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Special Adventures

There are many advertised attractions in the Yellowstone area, the purpose of these pages is to offer alternate choices that may make your visit here an out of the ordinary experience. We can contract a guide for any of the adventures listed, and pack a lunch for you. These are just a few of the many possibilities; your imagination is your only limiting factor.

Powell, Wyoming a 30 minute drive Northeast of Cody.

Beartooth Highway
Beartooth Highway

Ride on top of Polecat Bench and see hundreds of tipi rings of an unknown age. These tipi rings were formed by Indians placing rocks on the edge of their tipi covers and reusing the same campsites for many years, some still have fire rings. The terrain is flat and seems endless, easy to ride your horse or drive your SUV. Excellent views of the Pryor, Bighorn, Beartooth, and Absaorka Mountains can easily be seen from the Bench.

At the opposite end of the Polecat Bench are more trails with gullies and small canyons, and the ruins of an old stagecoach station. The station is made of native rock that blends into the background, it’s very hard to find unless you know where to look. The stagecoach wheels have left grooves in the rock portions of the road; it’s amazing to see the incline that the coach had to climb. The station is easily accessible by horse, or by vehicle and a couple of miles of hiking. Stagecoaches were in operation here until about 1910, the railroads brought an end to the coaches but several of the stations still exist.

Old Stagecoach Stop
Old Stagecoach Stop
The Big Horn Mountains
The Big Horn Mountains

A few miles away from the Bench is a small Indian medicine wheel located atop a small hill. The stones that comprise the wheel are not found at its summit, they are smooth river rocks that would have been carried by hand a great distance. There is some speculation that there is a correlation between this wheel and the huge medicine wheel found in the Bighorn Mountains. Access to the wheel is by dirt road from the paved highway, a small amount of bold driving is required to reach the summit. We would recommend a SUV or 4WD vehicle.

The McCullough Peaks are located between Cody and the town of Powell, and provide many miles of horse trails in a “badlands” setting. This area is rich in dinosaur bones and fossil finds, important discoveries have recently been made. The “Peaks” are also home to a herd of wild mustangs that trace their heritage back to the Spanish explorers. Today the BLM maintains the wild horse population and has annual round ups and sales of these horses. It is normally possible to see the wild horses when trail riding.

The Peaks
The Peaks

(Buffalo) Heart Mountain is only about 15 minutes from Cody, this mountain is sacred to the Crow Indians and was noted in the journals of Lewis and Clark. The Crow believe that anyone who climbed to the summit and had a vision quest would be granted special powers in time of need. Today it is possible to horseback ride almost to the summit and there is a vast area to ride. Outstanding views of the Beartooth Mountains are visible to the West. It is possible to reach the summit by using the established hiking trail; old pioneer ranches, now vacant add scenic value to the climb.

Heart Mountain Relocation Camp is about 10 minutes from Cody. This camp is one of three sites that Japanese-Americans were sent and detained during World War II. Buddhist shrines from the time of use are still readily visible from the highway. This camp was in operation from 1942-1945 and housed over 10,000 people. The camp is just a short distance off the highway and a couple of original buildings have been left as examples. A memorial and self-guided information is located in a circular drive. Watch for the tall smokestack, it’s well worth stopping. A new walking trail and interpretive center are currently in the works.