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Old 06-16-2019, 12:54 PM   #1
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Yellowstone National Park

I'm traveling to Yellowstone and would like to get input from anyone who has entered from the East via Cody Wyoming.
My set up is 2015 Silverado Duramax dually cclb towing a 2012 Landmark Rushmore fifth wheel. The fifth wheel is 39 foot.
Will I encounter any problems with the roads? Presently were planning on route 14 into the east entrance, then Grand Teton and Jackson hole . Thanks
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You should be fine getting to the park, once in the park it will be a slow go due to tourist and animals. Park only shows a few construction zones this year. Enjoy your visit.

https://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/parkroads.htm
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I'm traveling to Yellowstone and would like to get input from anyone who has entered from the East via Cody Wyoming.
My set up is 2015 Silverado Duramax dually cclb towing a 2012 Landmark Rushmore fifth wheel. The fifth wheel is 39 foot.
Will I encounter any problems with the roads? Presently were planning on route 14 into the east entrance, then Grand Teton and Jackson hole . Thanks


There’s a great pair of books called Mountain Passes West and Mountain Passes East that are very good to have. We actually had taken route I90 west as we were coming from N.J. In order to avoid Bear Creek Pass on the NE corner of Yellowstone, we went further out to Livingston, MT and the South on Rt 89. We stayed in a nice park in West Yellowstone, a mile from the western entrance into the NP. We had a F250 gasser so we were staying away from the steeps. The books are a Blessing. Happy Trails!
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Just went through with 42GX and F150 with ease

Little road construction and traffic of course
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Staying on I/90 to 191 is the least challenging route into Yellowstone. US 16 over the Big Horns is not a big challenge but it is more climbing and descending. US 14 is more scenic but a bit more... and US 14A is much more.
Coming in from Cody you go over 8200 FT but is easy.
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I did the same thing in 2017. I camped in Cody drove to East entrance 3 days. Then to Dubois for the Grand Tetons. Cody was 60 miles and Dubois was about 50. Are you planning on camping in the park? My suggestion would be to camp in between G. Tetons and the southern entrance. I did not have reservations at fishing bridge campground and did not want to boondock. I didn't go through Yellowstone to the G. Tetons went south and around Yellowstone. It would be a slow go pulling the camper through there. Look at the campgrounds N. of G. Tetons. Not that far to Yellowstone from Grand Tetons. Maybe this is not good information. Looks like they are working on the road between Y and GT.
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I did the same thing in 2017. I camped in Cody drove to East entrance 3 days. Then to Dubois for the Grand Tetons. Cody was 60 miles and Dubois was about 50. Are you planning on camping in the park? My suggestion would be to camp in between G. Tetons and the southern entrance. I did not have reservations at fishing bridge campground and did not want to boondock. I didn't go through Yellowstone to the G. Tetons went south and around Yellowstone. It would be a slow go pulling the camper through there. Look at the campgrounds N. of G. Tetons. Not that far to Yellowstone from Grand Tetons. Maybe this is not good information. Looks like they are working on the road between Y and GT.
Yes they are working on the road. The park ranger said about 2 miles just before the bridge.
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Some general information about YNP (some general items apply to GTNP also)

YNP is BIG!, about 45 miles E/W and about 65 miles N/S (2.2 mil. Acres total). The “figure 8 grand 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 as you planned on in the allotted time. The Bison think that they own the road (they do!) and will slow down the traffic to walking speed or stop all traffic for 1/4 mile or more blocking both directions of travel, the thermal attractions also tie up traffic and with a 5 month long summer tourist season that coincides with a 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! (The entrance stations will have current construction information or go on line to check it out)

Then there is the elevation- YNP ranges from a low at Mammoth- 6239 ft to 7784 ft at Fishing Bridge or higher if you go hiking and there are passes on the grand loop road that are close to 8000 ft or so! Drink plenty of liquids and pace yourself when walking.

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 May to mid July in YNP the sun doesn't set until about 9:30- 9:45 PM then there is a long twilight.

Cell Phone Service- Only at the major visitor centers, otherwise non-existent!

Clothing- Especially in the early or late season it is not unusual to have a 30 or even the occasional 40 degree temperature change throughout the day. Dress with easily shed layers of clothing. Also dress in bright easily seen clothing. I am sure that we all have been to a sporting event, parade or Disney World etc. and we blink our eyes and our partner/child has disappeared. My DIL was born and raised in HI, you guessed it, every Xmas, b-day or Father's Day I receive a Hawaiian shirt. One of them is shiny black with 4-5 inch dia. bright flowers. Not many of them in Wyoming and in YSNP, that is what I wear. If your partner has on a Violet blouse and a Orange scarf with a Pink hat I guarantee that she will be the only one within the boundaries of either NP. It can save you a few anxious moments.

Water- Now I will have to contradict myself, at the altitude of YNP yes, drink lots of water! HOWEVER, be aware that the flush toilet restrooms are in the major tourist areas- Mammoth, Canyon, Fishing Bridge, Lake Hotel, Bridge Bay, Grant Village, Old Faithful, Madison Junction etc. The geyser basins and other thermal attractions areas only have pit toilets. I have seen the pit toilet line at the lower Geyser Basin (2 R/Rs) 25 or more feet long (bless the tour buses) So be smart about drinking your water and use the major tourist area R/Rs before leaving the area! I.e. “Never pass up a flush toilet!”

Sun- At YSNP altitude the Sun is intense (uv)have and apply sunscreen, wear that old floppy wide brim sun hat, wear Sunglasses!

If your luck is like mine Old Faithful will have just erupted when you get there and you will have up to a hour and 10 to 15 minutes wait for the next one. Tour the O/F Geyser basin while waiting. O/F INN is a must see, reportedly the largest LOG building in the U.S. (Meals in the O/F Inn dinning room are “A OK” also.

We have lived about 110 miles from West Yellowstone, MT since 1964, go to YSNP 3-4 times a summer (normally before Memorial Day and after Labor Day) and haven't seen it all yet! So don’t be discouraged that you didn’t have the time to see all of it. Just plan on coming back another time!

I honestly don’t mean to scare or discourage you but to give you a heads up as to what to expect! After all there was 4.1 million visitors in 2015! As far as I know we didn’t lose one of them. Except those who by their own stupidity step off the board walks into BOILING HOT water and ignoring the warnings about the WILD ANIMALS! That is called purifying the gene pool!

Note I have seen on this blog and others about folks “day tripping” from YSNP to GTNP, it is done all the time (myself included) however remember this is BIG country and with the speed limits, animals and thermal attractions you will be doing a LOT of driving. From Grant Village Visitor Center (extreme S/E corner of the lower loop road) to Jackson, WY is about 80 miles with Coulter Bay being about 1/2 way then from Grant Village you have to add the distance to your CG it will be a Long days trip!

A point of Coulter Bay (GTNP) clarification- there are two (2) CG’s at Coulter Bay, One the “Coulter Bay RV Park” a full service “RV Park” with FHU’S that takes reservations. The other is the “Coulter Bay Campground “ has no hookups and doesn’t take reservations. Both have about 300 sites and are basically across the road from each other.

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/ TABLE 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 championship twice". If you decide to go you will sit at picnic type of bench seats/table, they get pretty hard, I recommend that you take along a blanket/pads to sit on. We day trip it there 2-4 times every summer just 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 on your trip! Check out their website.

Bar J Chuckwagon

Also in Jackson check out the “COWBOY” bar, the bar stools are saddles and the # of Silver Dollars in the bar. The Wort Hotel Bar (just around the corner from the Cowboy Bar) also has Silver Dollars imbedded in the Bar
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X2,3&4 on the Bar J Chuckwagon. Absolute best entertainment in the area. Great music and great voices and good (clean) comedy. We have been to the show (&dinner) 4 times and own some of their cds. Don’t let anyone tell you this is country music...this is COWBOY music!
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It is 53 miles of mountain driving from Cody to The East entrance of YSNP then 27 more miles to Fishing Bridge on the East side of the lower loop road.

BTW- Do you know the difference between Country music and Cowboy music?
Country music is about somebody kissing you wife!
Cowboy music is about somebody kissing your horse! LOL
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It is 53 miles of mountain driving from Cody to The East entrance of YSNP then 27 more miles to Fishing Bridge on the East side of the lower loop road.

BTW- Do you know the difference between Country music and Cowboy music?
Country music is about somebody kissing you wife!
Cowboy music is about somebody kissing your horse! LOL
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I'd recommend going back and doing Grand Teton. It's a beauty and it has probably stopped snowing by now!! The mountains are beautiful with snow. Stay at Gros Ventre campground in the park.
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