We deceided we wanted to stay at Buffalo Bill State Park west of Cody on the Buffalo Bill Reservoir.
|Our campsite at Buffalo Bill St Park|
|BJ enjoying the campsite!|
It is a beautiful setting on the water with mountains all around. The dam on the Shoshone River is at a narrow canyon about 3 miles from the campground. The dam was built 1905-1910. Because of high water volume during Spring run off the could only work on it from Sep-Apr of each year.
|Sunset from Buffalo Bill State Park|
|Buffalo Bill Dam still standing 100 yrs later|
|narrow canyon Buffalo Bill Dam is in|
As I was watching the film about this in the visitor center on top of the dam, I was thinking I don't want to be around this thing; no telling what condition it is in100 years later! Nonetheless it still stands and is doing a great job of providing much needed irrigation water to the fertile Bighorn Basin.
The land is fertile because of the volcanic activity a million years ago, but with only 5 inches of rainfall a year farming is not possible without the irrigation water from the dam.
|One of the statues at Buffalo Bill museum courtyard|
As magnificant as the museum was, I believe the highlight of our stay was the day we took Chief Joseph Scenic Highway to the American Scenic Highway across Bearthooth Pass at 10,000+ feet. Chief Joseph, a Nez Pierce leader took his tribe over this very high and difficult pass to escape the US Calvary who was still mad about the loss at the Little Bighorn (aka Custer's Last Stand).
|Overlook of small part of Chief Joseph Scenic Highway|
|One of the memorials to the exodus led by Chief Joseph!|
|Another scenic view on the highway - pics don't do it justice!|
The Calvary thought they had him cornered against the mountains because it was late in the Fall and the passes were nearly impossible to pass, especially for a group of 600. Through brave leadership, innovative thinking, and real determination he did get his people through the pass and to safety in Canada. The highway follows their route and has numerous wayside markings and memorials.
The Chief Joseph Scenic Highway ends at US highway 212 in the Bearthooth Mountains and 212 is the American Scenic Highway which continues on to the peak at about 10,100 feet. The scenery was just breathtaking all the way. I am going to let the pictures try and show you what a great day we had. On the north side of the Beartooth Mountains at the bottom we visited Red Lodge MT, a neat little town that we enjoyed a late lunch at before taking the lower road back to Cody.
|One of a number of high altitude lakes in the Beartooth Mts.|
|Some of last year's snow!|
|From the American Scenic Highway (US 212)|
|A valley in the Beartooth Mts|
|One of a number of mountain lakes in the Bearthooth range|
Always at home, no matter where we are!!