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Great RV Destination: The Wild West Lives On in Cody, Wyo.

| Updated Apr 28, 2015

cody1Cody, Wyoming is an honest to goodness, real western town, founded in 1896 by William “Buffalo Bill” Cody. The hotel he built and named after his daughter Irma still stands and is open for business.

Today, nearly 10,000 people live there, on the eastern road leading to Yellowstone National Park, a road Cody also built.

He was the real deal. A Pony Express Rider. A Buffalo Hunter. An Indian Scout. A man who epitomized the American West. He was discovered by dime novel paperback writers, who made up and embellished his many exploits. That led him to start his Wild West Road show, which traveled the world and made him the most recognized figure in America at the turn of the last century.

Today, the Buffalo Bill Historical Center is a world class museum in Cody that celebrates the exploration of the West, with exhibits that document the history of the Plains Indians, as well as Cody’s life and the history of firearms.

The Cody gunfighters shoot it out every night at 6PM

Speaking of guns, every night at 6PM downtown, the streets are blocked off for these folks, the Cody gunfighters, who stage a nightly gunfight between the good guys and the bad guys, with a couple of saucy saloon girls mixed in. The good guys always win and you can pose for photos with the gunfighting cast afterwards

Cody has another major claim to fame – the nightly rodeo… every single night of the week during the summer. The Cody Night Rodeo has also made the town America’s rodeo capital.

Then there’s the source of the music you hear under the video – the Dan Miller Cowboy Music Revue, which plays Monday through Saturday nights at 8PM. Don't miss this show.

Cody is a destination in and of itself, but especially for RVers heading to or from Yellowstone. There are several campgrounds to choose from. We spent two nights at the Ponderosa Campground. Allow at least that much time for your visit.

There’s a lot to do in Cody.

Mike Wendland

Published on 2015-04-28

Mike Wendland is a multiple Emmy-award-winning Journalist, Podcaster, YouTuber, and Blogger, who has traveled with his wife, Jennifer, all over North America in an RV, sharing adventures and reviewing RV, Camping, Outdoor, Travel and Tech Gear for the past 12 years. They are leading industry experts in RV living and have written 18 travel books.

4 Responses to “Great RV Destination: The Wild West Lives On in Cody, Wyo.”

April 04, 2016at9:14 am, Graham Gibbs said:

We spent three days in Cody on our way back across the US (having crossed Canada from Ottawa). We loved Cody there is so much to see and do, and the folks in Cody sure know how to entertain their guests. In addition to the other suggestions be sure to have dinner at the hotel (best prime rib anywhere) and take the fun and informative Trolley Bus tour. Oh! And be sure to take in the fun Wild West show put on most (every) evenings in the street.

December 23, 2013at8:11 am, Dean Upson said:

We’ve been to Cody several times over the years. It is only 53 miles from the East Gate of YNP and a real treasure. I have not been there in several years, but Old Trail Town was a great place to visit as well.

July 04, 2013at10:58 am, Lisa said:

It does sound like fun!

July 04, 2013at8:51 am, Cheryl Gregorie said:

Sounds like fun!

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