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Cody BLM Field Office scenic drive
The Cody Field Office encompasses 2.2 million acres of the Bighorn Basin in northcentral Wyoming. The area includes portions of Park and Big Horn counties and is bordered by the Shoshone and Bighorn National Forests.
The Field Office manages 1.1 million acres of public land and 1.5 million acres of federal mineral estate within this area. These public lands provide a variety of resource values including wildlife habitat, scenic vistas, wild horses, recreational opportunities, minerals, livestock grazing, and paleontological and cultural resources.
Summer is the busiest season as it parallels the opening of Yellowstone Park about May 1 each year. Even at its busiest, however, plentiful accommodations and services, as well as good ol' western hospitality, make a summer visit to Cody more relaxing than a visit to any major U.S. city. The advantage of a summer visit is dependable weather and all attractions "up and running."
With the aspens in the Shoshone National Forest literally blazing in the fall, many prefer traveling in the "autumn shoulder season." Fewer visitors are in the area, but Yellowstone Park remains open through the first of November. Typically, the weather remains mild, even though an occasional early snow may temporarily hinder travel. For years, hunters from throughout the United States and the world have descended on Cody in the fall to hunt the variety of big game with their families staying on in Cody to enjoy galleries, shopping, dining, local parks, the
For an affordable winter vacation, Cody Country is the place to be. It is a hub-of-access to snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, downhill skiing, and wildlife-watching, not to mention the Buffalo Bill Historical Center which is now open in the winter, November-March, Tuesday - Sunday, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Snowmobilers can trailer their machines from Cody to the Beartooth Mountains and Cooke City, Montana northwest of Cody, the Big Horn Mountains to the east, and Yellowstone National Park to the west. There is a $15 registration fee for out-of-state snowmobiles which can be purchased from most dealers upon arrival in the state. Or, you can rent snowmobiles from Pahaska Tepee, or arrange a guided snowmobile trip with Rimrock Ranch/Gary Fales Outfitting.
Skiers will find the family owned and operated Sleeping Giant Ski Area west of Cody to be perfect for affordable, intimate family skiing. Cross country enthusiasts can glide on 30K of groomed trails in the Pahaska area just outside the East Gate of Yellowstone.
In-Park winter accommodations are found at Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel and Old Faithful Snow Lodge from mid December to mid March. Call Amfac Parks & Resorts/Yellowstone for reservations, (307)344-7311.
Even before Yellowstone opens for the season about May 1, spring is a quiet, unhurried time to visit the Cody Country and enjoy galleries, shopping, and dining. The Buffalo Bill Historical Center is always a must see, and the "off season" gives the visitor lots of time for a leisurely visit at each exhibit.
Recreation - Winter in Yellowstone offers a unique vacation filled with cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling and scenic/wildlife touring through steaming snowscapes.
Climate - The climate in Wyoming changes with the topography. Generally the western mountains and basins receive large amounts of precipitation and create a rain shadow for eastern Wyoming. Most of the precipitation occurs during the winter months and falls in the form of snow. Temperatures are cooler in this region than the eastern part of the state, because of the generally higher elevation.
The eastern and lower elevations of Wyoming have been known for the constant wind that blows from west to east. During the winter this may be a Chinook, which warms the region. Temperatures in eastern Wyoming can be extreme. Summer days may reach 100 degrees F cooling quickly after sunset. Winter temperature lows can reach below zero with the wind adding to the intensity.
Cody, Wyoming is located in the northwest quadrant of Wyoming, just 52 miles east of Yellowstone Park. Positioned at the intersection of U.S. Highway 14-16-20 and WYO Highway 120, Cody is easily accessible by vehicle from every direction.