Cody is the gateway to the beautiful Shoshone River Valley and the East entrance to Yellowstone National Park. It is named for one of its founders, William Frederick Cody (a/k/a Buffalo Bill), who in the late 1800s recognized the potential for ranching and agriculture in the area and the advantages of being in close proximity to the Nation’s first national park. Cody, primarily a summer tourist destination, attracts many visitors on their way to Yellowstone National Park. The East Entrance to Yellowstone National Park (52 miles from Cody), is usually open from early May until the first week in November. Outdoor enthusiasts will find plenty to do in the Cody Area. Fishing, river float trips, golf, biking, rock climbing, horseback riding, hiking, and snowmobiling are available. Sheridan Avenue (Main Street) in Cody has many interesting shops and galleries, and very good restaurants. Cody is fortunate to have the Buffalo Bill Historical Center which features five very impressive museums under one roof: the Buffalo Bill Museum, the Whitney Gallery of Western Art, the Plains Indian Museum, the Cody Firearms Museum; and, the Draper Museum of Natural History. For a community of less than 9,000 residents, the Historical Center is a remarkable treasure. Every night, June – August, enjoy a public exhibition of the skills of cowboys at the Cody Nite Rodeo. A trip to Cody would not be complete without a visit to the Buffalo Bill Dam Visitors Center, 6 miles west of Cody.
TIP: Visitors flying into Billings Airport to tour Yellowstone Country should consider staying in Cody the last night or two of their trip. From Cody, it is an easy drive back to the Billings Airport.
Location: 89 miles south of Laurel, MT (exit434 on I-90); and, a 2 ½ hour drive from Billings (Montana) Logan International Airport. From I-90, exit 434, drive south on Hwy 212; turn left (south) on Hwy 313; turn right on Hwy 72. Hwy 72 becomes Hwy 120 at the Wyoming border. Continue south on Hwy 120 to Cody.