Living in Yellowstone CountrySep 112023
The view on any given day, at any time of day, in any season will be different and not repeatable as you drive out of Cody through Yellowstone Country. All that you have to do is take the time to observe the sky and the landscape. Here, we learn patience and an understanding of nature. Yellowstone Country has a lifestyle for the nature lover, the sportsman and those that just want that wide open spaces and peaceful lifestyle. We are surrounded by stunning natural landscapes, including the nearby Absaroka Range and the gateway to Yellowstone National Park. If you love outdoor activities like hiking, fishing, hunting, and camping, you'll find plenty of opportunities right in your backyard.
A few miles east of Cody you can see wild Mustang horses roaming the McCullough Peaks. South of town you can find petroglyphs a few miles off of the road and further south, go soak in hot springs. Head north and the views of the rugged Beartooth mountains which loom majestically over Clark will take your breath away. Their rugged beauty and unique geology make them a fascinating and awe-inspiring natural wonder. Westward, up the Southfork of the Shoshone River you can appreciate the dangerous sport of ice climbing in the winter and watch wildlife or camp or hike in the summer. The famous Thorofare trail is accessed from the Southfork. The Thorofare area is the most remote wilderness in the lower 48 states. Following the Northfork highway west out of Cody, the scenic 50-mile drive from Cody, Wyoming, to the East Entrance of Yellowstone National Park is one of the most beautiful and iconic routes in the region. A favorite pastime in the winter months for locals is to take this drive to view the Big Horn sheep that are often down along the road. Northwest of Cody is the Chief Joseph Scenic Byway and the Beartooth Highway where you will often see mountain goats at the higher elevations.
Pride in its Western heritage runs throughout Yellowstone country and you'll find that cowboy culture is deeply ingrained in the town of Cody’s identity. Rodeos, Western art, and events celebrating this heritage are common. The world-renowned Buffalo Bill Center of the West museum complex is dedicated to preserving and sharing the history and culture of the American West and includes five museums, each focusing on different aspects of Western history, art, and culture.
Cody's proximity to Yellowstone National Park makes it a tourist destination during the summer months. While this brings economic benefits to the town, it also means that the population can fluctuate with the tourist season.
Wildlife is abundant in Yellowstone Country including the town deer. We watch for deer, antelope, fox, turkey, a loose cow or any number of wildlife about to run across the road or a herd of elk slowly crossing the road around the next corner even though the road sign says we can drive 65 miles per hour.
In Yellowstone country you can have the lushest garden one could imagine and also pick wild fruit and berries. If you appreciate hunting and fishing, we have licensed hunting and fishing seasons and you will also see ice fisherman on the Buffalo Bill Reservoir on cold blue ice days. All seasons of the year offer opportunities to "hunt" with your camera.
Yellowstone country is surrounded by beautiful natural landscapes, including mountains, rivers, and forests, making it an ideal destination for outdoor enthusiasts. Activities such as hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, fishing and rodeo are popular during the summer months. Winter months offer skiing, snow shoeing and ice climbing.
The stars brilliantly light the skies at night. The sunrises and sunsets defy your imagination. Life is slower paced as each new day awaits a new adventure in Yellowstone Country.