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Wapiti, Wyoming Travel Guide

Located halfway between the town of Cody and Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming’s Waipiti is a quintessential Big Sky State frontier town. Situated along the North Fork of the Shoshone River in the Shoshone National Forest, Waipiti is known as a great spot for outdoor adventure and an excellent home base for exploring the United States’ first designated national park. The town’s name comes from the Cree Indian word for elk, so you can be sure to expect tons of wildlife.

Things to Do in Wapiti, Wyoming

Perhaps the best thing to see in Waipiti is the Smith Mansion, which is one of the most curious looking buildings in the entire country. The decorative A-frame structure was built entirely by hand, and it features numerous levels, a large stair set, and a hot room for cooking and lounging. The Smith Mansion was built by Francis Lee Smith, who continued adding new features until falling from an upper level to his death in 1992.

While Waipiti does feature some activities, most notable things to do are in nearby Cody. Both Cody and Waipiti have all the features of an excellent wild west adventure. Head over to the Buffalo Bill Center of the West to learn about the history of the relationship between Native Americans and the American frontiersman. When you’re finished, make sure to check out the Cody Night Rodeo. This is one of the few remaining rodeo cultures in the states, and it’s still very much alive and well.

For some other old-world-style entertainment, you can also watch a gunfight show at the Irma hotel. Stop by for a thrilling reenactment of a gunfight in a 19th-century saloon that looks frighteningly real.

All that said, outdoor adventure is the clear favorite among activities here in northern Wyoming. Visit the red rock canyon for an exciting rafting trip, or take out the kayak if you’re more daring. There is also rock climbing, mountain biking, and backpacking all within an arm’s reach of Waipiti.

Best Places to Stay in Wapiti, Wyoming

If you’re looking for a living room with mountain views, look no further than Waipiti. The town is effectively littered with vacation rentals at the east entrance of Yellowstone national park, so you should definitely consider this as a place to stay while on your national park visit. Stay right in downtown Waipiti to get as close to the action as possible.

Best Time to Visit Wapiti, Wyoming

Wapiti is best to visit during the summer. Spring and fall can still be fairly cold, and the summer doesn’t draw too many tourists to make it overwhelming.

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The cheapest day to stay at a vacation rental in Wapiti tends to be Saturday, while the most expensive day tends to be Monday. Vacation homes in Wapiti tend to be busiest on Saturdays, while it tends to be much quieter on Tuesdays.
The most expensive month to stay in a vacation rental in Wapiti is in June, while the cheapest month is in February. The most popular time to book a vacation rental in Wapiti is in the high season in July. Wapiti has its low season in January, when less people are visiting and the vacation home occupancy rate drops.

The Weather in Wapiti

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This climate histogram shows you the weather patterns in Wapiti. The warmest months in Wapiti are May and June, when temperatures reach 99 ˚F. The coolest month is November, when temperatures drop to -19 ˚F. The wettest month in Wapiti is August with 2.6 inches of rain, while the driest month is January with 0.17 inches of rain.

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