Cody, Wyoming, located 52 miles from the East Entrance to Yellowstone National Park in Northwest Wyoming was founded in 1896 by Colonel William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody. Cody continues to prosper with its diverse economy, which includes oil/minerals, agriculture, timbering, light industry, western design and tourism. Oil was discovered near Cody in 1904 and several large producing fields are still located nearby. When the Buffalo Bill Dam, located just west of Cody, was completed in 1910, it was the highest dam in the world. Year-round recreational opportunities are almost limitless in Cody with the surrounding mountains, forest and wilderness areas, lakes and streams.
Feel free to visit our local Chamber of Commerce for more detailed statistics on the area: Population, climate, education, government, tax structure, community services, recreation and transportation.
Cody is surrounded by natural areas that offer almost limitless opportunities for outdoor activities including hiking, camping, fishing, big game hunting, horseback riding, biking, skiing, river rafting, rock climbing, and wildlife viewing. These areas include Yellowstone National Park, Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area, Shoshone National Forest, Big Horn National Forest, the Big Horn Basin, surrounded by the Big Horn Mountains, and the Beartooth and Absaroka ranges of the Rocky Mountains; and, rivers and creeks such as the Shoshone and Big Horn Rivers, Paintrock, Shell and Ten Sleep Creeks. Furthermore, Wyoming has only a 4% sales tax, NO state income tax, and some of the lower property taxes in the United States. You can’t get any better than this!