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Old 12-08-2015, 03:28 PM   #1
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Looking for any advice on best route from Salt Lake City to Fishing Bridge RV Park in Yellowstone this summer. We drive a 32' Class A gasser with a tow.

Looks like we could take:

A) I-15 N to US26 to Rt 31 to 191 N into Yellowstone West Entrance

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B) I-15 N to US 20 into Yellowstone West Entrance

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We always take I-15 to Hwy 20. Simple and scenic.
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Looking for any advice on best route from Salt Lake City to Fishing Bridge RV Park in Yellowstone this summer. We drive a 32' Class A gasser with a tow.

Looks like we could take:

A) I-15 N to US26 to Rt 31 to 191 N into Yellowstone West Entrance

or

B) I-15 N to US 20 into Yellowstone West Entrance

Any advice?
Did it backwards two years ago in July - Stayed at Fishing Bridge Campground then went out the West Entrance down US 20 to Idaho Falls then on I-15 stayed the night in Pocatello, Idaho then then next day took I-15 to Garland, UT took some back roads to the Golden Spike National Monument and then back over to I-15 to Salt Lake City where we spent a night. Road was not bad some construction then but it didn't slow the traffic down. Could probably do it in day if you wanted but we broke it up into two days as we try to keep the driving less than 5 hours to allow for sightseeing, etc.

Looking at your "A" route on the google maps I took 191 from Fishing Bridge to the see the Grand Teton's on a day trip in my tow vehicle. The road is two lane and there is a lot of pull offs for sightseeing. Rather than fight the urge to stop and see things while towing and not fitting I would rather take a more direct route get to the campground and keep the this route for a day trip where you can stop and see things easily. Both routes are view-able in Google Street View.
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Thanks again Bob.

Looks like its about 60 miles from the Fishing Bridge CG to the West Entrance. Did you take the park road around the lake or the more northern park road to depart? Looks like both are about the same distance but I bet the lakeside road in more scenic.
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Thanks again Bob.

Looks like its about 60 miles from the Fishing Bridge CG to the West Entrance. Did you take the park road around the lake or the more northern park road to depart? Looks like both are about the same distance but I bet the lakeside road in more scenic.

Went out of the Campground over the Yellowstone River made a left followed the lake went past Old Faithful and out the West Entrance. The other way we always encountered Bison on the road with the associated traffic issues thought it would be more direct past the lake and avoid traffic.
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YNP is about 45 miles E/W and about 65 miles N/S (2.2 mil. Acres total). The figure 8 loop road inside the park is about 140 miles around. The lower loop is 96 miles and the upper loop is 70 miles around and yes, it is bigger than the states of Rhode Island and Delaware combined.

Whatever time that you think you will need to see YNP you better double it, or to say it another way is that you will see one half as much in the allotted time. The Bison think that they own the road (they do!) and will slow down the traffic to walking speed or less for 1/4 mile or more, the thermal attractions also tie up traffic and with a 4-5 month long summer tourist season that coincides with a 4-5 month long road construction season and a 45 mph radar controlled speed limit it will take about a full day to see each loop and then you will only see the main attractions. In addition to the occasional construction delays they will also sometimes close whole sections of road (for uninterrupted night construction) between 10 PM and 8 AM in the morning, if you are running late and get caught at night in the wrong area it CAN be a LONG way around to your CG! I don't mean to scare you but to inform you of reality. (The entrance stations will have current construction information or go on line.)

Then there is the elevation- YNP ranges from a low at Mammoth- 6239 ft, Old Faithful- 7365 ft, up to 7734 ft at Canyon and Grant to 7784 ft at Fishing Bridge. Drink plenty of liquids and pace yourself when walking. And again I don't mean to scare you but rather to inform you, after all there is normally 3.5 million visitors annually.

I recommend that you get up EARLY, leave the CG and be back by 4 or 6 PM have dinner and be sitting in your recliner drinking a cool one when your neighbor drags himself back to the CG at 8-10 PM. Remember that from mid June to mid July in YNP the sun doesn't set until shortly before 10 PM.

If your luck is like mine Old Faithful will have just erupted when you get there and you will have a hour and 10-20 minutes wait for the next one. Tour the O/F geyser basin while waiting for the next eruption. Old Faithful INN is a must see (meals are "OK" also)

We have lived about 110 miles (4739' elevation) from W. Yellowstone, MT for 51 years, go there 3-4 times a summer (normally before Memorial Day and after Labor Day) and haven't seen it all of it yet!

When in the Jackson area I highly recommend seeing the Bar J Chuckwagon dinner show! If you go, MAKE RESERVATIONS and BE THERE EARLY TO PICK UP YOUR MEAL TICKETS/SEATING ASSIGNMENTS! They seat you by when you show up to get your tickets NOT by your reservation number. Tim, their fiddle player has won the "Idaho state old time fiddle contest 7 times and the US open fiddle contest twice". We day trip it there 2-4 times every summer to see them! Disclaimer- We have no financial or other interest in the Bar J only that it will be the best $ value for your money for your trip! Check out their website.

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