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Old 02-06-2016, 07:57 AM   #1
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Planning a trip, need recommendations

Hello,

My wife and I are planning a trip from our home in Tennessee to end up in and around Wyoming or Colorado. We sort of have Jackson Hole as a destination. Can anyone suggest some good routes to take, stops, places to go and good campgrounds? We will be traveling with our motorhome and towing my Jeep. Some good Jeep trails would be great which I know there are plenty all around there. Thanks so much!

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You mentioned 'Jackson Hole' however, the place you'd want to head to is Grand Teton Nat'l Park which is close to the town of Jackson. RV parks in town are not good at all. If you want hookups, Colter Bay RV is the place. It you can do without hookups, there is Colter Bay campground, right next door to the RV park and Gros Ventre campground (our favorite). Each is dry camping and have 300 non-reservable sites. We've never had a problem getting a site for our 40' MH, especially if you plan to enter in the morning. North of this park is Yellowstone Nat'l Park. Both are completely different. There is no 4-wheeling in the national parks.


Since you mentioned 4-wheeling other options for you would be to two ultimate places - Moab, Utah or Silverton, Colorado. We've done both and they are awesome. Moab can get very hot mid-summer so it's best in spring or fall. Silverton is the summer place.


Another area is Eagle Nest/Red River, New Mexico. The temps are cool and there's some 4-wheeling.
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Old 02-06-2016, 11:16 AM   #3
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Colter Bay has both dry camping and full service sites. It is an awesome campground, and it fills up way in advance. You should reserve now, as you will not get in there if you wait too long.
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Hi matthew6279,
An off the beaten path place to stop is The Medicine Wheel. Go to
Wyoming State Historic Preservation Office - National Register of Historic Places - Search Result and read about it. Camp along the interstate and take the jeep. The route to and the Medicine Wheel itself is no place for a coach towing.

If you go, at the fork in the road where ALT 14 and route 14 meet has an excellent restaurant (food okay but local color place). There is a gas pump if you really need fuel. The price will be the highest you'll ever pay. Lastly, from the ranger station to the Medicine Wheel is about a mile and 1/2. You can tell your friends it was up hill going and coming. Really, it is uphill both ways. The Medicine Wheel is right at 10K feet in elevation. Snow on the trail most of the year. Dress warm.
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Matt,

We stayed last year at Arkansas River Campground on US Hwy 24 north of Buena Vista, CO. Great access to many challenging forest roads, Cottonwood Pass and Independence Pass; and Leadville, CO - second highest incorporated municipality in the United States. A former silver mining town that lies near the headwaters of the Arkansas River in the heart of the Rocky Mountains.
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Thanks for the input everyone. This is exactly what I need.
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If you're planning to go to Wyoming and will be there in July, the Cheyenne Pioneer Frontier Days is a great adventure. It the grand daddy of rodeos with 10,000 participants (at least that's how they advertise it). We were there this past summer and had a blast. If you go, look into the Terry Bison Ranch RV park. It's held this year from 7/22-7/31.

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Tentative itinerary for this trip. Any thoughts?

Leaving June 10th. Travel 10th - 13th.
Rest Tuesday, close by explore.
Wednesday-Saturday explore Grand Tetons, Yellowstone, Old Faithful, Yellowstone Lake, Jackson hole.
Checkout Sunday move to Mt Rushmore.
Check in Sunday Mt Rushmore
Monday-Wednesday Mount Rushmore, Badlands
Thursday start trip back home.

Any input is greatly appreciated!
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Your "Tentative itinerary for this trip. Any thoughts?" reminds me of why I love RVing in retirement. Sounds like way too many miles for your time in destination areas. Before retirement, we were lucky to have lived in SF Bay Area which permitted long week-end CA trips and relatively short Western mountain trips. But if time is limited, IMO the West is still worth the long drive, maybe especially now, given the cost of fuel.
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Tentative itinerary for this trip. Any thoughts?

Leaving June 10th. Travel 10th - 13th.
Rest Tuesday, close by explore.
Wednesday-Saturday explore Grand Tetons, Yellowstone, Old Faithful, Yellowstone Lake, Jackson hole.
Checkout Sunday move to Mt Rushmore.
Check in Sunday Mt Rushmore
Monday-Wednesday Mount Rushmore, Badlands
Thursday start trip back home.

Any input is greatly appreciated!
When we did Yellowstone - It took one day to do the upper loop, one day for the lower loop and we did the Grand Tetons in one day. Really didn't leave much time for anything else. Mt. Rushmore staying in Custer works well to see Crazy Horse, Mt. Rushmore and Custer State Park. All could be done in a day if you wanted. Badlands is nice if you are not hiking just riding and stopping at all the lookouts 3-4 hours works well. Nearby is Deadwood, SD of the Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane fame is worth while. Several nice campgrounds in town and on the city trolley loop.
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I can't imagine seeing Yellowstone in two days and Grand Teton in one day. We've been to both probably a dozen times for a week or so. We explore every nook and cranny and we hike. We never tire of those parks.
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Tentative itinerary for this trip. Any thoughts?

Leaving June 10th. Travel 10th - 13th.
Rest Tuesday, close by explore.
Wednesday-Saturday explore Grand Tetons, Yellowstone, Old Faithful, Yellowstone Lake, Jackson hole.
Checkout Sunday move to Mt Rushmore.
Check in Sunday Mt Rushmore
Monday-Wednesday Mount Rushmore, Badlands
Thursday start trip back home.

Any input is greatly appreciated!
Those are great destinations. The Grand Teton/Yellowstone area is really big with a tremendous amount to do and see if you like the outdoors. You'll struggle to see it in 4 days, which is a pity after driving so far. You'll also likely want to move camp from the South/Grand Teton to the North/Yellowstone. Mt Rushmore area is great, with Mt Rushmore more like the icing on the cake. Half day at the monument is arguably plenty. However, the surrounding area is fantastic. Custer State Park, IMO, could qualify as a National Park. The Needle and Iron Mountain highways alone are a destination. Then you have Wind and Jewel Caves. Not quite Carlsbad or Mammoth, but worthwhile. Also Crazy Horse monument.

On the way from Yellowstone to South Dakota, there are some other reasonable side trips. Cody has a fantastic series of Museums...really world class. Then there's Devil's Tower, and a bit further out of the way is Custer Battlefield in Montana.
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Your schedule makes my head spin. We spent about a month in this area, which is high on our want to do again list. These are all top places to see, but you will be out of breath. Custer State park (needles highway) took us twice it was so cool.
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Your schedule makes my head spin. We spent about a month in this area, which is high on our want to do again list. These are all top places to see, but you will be out of breath. Custer State park (needles highway) took us twice it was so cool.

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