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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. Work out when and for how long to visit Buffalo Bill Dam and other Cody attractions using our handy Cody trip itinerary planning app .
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  • October 2, 2017
    Explains how the dam came to be, how it was built, and who was involved. Buffalo Bill was quite a man and definitely made his mark on Cody.  more »
  • October 2, 2017
    Between Yellowstone's East entrance and Cody, we stopped because we were passing by. We were scooped up in the rather large parking lot by a nice man in a golf cart, who offered a lot of Fun Facts abo...  more »
  • October 1, 2017
    We had no idea the dam was there. We came from Cody through the longest mountain tunnel I've seen only to come out to this oh so gorgeous view on the other side (Yellowstone side) Volunteer picked us ...  more »
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  • July 4, 2017
    Very informative visitor center. I found info and pictures of the dams construction, dinosaur remains found nearby, nearby caves, and I even bought a book containing all of the edible and medicinal plants found in the Rockies. They even have free golf cart shuttles to the parking lot.
  • June 4, 2017
    Interesting history mixed with some impressive civil engineering make for a good dam time. The view is beautiful and serene behind the dam, while water crashes down below as it exits the gates. Definitely worth a visit if you're in the area.
  • June 14, 2017
    I am admired to the work and history of humans determination of works to build the Dam. Amazing! Great work benefit greatly to all human kind! All farm land has water because of this massive work!
  • July 4, 2017
    Very neat damn that I never new about before. Everyone was kind and helpful. Free shuttle rides from the parking area to the damn viewing site.
  • June 29, 2017
    Excellent visitors center lots of history of the area and dam walkway over the top of the dam is awesome unless your afraid of heights

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Cody may be a cowboy town, but its accommodations include everything from plush hotels to modern bed and breakfasts. For an ultimate "Wild West" experience, try to arrange a stay at a rustic mountain cabin or a working ranch just outside the city. If you wish to avoid the crowds or simply need more of your own space, reserve one of the city's Victorian rental homes. Cody's value motels allow you to stay more economically; they make up in mountain views what they lack in amenities.
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