Authentic Cowboy Town: a Photo Essay of Cody, Wyoming

Despite its proximity to Yellowstone National Park and hip Jackson Hole, Cody, Wyoming remains grounded as an authentic cowboy town in the heart of ranching country. While it sports its share of souvenir shops, visitors are more likely to find camping gear, cowboy hats, and pocket knives for sale than expensive outdoor gear or trendy vacation t-shirts. Hometown coffee shops intermingle with world-class museums on the American West, and the car you’re most likely to spot is a pick-up truck, loose straw fluttering out of the bed as it picks up speed after the light.

Here’s Cody, Wyoming as we saw it on an early summer day in June:

Buffalo Bill Village

Historic building at Buffalo Bill Village.

Sheridan AveReading a fortune from an ‘ancient shaman’ on Sheridan Ave.

cody nite rodeoA local waits for the nightly Cody Nite Rodeo to begin.

Cody Nite RodeoDefeat at roping.

Cody Nite RodeoRounding the barrel in the women’s barrel racing competition.

cody wyomingMesmerized by rodeo action.

cody nite rodeoWatching to see how long the cowboy stays on as the sun sets at Cody Nite Rodeo.

cody wyoming1.3 seconds.

Plains Indians museumPeeking into the life of a Sioux family.

Cody Wyoming Old Trail TownAnd glimpsing pioneering past.

Have you visited Cody, Wyoming? What was your experience in this authentic cowboy town?