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Old 09-03-2015, 04:13 PM   #1
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Jackson, WY to Dutch John, UT?

We're thinking about making our way to the Dutch John/Flaming Gorge area in Utah from the Teton area beginning sometime next week. The most direct route is US 191 picked up south of Jackson, WY but according to the "Mountain Directory West", there is some challenging driving once one gets into Utah especially southbound:

"5-8% grades, 10 switchbacks in 9 miles"
"Trucks speed limit over 10,000 lbs is 30mph"
"Use Caution on this hill"

Is it as bad as it sounds? Neither of us like roller coasters.

We're in a 35' DP towing a Jeep Wrangler.
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191 just south of Flaming Gorge on your way to Vernal is, indeed, a steep downhill although it's a very good highway and no 'hairpin' turns. We've done it quite a few times with our 40' motorhome towing a Jeep. But then, those kinds of roads don't bother us because we know what our motorhome is capable of doing.

Perhaps after getting to the Tetons you'll feel more confident.

191 out of Jackson to Flaming Gorge itself is an easy drive. You don't have to go down the hill to Vernal for visiting Flaming Gorge. You could just turn around and get on I-80.

I believe it's called Firefighter's campground (or something to do with fire) at Flaming Gorge, but it's a nice national forest dry campground for a night or two. It overlooks the lake.
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We are considering doing the same trip in the opposite direction, Vernal to the Tetons. Any additional comments would be appreciated. We are in a 39ft DP pulling a Jeep
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Heading north on 191 from Vernal (Elevation 5238') you'll be doing a steady steep climb to 9 miles south of Hwy 44 to the summit at 8428' EL and then it will be rolling hills in the 4% range to Hwy 44 except for the last mile which is about 6%. Then north of 44 you'll go down at 5-6% for about 2 miles and the next 3 miles is 6%. From then on, the drive to Jackson, WY is straight-forward.


All this is in the 'Mountain Directory for Truckers and RVers' and is a highly recommended buy for travelers in the mountains. Even though we traveled in these kinds of areas constantly - and love it - we still referred to the publication to refresh our minds on 'what's ahead'.
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Just made that trip 4 days ago and it's great. Just gear down and enjoy. Saw a Bear on side of road. We're near Vernal now.
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