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Old 06-12-2018, 06:42 PM   #1
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Iowa to Yellowstone on 90

We are preparing to drive to Yellowstone on 90 from Iowa.what are the road conditions.climbs, etc?? Thanks for any good info.
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I've driven about every route between OH and Yellowstone over the past 45 years, there are many routes to choose from I-80 to YNP. I'm a history and science buff, so I've stopped at many places along these various trips.

You could go to Rawlins and then go north on US 287 until US 26, then to Moran Junction at Grand Tetons NP, north to YNP. I-80 does climb at Laramie to 8,400' On US 287 it's 2 lane with passing lanes on grades. Passes Split Rock and some still visible Oregon Trail tracks. U.S. 26 gets very scenic past Crow Heart, red rocks and badlands around Dubois, then climb to Togwotee Pass, first view of the Tetons as you start to descend into Jackson Hole.

Another route is to get off I-80 at Ogallala, NE and follow US 26 west. This follows the Oregon Trail to Scottsbluff and Ft. Laramie on the way to I-26. I-26 goes to Casper where you get off on US 26 again and follow the previous route to Jackson Hole.

You could go north at Shoshoni on US 26 on US 20. This route takes you through the Wind River Canyon to Thermopolis. Hot springs and extinct geyser cones there, also the Wyoming Dinosaur Center. Get off US 20 and take WY 120 to Cody, another great museum center there. US 14 is the east entrance into YNP. It does climb from Cody to the entrance gate, then levels out at Yellowstone Lake.
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Here is my trip plans from 2016 when we drove from Hood River to my daughters wedding in Iowa via Yellowstone.,.


September 5th
Drive to (Via Alpine) Colter Bay Village Grand Teton National Park 218 miles
Stay 4 nights

September 9th
Drive to Madison Campground Yellowstone National Park 77 miles
Visit Old Faithful on the way
Stay 2 nights in Madison Campground

September 11th
Drive to Grant Village via Canyon Village Yellowstone National Park 68 miles
Stay 2 nights at Grant Village campground

September 13th
Drive to Fishing Bridge RV Park Yellowstone National Park 23 miles

September 15th
Drive to Buffalo WY 245 miles
Buffalo KOA,

September 16th
Drive to Devils Tower WY 132 miles
Stay 2 nights

September 18th
Drive to Jewel Cave National Park 96 miles.
Visit Jewel Cave National Park
Drive to Crazy Horse Memorial 18 Miles
Visit Crazy Horse National Park
Drive to Custer SD 9 miles
Custer / Mt. Rushmore KOA

September 19th
Drive to Wind Cave National Park 23 miles
Visit Wind Cave National Park
Return to Custer KOA 23 miles
Stay another night in KOA

September 20th
Drive to Mt. Rushmore National Memorial 23 miles
Visit Mt. Rushmore
Drive to Sleepy Hollow Campground 77 miles
118 4th Ave W, Wall SD

September 21
Drive to Badlands National Park 8 miles
Take Scenic Loop (Hwy 240) through park and back to I-90
Drive to Sioux Falls SD 300 miles
Spend Night
September 22nd
Drive to Waterloo Iowa 310 miles
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Nice trip, jlechmanik, I've done all those places over the years. Using US 16 from Cody to Buffalo is much better than US 14 to Ranchester. Of course, these spots don't touch on I-80, the OP's route from Iowa.
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Iowa to Yellowstone on 90

Additions to jlechmanik...

Corn Castle in Mitchell, SD

Wall, SD (Famous Wall drug store)

Deadwood, SD (visit Boot Hill Cemetery where Wild Bill and Annie Oakley are buried). Also had a great steak at Kevin Costners Restaurant above casino.

Little Bighorn Battlefield, MT

We then took Highway 89 south to north Yellowstone Roosevelt entrance and stayed in Gardiner.

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We just left Yellowstone NP about a week ago. We took 87/287 north thru the valley to Three Forks and then 90 E. to see Mt. Rushmore. It's a little longer drive then say taking 20 through the park and then 89 north to Livingston but a much easier drive as far as grades and mountain driving are concerned.
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Nice trip, jlechmanik, I've done all those places over the years. Using US 16 from Cody to Buffalo is much better than US 14 to Ranchester. Of course, these spots don't touch on I-80, the OP's route from Iowa.
Thanks Bob. But you might reread the OP. It says I-90 not I-80.
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Thanks Bob. But you might reread the OP. It says I-90 not I-80.
You are correct, my eyes saw I-80 since it goes through the middle of Iowa.
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