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Old 06-26-2014, 10:41 AM   #1
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Hwy 16 road construction between Custer, SD and Cody, WY?

A fellow RV'r who just came in from Yellowstone said there was a ton of road construction on hwy 16 just outside of Custer. Wanted to confirm and also ask if alternate routes to Cody? Many thanks! FYI we're in a Thor Hurricane 34f, no toads.

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Old 06-26-2014, 12:06 PM   #2
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I actually prefer crossing the Bighorns using a combination of 14 and 14a. If the 10% grades on 14a bother you, then stay on 14 when they split just west of Burgess Junction.

If you stay with 14, be sure to stop at the Shell Canyon Visitor center. The short walk from there to Shell Canyon Falls is well worth the time.

If you use 14a, you should not miss seeing Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area and Prior Mountain Wild Horse Preserve. They are little known gems, adjacent to each other, just off of 14a, just east of Lowell. Both have visitor centers in Lowell.

The scenery is magnificent and very unusual for that part of the country. Bighorn sheep are quite common along the roads and even in some of the parking areas. Wild horses are also common along the roads. The main camoground there is quite nice, and (amazingly) FREE, although there is a small fee for sites with electric hookups.

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Old 06-26-2014, 05:25 PM   #3
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Thanks for the tips! We're staying in Fishing Bridge and were planning to head into Yellowstone from Cody via the 14,20,16 hwys. Coming out of Custet, I was worried about the road construction on hwy 16 out of Custer and wanted to know if this was going to be a big delay and if alternate routes that wouldn't add 2-4+ hours to our drive to Cody since we're trying to make it in time for the Cody rodeo tomorrow night. Thanks again for any info.
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Old 06-26-2014, 07:01 PM   #4
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Here's a link to the WYDOT construction map.

Wyoming Travel Information Map

While US 14 or 14a is a pretty route, it's pretty curvy and steep in parts. US 16 is a little less stressful with more passing lane areas on hills and just as pretty. The mileage difference between Cody and Spearfish, SD is less than 2 miles whether on 14a, 14, or 16.

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Old 07-02-2014, 09:56 PM   #5
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We just did 16 a week ago and what they say is true . . . . . a lot of construction on the Wyoming side, but bearable . . . but when you get close to Custer, the road is completely gone for about 5 / 6 miles . . . We were slipping and sliding . . . . really thought we were going to be stuck a couple of times , lucky we were headed downhill..... . . . When the road crews are on the side taking bets on whether you are going to make it or not . . . you have problems.
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