The Best Things to Do When You Plan a Trip Out West

From rodeos to ghost towns to the beautiful Yellowstone National Park, there are so many things to see when you plan a trip out west! Whether it’s a family vacation or a last-minute getaway, we’ve created a western road trip itinerary that is perfect for any occasion. Read on to learn about four places and activities you don’t want to miss. Afterward, if you are hungry for more adventure, download our free Cody, WY, Vacation Guide. It is full of recommendations on parks, rodeos, historic sites, and more!

The Best Things to Do When You Plan a Trip Out West

Visit Yellowstone

No matter what the season, a trip to Yellowstone is a must for those planning a trip out west. Each season offers the opportunity to discover the park from a different perspective. During the colder months, you can look forward to tours on the Yellowstone Snowcoach, snowy and enchanted landscapes, and incredible wildlife viewing opportunities. Warmer months welcome newborn cubs, blankets of wildflowers, and tons of activity!

See Wyoming’s Wild Horses

Wild horses are a true symbol of the American West. While they have homes throughout the great state of Wyoming, most of them are within the Southwestern corner. Only a few minutes away from Monster Lake Ranch, you will find Red Canyon Wild Mustang Tours. Guided tours are a great way to ensure that you don’t miss a thing! Whether you are young or old, the sight of these majestic creatures guarantees to stir your imagination.

Explore the Ghost Towns

No trip out west is complete without exploring the past. One of the most incredible ways to do it is by venturing out to one of the area’s ghost towns. These now abandoned places were once booming gold mining towns. There isn’t a better way to catch a glimpse into the past.

Enjoy the Best Outdoor Recreation

Cody, WY, is full of breathtaking scenery. The Absaroka Mountains and the Shoshone River are just a couple of places that will beckon you to explore. Throughout each season, you will find plenty of activities to keep the entire family busy. Winter welcomes ski season at the Sleeping Giant ski area, while summer is a great time to zipline through the heart of Buffalo Bill Cody Country. Kayaking, fishing, hiking, and mountain biking are other popular activities that you will find throughout the area.

Your Wild West Getaway Awaits

Located in the heart of Cody, Monster Lake Ranch is the best place to stay and experience the best of what the American West offers. Our ranch encompasses nearly 10,000 acres and is an oasis for fishing, hunting, horseback riding, and more! a bed in the pheasant's roost bedroom on monster lake ranch.

When you book a stay in any of our beautiful cabins, like the Pheasant’s Rhoost, you can look forward to great amenities and top-notch service. Beautiful views of the surrounding Absaroka mountain range, our steak restaurant, and breakfast at Cutthroat Saloon are a few perks that you can enjoy. If you are ready to plan your trip out west, check out our Spirit of the West Vacation Package and book your stay. We can’t wait to welcome you to Cody/Yellowstone Country!