Everything You Need to Know About Buffalo Bill State Park

Whether you are searching for Wyoming’s most amazing photo opportunities or fun ways to cool off during the summer, there are so many reasons to include Buffalo Bill State Park in your Wild West itinerary. Did you know that Wyoming is home to 12 distinct state parks? Each park has its own uniqueness and appeal. However, Buffalo Bill State Park is one of our favorites!

Located along the Shoshone River and surrounded by beautiful mountain landscapes, Buffalo Bill State Park is just one recreational paradise near Cody, WY. If you are looking for more parks, rivers, and spectacular wildlife, download our free Cody Vacation Guide! Our carefully crafted guide has everything that you need to plan the ultimate Mountain West vacation.

What You’ll Find at Buffalo Bill State Park

Amazing Scenery

Buffalo Bill State Park is filled with breathtaking scenery. Crystal clear water, bright blue skies, and marshmallow clouds are just a few things that you will find. The deep gorges, multi-colored rocks, snow-capped peaks, and endless plains will captivate you. Take your time as you drive through the park and remember to visit the massive Buffalo Bill Dam!

Wildlife Photo Opps

In addition to the spectacular scenery, the mountains and plains of Buffalo Bill State Park are filled with wildlife and small animals. Bison, herds of buffalo, and pronghorn are all frequent sightings, and several species of birds call this park home. Prepare accordingly and bring a camera; you may even spot some friendly donkeys along the road!

Picturesque Picnics

A picnic is the perfect way to start your day at Buffalo Bill State Park. The park offers many spots to explore and many picnic points for lunch. Pack your picnic basket with food from somewhere local, perhaps Monster Lake Ranch! There are plenty of picnic tables and restrooms at this delightful park. While there are many places to enjoy Buffalo Bill State Park’s scenic views, we recommend relaxing to the sounds of the river with a riverfront picnic!

Rock ’n Roll

After a nutritious lunch, take a hike! The Absaroka Mountains dominate the scenery at Buffalo Bill State Park, which lends itself to some incredible hiking opportunities. Discover beautiful rock formations as you hike along the trails and take your time to explore the different rocks throughout the park.

Fun on the Water

After exploring the hiking trails, cool off on the lake or in the Shoshone River. Boating, canoeing, kayaking, and swimming are all popular activities and great ways to find relief in Wyoming’s hot summers. The reservoir at Buffalo Bill State Park allows fishing and is also Wyoming’s premier windsurfing reservoir. In addition, a number of boat ramps are available for lake access.

Where to Stay

After a long day of exploring Buffalo Bill State Park, head home to Monster Lake Ranch. Our ranch offers nearly 10,000 acres to explore and boundless recreation in the surrounding Absaroka Range. Horseback ride through the sprawling prairies, or tour the property on a four-wheeler expedition. If hiking is your passion, you will enjoy miles of scenic trails conveniently located on our property! 

Monster Lake Ranch is home to some of the best camping grounds in Cody, WY. Immerse yourself in the Wyoming prairies and camp under the stars of our Tipi Encampment. Surrounded by natural, untouched landscape, you won’t get a more authentic experience than this. Check our availability and start planning your ultimate Wyoming getaway today!

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