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dennydecuir

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Posted: 09/29/18 03:23pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I'm planning a trip from Mt. Rushmore to West Yellowstone towing a 33' FW, and it seems the only logical route is through the park. Can anyone tell me what I'm getting into, or advise an alternate route? It'll be late August.

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dennydecuir wrote:

I'm planning a trip from Mt. Rushmore to West Yellowstone towing a 33' FW, and it seems the only logical route is through the park. Can anyone tell me what I'm getting into, or advise an alternate route? It'll be late August.


A goodly number of folks on here have made the same trip, and they frequently use I-90 from the Black Hills to Bozeman MT, and then south on US 191. Apparently a good alternate route.

Going the way you're considering, you have the Bighorn mountains to get over. And that means US 14 or US 16. US 16 is usually recommended over US 14 (or US 14A), as being the least difficult alternative through the Bighorns. US 16 is a beautiful drive, with a long downhill from the top of Powder River Pass to Ten Sleep. If you go that way, be mindful that it's a prime route for a lot of folks on motorcycles, out for a ride in the mountains.


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Posted: 09/29/18 04:06pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Biggest issue would be the traffic. Early morning out of West Yellowstone would be best.
East of Cody is some mountains as indicated in prior post. Not bad just be cautious.


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enblethen wrote:

Biggest issue would be the traffic. Early morning out of West Yellowstone would be best.
East of Cody is some mountains as indicated in prior post. Not bad just be cautious.


Double ditto, take the time you would normally take to make a trip of this length and at least triple it. First the speed limit is low. Second there are mobs of people who stop at every chipmunk and get out of their vehicles to get a better look. They stop right on the roadway, a Bison or Bear will cause real traffic jams.


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Posted: 09/29/18 04:51pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Through the park can be a real chore. The roads are narrow and winding. When we went we parked the rig and took a tour bus to the sites. The tour bus driver pointed out numerous gash's on trees beside the road where motor home mirrors are knocked off. Tree's are right at the edge of the pavement. They actually go out and collect the mirrors every evening. Then there are the bison, who when they take over the road belongs to them. We lost hours literally when the whole herd took over the road. If your in a hurry I wouldn't go through the park.


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Agree strongly with above post of taking 16 and NOT 14. I posted before on 14 and no fun at all. Have been through the park twice with 40'DP with Ford Edge toad and no problems at all. Went through the middle of the park and was slow with the wildlife but just sat back and enjoyed the trip. There are a couple of good campgrounds in W. Yellowstone.


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Went through the park about 3 weeks ago entering through west Yellowstone entry at about 8:30am. Didn't encounter much traffic until around Mamouth Hot Springs. There is a large section of road of road construction between Norris and Mamouth Hot Springs that reated a delay and the road was mainly dirt. All that being said we saw several good size motor homes and trailers in the park.


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Posted: 09/29/18 08:07pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Easy drive through Yellowstone.

As far as Bighorns I took 14 eastbound and 16 westbound. Did not seem like much difference. Either way is a bit slower than an interstate but far more scenic.

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Posted: 09/29/18 11:20pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

IMHO, Yellowstone NP should be visited by every citizen of these United States sometime in their lifetime.

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Posted: 09/30/18 12:03am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You won't encounter any crowds. It'll be October. I'd also advise taking Hwy 16 to Cody and then into the park. Here is a good article of all the roads leading to the park:

http://www.rvtechmag.com/travel/4_yellowstonebyrv.php

Once inside the park the roads are drivable by bigger RVs. You shouldn't have any issues.

Keep close watch on the weather and check the park's web site for any road issues. Have a good trip!


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