Named after one of its founders, the legendary Buffalo Bill Cody, the city of Cody is a gateway to Yellowstone National Park and the self-proclaimed Rodeo Capital of the World. It makes a great stop before or after exploring Yellowstone and has plenty of interesting activities and museums to keep visitors busy.
Most of the action is along Sheridan Avenue, where you will find all kinds of restaurants, shopping, and accommodation. Cody has a Walmart and other stores that are perfect for stocking up for camping in Yellowstone. There are also lots of antique stores and souvenir shops to stock up on Wild West gifts.
Camping at Cody KOA
Because most hotels were booked during my visit, we decided to stay just outside of the city at the Cody KOA campground. We had a decent tent site, the bathrooms were very clean, and staff was friendly and helpful. It did the job for our one night stay.
The only restaurant we ate at in town was at a diner called Granny’s. We went there for breakfast but they serve home cooking from 5am to 10pm daily. The place was packed and it took about 20 minutes to get seated. We all had either eggs or pancakes with fresh orange juice. The food was very good and our servers were attentive. The busboys were from Istanbul and we had a nice conversation with them. They had come to work in Cody for the summer.
Getting to Cody by plane is possible. The city is served by Yellowstone Regional Airport just two miles from downtown. As of 2015, it has flights with Delta to Salt Lake City and United to Denver and seasonally to Chicago.
The eastern entrance of Yellowstone National Park is just over 50 miles from town.