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Old 09-10-2015, 02:55 PM   #1
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Jackson, WY to Estes Park, CO?

We sort of got stuck at Gros Ventre CG near Jackson. WY and are an extra couple of days so are thinking of going east instead of west or south when we leave. I had asked about routes to the Flaming Gorge area earlier but we've scraped that for Rocky Mt. NP.

Google says US 191 S from the Jackson area to E I-80, off at Laramie onto US 287S to Loveland, CO and west on US 34 to Estes Park. There are no comments in Mountain West Directory on any of those roads but I wanted to ask here if US 34 from Loveland to Estes Park was a good road. There are lots of squiggles on the map but it looks like it follows a river valley so maybe no big mountains?

As a side note.... Gros Ventre CG (pronounced Gro Vaunt) is absolutely gorgeous! There is electricity on one loop, several generator loops and lots of non-gen sites at the other end. Something for everyone. No water or sewer but a dump and fresh water available.
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SSHhhhh! Don't spoil Gros Ventre CG by making it sound good. Have you been to Kelly Warm Springs for a dip? Antelope Flats Rd, turn off just past Blacktail Butte north of Moose is a great spot to see bison herd, and a great view of the Tetons. Antelope Flats used to have the remains of the movie set ranch for the movie 'Shane' but a fire burned it down and there's nothing left but a tree or two now.

From Jackson Hole I think the best way to Estes Park would be to go north to Moran Junction and E on US 26. Togwottee Pass isn't a bad trip and the scenery is beautiful. The Pinnacles, Brooks Lake Falls, the Wind River Valley are all great. Then you drop into the 'Bad lands' at Dubois. Good lunch and pie at the Cowboy Cafe in Dubois. Past Crowheart Butte go onto S US 289. You'll be in front of the Wind River Mountain range and the tallest mountain in WY, Gannett Peak.

After passing the 'metropolis' of Jeffrey City you'll see Split Rock in the distance. As you get near it, you'll see a rest area on the east side of the road, stop and take a look. It's a famous landmark of the Oregon and Mormon Trails and a Pony Express station below the rest area. Continue on to Rawlins and I-80.

If you're in a hurry, stay on I-80 until I-25 and go south to Loveland and US 34. There was a bad flood a couple of years ago that tore out a lot of the road along the Big Thompson River, but it's O.K. now.

If you want a more scenic route, at Laramie take US 287 to Fort Collins. It's good 2 lane road with a passing (slow) lane on almost every grade. Not a bad ride and much prettier than the Interstate highways.
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Karen, US 34 is a good road, lots of winding and 35 mph, but very scenic. We have done it in our 43ft MH pulling a toad with no problem. Randy
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SSHhhhh! Don't spoil Gros Ventre CG by making it sound good. Have you been to Kelly Warm Springs for a dip? Antelope Flats Rd, turn off just past Blacktail Butte north of Moose is a great spot to see bison herd, and a great view of the Tetons. Antelope Flats used to have the remains of the movie set ranch for the movie 'Shane' but a fire burned it down and there's nothing left but a tree or two now.
SORRY!! Gros Ventre CG is isolated and lots of big trees that could fall on rigs and big animals that wander around loose and there are potholes in the roads and there is always a line at the dump and there are no showers.

We stopped at Kelly Warm Springs today but didn't get to soak! We did drive to Slide Lake, though, which is beautiful!

Thanks for the advice on the route. Is there enough parking at the Cowboy Cafe?

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Great! I thought it looked like a good road.

Randyman1, thanks for the info on US 34.
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Is there enough parking at the Cowboy Cafe?
You can turn left on 1st St. and park in the town lot, right behind the shops facing US 287/26. They have 3 RV spots right across from the Wind River Camping/fishing Gear store.
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You can turn left on 1st St. and park in the town lot, right behind the shops facing US 287/26. They have 3 RV spots right across from the Wind River Camping/fishing Gear store.
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