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Old 06-29-2014, 11:36 PM   #1
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Best route from Grand Tetons to Salt Lake City

I am wondering how difficult the roads are between Grand Teton NP and Salt Lake City? While I could backtrack to West Yellowstone and go South from there, it also looks like I could take 189 or 89 south from Grand Teton NP. Any mountain passes of concern. I don't want to scare the wife on a bad stretch of winding switchbacks, cause I'd like her to go on the next RV trip, too! :-)


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I live in Salt Lake City, Utah and I have customer that I visit about once a a month in Jackson, WY. Plus we RV up to yellowstone/tetons often.

When pulling a RV and will drive longer distance rather than go down bad
roads to ravel on with a RV.

Even with my small car from Tetons I travel to 26 and go west via Idaho
falls. Then South on I-15 into Salt Lake City.

The only mountain pass you will have is on 26 south of Jackson toward the
reservoir.

If you go south via WY down via Evanston, WY and down I-80 by park city. It can be a wife window scraping experience as it goes down pretty
fast after park city and parley pass.

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Gazingm42, thanks for the advice...great to hear from a local!
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Old 07-01-2014, 01:02 AM   #4
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Glad to help.

If you plan on RVing in Yellowstone I would recommend staying outside
the park in West Yellowtone, MT. We stay now everytime at Grizzly RV
park just on the edge of town.

Only 5 minutes to the park entrance. Very nice clean and quiet park.

I may have some pictures if you like.
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Whatever time you think that you will need to see Y’stone NP you better double it!

Remember that Y’stone Park itself is about 50 miles E/W and 70 miles N/S (2.2 Mil Acres) and the Grand Loop (figure 8) road is about 140 miles around. With a 45mph speed limit (radar controlled) and all the thermal attractions and the altitude (Canyon Area is 7918 ft, Old Faithful is 7365 ft and Mammoth Area is ONLY? 6239 ft) it will take a full day for each loop, when walking take it easy, carry/drink lots of water as it can be very exhausting, then you will only see the highlights. If your luck is like mine I guarantee that Old Faithful will have gone off just minutes before you arrived and will have to wait about another hour and 10-15 minutes for it to go off again kill time by walking around the upper geyser basin. When you are at Old faithful be sure to go into the Old Faithful Inn and look up when inside. When in the visitor center or the Inn they will have a sign displaying approximately when the next eruption will occur (+ or – about 10/15 minutes)

We have lived about 110 miles from the West Y’stone entrance for 50 years and go there a couple of times each summer and I still haven’t seen everything yet.
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Thanks for the advice on Grizzly RV park and also for planning on each day taking more time than expected. We have 5 nights at Grizzly in West Yellowstone and 3 nights in grand Teton (colter bay) so hopefully we will have some time to enjoy the park and not feel too rushed. Thanks!
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When in Jackson be sure to see the Bar J Chuckwagon dinner/show!

http://www.barjchuckwagon.com/

We see them 3-4 times every summer, already once this summer. I guarantee that it is the best $24 PP you will spend on your trip! Call for reservations and be in line to pick up the tickets early! Even if you have reservation #1 and you pick up your tickets last you will be sitting in the last row.

May you have fair winds and following seas.
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I forgot to mention in my post #7 that Tim the Bar J Fiddle player has won the Idaho State mens championship 6 times and the US open championship twice! The rest of the “ranglers” are “A OK” also.
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Thanks for the tip. We'll try to make it there!
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I am wondering how difficult the roads are between Grand Teton NP and Salt Lake City? While I could backtrack to West Yellowstone and go South from there, it also looks like I could take 189 or 89 south from Grand Teton NP. Any mountain passes of concern. I don't want to scare the wife on a bad stretch of winding switchbacks, cause I'd like her to go on the next RV trip, too! :-)


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We have taken the 89 from I15 to Colter Bay RV Park in the Grand Tetons. No problem, there is a grade after Bear Lake coming from the North. Beautiful drive, we overnight in Logan. Traveland RV park has pull through sites and nice and clean.
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there is a grade after Bear Lake coming from the North.
I assume you mean a grade up?

so headed north from 15 > Logan > Bear lake etc is no issue with steep grades?
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Between Logan and Bear Lake there is a hill......but very doable.
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Making that route in the morning from Zion
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How did it go, jimbo2013?


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