IFWTWA Media Trip
The Great American Adventure
Cody, Wyoming and Yellowstone Park
August 17 – 22, 2020

To be rescheduled in 2021

Cowboy riding bunking bronco

So you think you wanna be a cowboy? Ever visited Yellowstone Park? Well then, this is the press trip for you. This is a two part fam. Part one takes place in Cody, Wyoming. Part two takes place in Yellowstone Park. Five members will be chosen by the host. Full itinerary provided below.

Part One: Put on some boots and live a cowboy adventure for a while. Cody prides itself in keeping the cowboy traditions alive. This is an authentic Cowboy Adventure which includes a trail ride, shooting guns and a rodeo. Some walking and general fitness required.

Part Two: Includes a comprehensive tour of Yellowstone Park, including a guided walking tour of geyser basin. Lots of great food, history and scenic views make this trip memorable. Some walking and general fitness required.

Members are required to participate in all events.

In Cody/Yellowstone, the West isn’t just a direction. It’s our heritage and our soul. It’s something you can feel as soon as you get to Cody, Wyoming, a town that was founded by the world-renowned showman, Buffalo Bill Cody. This rugged, breathtakingly beautiful region of northwestern Wyoming draws visitors from around the world, many spend time in Cody before or after a trip to Yellowstone National Park, just 52 miles west. As the world’s first national park, Yellowstone has established itself as a classic destination featuring spectacular geysers and hot springs, wildlife, rustic architecture as well as rich history. Xanterra’s commitment to Earth- and community-friendly operations is especially well represented in its menus. In-park restaurants, like those at Lake Yellowstone Hotel and Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel offer menus that feature a range of locally and sustainably sourced foods and beverages, including beef, lamb, game, trout, ice cream, beers, and spirits.

The region is chock-full of outdoor adventure, history and western charm. Prime Cody attractions include the Buffalo Bill Center of the West and its five highly regarded museums, Heart Mountain World War II Interpretive Center, Old Trail Town, the Cody Nite Rodeo, Wild Bunch Gunfighters, Cody Firearms Experience and the Dan Miller Cowboy Music Revue. With the perfect blend of adventure and western culture, there’s no doubt that Cody/Yellowstone is home to The Great American Adventure.

Cody Yellowstone Logo


Monday, August 17

Arrivals Midday
United and Delta Airlines, Cody/Yellowstone Regional Airport (COD)

1:45 p.m.
Late Lunch at Zapata’s Mexican Food

3:00 p.m.
Cody Trolley Tour
This one-hour, 22-mile tour is a great way to get acquainted with Cody Yellowstone. Lively narrators tell the compelling story of William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody and showcase the town he created. Departs from the porch of the Irma Hotel.

4:00 p.m.
Buffalo Bill's Irma Hotel
Built by Buffalo Bill, the hotel is an authentic Cody landmark that captures the essence of Western hospitality. The name honors Buffalo Bill’s youngest daughter, Irma, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Explore Downtown Shops & Galleries or Relax with a cocktail on Irma Porch

5:30 p.m.
Best Western Premier Ivy Inn & Suites
Check in and relax

6:30 p.m.
Dinner – 8th Street Grill (BW Ivy Inn & Suites)
Rest of evening free.

Tuesday, August 18

7:00 a.m. 
Breakfast – 8th Street Grill (BW Ivy Inn & Suites)

8:00 a.m.
Depart BW Ivy Inn & Suites for Yellowstone National Park
Enter at east gate via “Buffalo Bill Scenic Byway.”
Stop at Points of Interest along the way.

9:30 a.m.
Shoshone Lodge & Guest Ranch
Saddle up for a breathtaking trail ride in the Absaroka Mountains near Shoshone Lodge. Enjoy lunch in open meadows, hike or relax beneath the wide-open Wyoming skies.

12:30 p.m.
Depart Shoshone Lodge & Guest Ranch.
Stop at Pahaska Tepee, Buffalo Bill’s original hunting lodge. Enter YNP through the East Gate.

4:15 p.m.
Arrive at Bridge Bay Marina
Check in for a 2-hour Wine and Cheese boat tour of Yellowstone Lake

6:45 p.m.
Check in at Lake Yellowstone Hotel
sitting on the shores of Yellowstone Lake, the Lake
Yellowstone Hotel is the oldest hotel in Yellowstone. A National Historic Landmark, renovations of the Lake Hotel were completed in 2014, returning it to its Colonial Revival influences.

7:30 p.m.
Dinner at Lake Hotel Dining Room
Free time after dinner

Yellowstone's Old Faithful errupting

Wednesday, August 19

6:30 a.m.
Mammoth Dining room opens for breakfast.

8:00 a.m.
Depart for Old Faithful Area

9:00 a.m.
Arrive Old Faithful Area
Walking tour of geyser basin with guide
Walking tour of Old Faithful Inn

11:30 a.m.
Lunch at Old Faithful Inn
Old Faithful Inn is an icon of national park rustic architecture. The Inn was designed by architect Robert Reamer, whose work is seen around the park. The original building, known as the “Old House” was completed and opened in June of 1904. Subsequent wings of guest rooms were added later.

1:00 p.m.
Depart Old Faithful Area

2:30 p.m.
Arrive Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Visit Artist Point Overlook for an incredible view of the stunning Lower Falls

3:15 p.m.
Depart Grand Canyon for Roosevelt Lodge

5:00 p.m.
Arrive at Roosevelt Lodge for dinner
Roosevelt Lodge celebrates its centennial this year. The lodge is named for famed 26th President and conservationist, Theodore Roosevelt, who once camped in the area.

7:00 p.m.
Depart Roosevelt Lodge for Mammoth Hot Springs

7:40 p.m.
Check in at Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel

The Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel was originally known as the National Hotel, and has undergone many changes and renovations over the years. Today’s guest room wing dates back to 1913 having been retained during a major redesign in 1936-37.

More recently, a two phase renovation by the National Park Service resulted in the additions a larger gift shop and ski shop, conference space on the second floor, a bar in the Map Room, and conversion of all guest rooms to having private bathrooms.

Free time after check in

Line of horseback riders on the trail in Wyoming

Thursday, August 20

6:30 a.m.
Mammoth Hotel Dining Room opens for breakfast

8:00 a.m.
Depart Mammoth for Lamar Valley
Lamar Valley is known for its abundance of wildlife and scenery. It is here that wolves were reintroduced to the park in 1995 and 1996.

11:00 a.m.
Depart Yellowstone’s North East Entrance for Cody

1:00 p.m.
Arrive Cody
Lunch at The Local

2:15 p.m.
Depart The Local for Buffalo Bill Center of the West

2:30 p.m.
Buffalo Bill Center of the West
Founded in 1917 to preserve the legacy and vision of Buffalo Bill Cody, the Buffalo Bill Center of the West is the oldest and most comprehensive museum of the West. The BBCW has grown from a log cabin in 1927 to a 7-acre building containing 24,977 artifacts, 20,000 books and 260,000 photo archives. It is comprised of five separate museums: Buffalo Bill Museum, Plains Indian Museum, Whitney Western Art Gallery, the newly reinstalled Cody Firearms Museum and the Draper Natural History Museum. The facility also includes the Harold McCracken Research Library. The Center of the West is an Smithsonian Affiliate.

5:30 p.m.
Check in Holiday Inn Cody

6:00 p.m.
Depart Holiday Inn for dinner at The Cody Steakhouse

7:30 p.m.
Depart Cody Steakhouse for Cody Nite Rodeo

Now in its 82nd season, the Cody Nite Rodeo has earned Cody the designation as “Rodeo Capital of the World.” The Cody Nite Rodeo is the only seven-night-a-week outdoor rodeo (June thru August) in the country.

Rest of evening free.

Dan Miller playing guitar at Cowboy Music Revue

Friday, August 21

7:30 a.m.
Breakfast Cody Holiday Inn

8:30 a.m.
Depart for Heart Mountain WWII Interpretive Center
This Japanese Incarceration Camp housed more than 14,000 Japanese-American citizens during World War II. The award-winning Heart Mountain WWII Interpretive Center tells their stories with insightful exhibits that circle back to the question, “Could this happen again?” Visitors can also see the remains of the hospital chimney, an actual barrack and the root cellar.

10:30 a.m.
Depart Heart Mountain WWII Interpretive Center for Cody

11:00 a.m.
Arrive By Western Hands Museum & Gallery
Years in the planning, this new design center is dedicated to preserving Western functional art and traditions by showcasing the work of many talented furniture-craftsmen who live and work in the Rock Mountain region. There is also an education and training center, a member gallery and museum.

Noon Lunch
Proud Cut Saloon and Restaurant

1:00 p.m.
Depart for Old Trail Town & Museum of the Old West

Located on the original site of historic Cody City, Old Trail Town is a representation of an old Wyoming frontier town with buildings collected within an 80-mile radius of Cody and dating from 1879 to 1900. Buildings include the “Hole-in-the-Wall” cabin used by Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and Curley’s Cabin, named for the Crow Indian Scout to General Custer in the Battle of the Little Big Horn. The site also has a small cemetery of frontier characters such as Jeremiah “Liver Eating” Johnston.

2:00 p.m.
Depart for Cody Firearms Experience
Shoot the guns that won the West! From flintlock to full-auto. Instructor-led experience covering history, safety and live fire. Over 50 firearms to choose from. Also, test your skills at ax throwing or enjoy the Frontier Town Arcade and wildlife exhibit.

4:00 p.m.
Return to Cody Holiday Inn
Free time to explore downtown

6:00 p.m.
Wild Bunch – Irma Hotel Porch
This enthusiastic group of local actors performs a free skit Monday through Saturday that entertains visitors of all ages. The best place to watch their antics is from the expansive porch of the Irma Hotel.

6:30 p.m.
Dinner at the Irma Hotel

8:00 p.m.
Dan Miller’s Cowboy Music Revue
This fast-paced, family-friendly show in downtown Cody’s Buffalo Bill’s Music Hall offers extraordinary musical and vocal talent performing traditional songs of the American West, cowboy poetry and comedy. Dan and the Empty Saddles Band toured the country this past winter performing for thousands and inviting audiences to join them at home in Cody, Wyoming.

Optional after-show libations – Chamberlin Inn
Like many structures in the town, the Chamberlin Inn has a clear connection to town founder Buffalo Bill Cody. Agnes Chamberlin was working at Buffalo Bill’s Cody Enterprise newspaper when she noticed an empty lot across the street and decided it would make a prime location for a boarding house. That boardinghouse is now the Chamberlin Inn, which has been artfully restored with one-of-a-kind rooms and Chamberlin Spirits, a conservatory with live music and original cocktails like “Death in the Afternoon,” in honor of one-time guest Ernest Hemingway. 

Saturday, August 22

Breakfast at Holiday Inn or Yellowstone Regional Airport

Departures vary throughout the morning.
Transportation to airport provided.

Trip Details:

  • Deadline to apply: January 17, 2020

  • Members are required to participate in all events

  • Travel reimbursement information:
    Participants will make their own reservations. Participants will receive a check for $400 for partial reimbursement for travel when they arrive in Cody on August 17. This means the accepted IFWTWA participant will make and pay for their own reservations and present the receipts to the hosts when they arrive. Please note this transaction is between the participant and the host. IFWTWA is not responsible in any way for reimbursement of travel expenses.

    Make your reservation so you arrive on Monday, August 17 in Cody mid-day or early afternoon (Yellowstone Regional Airport served by United Express via Denver, CO and SkyWest via Salt Lake City, UT). Depart Saturday, August 22 Cody airport early morning or mid-day.

    All transfers, transportation, meals, lodging and activities are complementary and include tips. Participants are responsible for alcohol other than with meals and all incidentals. 

Keep in mind that in order to be considered for this media trip:

1. Your dues must be current now and during the time the trip will take place.

2. Your IFWTWA website profile must be complete, set to “Public,” and updated with current links (minimum of four in each of the past two years). Your application will be rejected immediately for noncompliance.

3. Social Media and Media Placements: Applicants selected are required to do social media pre and during the trip, and are required to produce at least one article within three months of the trip.

4. Your Cost: If chosen for this trip, you will be charged a non-refundable registration fee of $50. This money goes directly to support the income goals of this organization. No money goes to the host or IFWTWA coordinators. Activity and restaurant tips are generally paid for by the host, however you may want to bring additional money to tip other entities such as hotel maid service. Please be certain you have reviewed the travel reimbursement details described above. 

To be rescheduled in 2021

Note: IFWTWA vets all applications prior to submittal to the Host. Vetting includes verification of member's association status and member profile. Dues must be current at the time of application and during the time the media trip will take place. Your profile must be complete and up-to-date.