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Old 08-08-2014, 07:05 AM   #1
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Glacier to Yellowstone Update

A lot of the Glacier info is a bit old so wanted an update please...We just arrived at Glacier St. Mary KOA and did not like the construction nor curves on 89 as we headed North to Glacier from Helena. Any experience on traveling South From St. Mary East KOA Campground to Yellowstone Park West Yellowstone. Considering North to 464 to 89S US 2, to I-15 S, down to 287 S to US 20 W to West Yellowstone...Looking for perhaps longer but less hills and curves. Been there and done that. Traveling in a 43 ' DP with toad.....
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Hi NC Rob,
Route 89 is not the preferred route for a coach and toad. The route you posted is the one I have taken for years. I was alerted to this route by another member of iRV2. The last time I was there was 2 years ago. At that time the quality of route 464 was very good.

Drove 89 south, in the toad, to get to some trail heads and agree with you. It is not a route for a coach and toad.
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Hi NC Rob,
Route 89 is not the preferred route for a coach and toad. The route you posted is the one I have taken for years. I was alerted to this route by another member of iRV2. The last time I was there was 2 years ago. At that time the quality of route 464 was very good. .
Gary.... How is US2 through the park? Suitable for coach and toad? We'll be spending a few days in Columbia Falls, and when leaving want to head to Great Falls.

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I just came up 464 last week and the road is good. You have a long pull at the beginning, but the rest is easy driving.
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You have to get pie at the Park Cafe in St Mary, best ever!
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The KOA posts good information about how to get there and avoid the steep roads. General Driving Directions to St. Mary KOA from the South - St. Mary KOA Kampground at Glacier National Park Montana Of course, I didn't find this until after a really exciting trip in driving rain on 89. The other route is a piece of cake.
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Hi JFXG,
US 2 through the park is good for a coach and toad. It is a bit winding, but nothing serious. The quality of the road has been very good.
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Where do you pick up 287 off of I15 to get to West Yelliwstone
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Going south, get 287 from I90 or I15. It depends on where you are coming from. From Glacier, one would get 287 in Helena. Make sure we are talking about the same road. I am referring to federal route 287. There is also a state route 287. This can get a bit confusing.
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With construction on going forget 287 south at three forks and drive i-90 25 miles east to belgrade - get fuel at flying j diesel is 4.15$ here in west. All the construction on 191 south is completed and very nice (needs to be striped ) plus no hill to climb or go down at ennis. 60 mile per hour speed except for the 25 miles of Yellowstone (55) no gate to stop at.
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We went to East Glacier KOA last summer, did the same thing you did. 89 WAS HORRIBLE! Leaving, we went to 464 and took it to North Browning. Piece of cake. The only problem was after leaving KOA you REALLY have to watch for 464. It was labeled 'Duck Lake Rd', not 464. Then, you get on 89 and head to Helena and Bozeman etc., etc., etc. The statement made above about pie at Park Café is true! Have fun!
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Thanks all - if you make it to West Yellowstone the West Yellowstone Grizzly RV park is the spot for you. The RV park down the road cannot pick up a Verizon signal, has poor WIFI and gravel streets.....we stuck it out a week and then moved to Grizzly...
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