Located at the gateway to Yellowstone National Park, there’s no better place to seek adventure than Cody, Wyoming. Founded by Buffalo Bill Cody himself, this lively frontier town is a prime destination for fishing, hunting, horseback riding, whitewater rafting, gunfight shows, and so much more. So what are you waiting for? Channel your inner cowboy and get ready to experience Wild West vacation of a lifetime!
If you are planning an exciting getaway to Cody, Wyoming, be sure to request our complimentary Vacation Guide first. It’s full of information about the best attractions, places to eat, and things to do during your Wild West vacation.
10 Things to Do During Your Next Wild West Vacation
Known as one of the best Old West towns to visit, Cody offers breathtaking wilderness and boundless year-round recreation. Here are some of the best ways to experience it to the fullest:
Did you know that Cody is a world-famous fishing destination? Spanning a combined 280 acres of flat water on two private lakes, Monster Lake and Quick Lake offer some of the best fly fishing in the region. You can reel in the largest trout of your life here, including Brown, Rainbow, Brookie, and Tiger. With a fully restored fishery and plenty of great catches to be had, get ready to cast your line all day long.
2. Horseback Riding
Nothing completes a Wild West vacation like a horseback riding adventure! The rugged beauty of Wyoming’s landscape is often compared to a scene right out of the movies. Only this time, you’ll be the one riding off into the sunset. As you wind past the rimrocks, tipi encampments, and clear blue lakes, you’ll see miles of breathtaking views stretching in every direction. Don’t forget to bring your camera!
3. See the Wild Mustangs
After you roam the wilderness on horseback, head over to Red Canyon to see the wild mustangs in their natural habitat. These magnificent creatures are the living symbol of the American West. We guarantee it will be an experience you will never forget.
Cody, WY, and the surrounding area also boasts some of the best bird hunting and big game hunting in the region. The surrounding Absaroka range and Shoshone National Forest are filled with wildlife, and the pheasant hunting thrill of your life awaits you here. Whether you are an experienced hunter or new to the sport, you’ll find all levels of training and guidance for the perfect birding excursion.
5. Whitewater Rafting
If you really want to get your heart racing, go on a thrilling whitewater rafting excursion! The Shoshone River offers a roller coaster ride of rapids and some of the most beautiful scenery in the country. A river rafting trip is also a great activity for the whole family to enjoy. As you work together to navigate the rapids, you’ll find plenty of opportunities to get in some much-needed family bonding time.
6. Tour Yellowstone National Park
With towering canyons, lush forests, alpine rivers, colorful paint pots, spectacular geysers, and abundant wildlife, Yellowstone National Park is an incredible sight to behold. The park’s Eastern entrance is less than 60 miles away — perfect for a day trip! We recommend taking a Yellowstone Photo and Wildlife Tour to get the full experience. As your guide takes you to all the main points of interest, you might spot elk, buffalo, antelopes, black bears, moose, wolves, or even grizzlies.
7. Watch a Gunfight Show
If you would like to experience the ultimate Old West vacation, you must watch a Cody gunfight show! As soon as the standoff begins, you will feel like you have time-traveled to a previous era. The shoot-outs take place right in the street in front of the historic Irma hotel, just like the old days. Performances are free and run Monday – Saturday from June through September.
8. Visit the Buffalo Bill Center of the West
History buffs will love browsing through all of the exhibits at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. The center features five themed museums, including its flagship Buffalo Bill Museum. Learn about Buffalo Bill Cody’s life and the legacy that he left behind in our frontier town. Then, make sure to stop by the Cody Firearms Museum to see the most comprehensive collection of firearms in the world.
9. Go to the Rodeo
Cody is the “Rodeo Capital of the World,” and the Cody Nite Rodeo is a must-see! Bring the whole family out to meet the cowboys and bullfighters before the show. Then, get ready to watch some of the most exciting riding and roping you will ever see. The Cody Nite Rodeo runs every night from the beginning of June to the end of August. And you definitely won’t want to miss the Cody Stampede Rodeo! The four-day event draws some of the best bull riders in the nation and features a craft fair, food booths, and daily parades.
10. Enjoy a Hearty Meal
After an exciting day in the frontier, make sure to stop by Restaurant Bliss. With an inviting ambiance and a unique Western style, this restaurant offers a dining experience like no other. When you enjoy a fine meal prepared by Chef DeWitt, you’ll see why it is quickly becoming a favorite for locals and visitors alike. The steaks are best sellers, but the Cajun-Creole offerings will have you coming back for seconds.
Authentic Old West Vacations at Monster Lake Ranch
From tipi encampments to spacious guest rooms, Monster Lake Ranch is the ideal choice for any Wild West vacation. Situated on nearly 10,000 acres, our Cody, WY ranch offers unparalleled freedom, unmatched views, and endless year-round activities. On-site adventures include fly fishing, pheasant hunting, horseback riding, hiking, and more. You won’t see it all in one day! No matter which of our accommodations you choose, we promise that you will have an unforgettable time.
If you would like to live like a true cowboy, make sure to take advantage of our Western vacation packages. Our Spirit of the West Package includes a three-night stay for two, breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and endless activities on the ranch. You’ll also receive two complimentary passes to the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, two passes to the Cody Nite Rodeo (seasonally), and an optional guided trip to Yellowstone. Check our availability and give us a call at 307-587-5960 to book your stay. We can’t wait to welcome you!