Occupying more than 7,000 square miles of northwestern Wyoming, Cody Yellowstone is the marketing arm of Park County, Wyoming. The region includes the Yellowstone gateway community of Cody as well as the nearby towns of Meeteetse and Powell as well as a large part of Yellowstone National Park.
“While next year’s 150th anniversary of the world’s first national park will certainly be a highlight of the year, there are many other positive milestones in the region,” said Ryan Hauck, executive director of Cody Yellowstone. “We anticipate that the destination will once again be immensely popular among travelers seeking to experience wild places and outdoor adventures.”
Hauck added that it’s not too soon to line up lodging for next summer. “Lodges in the park, dude and guest ranches and hotels in Cody are accepting reservations for next summer, and the earlier you book the more lodging options you’ll have,” he said.
Cody offers access to two of Yellowstone National Park’s five gates – the East and Northeast – making the community an especially good place to begin or end a Yellowstone visit.
Notable events and milestones in 2022
150th anniversary of Yellowstone National Park. The world’s first national park was created on March 1, 1872 when President Ulysses S. Grant passed the Yellowstone National Park Protection Law. The law was prompted by the reports, photographs, paintings and sketches from members of several expeditions that explored the area and discovered what one of the explorers called “masterpiece of nature’s handiwork.”
Approximately 96 percent of the park is located in the northwestern corner of Wyoming, and the 2.2 million-acre park is visited by more than 4 million people every year. The park is known for its stunning wilderness landscapes; abundant wildlife such as bison, elk, pronghorn, wolves and raptors; geothermal features including geysers, hot springs, fumaroles, travertine terraces and mudpots; and compelling human history.
Completion and reopening of Fishing Bridge RV Park. After an extensive renovation, the Fishing Bridge Recreational Vehicle Park will reopen in late May 2022. Named after Fishing Bridge, a wooden vehicle bridge that once provided a platform for fishing native Cutthroat trout, the RV park will include large new sites with upgraded electrical service and picnic tables, an expanded parking lot, new dump station and recycling area and expanded registration building with additional showers and laundry facilities.The 172 renovated sites will range from 40 to 95 feet in length.
20th anniversary of the Draper Natural History Museum at Buffalo Bill Center of the West. Known for its innovative exhibits, the museum opened on June 4, 2002. The kid-friendly exhibits showcase the sights and sounds – and even the smells – of Greater Yellowstone with three interconnected galleries – the Expedition Trailhead, Alpine-to-Plains Trail and Seasons of Discovery.
120th anniversary of the Irma Hotel. William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody opened the Irma Hotel on Nov. 1, 1902, seven years after he founded the town of Cody. Named for his youngest daughter, Irma, the hotel was constructed for $80,000. Buffalo Bill was a frequent guest when he returned to the town from his still-touring Wild West Show. One of the hotel’s most notable features is a room-long Cherrywood bar in the dining room. The bar was a gift to Cody from Queen Victoria of England following his performance of the Wild West Show during her Golden Jubilee. The show marked the beginning of a much-chronicled friendship between the showman and the Queen that was lauded by diplomats and citizens on both sides of the ocean. The Irma Hotel is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
This year’s milestones included the 125th anniversary of the town of Cody; 10th anniversary of the opening of the Heart Mountain WWII Interpretive Center; 30th anniversary of the opening of the Cody Firearms Museum; 70 anniversary of the Cody Mural; 85th anniversary of the opening of Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel as it stands today (the original wing was built in 1911); and 150th anniversary of the first Hayden Expedition, which surveyed and documented the unusual features of what would become Yellowstone National Park.
Home of the Great American Adventure, Cody Yellowstone is comprised of the northwestern Wyoming towns of Cody, Powell and Meeteetse as well as areas inside of Yellowstone National Park and the valley east of the entrance. The region is known for rodeos, authentic guest and dude ranches, world-class museums and recreational adventures that reflect the adventurous spirit of the visionaries and explorers who brought the remote region to the world’s attention.