Buffalo Bill's Yellowstone Country

836 Sheridan Ave. • Cody, WY 82414
Phone: 307-587-2777 • Toll Free: 800-393-2639
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Cody Country Chamber of Commerce: Coming from the East Entrance of Yellowstone Park continue into Cody on the Yellowstone Hwy (Hwy. 16-20). On the west side of the highway (mainstreet) is the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, East of the Historical Center is a log building that houses the Cody Country Chamber of Commerce. From the north (Hwy. 120), west (Hwy. 14-16-20), or south (Hwy 120), Cody entrances, continue on main highway to the mainstreet - Sheridan  Avenue. On the south side of Sheridan  Avenue (836), west of the City Park is the log building that houses the Cody Country Chamber of Commerce.

Powell Valley Chamber on Commerce:
111 South Day Street, Powell, WY 82435
(307) 754-3494
When entering Powell on Hwy. 14-A, east or west, the Powell Valley Chamber of Commerce brick building is located on the north side of the Hwy at 111 South Day Street.

Meeteetse Tourist Information Center:
1947 State Street, Meeteetse, WY 82433
(307) 868-2454
When entering Meeteetse on Hwy. 14-16-20, north or south, the white stucco Meeteetse Tourist Information Center is located on the south side of the intersection of State Street (1947) and the Hwy 14-16-20.
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Cody is located in beautiful Park County, Wyoming, which takes its name from Yellowstone National Park (52 miles from Cody). The town is famous for its proximity to spectacular scenery, exciting history, and for its world-class museum, The Buffalo Bill Historical Center. Within Park County is the nation's first national park (Yellowstone), first national forest (Shoshone), and a series of historical and entertainment attractions that make it one of the world's leading travel destinations.

Cody was founded in 1896 by the living legend, Colonel William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody, who at the age of 41 was one of the most famous men in the world. Cody, variously known for his exploits as Pony Express rider, scout, hunter, entrepreneur and showman had become the friend of presidents and kings, senators and governors and many of the country's most influential business people as a result of his genius and showmanship.

Cody's "educational expositions" better known as "Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show," captured the international public's imagination. The exposition toured the world for thirty years. His exploits and accomplishments are in plain evidence throughout Park County.

Powell, home of Northwest College, is located in eastern Park County. Powell was named for Major John Wesley Powell, famed proponent of western land reclamation and an explorer of the Rocky Mountain West.

Powell adds diversity to Buffalo Bill's Yellowstone Country in that it has an agricultural economy. The area has been enriched by the control of water through the Buffalo Bill Dam. These irrigation waters transformed the sagebrush and hardscrabble of the area into abundant grain, sugar beet fields and pasture.

The town and the surrounding area are a tribute to the farming pioneers of a century ago. Many exhibits, points of interest, and a museum mark their efforts.

The East Yellowstone Valley lies in the Absaroka Range of the Rocky Mountains in northwestern Wyoming between Cody and Yellowstone National Park, America's and the world's first National Park. The East Yellowstone Valley is a gateway to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks and extends through the Shoshone National Forest.

East Yellowstone Valley also known as the "Wapiti" (elk) Valley is a spectacular western mountain valley where the plains meet the mountains. The bald eagle, Wapiti (elk), Shiras moose, mule deer, black and grizzly bear and the big horn sheep frequent this rugged valley.

The stretch of highway through the valley, the Buffalo Bill Cody Scenic Byway, has long been famous for its skyline of rugged rock formations, wildlife, and the winding North Fork of the Shoshone River. Unique and historic lodges and dude ranches are hidden along this route, sequestered in the pockets of the beautiful Shoshone National Forest. These fine resorts provide vacation experience many American families and foreign visitors find more enjoyable than anything they have ever experienced. Activities in the valley include horseback riding, fishing, hunting, camping, winter cross country and downhill skiing, and snowmobiling.

Meeteetse is one of the oldest settlements in the Big Horn Basin. The name is said to derive from an Indian phrase meaning "meeting place." But Meeteetse has a second opinion that says Meeteetse literally translated means "measured distance near and far." What it means depends on how the word was used, according to two members of the Crow tribe.

There is no question that the area was frequented by the Indians. Many Indian-killed buffalo skulls, arrowheads, and even the remains of Sheepeater tepee poles have been found.

Meeteetse also was visited by the armed desperados of the past. The likes of Butch Cassidy, the Sundance Kid and other "Hole-in-the-Wall" gang members undoubtedly strode down its boardwalks, and frequented the eating and drinking establishments there.

The town's real importance is as a major ranching center. Once the largest town in Park County, Meeteetse has clung to its roots and today is just about as it was at the turn of the century.

Today you can experience natures finest in excursions around the area, including a mining ghost town, abundant wildlife, wooden sidewalks and watering troughs and local characters who would be happy to share a tale or two.

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