The wild is calling explorers and nature lovers to Cody Yellowstone this winter. Breathe the crisp mountain air, revel in the historic charm, and take in its Western wonders.
Downhill skiers and snowboarders can take on the Sleeping Giant Ski Area, one of the oldest alpine ski areas in the country, operating since 1936. This resort has a laid-back atmosphere and slopes for every experience level. Aerial specialists can impress their friends as they take on the quarter pipes, rails, kickers, boxes, and jumps.
Cross-country skiers have many trails to explore, filled with ample nature and wildlife. While the bears are settled away for a long winter nap, travel down one of the many trails in the Wood River Valley Ski Touring Park. Operated by the Meeteetse Recreation District, this park features more than 15 miles of groomed trails. In addition, the Park County Nordic Ski Association grooms 11.9 miles of classic tracks for cross-country skiing near Pahaska Tepee. No need to pack your skis! Rent gear at Sunlight Sports and Sleeping Giant Ski Area.
Take a winter walk with a hot beverage in hand, or tie up your hiking boots for a more advanced terrain while following over 50 miles of trails and pathways in Cody Yellowstone. In addition, Yellowstone National Park has incredible paths, perfect for snowshoers and wildlife seekers, accessible via snowmobile with Gary Fales Outfitting.
Lace up your skates in the great outdoors at Homesteader Park in Powell. Skaters can enjoy breathing in fresh air while they glide around the rink. And afterwards, warm up in the conveniently located warming house. If you’re looking for indoor skating, or want to try your hand at hockey, the Victor J. Riley Arena and Community Events Center in Cody is the place for you. Skaters of all levels can attend public skates or pick up a stick and join their drop-in league.
Skiing and skating not fast enough for your thrill-seeking heart? Hop on a snowmobile and feel the rush of cool air as you whip through Cody Yellowstone. True explorers can book adventures with Gary Fales Outfitting. These guided snowmobiling tours can take you to Old Faithful, the Geyser Basin, the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, and more!
Guided tours don’t stop on the trails. With some of the best blue-ribbon trout stream fishing in North America, Cody Yellowstone is a year-round world-class fishing destination. You can also try your hand at ice fishing at the Buffalo Bill Reservoir in Buffalo Bill State Park, where experienced guides will help you catch your trout trophy!
The winter months are ideal for the great outdoors—but let’s not forget the great indoors as well! Winter is a fantastic time to stroll through the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. This Smithsonian-affiliated institution is home to five museums under one roof. Step into the life journey of Buffalo Bill, our town’s famous founder, learn about the ecosystem of Yellowstone, view a massive collection of firearms, revel in the impressive curation of Western art, and learn about the history and cultures of the region’s Indigenous peoples.
Next, make your way to the Heart Mountain WWII Interpretive Center, where the photography, artifacts, and stories are unforgettable. This award-winning museum showcases the experiences of 14,000 Japanese Americans who were imprisoned at the Heart Mountain WWII Japanese American Confinement site. The permanent exhibits focus on life in the camp and the many difficulties of those incarcerated. The center is open Wednesday through Saturday until mid-May.
After a long day of exploring, you will want to fuel up with great food! Cody offers divine choices for dining filled with local finds from nearby farms and ranches. Venture into Proud Cut Saloon, open since 1930, for incredible cocktails and a bite to eat. Maybe you’re feeling like the classic combination of pizza and beer. Try an up-scale wood-fired slice from Trailhead. Then head to WYOld West Brewing Company for local craft beer.
Every explorer deserves a luxurious place to end their day. Kick back on one of many ranches or stay in a boutique hotel in the heart of Cody. History lovers will appreciate the Irma Hotel, founded by Buffalo Bill in 1902. Oh, and did we mention they also have the best prime ribs in town?
For those with wanderlust, Cody Yellowstone is waiting with endless winter activities and the warmth of small-town America. Request your vacation guide and start planning your Great American Adventure at CodyYellowstone.org or by calling 1-800-393-CODY.