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Old 07-19-2019, 04:46 PM   #1
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89N Bear Lake, Utah to West Yellowstone

We plan to leave Bear Lake on Sunday. GPS says take 89 north to 30 to I15 to 20 north. We are thinking instead to take 89 north into Jackson, Wy then north thru Grand Teton NP into Yellowstone then to West Yellowstone. Anyone have input into either route?
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Both ways will get you there.

However, I'd skip 30 to I-15 and take 89 N to 26 at Alpine, WY then west on 26 to Idaho Falls then north on 20. Or even, 26 to 31 to Victor then 33 to Tetonia and west to Hwy 20 north.

Going through Jackson is very congested and you'll have slow-going through Yellowstone to get to W. Yellowstone. It'll probably be a long day.

Another good option is to do the Jackson route but STAY some days in Grand Teton Nat'l Park then continue on into Yellowstone. It's a beautiful park and very unlike Yellowstone in looks and things to do.

If you're not staying in Grand Teton NP then you might just want to do the drive from Jackson to W. Yellowstone through the park. At least you'd be able to see some of the park. If you need to stock up before going to W. Yellowstone (sm grocery there) there are a couple very large stores and liquor stores just south of Jackson before getting into the town. Smith's is on the left and a little beyond on the right is another - perhaps Albertsons?? Good fuel prices here instead of W. Yellowstone.

For Grand Teton you could stay at Gros Ventre campground in the park itself just north of Jackson. There are 300 non-reservable sites and rarely fills. We've always gotten a site in various seasons with our 40' motorhome.

Have a good trip - beautiful country!

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Old 07-19-2019, 11:22 PM   #3
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We're heading that way ourselves, leaving Sedona AZ on Sunday. We'll be taking 89 most of the way though AZ, UT and into ID via Montpelier (2 nights there), Alpine, then 26 to Victor, ID where we'll be spending a few days. We'll probably take I-15 on the return trip to AZ just for a change of scenery. Haven't looked too much into that route yet but hopefully we can avoid SLC.
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We left Bear Lake for Alpine a few weeks ago. We took a day trip to Swan Valley, to Victor, down to Jackson (don't take Victor to Jackson in an RV!!) then back to Alpine. Nice drive from Alpine to Swan Valley to Victor. Probably equally nice from Victor to West Yellowstone.

After leaving Alpine we took the RV through Jackson on our way to Dubois, WY. Jackson is crowded and it gets a bit slow going though the center of Jackson. But the bigger problem (stopped for 20 minutes) is north of Jackson before Moran on 191. They were paving the road so it was one lane. Like I said, it we probably waited a good 20 minutes for our turn to pass through the construction area.
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