpy the cow horse in our family activity area. Spend a few moments at Buffalo Bill’s gravesite, while enjoying the breathtaking view of Denver to the east (2,000 feet below) and the Rocky Mountains to the west. Then stop for a buffalo burger or bowl of buffalo chili at our café. Or browse through the state’s largest museum gift shop for unique souvenirs. The Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave site also offers 65 acres of spectacular Colorado mountain scenery and is located just 30 minutes west of downtown Denver. The Museum is open from 9 am to 5 pm, seven days a week, from May 1 through October 31, and from 9 am to 4 pm, Tuesday through Sunday, from November 1 through April 30. To reach the Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave, take I-70 west to exit 256 and follow the signs. Call 303-526-0744 or visit www.buffalobill.org for more information.
CITY OF GOLDEN, CO
A small amount of gold discovered in Clear Creek attracted Golden’s earliest settlers to the area in the mid-19th century. Today, Golden is a playground for all ages rich with culture, outdoor activities, scenic beauty and friendly people. Nestled between the mountains and two scenic mesas, you are guaranteed a beautiful backdrop for your one-of-kind western experience. Whatever your style, we’ve got an activity for you, from whitewater kayaking to fine dining to shopping and museums. Golden is also home to the world-famous Coors Brewing Company, the largest single-site brewery in the world, which offers FREE daily brewery tours.
The heart of Golden is Washington Avenue. The historic shopping district offers great shopping, galleries, unique gifts, boutique clothing and dining for every taste and budget. The City of Golden also hosts a variety of events each year including Buffalo Bill Days, the Fine Art Festival and Olde Golden Christmas, each one enhanced by the beauty of our city. Golden is also home to the Colorado School of Mines and the National Renewal Energy Libratory. Golden is the ideal place to exercise your body and your mind. Learn more at www.VisitGolden.com.
NORTH PLATTE AND LINCOLN COUNTY CONVENTION AND VISITORS BUREAU, NE
Buffalo Bill loved North Platte, and you will too! Buffalo Bill fell in love with the Platte River Valley when he was stationed at Fort McPherson as an army scout in the 1870’s. When he retired from the service, he founded the 4,000 acre “Scouts Rest Ranch” and brought his family out to settle north of North Platte. Cody’s love for entertaining was legendary. He designed the porches surrounding his home extra wide to accommodate his many guests and his servants regularly kept watch from the cupola of his mansion for visitors coming out from town.
When the town fathers of North Platte wanted a fabulous Fourth of July celebration in 1882, they turned to Buffalo Bill, and he didn’t disappoint them. Cody invented modern spectator rodeo with the “Old Glory Blowout” which lived up to its name, and gave Cody the inspiration for the Wild West Show which went on to tour the world.
Today Cody’s legacy lives on in North Platte in the annual NEBRASKAland DAYS celebration for two weeks in June each yea, and is anchored by four nights of the PRCA Buffalo Bill Rodeo and two nights of top-name concert performances.
Parts of Cody’s ranch, including the magnificent Victorian mansion and huge horse barn, have been preserved as a Nebraska State Historic Park. Other western heritage sites include the Lincoln County Historical Museum, Fort McPherson National Cemetery and the quirky Fort Cody Trading Post.
For help planning your trip, visit www.VisitNorthPlatte.com or call 800-955-4528.
THE IRMA HOTEL, Cody, WY
Step back into the old West at the Irma Hotel, a place that Buffalo Bill Cody called a “gem.” Here, you will capture the romance of an era when Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show try-outs were held on the lots west of the hotel, when buffalo ran amok in downtown Cody, and when European nobility headquartered at the Irma Hotel while on hunting treks in the area.
You can stay in renovated rooms that housed some of the most famous personalities the world has ever known. You can even stay in Buffalo Bill’s private suite or in a host of other historic and non-historic rooms. All have modern bathrooms and air conditioning.
Stay with us and enjoy the best food in the West! We recommend our prime rib. Enjoy a drink in the Buffalo Bill Bar or the Silver Saddle Lounge, where you can see a show saddle that actually belonged to Buffalo Bill Cody.
You’ll be most comfortable at the Irma. It’s a place fancy enough for royalty, and plain enough for cowboys and cowgirls. You’ll love the Irma Hotel, in the heart of Cody, Wyoming! Visit our web site at www.irmahotel.com for more information, or give us a call 307-587-4221 or 1-800-745-IRMA.
PAHASKA TEPEE RESORT, Yellowstone National Park (East Gate), WY
Pahaska Tepee is Buffalo Bill’s historic lodge near Yellowstone; family-owned and operated since 1946. Pahaska is the closest lodge outside Yellowstone’s East Entrance, and is located one hour west of Cody, in the Shoshone National Forest. We offer cabin-style lodging, excellent food in the restaurant and bar, gasoline and fuel, the best gift shop in the entire area, horseback riding, fishing, photography, and the list goes on. Located just 28 miles from Yellowstone’s Grand Loop Road, Pahaska Tepee makes the perfect Yellowstone vacation base between Cody and Fishing Bridge at Yellowstone’s East Entrance.
Nestled in the pines with two mountain streams on either side, Pahaska has abundant wildlife-viewing opportunities. Moose, buffalo and mountain sheep are often seen on the lawns outside the dining room picture windows. Buffalo Bill once said “these mountains are so close to heaven, if you listen closely, you can hear the rustle of angel wings in the tree tops.” Come experience Pahaska Tepee, where western hospitality is still at its finest! 183 North Fork Highway. (307)527-7701, (800)628-7791, www.pahaska.com
WILD WEST HISTORY ASSOCIATION, Nationwide
Celebrate our nation’s intoxicating Old West heritage with the Wild West History Association in Boise, Idaho. The 6th Annual Roundup (July 10-13, 2013) at the Riverside Hotel, is presented by the Wild West History Association (WWHA), and includes four days of camaraderie and immersion in Western history topics, with lectures, discussion panels, historical field trips and collectable vendors. Expand your knowledge of outlaws, lawmen and other storied characters of the Old West. The WWHA is a very active nationwide organization composed of more than 600 members. Whether you enjoy gunfights or ghost towns, join us to further your related topical interests and meet premier writers, collectors and historians in the field. Members receive and enjoy the collectable, bi-monthly WWHA Journal, which is loaded with Old West topics and current research. For more information, visit www.wildwesthistory.org
WYOMING OFFICE OF TOURISM, WY
Smiling in Wyoming. The cowboy pictured here is the strong stock of a ranch and rodeo family. John Franzen helps his folks operate a company that supplies horses and bulls for rodeos across the West. Franzen is also a steer wrestler on the pro rodeo level. His exuberance on a horse or after a competition is palpable. Following a particularly good day wrestling a steer at a prestigious Wyoming rodeo a couple of years back, Franzen actually skipped out of the arena waving his arms up and down as if to take flight. “I can’t control my emotions very well,” he said. “I smile too much I guess.”
Wyoming is all about smiling! One can imagine William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody smiling as he made the trek to what is now Wyoming. He is responsible for his namesake town – Cody – and opened the way westward from there so that he and friends like Teddy Roosevelt could hunt along with providing everyone a route to Yellowstone National Park from the east. You know Buffalo Bill smiled while regaling guests at the Occidental Hotel & Saloon in Buffalo, Wyoming. The towns of Cody and Buffalo stand today, in part, as homage to the man who took the Wild West to the world.
Wyoming’s eclectic array of experiences offered to visitors is as freewheeling as a string of unbridled steeds kicking up dust in a spirited sprint. We’d love to see you here soon. And when you are back home thinking about your trip, grin, and share it. For additional information, visit: www.wyomingtourism.org.
VISIT CHEYENNE CONVENTION AND VISITORS BUREAU, Cheyenne, WY
Live the Legend of Cheyenne! Cheyenne boasts many attractions that hearken back to its early days as a wild, yet affluent western city. Victorian mansions and historic buildings including the Wyoming Capitol, Governors’ Mansion, and Cheyenne Depot, dominate downtown. Visitors can hear many classic stories on the Cheyenne Street Railway Trolley, with daily tours from May through September. For a similar experience, free horse-drawn carriage rides are available in the downtown area. Of course, western shopping is a given with stores like the Wrangler and Wyoming Home offering all sorts of western treats.
Kids will enjoy the excitement of the West at the Terry Bison Ranch, which boasts horseback rides, exotic animals, and 3,000 bison. Cheyenne’s Holliday Park is home to one of the few surviving “Big Boys,” the largest steam locomotive ever made. Cheyenne has a Museum Loop Tour that includes the Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum, the Nelson Museum of the West, the Cheyenne Depot Museum, the F.E. Warren ICBM and Heritage Museum, Cheyenne Botanic Gardens, and the Wyoming State Museum. Cheyenne is also known for its rodeo, Cheyenne Frontier Days. Begun in 1897, the event has now grown into the largest outdoor rodeo and western celebration in the world. The celebration includes daily rodeos, nightly concerts, an Indian Village, parades, pancake breakfasts, a carnival, and more. The 117th Frontier Days takes place July 19-28, 2013. For additional information, call (800) 426-5009 or visit: www.cheyenne.org
JOHNSON COUNTY TOURISM ASSOCIATION, WY
Buffalo, Wyoming, is a historic town located on the famous Bozeman Trail. It was founded in the spirit of the Old West as a merchant’s settlement and a gathering place for travelers and settlers in 1878, when Fort McKinney was established at the base of the Bighorn Mountains. Dating to the community’s early days, the Historic Occidental Hotel & Saloon still stands, although not as it was back then; a canvas tent nestled on the banks of Clear Creek. Today, the Occidental boasts a distinguished ‘Who’s Who’ guest list of the American frontier, and is internationally renowned for its Old West charm.
Notorious outlaws, including Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, often used Buffalo as a place of exile when running from the law. In fact, their famous photo was taken in the Occidental – and that’s what finally got them caught.
It’s no mystery why settlers chose Buffalo to stake their claim, hang their hats and start anew here. Clear Creek still runs crisp and clean through downtown. You can follow it on the Clear Creek Trail for 20-plus miles, all the way into the foothills of the breathtaking Bighorn Mountains.
Buffalo also boasts the largest free outdoor swimming pool in the state, and plenty of recreational activities including: fishing, hiking, camping, biking, skiing, and snowmobiling. Johnson County hosts many annual events and festivals including: Living History Days, the Bighorn Mountain Music Festival, and the Johnson County Fair and Rodeo.
Centrally located between Yellowstone National Park and Mount Rushmore, Buffalo provides unlimited adventure opportunities. Stay at a dude ranch, participate in a cattle drive, camp in the Bighorn Mountains, or experience the culture of local musicians at an old fashioned “jam” – and discover our true Western heritage. Explore the heart of the Old West – and discover the adventures of the New West – in Buffalo! For more information, get a place to stay or find out where to play, visit www.buffalowyo.com.
OCCIDENTAL HOTEL, Buffalo, WY
Founded in 1880, the Occidental Hotel quickly became one of the most renowned hotels in Wyoming. Located near the Bozeman Trail at the foot of the Bighorn Mountains, the hotel was visited by many famous characters of the Old West as they traveled the trail. Early on, the hotel established a reputation for warm hospitality and fine food. Among those who enjoyed the hospitality of the Occidental were Buffalo Bill, Calamity Jane, Tom Horn and Theodore Roosevelt. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid also visited the Occidental from their nearby “Hole-In-The-Wall” canyon hideout. Legendary frontier sheriffs Frank Canton and “Red” Angus were regulars at the hotel bar. As time passed, the Occidental was expanded until it became a grand hotel, with elegant décor and fine service. Cowboys and ranchers from throughout the region went out of their way to enjoy the amenities of the Occidental. During the depression years of the 1930’s, the splendor of the hotel began to fade, and the hotel’s owners began a long struggle to stay open. By the 1980’s, the hotel’s condition had seriously deteriorated, and was on the road to potential demolition. In 1997, Dawn and John Wexo purchased the property, and began a ten-year process of historic restoration. David and Jackie Stewart became co-managing partners in 2011. Today, the restored Occidental been restored to its former grandeur, and shines bright as a great historic hotel of the American West, welcoming business travelers and travelers from around the world. For additional information, (307) 687-0751, or visit www.occidentalwyoming.com
DEADWOOD HISTORY, INC., Deadwood, SD
Explore Deadwood’s exciting past at Deadwood History’s Adams Museum, Days of ’76 Museum, Historic Adams House, Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center, and the City of Deadwood’s Mount Moriah Cemetery. Your trip through Deadwood History is not complete without a stop at the Adams Museum. Like a dear friend, the Black Hills’ oldest history museum introduces you to such legends as Wild Bill Hickok, Seth Bullock, and our one-of-a-kind plesiosaur fossil. Here, we show you why Deadwood is famous as an iconic Western town. Live recreations of the town’s rich history began in 1924, through Deadwood’s Days of ’76 Celebration. The Black Hills’ newest museum documents the Celebration and our award-winning Rodeo. The Days of ’76 Museum features exceptional exhibits of carriages, firearms , American Indian artifacts, and illustrates Deadwood’s enduring friendship with Buffalo Bill Cody. The Historic Adams House is a beautifully restored Queen-Anne style mansion – a virtual time capsule of Deadwood’s Victorian era finery. The home is filled with original artifacts chronicling Deadwood’s transition from a raucous mining camp to a National Historic Landmark District.
The Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center holds the world’s largest collection of Black Hills records and is the host of year-round cultural programming. Here, anyone interested in Black Hills history and culture can explore Deadwood History’s vast archival and photographic collections for information. Deadwood’s Mount Moriah Cemetery is the final resting place of Calamity Jane and Wild Bill. During your self-guided tour, view the concluding chapters of stories started elsewhere in Deadwood and the world. For additional information, visit: www.DeadwoodHistory.com
CRAZY HORSE NATIONAL MONUMENT, Crazy Horse, SD
To the Lakota and other Northern Plains American Indian people, the heart of all things is found in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Here is where you find the world’s largest sculpture in progress, the Crazy Horse Memorial. The internationally known icon tells the story of the legendary Lakota leader and times of the “Old West.” At Crazy Horse, this heritage remains dynamic.The expansive Crazy Horse museum and visitor complex is open daily and is a place where it is possible to meet people who met survivors of the historic 1876 Battle of the Little Big Horn. In fact, five battle veterans helped sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski and Chief Henry Standing Bear dedicate the nonprofit, educational Memorial in 1948. At Crazy Horse, you also can meet artisans related to the history makers, and experience programs and activities to learn about today’s tribal cultures living throughout North America. The Memorial’s growing cultural-education center is so large that summer visitors are guided by students from the Indian University of North America at Crazy Horse. From late May to early October, there is a Native American art market, regular programs featuring tribal dancing, music and storytelling, and numerous special events. The month of June alone includes the annual walk up the mountain carving, the Crazy Horse Stampede Rodeo for PRCA with Native American contestants, and the Gift from Mother Earth Celebration of American Indian and Western art. Want to know more? See www.crazyhorsememorial.org, email [email protected] or call (605) 673-4681 for travel planning information.
NATIONAL COWGIRL MUSEUM AND HALL OF FAME, Fort Worth, TX
The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame is the only museum in the world dedicated to honoring and celebrating women, past and present, whose lives exemplify the courage, resilience and independence that helped shape the American West. Since its establishment in 1975, the Museum has become an invaluable educational resource nationally known for its exhibits, research library, rare photography collection and Honorees in the Hall of Fame. A tour of this museum is different than most; it’s not strictly about admiring great people in history. It is about inspiring you, our visitor. Here, you will find four interactive exhibit galleries featuring artifacts and photographs, a temporary/featured exhibit gallery, three theaters, a research library, an award-winning gift shop, and plenty of friendly people to answer your questions. From saddles to outfits with bling, from heartbreaks to championship moments, you’ll see why we’re the only Museum in the world truly dedicated to the safekeeping and sharing of the American cowgirl and her courageous way of life. Find information on 211 Honorees including Annie Oakley, Sandra Day O’Connor, Dale Evans, Georgia O’Keefe, Sacagawea, Patsy Cline, Temple Grandin and others who performed with Buffalo Bill and several of the other Wild West shows. Don’t miss the bass relief tiles and murals on the building’s exterior or the 12 lifetyle murals ringing the 45-foot-high domed rotunda. These murals are made up of animated ribbed glass tiles, each projecting three different images. Visit the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame and be amazed. www.cowgirl.net
EXPRESS ST. JAMES HOTEL, Cimarron, NM
When you walk into the Express St. James Hotel in Cimarron, New Mexico, you feel as if you are stepping back in time, mixed with a strange sensation of something you cannot quite explain. Built by Henri Lambert between 1872 and finished by 1880, the hotel was known for its elegance and violence. In those days, the male population would gather in the bar where drinking, gambling and guns ended the lives of 26 men. After Henri and Mary Lambert passed away in the early 1900’s, the hotel footprint was altered and most of the original buildings were lost under various owners. Stories began to be told about “wild west” guests who stayed here, including William F. Cody. Scholars may disagree about his presence here at the St. James, but who knows what information the future will bring.
Robert Funk, owner of the Express UU Bar Ranch, purchased and remodeled the hotel in 2009. The historic site captures the spirit and elegance of the late 1800’s, while blending with a modernized dining area, kitchen and outdoor patio. The Henri Lambert tradition of fine food served in a relaxing atmosphere proudly continues. The carved wooden bar is still a gathering place, although the gambling and guns are now gone. The St. James it is more peaceful now, but who knows what will happen next, here where the “Wild West” is still alive! www.exst.james.com
THE FORT RESTAURANT, Morrison, CO
Join us for some shining times at The Fort! This masterful architectural recreation is based on the inspiration of Colorado’s historic Bent’s Fort, is an award-winning restaurant located in southwest Denver. The Fort is one of the nation’s most recognized dining establishments, and sells more buffalo steaks than any other independently owned restaurant in the country. Featuring fine beef, buffalo, game and seafood, the diverse menu offers a tantalizing selection of old and new foods from the 19th Century West. The Fort also provides a beautiful setting for weddings, receptions and corporate retreats at the base of the Rocky Mountains, in Red Rocks Country. The Fort been featured in local and national publications including the New York Times, Sunset, Bon Appetit, and Modern Maturity. Gates Open at: 5:30 p.m. (Monday through Friday), and 5:00 pm (Saturday and Sunday). 19192 Colorado Highway 8, Morrison, CO 80465 (303) 697-4771. For more information, visit www.TheFort.Com.
COLORADO RAILROAD MUSEUM, Golden, CO
There’s something amazing about trains. The familiar whistle has always promised adventure. The gentle rock of the rails has set the rhythm of our lives. Experience it all again at the Colorado Railroad Museum. Here, stroll the Museum’s 15-acre railyard which includes over 100 narrow- and standard-gauge steam and diesel locomotives, passenger cars, cabooses, an HO Model Railroad and G-scale garden railway in our 15-acre railyard. Watch as Colorado railroad history is brought back to life in our Roundhouse restoration facility with a working turntable. Visit the 1880s-replica Depot Museum housing thousands of rare artifacts, along with the Denver HO Model Railroad Club’s operating model layout, replicating the various types of Colorado mountain railroading. Then, take home a memory from our Depot General Store, featuring thousands of train gifts for every railfan. Group rates and programs are available and the Museum is open year-round from 9:00 a.m.– 5:00 p.m. Located just minutes from Downtown Denver. Ride the Rails every Saturday. Lose track of time. 17155 W. 44th Avenue, Golden, CO. (303) 279-4591 or (800) 365-6263. For additional information, visit www.ColoradoRailroadMuseum.org
THE DUDE RANCHERS ASSOCIATION, Cody, WY
A Dude Ranch Vacation is all about YOU, the guest. All member ranches of The Dude Ranchers Association are committed to making sure you have the vacation of a life time. With warm western hospitality, our outstanding horses, great food, accommodations and spectacular locations, we promise a vacation you and your loved ones will not soon forget. The pace at all dude ranches can be as leisurely or as active as you would like it to be. While unlimited horseback riding is the main focus at all DRA ranches, the activities are endless, with hiking, whitewater rafting, fly-fishing, trap shooting, kids programs, golf, pack trips, cattle work and much more. So what are you waiting for? Come make lasting memories and experience the Original Western Vacation at its Best! www.duderanch.org , [email protected] 866-399-2339.
We are not only about truly unforgettable vacations. The Dude Ranchers’ Western Museum is all about preserving and protecting this great way of life, the land in which it takes place on, and the amazing history that surrounds the Dude Ranching industry. Please stop by and learn more at The Dude Ranchers’ Western Museum, located at 1122 12th Street, Cody, Wyoming 82414. For additional information, visit www.duderanchhistory.com , [email protected] or call 866-399-2339.
CODY STAMPEDE RODEO AND XTREME BULLS, CODY NIGHT RODEO, Cody, WY
Welcome to Cody, Wyoming, the Rodeo Capital of the World! 2013 marks the 94th Anniversary of the Buffalo Bill Cody Stampede. The Cody Stampede Rodeo is an annual, four-day event, July 1-4, that has its roots in ranch contests and games, as well as the spectacle and drama borrowed from the world-famous Wild West shows produced by Colonel William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody. Top cowboys from across the continent come to Cody for the Stampede Rodeo, one of rodeo’s crown jewels and one of nine stops on the Million Dollar Gold Tour series. In addition to the Stampede performances during the Independence Day holiday, Cody also hosts the Xtreme Bulls Competition, June 30, featuring forty of the world’s top bull riders taking their shot at a $50,000 purse and the Cody/Yellowstone Xtreme Bulls title.
Many of these fine cowboys and cowgirls also spend their summers in Cody, competing in the Cody Night Rodeo and enjoying the lifestyle afforded by this great western community located near Yellowstone National Park. The Cody Night Rodeo is celebrating its 75th Anniversary and is the longest running rodeo of its kind. The Cody Night Rodeo has been the starting grounds for many of the present and past world champions in the sport of rodeo. Join us all summer long for family fun rodeo action.
If you are interested in purchasing tickets for any of the 90 rodeo performances for the Cody Night Rodeo June 1 through August 31, or the Cody Stampede, July 1-4, you can obtain them in advance on line at www.codystampederodeo.com, or by calling 800-207-0744.
CODY TROLLEY TOURS, Cody, WY
Welcome to Cody Trolley Tours, in Cody, Wyoming! Every Cody Trolley Tour is a 60-minute, 22-mile LIVE PERFORMANCE you will enjoy from the cozy oak interior of our festive red and green trolley. Our Best of the West Trolley Tour is the best and fastest way to gain an overview of all that Cody has to offer. Two engaging narrators present poster-sized historical photos, pass around authentic relics and entertaining audio clips, sharing the story of world-famous William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody, while spotlighting historical sites, local scenic vistas, geology, regional wildlife and old and new west area attractions. Your tour includes a copy of “The Best of Cody” guidebook that includes Cody coupons, a downtown walking tour, and terrific area information to help you plan the rest of your Cody, WY visit – it’s a $9.95 value – yours FREE! If you have additional questions about our Best of the West Trolley Tour just give us a call at 307.527.7043 and we’ll be happy to assist you. For complete tour informati or to make on-line reservations, visit: www.codytrolleytours.com.
OLD TRAIL TOWN AND OLD WEST MUSEUM, Cody, WY
Old Trail Town in west Cody, Wyoming helps keep the Old West alive! Located along the Yellowstone Highway just east of the Cody rodeo grounds, this ccollection of buildings and artifacts is precisely where Buffalo Bill Cody and his associates surveyed the first town site of “Cody City” in 1895. The museum includes an array of historic buildings and Western artifacts that provides a hands-on history lesson. Bob Edgar, founder of Old Trail Town, gathered historic details about each structure before each structure was moved to Cody from less than 150 miles away, in most cases. The setting gives visitors a sense of actually being present when Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid or Jeremiah “Liver Eating” Johnston, roamed Wyoming territory.The Mud Springs Cabin, used by Kid Curry and the Sundance Kid, was brought to Cody from a site near Montana state line, making it the second building at Old Trail Town with connections to the infamous robbers. Kid Curry and the Sundance Kid used it as a hideout before they attempted to hold up a bank in Red Lodge, Montana. The first is the cabin from Hole-In-The-Wall Country. Built in 1883, it served as a rendezvous point for Butch Cassidy, the Sundance Kid and other outlaws in the region. Curley’s cabin from Crow Agency, Montana, is one of the most interesting structures on site. Curley was a Crow scout for General Armstrong Custer and accompanied him before the Battle of the Little Bighorn. Curly saw trouble coming and wisely left before the famous fight of June 25, 1876.
Jeremiah “Liver Eating” Johnston, made famous by Robert Redford in the movie “Jeremiah Johnson”, is also buried here. In 1974, his grave was moved from California to Old Trail Town and Redford attended the reburial ceremony. Old Trail Town is open daily May 15- September 30, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m, and is located at 1831 DeMaris Drive, Cody, WY. For more information, call (307) 587-5302, or visit www.oldtrailtown.org.
BEST WESTERN PREMIER IVY INN & SUITES, Cody, WY
Cody’s newest property, the Best Western Premier – Ivy Inn & Suites – is a luxurious experience with a beautiful pool, spa and exterior pool lounging area. The fitness center features top-of-the-line equipment . Our property offers several complimentary items, including laundry facilities, Wi-Fi, HBO, parking, business center, luggage assistance, and daily newspapers at the front desk. Within our impressive lobby we have a great selection of items in our sundry area available to you for purchase with complimentary coffee while you browse. Inside our hotel, experience the 8th Street Restaurant & Bar, which provides exceptional service and premier menu options. Our nightly dining specials come to you within a fine dining atmosphere. Throughout the seasons, the menu changes to meet your personal choices and provides some of the best local selections available. It is unique American cuisine at Cody’s finest! Once in our guest rooms, you will find that luxury with a contemporary look is our focus and the right travel amenity is at your fingertips. These well-appointed rooms have plush towels and bedding, fine linen, Keurig machines with several different flavors and an electrical hub to keep you connected, no matter what devices you bring along for your travels. Come and experience the Premier life with us. To book your reservations, please call us at 307.587.2572 or visit us online at www.bestwestern.com/PremierIvyInnandSuites or www.8thstreet.co. We look forward to seeing you in Cody Country!
BEST WESTERN SUNSET MOTOR INN, Cody, WY
Experience the West with us at the Best Western – Sunset Motor Inn. We offer a classical Best Western experience and even more! Our 4.5 acre property offers a great playground for the kids, sunbathing at our outdoor pool and lounging area, and plenty of lush, grassy areas for relaxing with a book or enjoying a stroll. Take advantage of our fitness center and laundry facilities or forget your agenda and soak in our hot tub or enjoy a swim in our indoor pool! We offer several complimentary services such as breakfast, Wi-Fi, HBO, parking, and business center with daily newspapers at the front desk. Just next door is the Sunset House Restaurant & Cocktails. This family dining establishment offers superb food with a consistency the locals have come to count on. We offer daily specials, a great value and an even better dining experience, ask any one of us! Once you are in our guest rooms, you will feel comfortable and hopefully right at home. We have all the amenities you need and will do our best to get something for you if you don’t have it. All of our rooms are equipped with new flat screens and a fresh sense of a great travel experience ahead. For reservations, please call us at 307.587.4265. For more information about our restaurant call 307.587.2257 or visit us online at www.bestwestern.com/sunsetmotorinn or http://www.sunsethousecody.com/ . We look forward to your visit!
CHAMBERLIN INN, Cody, WY
“I can’t remember a more enjoyable stay, anywhere.” Songwriter, Ed Bruce. Memorable, elegant, remarkable – these are all words guests use to describe their stay at Cody, Wyoming’s historic Chamberlin Inn. The Inn receives numerous awards and accolades from guests with their elegantly decorated rooms, luxurious amenities and a beautifully landscaped courtyard garden, perfect for a leisurely cup of tea, glass of wine, game of croquet or a fully catered wedding. Located in the heart of downtown Cody, this small 21-unit boutique property has been lovingly renovated and is the perfect location to stay while enjoying Cody and nearby Yellowstone National Park. The Chamberlin Inn is home to Spirits Lounge, a quaint gathering place, offering an extensive wine list not often found in western establishments. Currently, the Inn is adding a conservatory that will expand the lounge and provide a beautiful space for weddings and / or meeting facilities. When booking your room, ask about our beautiful Hemingway Suite, where Ernest Hemingway stayed while finishing a manuscript and enjoying time fishing in the Cody area. 1032 12th Street, Cody, WY. For more information or to book your reservations for lodging, weddings, business meetings or corporate retreats,, call (888) 587.0202 or (307) 587-0202, or visit www.ChamberlinInn.com.
PROUD CUT SALOON, Cody, WY
The Proud Cut Saloon is conveniently located in the heart of historic downtown Cody! Established in 1986, this popular saloon and steakhouse, with its casual and rustic interior, has been a gathering place for locals and travelers who are eager to savor great food and celebrate good times! With our trademark wall-mounted moosehead and display of historical photographs and rodeo memorabilia, you’ll also find plenty of cowboys and cogirls who frequently gather here. The Proud Cut Saloon offers a broad menu, including great burgers, ribs, steaks and Rocky Mountain Oysters. Open for lunch and dinner. 1227 Sheridan Avenue. (307) 527-6905.
BLAIR HOTELS, Cody, WY
Blair Hotels owns and operates three hotels in the beautiful mountain town of Cody, Wyoming. These three inns are located on one full-service complex called the Buffalo Bill Village Resort. This resort features the Holiday Inn, Comfort Inn and the original portion of the resort, the Buffalo Bill [Cabin] Village. Although each hotel has its own identity and character, together they offer you Western “Blue Jean” Hospitality.”Whether you are traveling as part of a group, as a family or alone, the Buffalo Bill Village Resort has something to offer everyone. The complex is complete with 343 sleeping rooms, two plush suites, twenty-two 2-bedroom family cabins, as well as a heated courtyard pool, restaurants, a lounge and excellent shopping. The Holiday Inn and Comfort Inn are open year-round and are conveniently located in downtown Cody. The Buffalo Bill (Cabin) Village is open May 1-September 30, annually. The East Gate of Yellowstone National Park is located just 52 miles west of Cody, and the Northeast Gate is opnly 78 miles to the northwest of Cody. Both routes offer a beautiful drive through the Shoshone National Forest or via the Chief Joseph Scenic Highway. See for yourself how we can make your trip more enjoyable and convenient by visiting www.blairhotels.com, or by contacting us at: (307)587-3654 or 800.527.5544.
THE CODY, Cody, WY
Visiting Yellowstone? Doing business in Cody and the Big Horn Basin, or enjoying the many recreational possibilities in northwesteWyoming? Make THE CODY your lodging headquarters. Located just 52 miles from the East Gate of Yellowstone National Park,w e are a green-friendly boutique hotel and we delight in making our guests feel comfortable and at home. We care about your comfort, so let us pamper you with good old-fashioned western hospitality. Our beds are extremely comfortable and you will love our down pillows. Start your day by enjoying a deluxe continental breakfast. Computers are available in our library, or sit, relax and read a book by the cozy fireplace. Meet new friends in our spacious lobby and don’t forget to enjoy the exercise room, dry sauna, guest laundry and indoor pool, all open 24 hours. As evening comes, the outside fire pit – patio area is a great place to enjoy our beautiful Wyoming sunsets. The conference room is a terrific place to hold your board meeting, retreat, reception or gathering. We also have selected local professional caterers who can provide delicious snacks and meals for your group. Parking is available for trucks and trailers. Go ahead and bring the dog, as we are also canine friendly (limited number of designated rooms, so be sure to reserve early). No matter what the reason, or the season, when visiting Cody, we are the place to be. For additional information, visit: thecody.com.
WYOMING TERRITORY BREWING COMPANY, Cody, WY
Buffalo Bill Cody Beer is the first locally owned, custom-brewed craft beer in the town that bears this Wild West legend’s name. It was created to capture the spirit of the Wild West, as well as the adventure, entrepreneurial legacy, and vision of Buffalo Bill Cody himself.
Buffalo Bill Cody Beer is a traditional rye by standards, but it is also a modified Rocky-Mountain-style. It starts with a bright, straw-amber color and follows with a mild, fruity-estery aroma at low levels. The taste is crisp and light to the tongue, but pushes toward medium with the addition of Rockies-style biscuit malt. Hop bitterness is low to allow the malt and spicy-dry rye flavors to come through and to give Buffalo Bill Cody Beer a nice, smooth finish!
Don’t settle for imitations. There is only ONE custom-crafted, original Buffalo Bill Cody Beer. Look for the legend himself on the label. Available locally at the finest establishments! For additional product information, visit: http://buffalobillcodybeer.com