Cody

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Introduction

Cody is in northwest Wyoming, close to the east side Yellowstone National Park. Unlike Jackson, with its pet spas and high-end shopping, Cody is more authentically cowboy. Cody is famous for its rodeo, which occurs nightly during the summer, and for its proximity to fantastic wilderness adventures in Yellowstone and in the national forests surrounding the park.

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Sights and Activities

  • Buffalo Bill Dam and Cody Visitor Center. Six miles from the Eastern Yellowstone entrance is the visitor center that covers Cody and the Buffalo Bill Dam. There's not a tremendous amount of information, but it's a decent stopover if you're between hikes.
  • Buffalo Bill Center of the West, 720 Sheridan Ave, ☎ +1 307 587-4771. One center offers up five different museums. The Plains Indian Museum is award-winning, and the Whitney Gallery of Western Art has many stunning pieces by Remington and more.
  • Cody Stampede Rodeo and Cody Nite Rodeo. From June 1 to August 31, the Cody Nite Rodeo runs every evening with bull riding, steer wrestling and more. Right around the 4th of July, the Cody Stampede Rodeo occurs, which is the biggest event in the summer in Cody. Cowboys from all over the nation and the world compete in seven different events.
  • Smith Mansion, 2902 N Fork Hwy. Ruins of an extraordinary wooden structure located on a hill visible from the road in Wapiti between Cody and Yellowstone National Park. Do not attempt to enter the property - it is dangerous and the owners do not welcome trespassers.
  • Historic Cody Mural and Museum (Cody Chapel), 1719 Wyoming Ave., ☎ +1 307 587-3290.
  • Old Trail Town, 1831 Demaris Dr., ☎ +1 307 587-5302, e-mail: visitus@oldtrailtown.org.
  • Heart Mountain Interpretive Center, 1539 Road 19, ☎ +1 307 754-8000.

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Events and Festivals

Holidays

  • New Year’s Eve - The US celebrates the outgoing of the old year and incoming of the New Year quite dramatically. Every state boasts its own parties to ring in the New Year, but none is more extravagant than New York’s Time Square, which sees people overflowing into the neighboring restaurants, bars, parks, beaches, and neighborhoods.
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day (officially Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. and sometimes referred to as MLK Day) is an American federal holiday marking the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. It is observed on the third Monday of January each year, which is around King's birthday, January 15. The holiday is similar to holidays set under the Uniform Monday Holiday Act. The earliest Monday for this holiday is January 15 and the latest is January 21. King was the chief spokesperson for nonviolent activism in the Civil Rights Movement, which successfully protested racial discrimination in federal and state law.
  • St Patrick’s Day - March 17 celebrates the US’s large Irish population. Many cities around the country boast boisterous parades and Irish-themed parties, especially New York and Chicago, where the river is dyed green. Be wary of the drunkenness that dominates as this is definitely a party-day.
  • Memorial Day - Memorial Day is an important holiday throughout the United States, but not for crazy festivities. Parades commemorating wartime heroes are often held and the day is also the ‘unofficial’ start of summer. Most visitors follow the crowds to parks and beaches, which are capped off with informal BBQs.
  • Independence Day - Also known as the Fourth of July, Independence Day celebrates the US’s break from the British during the 18th century. Barbecues, street parties, beach trips, and weekend getaways are commonplace to appreciate freedom.
  • Labor Day is a public holiday celebrated on the first Monday in September. It honors the American labor movement and the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, laws, and well-being of the country. It is the Monday of the long weekend known as Labor Day Weekend. It is recognized as a federal holiday. Beginning in the late 19th century, as the trade union and labor movements grew, trade unionists proposed that a day be set aside to celebrate labor.
  • Halloween - Halloween is a fun holiday on October 31 for all generations to dress up in costumes and relive their youth. Children walk around the neighborhood trick-or-treating for candy, while adults attend parties. Other seasonal events include haunted houses, pumpkin farms and carving, and corn mazes.
  • Thanksgiving - On the fourth Thursday in November, Thanksgiving is held in almost every home in the US. Tourists will have a hard time finding anything to do as the country essentially shuts down in observation. A typical Thanksgiving meal consists of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie commemorating the original Pilgrim’s feast at Plymouth Rock.
  • Christmas - On December 25, Christians celebrate Christmas as the pinnacle of their calendar by attending church and opening gifts from Santa Claus. Almost everything shuts down to promote family togetherness. The northern regions hope to experience a “white Christmas,” with trees and festive lights blanketed by snow.

Sport

  • Super Bowl Sunday - the world’s most watched sporting event and one of the highest grossing TV days of the year, Superbowl Sunday is a spectacular extravaganza. Held the first Sunday in February, the Superbowl is the final playoff game between the NFL’s top two teams. The venue rotates every year around America, yet the local parties seem to remain. Pubs, bars and restaurants are great places to enjoy the Superbowl or locals throw their own parties with different variations of betting.
  • The World Series is the annual championship series of Major League Baseball (MLB) in North America, contested since 1903 between the American League (AL) champion team and the National League (NL) champion team. The winner of the World Series championship is determined through a best-of-seven playoff, and the winning team is awarded the Commissioner's Trophy. As the series is played during the fall season in North America, it is sometimes referred to as the Fall Classic.

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Weather

Cody experiences a semi-arid climate (Köppen BSk), with highly variable conditions. Relative humidity is usually a fairly dry 30% or less. Precipitation averages 266.7 millimetres annually, including 1.08 metres of snow per season. Due to the aridity, snow cover is highly unreliable, with 27 days per season with 1 inch or 0.025 metres or more on the ground. Cody enjoys about 300 days of sunshine per year.

Wind is almost a constant presence in the Cody area and the Big Horn Basin in general. Air flow in the Basin is turbulent, but during the winter most storms move in from the north-northwest. During the summer, it is not unusual to see storms move in from the southwest. Throughout a normal day, winds can be experienced as coming from almost any direction, mostly from the north and west, but sometimes from the south and east. The Canyon at the west end of Cody funnels rain and wind across the city from the west. The winds can be quite strong at 48 to 64 km/h and last for several days.

Because of the dry climate, the entire area is laced with irrigation canals, holding ponds, laterals, and drops. The Buffalo Bill Dam between Rattlesnake and Cedar mountains forms a large reservoir about 16 km to the west of Cody. This reservoir (among others) feeds the Shoshone Project, a large irrigation water distribution system.

The monthly daily average temperature ranges from -3.4 °C in December to 21.1 °C in July. An average of 13.8 days have highs of 32 °C or higher and an average of 13.2 days have lows of -18 °C or lower; the average window for freezing temperatures is September 27 thru May 14 and for measurable (≥0.25 centimetres) snow, October 24 thru April 17. The record high temperature was 105 °F or 40.6 °C on July 14, 1925, and the record low temperature was -43.3 °C on February 8, 1936.

The wettest calendar year has been 1991 with 407.4 mm and the driest 1956 with 90.9 mm. The most rainfall in one month was 146 mm in June 1992. The most rainfall in 24 hours was 64 millimetres on July 22, 1973. There are an average of 70 days with measurable precipitation. The most snow in one year was 1.86 m between July 1916 and June 1917. The most snow in one month was 0.67 m in January 1972.

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Getting There

By Plane

Yellowstone Regional Airport is two miles from the CBD. Delta Express flies here from Salt Lake City, Utah, and United Express and Mesa Airlines fly from Denver, Colorado.

By Car

Car trips to Cody are a bit long, but you're rewarded with beautiful scenery.

From the north - MT 310 connects I-90 with WYO 120 from Billings, Montana. Or, for a prettier alternative, drive from Red Lodge, Montana take the Beartooth Scenic Byway - US-212 is one of the top 20 drives in the country. The highway is open summer months only. US-212, the Beartooth Highway, leads to WY 296 - the Chief Joseph Scenic Highway. Here take US-212 to the northeast entrance of Yellowstone National Park, or take WY 296 to WY 120 and on to Cody.
From the northeast - Over the Big Horn Mountains via Powell and Lovell on the Medicine Wheel Passage on US-14A. Open summer months only.
From the south - I-25 to Casper, US-20 to Thermopolis, and WYO 120 to the hamlet of Meeteetse and then Cody.
From the east - Across the Big Horn Scenic Byway on WYO 14 from Sheridan, Wyoming to Greybull on WYO 14-16-20. Through Buffalo, Wyoming on WYO 16 the Cloud Peak Skyway through Ten Sleep and Worland to WYO 16-20 to Greybull and on to Cody.
From the west - Through Jackson, Wyoming and Yellowstone National Park on WY 191 to WY 14-16-20, the Buffalo Bill Cody Scenic Byway to Cody.

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Getting Around

By Car

Given Cody's rather remote location and the activities you've come to Cody to enjoy, you will want a car to get around.

Many international rental companies have a wide selection of rental cars and these include Hertz, Avis, Dollar, Thrifty, Enterprise, Budget and Alamo/National. Most companies will require you are at least 25 years of age, although younger people might be able to rent cars at slightly higher rates and with some insurance differences as well. A national driver's license is usually enough, but an additional international one is recommended. Also note that it usually costs more to include lots of other extra things. For example extra drivers, GPS, the first full tank, SLI (Supplemental Liability Insurance), PAI (Personal Accident Insurance, usually covered already at home), road assistance/service plan, and drop-off costs for one-way rentals.
If you want to book a car, it is recommended that you book your car before arriving in the USA. This is almost always (much) cheaper compared to just showing up. Also, try and book with a so-called 'broker', which usually works together with a few or many car rental companies and can offer the best deal. Some examples include Holidayautos, Holidaycars and Sunny Cars. Some of the cheapest deals to book from Europe, includes Drive-USA, which also has a German version.

For more information and tips about renting cars and campers, additional costs, insurance, traffic rules, scenic routes and getting maps and fuel it is advised to check the USA Getting Around section.

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Eat

  • Proud Cut Saloon, 1227 Sheridan Ave, ☎ +1 307 527-6905. This is one of Cody's most famous restaurants. Don't be surprised to find yourself eating a great cut of meat out on a patio with plastic table coverings. Proud Cut is more about good food than fancy surroundings.
  • Zapata's, 1362 Sheridan Ave, ☎ +1 307 527-7181. Zapata's is located at the end of Cody's main drag. The Mexican food isn't bad, but the margaritas and beer are great after a long day's hike.
  • Shiki Japanese Restaurant, 1420 Sheridan Ave. Amazing Japanese food, and a great atmosphere.
  • Silver Dollar Bar, 1313 Sheridan Ave, ☎ +1 307 527-7666. Best burger in town. Must be 21 to eat inside, great place to eat & drink outside on the patio during the summer.

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Sleep

  • Comfort Inn, 1601 Sheridan Ave, ☎ +1 307 587-5556. In the heart of downtown. All of Cody's best restaurants and gift shops within walking distance. Free breakfast, Wi-Fi, great customer service, and a cozy room.
  • The Cody, 232 West Yellowstone Ave, ☎ +1 307 587-5915. The only luxury hotel, it is a green-friendly resort offering many upscale amenities. Less than a mile from the Cody Rodeo Grounds. Enjoy the scenic beauty and luxury of this hotel.
  • Heart2Heart Ranch - Bed, Barn and Breakfast, 486 Rd 2AB, ☎ +1 307 587-2906. A small working ranch near the Heart Mountain, Heart2Heart is cozy, comfortable and the folks who run it are very welcoming. You can also stay here with your dog.
  • Best Western Sunset Motor Inn, 1601 8th St, ☎ +1 307 587-4265, toll-free: +1-800-624-2727, fax: +1 307 587-9029.
  • Holiday Inn, 1701 Sheridan Ave, ☎ +1 307 587-5555.
  • Green Creek Inn & RV Park, 2908 Northfork Highway, ☎ +1-877-587-5004. A nice motel in Wapiti between Cody and Yellowstone National Park. The rooms are clean and cosy. The owners are friendly, and seemed to be quite strict about the rules of their place, which some less disciplined guests might find uncomfortable. From the premises there is a prime view of the Smith Mansion. From 70$.

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Keep Connected

Internet

There is a very small internet bar/cafe culture in the USA. Even then most of the internet bars/cafes tend be located in major urban centers. Accessible WiFi networks, however, are common. The most generally useful WiFi spots are in coffee shops, fast-food chains, and bookshops, but also restaurants and hotels more and more have a network to connect on. Some of them might require you to buy something and you might need a password too, especially in hotels.

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

The general emergency phone number is 911. The USA has a great landline phone system that is easy to use. The country code for the U.S. is +1. The rest of the telephone number consists of 10 digits: a 3-digit area code, and a 7-digit number. Any small grocery store or pharmacy has pre paid domestic or international phone cards. These phone cards are very cheap and offer good rates. The once ubiquitous pay phone is now much harder to find. Likely locations include in or near stores and restaurants, and near bus stops. The cellphone network in the states is slowly getting better but is still not as good when compared to other western countries. Cell phones tend to operate using different frequencies (850 MHz and 1900 MHz) from those used elsewhere in the world (2100 MHz). This used to prevent most foreign phones from working in America. Phones must be tri- or quad-band to work in the U.S. Fortunately, technology has meant that most phones should now be able to pick up one of the U.S. networks. Prepaid phones and top-up cards can be purchased at mobile phone boutiques and at many discount, electronics, office supply and convenience stores. A very basic handset with some credit can be had for under $40.

Post

The US Postal Service is a very good and well priced mail system. There are post offices in every small and large town for sending packages internationally or domestically. Although some might keep longer hours, most are open at least between 9:00am and 5:00pm. If wanting to send a letter or postcard it is best just to leave it in a blue mail box with the proper postage. First-class international airmail postcards and letters (up 28.5 grams) cost $1.10. There are also private postal services like FedEx, UPS, TNT and DHL, which might be better value sometimes and are generally very quick and reliable too.

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