Cody is your historic Western vacation! The entire family has the chance to experience the Old West and plenty of fun and adventure here.
Choice Family Activities in Cody
Cody Nite Rodeo
Cody hosts a full rodeo each night for the whole summer. Any visitor must experience the original cowboy sport of rodeo by attending one or more of the performances every night from June 1 to August 31. Everyone loves that live action of the brave cowboys!
The Cody Nite Rodeo has been going every year for more than 60 years. Bull riding is the most popular event, but folks still thrill to the bulldogging, calf and team roping, as well as the barrel racing with the cowgirls competing for prizes.
Kids join in too, having calf scrambles and stick horse races. Naturally all the children love the clowns who work hard to entertain and keep the participants safe from the rowdy animals.
Trail town features a collection of more than 20 historic buildings and many western relics. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid’s Hole-in-the-Wall cabin has been moved to Trail Town.
Cody offers prime skiing adventures. With three ski areas in the region and a multitude of cross-country ski options, Cody is a winter skiing wonderland.
Cross-country skiing seems to be only limited by a skier’s imagination and strength of muscle. Take either developed trails or strike off on your own through the forests and wilderness. Many groomed trails are ready for use after the first heavy snowfall. The trails start from Sleeping Giant Ski Area and Pahaska Teepee Resort near the East Entrance to Yellowstone National Park. This area offers over 25 kilometers of groomed tracks and over 24 miles of challenging forest service trails through the native wilderness.
The Beartooth Mountains feature 30 miles of groomed and 34 miles of ungroomed trails. Access to the area is via the Chief Joseph Scenic Byway.
The upper South Fork of the Shoshone River is home to the largest concentration of frozen waterfalls in the lower 48 states. With over 300 pitches of ice currently having been climbed and cataloged, and numerous first ascents waiting to be done, this area is a must for the serious winter alpinist.
A vacation to Cody is not complete without a horseback riding adventure. Cody IS the Old West and this is THE place to saddle up a horse and head out into the country. Mountain trails lead to open meadows and spectacular vistas. Rides vary in difficulty and length. Rides lasting for an hour, a day or multi-day trips are available.
The fishing opportunities are exceptional. With so many rivers, streams and lakes in the area, your options are endless.
The Buffalo Bill State Park lies six miles west of Cody. The Buffalo Bill Reservoir has Wyoming’s best windsurfing.
Swimming and Waterslide
The Paul Stock Aquatic and Rec Center is open year-round and offers a full length pool, water slide, jacuzzi, sauna, gym, weight room, and child care.