Americans deeply admired the beauty and wilderness of Wyoming even before the city of Cody was founded. When passing through the area in the 1870s, Col. William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody was struck by the area’s scenery, rich soil, and the spectacular beauty of the Northwest Wyoming and Yellowstone area. The development possibilities in the area prompted Buffalo Bill to then found the city of Cody, Wyoming, with a group of Sheridan businessmen in 1896. Buffalo Bill’s reputation and renown brought attention to Cody and his business influence allowed for much-needed irrigation projects such as the Buffalo Bill Dam and Reservoir. Cody, Yellowstone National Park, and the nearby recreational opportunities continue to attract visitors and new residents worldwide.
Located 52 miles from Yellowstone National Park’s East Entrance and with a population of nearly 10,000, Cody is a thriving year-round residential community with exciting recreational opportunities.
Zip Code: 82414
Park County Population: 28,205
Land area: 9.28 sq. miles
Cody is located at the Western edge of the Big Horn Basin, beneath the Absaroka Mountains. The notable mountains around Cody are Rattlesnake, Cedar, Heart, and Carter Mountain. The Shoshone River flows between Rattlesnake and Cedar and through town, and is a favorite spot for river rafters, kayakers, and fishermen. The main part of town is separated by three levels, with Cody reaching an elevation of about 5,000 feet.