I want to take the time to wish all of my guests, friends and family a Merry Christmas. It has been a very busy year for Wapiti Cabins and we look forward to 2019! Thank you for your continued support and we hope to see you in 2019!
RACING FANS...GET READY FOR RACING!!! Opening May 25th for the season. You might think this is a little weird but this is more fun than the Kentucky Derby...or at least a lot cheaper and doesn't require fancy dresses and hats but you do need reservations! This is 7 miles out of Red Lodge Montana between Red Lodge and Belfry Montana in Bear Creek Montana. These little speed racers benefit local scholarship programs and they are hilarious to watch! You can bet on your favorite color, star or cutest little snout. Bear Creek serves great steaks and other good food along with pig beers and other spirits. I love to make this little drive a couple of times a year and try my luck at picking the right square and having a great dinner. This is a great way to end your day after driving the Beartooth Highway and seeing some of the most awesome natural beauty that God has created. Now I would be remiss if I didn't remind you that it is a little bit of a drive back to Wapiti Mountain Cabins so don't over-indulge in the spirits and drive. Montana Deputies patrol this stretch of highway heavily and the Highway 120 back into Cody. Have a great time, help local kids in their college endeavors and ensure that you have a sober driver to make the ride back to Cody.
To my guests staying with us and for those reserved in the next few days, watch the sky! We have had some unsettled spring storms blowing through and we are starting to look like we live in Oklahoma! Stay tuned to the weather forecasts and prepare to take cover. Though Wyoming doesn't normally get Tornadoes that cover and destroy a lot of property, they have been known to throw cars off the highway and destroy some small towns when the weather does get shaky! We are still in an unsettled weather pattern right now so watch for these spring storms and find a warm, safe place to let it pass! I want you to make your vacation memorable but not because of being caught in a twister! Welcome to Wyoming...Like no place on Earth!!!
I just want to remind my guests that the temperatures are warming up in Cody Country and so are the tempers! On May 1, a Yellowstone Visitor was tossed in the air and off a trail by a buffalo when she rounded the corner and startled a buffalo on the trail. They seem pretty tame until they are mad. I ride many miles on the Highway from my house toward Yellowstone and I see them watching me waiting for me to get close enough to charge me. My dog, who rides in a bucket on the back of my bike is no help when she starts barking at them. I give them plenty of space because they are fast, unpredictable and WILD!. Give them plenty of space and don't crowd them with your vehicles. They think they own the road and if you think you can herd them with a vehicle, be prepared for a repair bill. Take home some great photos, memories and leave the hospital bills to the less intelligent daredevils who make the paper in Cody frequently with their shenanigans.
On another note, bears have been frequenting the houses on Green Creek near the cabins. They are at the top of the food chain in Wyoming and they are not afraid to show people who is top dog or bear in this case. Mama bears are extremely aggressive when they have cubs and are not intimidated by people. Papa bears are a little more docile but only tolerate people to a small extent. Give them plenty of room and please don't leave food on the grills or garbage outside. Once they are fed bears they are bad bears. You wouldn't want to meet one of these guys face to face on the front porch!!! If you decide to try your luck with getting close for a photo opportunity, make sure you have a spare set of underwear with you. You will need it!!!
Moose have been frequenting Buffalo Bill State Park and other areas along the Cody to Yellowstone Corridor. Take your time early in the morning when heading to Yellowstone and you may see some of the locals hanging around the river. These big guys are very dangerous at close distances! Give them plenty of room.
Rocky Mountain Sheep have been plentiful on the Shoshone National Forest and along the highway just a couple of miles from the cabins. They are amazing at hanging off of rock walls and watching people drive by who don't even know they are there. Look Up! God smiles on this part of the country and gives us some of the most beautiful views in the world along with some of the most incredible animals. Take your time, slow down and take in the treasures of Cody Country.
There have been over 300 elk hanging in the fields across the highway from Wapiti Mountain Cabins along with hundreds of deer. The elk cows are preparing for giving birth to their babies and if you take your time, you may see one of the new little ones!
Speaking of Babies, check out all the new horse babies on the ranches between Cody and Wapiti. They are too cute and out romping around the pastures and kicking up their heels! There are a lot of photo opportunities and just as much wildlife between Cody and Yellowstone as there is in Yellowstone Park.
As always, we are here to help if you need assistance or just want to find out what to do while you are here. Ask us, we like to talk about our unique area!
Buffalo Bill Dam and Visitor Center opened today! Come and explore the roar of the release of water from the reservoir in preparation for the massive 187% snowpack that is expected to fill the Buffalo Bill Reservoir in the next few weeks. Cody is waking up from winter and summer activities are starting to fire up. Mother's day weekend marks the beginning of Spring with the Cody Country Horse Sale. Friday night is the preview and Saturday is the sale of horses in front of Buffalo Bill's Irma Hotel located in downtown Cody. It is a lot of fun to see some amazing horses and a lot of people going into bidding wars over the horses. Come and join the fun as Cody begins to come alive for the summer and the Park opens it's doors. Copperleaf hosted approximately 400 head of elk across the highway from Wapiti Mountain Cabins yesterday. The herd is massive! They will begin to thin out in the next few weeks as the cows start calving and moving from the lowlands to the neighboring mountains. Big Horn sheep are still milling around on the highway a couple of miles east from the cabins and a moose and her calf were spotted on Green Creek just up the hill from the cabins. It's time to get active and get some fresh air!
Update Friday, April 27, 2018: Today marks the third time in six weeks that the unpredictable Steamboat Geyser has erupted, the previous two times being March 15 and April 19. All three eruptions were smaller than the last major eruption that occurred on Sept. 3, 2014. See more information on the NPS Facebook page www.facebook.com/YellowstoneNPS/posts/2108369279178415
Wednesday, Sept 3, 2014: Steamboat Geyser in Yellowstone's Norris Back Basin erupted unexpectedly Wednesday evening. Rosa Prasser, a Yellowstone Ranger, witnessed the eruption at 11:00 pm.
The last time Steamboat had a major eruption was in July, 2013. In the past, Steamboat has gone 50 years without a major eruption, and in 1964, it erupted a record 29 times.
Steamboat Geyser is the world's tallest geyser and can shoot hot water up to 380 feet in the air. This phase of the eruption can last from a few minutes, up to 40 minutes. Wednesday, it lasted for several minutes. After the eruption, the geyser will shoot steam for 1-2 days.
What's it like to witness an eruption of the world's largest active geyser? Watch the video below to hear three employees share their story from the night of September 3, 2014.
We are thawing but we are still working with spring snows from time to time. Yellowstone East Entrance is scheduled for opening on May 4, 2018. Bring clothing for layering even in the summer because we get a lot of different weather conditions even in the summer! Mountains create their own weather and people who live here have learned to carry coats even when it's supposed to be summer! Spring is in the air and we are starting to green up! Welcome to Cody Country and Yellowstone! We are ready for new friends and the return of old ones!
The roads in Yellowstone Park are still closed except for the North to the Northeast Entrance. The Park will open the first week in May so check the status by logging in on my site under the play tab.
I want to let my guests and friends know that Wapiti has a new restaurant/bar in the area! Yellowstone Cutthroat Guest Ranch is delicious! Randy and Courtney Hooper who are the former managers of Yellowstone Valley Inn opened a new establishment in the area and it's a hit with the locals! Make reservations by calling 307-272-6982 (You won't be Sorry!!!). They are located at 53 Stagecoach Trail Rd. only two miles from Wapiti Mountain Cabins. Check them out at www.yellowstonecutthroatranch.com for specials but they always have a great steak. Save room for dessert, they have a carrot cake and a chocolate (gluten free) tort that is to die for! Get some good food in you!
Activities are heating up here in the Bighorn Basin with Jake Clark's Mule days in Ralston. There is a lot of fun action at Jakes arena including a rodeo on Saturday featuring mules, What else? Come watch how western the long ears can be and watch the cowboys show you what athletic animals mules can be in roping and other bucking! There are also vendors, a mule sale on Saturday to help you lighten that pocket full of money.
Not a rodeo fan????
How about some plains indian fancy dancing at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. Come watch American Indians compete for various traditional awards such as the best fancy dancer! This will really give you an insight into the traditional dress and dances of the various tribes of the Plains Indian Tribes. They are very colorful and very athletic in their dancing. Even the children get involved in this yearly event. There are also various vendors on scene to feed your native american arts and crafts bug!
Cody is the place to be this summer! Come on out and enjoy Horses, Cowboys, Indians, Mountains and Yellowstone. We look forward to meeting new friends and catching up with old friends!