|Buffalo Bill Historical Center
Cody is home to one of the country’s supreme cultural attractions—the five museum complex of the Buffalo Bill Historical Center. Its third of a million square feet of exhibition space certainly makes it one of America’s largest museum complexes. The Whitney Gallery of Western Art presents an outstanding collection of masterworks of the American West, including original paintings, sculptures and prints from the early 19th century to the present. The Cody Firearms Museum houses the world’s largest and most important assemblage of American arms, as well as European arms dating to the 16th century. The Plains Indian Museum ranks as one of the nation’s finest Native American collections. The museum presents a varied tapestry of Plains Indian art and artifacts displayed in realistic settings. The Buffalo Bill Museum contains a wealth of material related to the life of Buffalo Bill Cody. The newest member of the museum group, The Draper Museum of Natural History, is a state of the art natural history museum that explores human interaction with the natural world associated with the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem. Highly interactive, it’s a hit with youth and adults alike.
- The Buffalo Bill Museum examines
both the personal and public lives of W.F. "Buffalo Bill"
Cody, and seeks to interpret his story in the context of the
history and myth of the American West.
- The Whitney Gallery
of Western Art presents an outstanding collection of masterworks
of the American West. Original paintings, sculptures and prints trace
artistic interpretations of the West from the early 19th century to
- The Plains Indian Museum features one of the country's largest and finest collections of Plains
Indian art and artifacts. Explore the cultural histories, artistry
and living traditions of Plains Indian peoples, including the Arapaho,
Crow, Cheyenne, Kiowa, Comanche, Blackfeet, Sioux, Gros Ventre, Shoshone
- The Cody Firearms
Museum contains the world's most comprehensive assemblage of American
arms, as well as European arms dating to the 16th century.
- The Draper Museum of Natural
History integrates the humanities with natural sciences to
interpret the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and adjacent intermountain basins.
- The Harold McCracken Research Library advances the understanding, appreciation and study of the American West.
Established on March 1, 1872, Yellowstone National
Park is the first and oldest national park
in the world.
Preserved within Yellowstone are Old Faithful Geyser and
some 10,000 hot springs and geysers, the majority of the
planet's total. These geothermal wonders are evidence of
one of the world's largest active volcanoes; its last eruption
created a crater or caldera that spans almost half of the
An outstanding mountain wildland with clean water and air,
Yellowstone is home of the grizzly bear and wolf, and free-ranging
herds of bison and elk. It is the core of the Greater Yellowstone
Ecosystem, one of the largest intact temperate zone ecosystems
remaining on the planet.
The human history of the park dates back 12,000 years. The
events of the last 130 years of park history are reflected
in the historic structures and sites associated with various
periods of park administration and visitor facilities development.
Teton National Park
Established in 1929, Grand
Teton National Park emerged from a complicated
and controversial series of events. The
park first consisted of the mountain
range and several glacial lakes. Later
the valley floor was protected as Jackson
Hole National Monument. The two areas
were combined in 1950.
Today the park encompasses nearly 310,000 acres and protects
the Teton Range, Jackson Hole (mountain valley), a 50-mile
portion of the Snake River, seven morainal lakes, over 100
backcountry and alpine lakes, and a wide range of wildlife
and plant species.
The park is also rich in a cultural history that includes
seven eras of human history: early peoples (paleo-indians),
Native Americans (modern tribes), fur trappers, homesteaders,
ranchers/farmers, conservationists, and recreationalists.
Climbing, hiking and backpacking, camping, fishing, wildlife
and bird watching, horseback riding, boating on Jackson and
Jenny Lakes, rafting on the Snake River, bicycling, and photography
are all common activities in the area.
About 4 million visitors enjoy the park each year, most visit
between Memorial Day Weekend and Labor Day.
|Nowhere else in the United States, including
Alaska, can the casual visitor observe such a striking diversity
of "charismatic mega-fauna" (the large mammals)
that abound in this region, Bald eagles, golden eagles, black
bear, the elusive cougar, the wolverine, the pine marten and
the gray wolf. Jackson Hole and Yellowstone are home to that
most formidable icon of wildness, the grizzly bear. The region
also hosts the largest herds of elk in North America and is
one of the few remaining areas in the lower 48 states where
the grizzly bear still roams in significant numbers, and is
home to the largest free-ranging herd of bison in the lower
|Cody Nite Rodeo
Cody Nite Rodeo has earned Cody the
title Rodeo Capital of the World. The Cody Nite Rodeo is the longest running rodeo in the United States, having operated for over 60 years. Many of the nation's greatest cowboys started their rodeo careers in Cody. It's good family entertainment,
and you get a look at the lifestyle of Old West Cowboys and
Cowgirls. Even the kids can get in the action in the calf
scramble. Kids from the audience can "cowboy up" too, joining in stick horse races and calf scrambles. Kids of all ages will enjoy watching the rodeo clowns at work, both entertaining the crowd and artfully helping to keep the rodeo participants out of harms way.
|Shoshone National Forest
Shoshone National Forest is the first federally protected National Forest in the United States and covers nearly 2.5 million acres in the state of Wyoming. Originally a part of the Yellowstone Timberland Reserve, the forest was created by an act of Congress and signed into law by U.S. President Benjamin Harrison in 1891. There are four wilderness areas within the forest, protecting more than half of the managed land area from development. From sagebrush plains through dense spruce and fir forest to craggy mountain peaks, Shoshone National Forest has a rich biodiversity rarely matched in any protected area.
|Have a great hiking adventure along the Highland Trail, obviously you could also have a look at Alpine Lake since you're here; it's not far at all. Custer National Forest has lovely nature scenery for your viewing satisfaction. Fun pursuits are bountiful; there's always something for everybody to love. At Custer National Forest you find a heap of outdoors recreation, so you could have a heap of fun. Hiking along the Pyramid Trail is glorious fun. West Fork West Boulder River is a stream that you may come across while here; a lake nearby is West Boulder
|The North Fork of the Shoshone River
|The Shoshone River is a northern Wyoming river whose headwaters are in Yellowstone National Park, and is a heavily traveled corridor for people visiting Yellowstone Park via the east entrance of Yellowstone. The Shoshone River here has been rated among the top ten freestone trout fisheries in the Rocky Mountains. Teddy Roosevelt once called the North Fork corridor the most scenic 50 miles of land in America. Cities it runs near or through are Cody, Powell, and Byron It ends when it runs into the Big Horn River near Lovell, Wyoming.
|South Fork of the Shoshone River
South Fork of the Shoshone River starts high in the southern end of the Absaroka mountain range in the Shoshone National Forest and it carves a beautiful swath between these beautiful peaks the line the South Fork of the Shoshone River. Visitors to the upper South Fork valley in the winter stand a good chance of observing bighorn sheep on their wintering grounds. This river is managed as a wild fishery with predominant emphasis on Yellowstone cutthroat (upper reaches). The lower reaches are an excellent brown trout fishery though access is limited due to private lands.
Visitors to the upper South Fork valley in the winter stand a good chance of observing bighorn sheep on their wintering grounds. This river is managed as a wild fishery with predominant emphasis on Yellowstone cutthroat (upper reaches). The lower reaches are an excellent brown trout fishery though access is limited due to private lands.
Heart Mountain is an 8,123-foot peak just north of Cody in the U.S. state of Wyoming, sticking up from the floor of the Bighorn Basin. The mountain is composed of limestone and dolomite of Ordovician through Mississippian age (about 500 to 350 million years old), but it rests on the Willwood Formation, rocks that are only about 55 million years old—rock on the summit of Heart Mountain is thus almost 300 million years older than the rocks at the base. For over one hundred years geologists have tried to understand how these older rocks came to rest on much younger strata.