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Old 05-18-2014, 07:53 AM   #1
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Best route from Rapid City to West Yellowstone

We're headed from Rapid City, SD to West Yellowstone in a 35' gasser motorhome. Should we take 14 or Alt 14 or go way around on I-90 and come down from the north? We'd like some scenery on the trip but don't want to beat ourselves up fighting difficult roads. Any advice appreciated.
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Old 05-18-2014, 08:11 AM   #2
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Here is another fourm with the same question asked.....

Rapid city SD to Yellowstone best route?
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Old 05-22-2014, 06:05 PM   #3
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“Stats” for highways 14 and 14a traveling east to west- obviously traveling west to east there is a LOT of slow climbing! On 14a you think that you are on top of the world!

Highway 14A- 10% downgrade, 3,600’ elevation drop in 10 miles!

Highway 14- 5-7% downgrade, 4,600‘elevation drop in 18 miles!

We have driven both directions on both highways, of course this is solo, have seen a few RVs doing them also but my question is WHY?

We go about 46 miles south and use #16 pulling our 5W (see sig) with an exhaust brake, not as steep but longer, all 3 routes have some 20-25 MPH turns.

Or like you said head north and pick up I’state 90, your choice. If I remember correctly when the I’states were built (with a few exceptions) they were limited to 5-6% grade.
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Old 05-24-2014, 08:55 PM   #4
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Old 05-25-2014, 08:16 AM   #5
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Having grown up in Montana, if it were me, I would take I90 to Belgrade and drop south on 191. This would be much safer and less of a hassle, Using 14 or 14A is great for cars and light trucks, but not for anything of any length, especially if towing; they are narrow roads with little to no shoulder.
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Old 05-28-2014, 05:50 AM   #6
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All up to you. As most always the interstates bypass the best scenery.

14--14a---16. All doable in your 35' coach. Slow up & slow down with lots of great scenery.

Cody has several attractions & the drive from Cody to the East Yellowstone entrance is very scenic.
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Old 05-28-2014, 08:13 AM   #7
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Take I-90 to 310 south to 120 to Cody, stay in Cody a couple of days ( Cody was the highlight of our trip ) this route takes you between the mountain ranges no elevation changes. Stay away from 14.
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Best route from Rapid City to West Yellowstone

We drove 14 over the Bighorn Mountains last summer in my 40' Diesel Pusher. I thought it was the most scenic part of our 5,000 mile trip and really enjoyed it. Air brakes are a must have.
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My wife and I just got back from Yellowstone. We took highway 16 from Buffalo and came home on highway 14. If I was to do it again I would go the same route. the scenery is great on both. First pic is traveling through on highway 16, second with our camper and third is on 14 headed home.
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X 2. Forget those interstates!!
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Nortguy A couple of years ago we went E to W on 14a. going up there was a lot of construction apparently widening the road. Very slow on the upgrade due to the construction. No problem going down we have airbrakes and compression brake. With the compression brake on hi, I had to use throttle to maintain 40 - 45 mph going down. Good road, very scenic and absolutely no problem. Would do it again in a minute.

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Cody to Mt. Rushmore

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My wife and I just got back from Yellowstone. We took highway 16 from Buffalo and came home on highway 14. If I was to do it again I would go the same route. the scenery is great on both. First pic is traveling through on highway 16, second with our camper and third is on 14 headed home.
Thanks for the photos . . . . Getting ready to make the trip from Yellowstone through Cody to Mt. Rushmore in a 30 ft Class C pulling our Jeep. Planning on using Cody to Worland and then 16 to Buffalo . . . .then to Custer City . . . . Do you think 16 will be ok ??
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Take I-90 to 310 south to 120 to Cody, stay in Cody a couple of days ( Cody was the highlight of our trip ) this route takes you between the mountain ranges no elevation changes. Stay away from 14.
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My question for today is: how is the drive on 120 and 72. Jan is very concerned about the smaller roads in a big coach with toad.

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120 & 72 is a good flat road, if I remember right there was several miles of 4 lane. It's much better than dealing with 14 or 16, if you want to see the scenery on 14 or 16 camp in Cody & drive your towed vehicle.
A guy in a fishing supply store in Cody told me to go up 120 & 72 & "I" thought it was a good alternative to 14 or 16, he also said the people in the state tourist center send everyone over 14 because they get a kickback from all the brake repair shops Greybull.
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