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Buffalo Bill Dam, Cody

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Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Buffalo Bill Dam was the tallest in the world when it was finished in 1910. Walk to the top of the concrete arch-gravity dam named after Wild West showman William "Buffalo Bill" Cody. At the visitor center, you can watch a short film, take a self-guided audio tour, and explore the black-and-white photos of the dam's early construction. You'll discover what makes the dam sturdy and view the waters--which supply more than 37,635 hectares (93,000 acres) of farmland--from the top. If you don't feel like walking from the parking lot to the visitor center, there's a complimentary shuttle service. Our Cody vacation route planner makes visiting Buffalo Bill Dam and other Cody attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • Awesome place just to drive around and to walk and explore. Was really cool in Feb. 2017 water was frozen and crazy to see.  more »
  • Its essentially just a dam, which is a marvelous feat of engineering so thats something to marvel at. The dam itself was not as big as expected and the visit was very short, but it was still lovely to...  more »
  • Buffalo Bill Dam and Visitor Center was actually an unexpected stop on our itinerary for day 4. Usually, we would follow the exact travel schedule that I had prepared before the trip. However, Buffalo...  more »
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  • Great for the history buff or anyone with interest in water use or dam construction. Visitor center is not large so you can pass by quickly, but they have several movies and exhibits worth listening to/seeing. They also offer a shuttle ride from your car to the visitor center and back. The view off the dam, which you can walk across, is gorgeous.
  • Definitely take the time to stop at the Visitor Center as you won't have a good view of the dam itself otherwise. There is a small shuttle from the parking area to the Visitor Center which eliminates a short walk. Information signs in the parking area provide historical and trivia facts about the dam and its construction. The Visitor Center has a nice display and small gift shop, including a penny smasher for souvenirs. Ask the desk for a shiny penny if you don't have one! The walk across the top of the dam yields spectacular views up and down the valley as well as the curve of the dam itself plunging into the depths. Great for pictures, but don't drop the camera or phone! Highly recommend the Buffalo Bill Dam as a quick road-trip stop to stretch the legs and learn a little bit of history. Be careful on your timing though, as they are quite strict with their closing hours!
  • Well done information center about the dam and it's construction. Definetly worth the time to stop and look. You can peer over the edge if you aren't scared of heights.
  • Go there if the weather is good, very accessible and staff was very friendly and welcoming. Views are completely dependent on the weather.
  • Worth a stop. The employees were kind. Be sure to leave a donation!