Powell Valley has a high desert climate, located in a nearly snow-free valley between two mountain ranges with mild winters and warm, dry summers. Snow on the ground is a rare treat and rain is scarce.
Yet, this small community is extremely close to high mountains and scenic landscapes. Largely an agricultural based economy, Powell has a thriving downtown and many activities and attractions for travelers.
The City of Powell is located in the northwest corner of Wyoming, 75 miles east of Yellowstone National Park and 98 miles south of Billings, Montana. Lying between the Big Horn Mountains on the east and the Absaroka Range on the west, clear blue skies, clean air, a temperate climate, and loads of sunshine make the Powell Valley a wonderful place to visit.
With a population of nearly 5,500, Powell has all the amenities of a larger city while retaining its small town charm. Excellent health care facilities, recreational opportunities, retirement living, cultural events, shopping, fine dining, and modern community and public services all provide for a high quality of life.
Lodging choices include vacation rentals, cabins, hotels, motels, inns, and Bed and Breakfasts.
From fine dining to take out, from drive inns to sit down restaurants and cafes, there is something for everyone’s appetite in town.
There are a variety of activities in and around the Powell area including golfing, fishing, hiking, hunting, scenic drives, biking, horseback riding and more.
- Heart Mountain Relocation Center - Located west of Powell, The Heart Mountain Relocation Center provides a unique insight into the lives of Japanese Americans interned in relocation centers throughout the United States following the bombing of Pearl Harbor during World War II.
- Homesteader Museum - The museum includes a great variety of early day artifacts, military memorabilia, dynamic geological displays and an authentic caboose
Just 24 miles west of Powell the Yellowstone Park gateway community of Cody, Wyoming.
US Hwy 14 Alternate runs through Powell, connecting the Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area east of Lovell to Yellowstone Park's East Entrance through Cody, Wyoming.