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Quick Facts
Designation: USFS Scenic Byway
Designation: Wyoming State Scenic Byway
Fees: Overnight forest service camping site fees apply.
Length, One-Way: 27 Miles (45.0 Kilometers)
Time: Allow 45 minutes for driving time.

General Information

Description - US Highway 14-16-20, the Buffalo Bill Cody Scenic Byway, follows the North Fork of the Shoshone River through the scenic Wapiti Valley to the East Entrance of Yellowstone National Park. The route is known for its abundant wildlife, astonishing rock formations, and recreational opportunities.

Six miles west of Cody the highway skirts Buffalo Bill Reservoir, a source of excellent trout fishing, and location of Buffalo Bill State Park. The Park has facilities for camping, picnicking, boating, and windsurfing.

Beyond the reservoir, the highway enters the Shoshone National Forest. The Shoshone was set aside in 1891 as part of the Yellowstone Timberland Reserve. One of the oldest Forest Service ranger stations is situated in the Wapiti Valley. A stop at the visitor center near the station will provide you with a brief history of the area, as well as locations of campgrounds and trails. As the Indian name implies, The Wapiti Valley is home for the wapiti, or elk as well as the grizzly bear, bighorn sheep, moose, deer, and other wildlife. A sharp eye might spot these animals feeding along the banks of streams, on grassy benchlands, and on brushy slopes. Buffalo Bill Cody built his hunting lodge, Pahaska Teepee, here beneath a sheltering cliff. This building is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Wapiti Valley is home to fourteen beautiful, historic lodges offering full-service accommodations, nightly, weekly, or monthly. Any of these lodges may be used as home-base while touring all of Cody Country and enjoying Cody's many fine attractions.

At the head of the Wapiti Valley the highway enters Yellowstone National Park. and here the Byway ends, giving travelers an excellent route to the wonders of Yellowstone National Park.

Attractions - The Buffalo Bill Cody Scenic Byway is known for it's Archeology, Cultural, Historical, Natural, Recreational and Scenic Attractions.

Directions from : The Buffalo Bill Cody Scenic Byway is located in northwestern Wyoming on the Shoshone National Forest. It lies east of Yellowstone National Park between the park's "east gate" and the town of Cody, Wyoming. The Byway begins at the Shoshone Forest boundary, 24 miles west of Cody, and stretches to Yellowstone's eastern border.

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Filed By: K.G.
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: We drove from Cody to Yellowstone . Cody id the old west town - so cute - shootouts in the street...just great ! One little shop has a hot sauce called liquid stoopid - they give you a taste on a toothpick....go ahead try it - if you want your mouth to burn for about an hour afterwards ! But hey - ya get a sticker for tasting ! The drive between cody and yellowstone was absolutely beautiful ! You have to see it !

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Additional Information:
Wyoming Scenic Byways - This beautiful state currently offers one All-American Road, the Beartooth Scenic Byway, and a multitude of state, National Forest and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) designated byways.

Scenic Byways Homepage - National Scenic Byways official web site with detailed info on all national and state byways.


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