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Old 07-06-2017, 05:27 PM   #1
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Logan to West Yellowstone

What is the best route from Logan to West Yellowstone Wy
I'll be in a 40 ft Motorhome and have a toad
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Old 07-09-2017, 04:01 PM   #2
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#91 north to connect with I-15 in ID. I-15 north to Idaho Falls, ID. I-15 exit #119 (in Idaho Falls) take hwy 20 to West Yellowstone, MT. All the exits are well marked! Gee that was easy, wasn’t it!
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Old 07-10-2017, 09:40 PM   #3
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Thanks Richard
Wasn't sure if 91 north was a good MH route, sounds like it will be easy route
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Old 07-10-2017, 10:16 PM   #4
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A few miles north of Logan just before Richmond, Ut is a Pepperidge Farms bakery, long low building, left side of the road. Stop in the factory thrift outlet store and purchase a SACK or two of their cookies about 1/2 price.

The only real “pull” you will have is north of Ashton, ID about 5 miles of 6% grade. Other than that smooth sailing!
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Old 07-10-2017, 10:29 PM   #5
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Old 07-10-2017, 10:31 PM   #6
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I assume that you are heading to YNP.

Some general information about YNP (some general items apply to GTNP also)

YNP is about 45 miles E/W and about 65 miles N/S (2.2 mil. Acres total). The figure 8 loop road inside the park is about 140 miles around. The lower loop is 96 miles and the upper loop is 70 miles around and yes, it is bigger than the states of Rhode Island and Delaware combined.

Whatever time that you think you will need to see YNP you better double it, or to say it another way is that you will see one half as much as you planned on in the allotted time. The Bison think that they own the road (they do!) and will slow down the traffic to walking speed or all stop for 1/4 mile or more blocking both directions of travel, the thermal attractions also tie up traffic and with a 5 month long summer tourist season that coincides with a 5 month long road construction season and a 45 MPH radar controlled speed limit it will take about a full day to see each loop and then you will only see the main attractions. In addition to the occasional construction delays they will also sometimes close whole sections of road (for uninterrupted night construction) between 10 PM and 8 AM in the morning, if you are running late and get caught at night in the wrong area it CAN be a LONG way around to your CG! (The entrance stations will have current construction information or go on line to check it out)

Then there is the elevation- YNP ranges from a low at Mammoth- 6239 ft to 7784 ft at Fishing Bridge or higher if you go hiking and there are passes on the grand loop road that are close to 8000 ft or so! Drink plenty of liquids and pace yourself when walking.

I recommend that you get up EARLY, leave the CG and be back by 4 or 6 PM have dinner and be sitting in your recliner drinking a cool one when your neighbor drags himself back to the CG at 8-10 PM. Remember that from mid May to mid July in YNP the sun doesn't set until about 9:30- 9:45 PM then there is a long twilight.

Cell Phone Service- Only at the major visitor centers, otherwise non-existent!

Clothing- Especially in the early or late season it is not unusual to have a 30 or even the occasional 40 degree temperature change throughout the day. Dress with easily shed layers of clothing. Also dress in bright easily seen clothing. I am sure that we all have been to a sporting event, parade or Disney World etc. and we blink our eyes and our partner/child has disappeared. My DIL was born and raised in HI, you guessed it, every Xmas, b-day or Father's Day I receive a Hawaiian shirt. One of them is shiny black with 4-5 inch dia. bright flowers. Not many of them in Wyoming and in YSNP, that is what I wear. If your partner has on a Violet blouse and a Orange scarf with a Pink hat I guarantee that she will be the only one within the boundaries of either NP. It can save you a few anxious moments.

Water- Now I will have to contradict myself, at the altitude of YNP yes, drink lots of water! HOWEVER, be aware that the flush toilet restrooms are are in the major tourist areas- Mammoth, Canyon, Fishing Bridge, Lake Hotel, Bridge Bay, Grant Village, Old Faithful, Madison Junction etc. The geyser basins and other thermal attractions areas have only pit toilets. I have seen the pit toilet line at the lower Geyser Basin (2 holes) 25 or more feet long (bless the tour buses) So be smart about drinking your water and use the major tourist area R/Rs before leaving the area!

Sun- At YSNP altitude the Sun is intense (uv)have and apply sunscreen, wear that old floppy wide brim sun hat, wear Sunglasses!

If your luck is like mine Old Faithful will have just erupted when you get there and you will have up to a hour and 10 to 15 minutes wait for the next one. Tour the O/F Geyser basin while waiting. O/F INN is a must see, reportedly the largest LOG building in the U.S. (Meals in the O/F dinning room are “OK” also.

We have lived about 110 miles from West Yellowstone, MT since 1964, go there 3-4 times a summer (normally before Memorial Day and after Labor Day) and haven't seen it all yet! So don’t be discouraged that you didn’t have the time to see all of it. Just plan on coming back another time!

I honestly don’t mean to scare or discourage you but to give you a heads up as to what to expect! After all there was 4.1 million visitors in 2015! As far as I know we didn’t lose one of them. Except those who by their own stupidity step off the board walks into BOILING HOT water and ignoring the warnings about the WILD ANIMALS! That is called purifying the gene pool!

Note I have seen on this blog and others about folks “day tripping” from YSNP to GTNP, it is done all the time (myself included) however remember this is BIG country and with the speed limits, animals and thermal attractions you will be doing a LOT of driving. From Grant Village Visitor Center (extreme S/E corner of the lower loop road) to Jackson, WY is about 80 miles with Coulter Bay being about 1/2 way then from Grant Village you have to add the distance to your CG it will be a Long days trip! A point of clarification- there are two (2) CG’s at Coulter Bay, sorry I have forgotten their names! One a full service “RV Park” with FHU’S that takes reservations. T he other “CG” has no hookups and doesn’t take reservations. They are basically across the road from each other.

When in the Jackson area I highly recommend seeing the Bar J Chuckwagon dinner show! If you go, MAKE RESERVATIONS and BE THERE EARLY TO PICK UP YOUR MEAL TICKETS/ TABLE SEATING ASSIGNMENTS! They seat you by when you show up to get your tickets NOT by your reservation number. Tim, their fiddle player has won the "Idaho state old time fiddle contest 7 times and the US open fiddle championship twice". If you decide to go you will sit at picnic type of bench seats/table, they get pretty hard, I recommend that you take along a blanket/pads to sit on. We day trip it there 2-4 times every summer just to see them! Disclaimer- We have no financial or other interest in the Bar J only that it will be the best $$ value for your money for your trip! Check out their website.
Also in Jackson check out the “COWBOY” bar, the bar stools are saddles and the # of Silver Dollars in the bar.

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Old 07-21-2017, 06:16 PM   #7
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Thanks Richard
We've had a great first time here at Yellowstone
I'm thinking of going south thru the Grand Teton Park with Motorhome and truck
How's that road? We only made it to West Thumb junction going south, the road to there was fine but don't know what to expect south of there.
Any info would be appreciated
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Good road going South to Jackson etc. 45, 55 and 65 mph depending on where you are. Slight down hill almost all the way.

I imagine that if you don’t have reservations most all of the commercial CG’s will be sold out (call anyway maybe you will luck out). If not there is a FS CG (no reservations) at coulter bay, then about 4 miles before you get to Jackson there is a junction with the Kelly Road. Turn left there and go east about 4.5 miles toward Kelly to the Gros Ventre FSCG both CG’s there are no reservations however the are both about 300 sites and very seldom fill up. Some with electric, otherwise no hookups, dump at the entrance with fresh water and water at each loop.

If you have time remember the Bar J. Alice and I are possibly going to see them this Thur.
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