Starting the Beartooth Pass
We got up today and headed out to drive what is considered one of the most beautiful highways in the United States the Beartooth Highway. The highway connects Red Lodge, MT to Cooke City, MT just outside Yellowstone’s northeast entrance. We didn’t take it the whole way to Cooke City but got off of it and onto the Chief Joseph Scenic Byway to head into Cody.
If you ever get the chance to drive the Beartooth Pass DO IT. I thought after hearing all these things about how beautiful the scenery was that it would be pretty, but I had no idea it would be breath taking. I can’t describe how gorgeous it is and neither pictures or videos do it justice but I’ll post them all just the same, lol.
One of my favorite parts of the drive were the Chipmunks at the Rock Creek Vista Point, they are partially tame and will come and eat nuts right out of your hand, there’s also an area on the Chief Joseph highway where they come up and kinda beg for food., they are took cute and some were kind of chubby, come to think of it, it’s the chubby ones that come and beg. We spent 7 hours or so in the car this day mostly because we stopped around 21 times or so to take pictures and walk around. I found an area that still had snow on the ground so I walked over to that to see if I could walk in the snow (I could) and then spent the rest of the day with frozen feet :)
We got into Cody in the early evening, checked into the Cody Cowboy Village, our hotel for the next 2 nights.
CCV is a great place to sleep, it’s all decorated in cowboy motif and they are individual cabins each with their own front porch and an amazing pool sized outdoor hot tub! We bought tickets for the Cody rodeo at the front desk and headed to dinner at Bubba’s BBQ. Bubba’s BBQ had really good food if you’re into that sort of thing. I had the pulled pork and it was very, very good, I would definitely eat there again. After dinner we headed to the Cody Rodeo; Cody has a rodeo every night in the summer. I had never been to a rodeo and am not a huge fan of rodeo’s but when in Cody, the self-proclaimed Rodeo Capital of the World, you got to see a rodeo. The have the normal rodeo events, bull riding and bareback riding which I did watch, barrel racing which I watched and then there’s the events I don’t watch.
Tie down roping is one, it’s where they rope the calf and then pick it up and throw it down on the ground and I don’t mean gently. I decided I would get up and walk around during the event and ended up watching people chasing the horses and bulls around with wipes in the holding pens to get them ready for the bucking contests. This didn’t make me happy either. I went back up to watch the next event which was team roping, I figured I could watch this no problem but then the first cow that got roped limped out of the arena on three legs so I decided that it probably wasn’t an event I was gonna like either, luckily (for me not the cowboys) not many were able to rope the cows so it wasn’t too bad. I’m glad that I went and saw a rodeo, but I doubt that I would want to see one again. I’m sure my mom and Kerry (who both seemed to enjoy it) would not complain if next time I stayed home since I was up and down 100 times throughout the rodeo. Truthfully tho I’m not sure how much of the rodeo Kerry watched cause every time I looked at her she was not looking at the arena but down the area right in front of our seats where the cowboys were hanging out, lol
Cody Hotels & Accommodations review
Not cheap but worth it.
Cody Cowboy Village is a relatively new place to stay in Cody, it is not the cheapest place to stay with cabins that run around $ 150 in peak season h… read entire review