Spirit (Cedar) Mountain
Spirit Mountain is just 2 miles from our office and offers all sorts of recreational opportunities. The views of Cody that it offers are pretty spectacular! The mountain is crisscrossed with hiking and horseback trails, plus there are rock climbing and boulders spots as well. You’ll see mountain bikers, birders and dog walkers. You can park at any of the pullouts and spend time wandering around the mountain. The large boulders strewn across the slope make great climbing for kids. The trail to the cavern entrance is a flat, quick walk through limber pine and juniper. Mountain bluebirds frequent the area and you’ll see Indian paintbrush (Wyoming state flower) as well. Be advised the actual opening to the cave is gated and locked.
Red Lakes Recreation Area
This off-road area is only 3 miles from our office and offers about 3,000 acres (5 square miles) of desert trails, play areas, sand washes, steep and challenging hill climbs and miles of unmaintained 4×4 trails! There is a little bit of everything for all experience levels.
The McCullough Peaks
The McCullough Peaks (only 9 miles from our office) WSA encompasses 25,210 acres of BLM-administered land, 640 acres of split-estate land, and 640 acres of state-owned land. The WSA consists of the badlands that form the north slope of the McCullough Peaks. The terrain is characterized by sharp ridges and deeply eroded drainages. There are also large expanses of open, gentle terrain. The area is scenic and provides opportunities for solitude and primitive recreation. The panoramic views from the top of McCullough Peaks are outstanding and include not only the study area’s badlands but views of Heart Mountain, the Beartooth Mountains and the Absaroka Range. The vividly colored and highly eroded ridges and hills have outstanding scenic quality. Opportunities for wild horse viewing are present. The McCullough Peaks area has been known for its paleontological and geologic interest for some time.
The Oregon Basin & Petroglyphs
View one of the crown jewel oil fields of Wyoming, the third largest oil field in the state by cumulative production, The Oregon Basin. The oil is trapped in folded sedimentary rock in a geologic structure called an anticline that is 15 miles long and 6 miles wide. It’s a sage brush covered basin with hundreds of well pads that are rimmed by outcrops of sandstone dipping away from the field.
There are miles and miles of riding trails, one of which takes you to a small walk-about to see sandstone rims and petroglyphs!
For a half-day rental, we highly recommend taking the Chief Joseph Scenic Byway (about 1.5-hours one way, driving straight through, but you’ll want to take full advantage of pull-outs and points of interest!). This is such a beautiful, scenic drive and you don’t want to miss the unique opportunity that a Slingshot provides!
Chief Joseph Scenic Byway (WY-296)
A 45.96-mile-long scenic highway in northern Park County. Highway 296 begins its western end at U.S. Route 212 (Beartooth Highway) fourteen miles southeast of Cooke City, Montana. WYO 296 travels southeasterly as it winds through the Shoshone National Forest and through the Absaroka Mountains and then passes through Dead Indian Pass. After almost 46 miles, WYO 296 reaches its eastern end at Wyoming Highway 120, 17 miles north of Cody.
Highway 296 crosses Sunlight Creek Bridge, the highest in Wyoming.
Another option for a half-day rental would be to take the North Fork Highway to the Yellowstone National Park East Entrance (about 1-hour one way, driving straight through, but you’ll want to take full advantage of pull-outs and points of interest!). This is such a beautiful, scenic drive and you don’t want to miss the unique opportunity that a Slingshot provides! The historic Pahaska Tepee Resort, Buffalo Bill’s original Lodge, is just 2.3 miles before the Park Entrance and we definitely recommend checking it out!
North Fork Scenic Highway
Truly breathtaking views of the Shoshone National Forest from Cody, past the Buffalo Bill Reservoir, through Wapiti Valley on towards Yellowstone!
For a full-day rental, we highly recommend taking the Chief Joseph Scenic Byway to the Beartooth Highway and on into Red Lodge, MT (about 3-hours driving straight through, but you’ll want to take full advantage of pull-outs and points of interest!). This is such a beautiful, scenic drive and you don’t want to miss the unique opportunity that a Slingshot provides! Stop in Red Lodge for lunch, maybe some shopping too, and take HWY-120 E back to Cody (about 1-hr)!
Beartooth Scenic Highway (U.S. Route 212)
The Beartooth Highway is an All-American Road on a section of U.S. Route 212 in Montana and Wyoming between Red Lodge and the Northeast entrance of Yellowstone National Park, passing over the Beartooth Pass in Wyoming at 10,947 feet above sea level. It has been called “the most beautiful drive in America”!