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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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  • This was very interesting. I usually do not enjoy this sort of thing, but this was fascinating to us! Men built this by hand, basically without equipment!! Amazing!  more »
  • We visited Buffalo Bill Dam whilst staying in Cody. It was only about a 15 minute drive, plenty of space in the car park and if they did have buggy's to take you to the entrance if you so wished as it...  more »
  • Amazingly beautiful views of the dam and surrounding area, it was terrific to see the river and the dam itself.  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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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