Buffalo Bill State Park RV & Campground Guide

Wyoming

The gateway to the nearby Yellowstone National Park, Buffalo Bill State Park is worth a stop to explore nature and learn about the area’s rich old West history! Named after Colonel William F. Buffalo Bill Cody, a famous wild west showman, promoter and developer, Buffalo Bill State Park offers stunning scenery of the Absaroka Mountains, year-round fishing, trails, a visitor center with interpretive exhibits and much more. If you’re thinking of a trip to Wyoming, Buffalo Bill State Park is worth a stop! Read on to find out what makes this park unique.

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RV Resorts & Campsites in Buffalo Bill State Park

A camping trip doesn’t have to be in a tent under the stars – if glamping is more your cup of tea, you may want to consider an RV for your next camping trip! With an RV, you can stock your kitchen with all your favorite snacks, enjoy a private bathroom and hot shower whenever you want and curl up in a cozy, comfortable bed at night. If that sounds great to you, consider renting an RV from RVshare.com. The helpful support team can help you find an RV that fits all your needs, and most importantly, your budget. Plus, should you run into any hiccups, all rentals come with nationwide insurance and 24/7 roadside assistance.

After you’ve found your dream RV, you should plan where you’re going to park and rest your head each night. Buffalo Bill State Park has two campgrounds right on site, with over 90 RV sites available! There are plenty of amenities available at the campgrounds, but keep in mind the sites are a mix of sites that can be reserved and first-come, first-served sites. They do fill up quickly, but there are many other campgrounds in the nearby area. Here are some worth checking out:

Cody KOA Holiday

Cody KOA Holiday is located just about 20 minutes from Buffalo Bill State Park and an hour away from Yellowstone, making it a great location if you’re planning on experiencing both parks, or even just one! With plenty of amenities and fun at the campground, it’s great for large groups and much more – there is truly something for everyone.  

Water hookup: yes

Electrical hookup: yes

Sewer hookup: yes

Wifi: yes

Pet-friendly: yes

Other amenities: cable TV, propane, bike rentals, pool, firewood, hot tub/sauna, pavilion, dog park, rodeo shuttle during summer evenings, free breakfast pancakes, guided activities, kids fun zone.

Ponderosa Campground

With a picturesque, country setting and perfect location just 12 minutes from the park, Ponderosa Campground is an ideal spot for those enjoying Buffalo Bill State Park.  With a vast variety of amenities, including a cappuccino bar and being able to walk to local Cody shops and restaurants, plus a nightly rodeo shuttle, you may not want to leave the campground! Rates start at $37 a night.

Water hookup: yes

Electrical hookup: yes

Sewer hookup: yes

Wifi: yes

Pet-friendly: yes

Other amenities: live entertainment, gift shop, convenience store, cappuccino bar, mountain views, rodeo shuttle bus stop, ATM, river rafting pick-up, playground, billiards table, restrooms with free private showers, modern laundry, sanitary dump station.  

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What to Do at
Buffalo Bill State Park

Inside Buffalo Bill State Park

Whether you’re just there to see the antelope roam, or are excited about windsurfing inside the park, Buffalo Bill State Park has plenty to do and see! Keep in mind the park is completely open from May 1 – September 30th and there is limited access in the winter and offseason. Here are some of the activities to enjoy:

Boating and Water Activities – If you love enjoying the water, you’ll have plenty to do at Buffalo Bill State Park. Boating and several boat ramps are available, and the reservoir has been rated one of the top 10 in the nation for windsurfing! There is also great fishing available within the park, and anglers can try their hand at catching lake and rainbow trout, Yellowstone cutthroat trout, walleye, perch, suckers and carp in the reservoir.

Trails – Buffalo Bill State Park doesn’t have many trails – yet! The Eagle Point Trail, open now, is located within the Eagle Point Day Use Area. It’s handicapped accessible, and is the first phase of a planned trail system that runs along the north shoreline.

Wildlife Viewing – There is so much wildlife to see within the state park, all year round! Some of the wildlife that calls Buffalo Bill State Park home include elk, deer, antelope, coyote, bear, moose, sheep, birds and waterfowl and prairie dogs.

Outside Buffalo Bill State Park

From one of the longest-running rodeos in the nation to both a natural history and local history museum, you can enjoy nature, unique entertainment and history in the Cody area. There’s something for everyone to enjoy, and here are some of the best local attractions to experience:     

Restaurants

Downtown Cody offers a wide variety of restaurants, shops and much more. Take in all the history of the area and stop at one of the local restaurants for a great meal with friends and family. Enjoy classic ice cream sodas, locally brewed beer, traditional barbeque and much more. Here are some of our favorite local restaurants:

Millstone Pizza Company and Brewery

After a day of enjoying nature, pizza, locally brewed beer and an arcade for your little ones to enjoy sounds like the perfect night out! Millstone Pizza Company and Brewery offers all that, plus wings, pasta, salads, burgers and more.

Type: Italian

Location: Cody, WY

Bubba’s Bar-B-Que

With traditional barbeque flavors that have been passed down over generations, Bubba’s Bar-B-Que is a family-friendly restaurant worth checking out! There is a huge range of dish options, plus the restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, so you can enjoy a great meal with friends and family any time of day.

Type: Barbecue

Location: Cody, WY

Annie’s Soda Saloon

Located in downtown Cody, Annie’s Soda Saloon is a family-friendly, oh-so-sweet restaurant that serves old fashioned ice cream sodas available in over 30 flavors. It’s a great stop for dessert, but it also serves paninis, soups and salads and more.   

Type: American

Location: Cody, WY

Sightseeing

Cody Stampede Rodeo

You can’t visit Cody, Wyoming, without taking in a rodeo! It is the rodeo capital of the world, after all. The Cody Stampede Rodeo has been held nightly every summer for over 99 years, and it’s one of the longest-running successful professional rodeos. Whether you’ve seen a rodeo before or are new to the sport, it’s a must-do activity.

Location: Cody, WY

Buffalo Bill Center of the West

The Cody area is rich in old west history, and the Buffalo Bill Center of the West is the perfect place to learn about it all! The center is home to the Buffalo Bill Museum, Draper Natural History Museum, Whitney Western Art Museum, Plains Indian Museum, Cody Firearms Museum and McCracken Research Library. There are also on-site exhibits, events and much more, so there is truly something for everyone.

Location: Cody, WY

Yellowstone National Park

Located just 45 minutes from Buffalo Bill State Park, Yellowstone National Park is worth a visit! One of the most well-known parks in the nation, it’s the very first National Park formed in the country and covers almost 3,500 miles, with plenty of trails, fishing and much more. Learn more about Yellowstone National Park here.

Location: Yellowstone National Park, WY

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How to Get to
Buffalo Bill State Park

Buffalo Bill State Park is located on Northfork Highway in Cody, WY. For more information and directions, click here

Entering Buffalo Bill State Park

There is a fee per vehicle to enter Buffalo Bill State Park. Rates are as follows:

Wyoming residents : $9

Per night. May to September

Non-residents : $16

Per night. May to September

Wyoming residents : $6

Per night. October to April

Non-residents : $11

Per night. October to April

Enjoy the wild west and maybe even see firsthand where the antelope roam at Buffalo Bill State park! Whether you’re visiting to learn more about the history of the area, or to enjoy the natural beauty of the area, you’re sure to find something to do at the park. And we want to hear all about it! Shoot us a photo and some details of your trip at [email protected], or tag us in your social media posts. We may just feature your story on our blog or social media channels. Happy camping!