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The canyon itself is beautiful, immense, rugged. Without stopping, total drive time through it was about 40 glorious minutes. Three tunnels cut right through the mountain rock. The railroad tracks and dark tunnel are on the left in the above photo. Construction of US 20 came after the railroad. Beware of falling rock.

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A river runs through it. Photo: City Data. The canyon was carved out by the river and is, at times, as much as 2, feet deep. In the past, Native American used the canyon as both a short cut and escape route. Spectacular rock walls rise 2, vertical feet on either side to the ridge tops. Photo: Wyoming Tourism.

Wind River Canyon has a rugged beauty all its own. The mountains are craggy and lifeless except for spots of green shrubbery and trees growing somehow in the rock. The rolling red hills are bright in the afternoon sunlight. While the name implies that two rivers are joined, at this point the Wind River gets a name change and becomes the Big Horn River. On US 20 North, coming into Thermopolis. Roundtop Mountain comes into view. The city of Thermopolis is just north of the canyon. The city sits surrounded by mountains—the Owl Creek Mountains to the southwest, Bridger to the southeast, Big Horn on the east, and southern Absaroka range on the west.

Roundtop Mountain, on the northern edge of town, is about 6, feet and looks like a volcano.

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Roundtop Mountain looms large above the local businesses. Houses, with a somewhat Spanish flair, sit quietly nestled in the mountains. Once a part of Wind River Indian Reservation, Chief Washakie, of the eastern band of Wyoming Shoshone, sold the hot springs to the United States in with the caveat that a portion always be free for public use.

The drive from Thermopolis to Cody is just Our first glimpse of majestic, snow-capped mountains in northwestern Wyoming.

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Beyond land dotted with trees, sagebrush, short-grass prairie, cottonwoods, and shrub steppe, the mountains look almost surreal. On our way, we passed through Meeteetse, an old western town located just 32 miles south of Cody on Highway WY along the banks of the Greybull River. Meeteetse is super small, with a total area of 0. Last leg of our trip to Cody, WY. Is that Heart Mountain I see?

Dust off the welcome mat, here we come! The Buffalo Bill Center of the West is a must-see.

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All together they offer one of the most complete pictures of the history, geography, geology, people, cultures, and spirit of the American West. Cody Firearms Museum has the most comprehensive collection of American firearms in the world. Plains Indian Museum tells the story of the Plains people, their cultures, traditions, values, and histories. Draper Museum of Natural History focuses on the Yellowstone region, its wildlife, and the relationship between man and the environment.

Lights simulate the fire. Sound effects create realistic crackling and crashing of falling trees. You hear the terror of the animals. It even smells like fire.

Instead of going to the Center, we had a leisurely dinner at the historic Irma Hotel and ambled down Sheridan Avenue, browsing through downtown Cody and its many stores and souvenir shops until dark. The night we ate there, it was full of locals the hostess knew by name, and at least one cowboy who caught my eye. We were seated at a booth along the wall.

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There was a dinner buffet, but we ordered off the menu. Service was average, food OK.

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Prices were higher than you might find in a sports bar, but not unreasonable. During the summer season, shootouts and historic re-enactments of famous gun battles are staged right out on the street in front of the hotel. We stayed at The Cody Hotel on the western edge of town. Our pup, Mitzi. Gardens at The Cody Hotel. Photo: The Cody Hotel. Cody Trolley Tours photo: Wyoming Tourism.

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