Cody, Wyoming, classic western destination

Wyoming’s Park County area is called “Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country” because it was the playground of Buffalo Bill Cody himself. Buffalo Bill founded the town of Cody in 1896. Yellowstone Country includes Cody, Powell and Meeteetse, as well as the valley east of Yellowstone National Park.

Inexpensive ways to experience Cody

Cody Gunfighters. There’s enough silliness that even the youngest child will soon figure out these gunfights aren’t real. Costumed characters mosey into the street by the famous Irma Hotel and act out a scenario that always ends in a gunfight. (But for the kids in the audience, they also stress gun safety.) The show is free; dinner’s extra.

Tecumseh’s Old West Miniature Village and Museum. Kids love miniature stuff. Dolls. Action figures. Model trains. Admission is free.

Pahaska Tepee. This was Buffalo Bill’s retreat. Built in 1904, this hunting lodge sits just outside the East Gate of Yellowstone National Park. Tours are free.

Buffalo Bill Dam Visitor Center. Water is a major concern today in the western United States. William F. Cody foresaw that and convinced the federal government to build a dam. Today, agriculture thrives in this naturally arid area due to his foresight. Located six miles west of Cody, it offers free tours.