Exploring the Wild (white) West in Cody, Wyoming

During the summer the town of Cody, named after the famous Buffalo Bill Cody, is teeming with tourists eager to explore the nearby Yellowstone National Park. During the winter you can still make the most of the mountains and keep yourself entertained, even if you’re just waiting for the snow to melt.

Explore the town of Cody

There are some great stores where you can buy an authentic pair of cowboy boots or souvenirs for your family back home. You can get a craft beer in the local brewery or an amazing dinner at one of the steakhouses. You’ll have a great view of the mountains each time you cross the street, and the locals are super friendly.

Take a drive and see how much wildlife you can spot

Considering the largest wild animal we have in the UK is a pony, I absolutely lost it when I saw my first herd of bison!! We also saw a lot of bighorn sheep and deer. Unfortunately, all the bears were hibernating, and the wolves and big cats are almost impossible to spot.

Go skiing or snowboarding

An hour north is Sleeping Giant Ski Area. It’s a tiny hill with two chairlifts, a small terrain park, and a beginners learning area. It has some good off-piste tree runs and if it snows you’ll have fresh tracks all day because it’s so quiet, perfect! A day ticket costs $34, be sure to check opening times before you drive out there.

Try cross country skiing

It’s a hilarious mix of ice skating and skiing, you awkwardly shuffle forward with no edge to cut into the snow, with just enough grip to ascend up the smallest of inclines, and there is absolutely no stopping if you start going downhill. But it’s a great workout, and a good way to get into Yellowstone National Park in the winter if you don’t want to pay for an expensive snowmobile tour. Rent them for $15 a day.

Go and shoot some guns

There are a ridiculous amount of gun shops in this small town, and probably there is a shooting range somewhere. Or you can find yourself a real American with real guns to drive you deep into the Oregon Basin for sightseeing and shooting. Turns out I’m a pretty good shot!

Enjoy the scenery

If you have access to a car you can explore to your heart’s content. The drive to Yellowstone is gorgeous (even if you can’t get into the park itself), it’s a short and pleasant drive to cross the border into Montana, or you can take one of the many off-road tracks into the mountains or the impossibly flat Oregon Basin to see where you end up.

My two weeks in America were brilliant. I finally got to spend a Christmas with my dad, and Amy and her family, drinking copious amounts of wine, eating too much food, playing Diablo and a few terribly awkward rounds of Cards Against Humanity. So thank you Brian, Julie, and Jonah for being so awesome and giving me a proper American holiday!

Click here to view the full album.

Follow the adventure on Instagram and Facebook!

4 thoughts on “Exploring the Wild (white) West in Cody, Wyoming

Add yours

  1. I love the freedom and the wide-open spaces of the American West. Although I love to travel I wouldn’t live anywhere else. Your blog authentically shows what is like – thank you

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Create a website or blog at WordPress.com

Up ↑

%d bloggers like this: