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Old 01-07-2014, 09:49 PM   #1
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Question Yellowstone/ Tower to Canyon with RV

We are planning a late June/ early July2014 trip to Yellowstone. Can we drive our 28' Coachman motorhome from Tower Junction thru Dunhaven Pass to Canyon Village? We have driven the "Million Dollar Hwy" in Colorado a couple of times, so we have done some mountain driving. We want to come in on the NE entrance, drive Lamar Valley & then shoot down to Canyon. Don't have time to see Mammoth, just west from Canyon & then to Old Faithful. Leaving the South exit & to Colorado.
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Old 01-08-2014, 07:52 AM   #2
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Leaving Tower, the road up Dunraven Pass is quite steep, so you will probably be Pretty slow. Going down to Canyon will be less steep. Driving it in the other direction is more difficult.

You will get to Tower via Cooke City, but you will have a choice of routes to get to Cooke City. You can take the Beartooth hwy. (212) from Red Lodge or you can take Chief Joseph hwy. and hit 212 juse east of Cooke City. Both of those routes are more difficult than Dunraven Pass.

The Red Lodge route is a lot longer, but is probably a slightly easier drive. From a scenic point of view, I prefer that route, but both are beautiful.

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If you have read descriptions of the Beartooth Highway to the NE entrance, Dunraven Pass is easier. It used to be a rough, narrow, twisting road with crumbling edges just where you didn't want to see them, but they spent a couple of years widening and improving the roadway greatly. Still steep, but if your brakes and transmission survived the Beartooth, you'll be fine and privy to great scenery and good chance to see big horn sheep and grizzlies visible from the road. Leaving the park and traveling US 26 over Togwatee Pass to Dubois is also much improved over the past few years. Stop at Brooks Lake or Brooks Falls for a nice Forest Service CG, just downhill from Togwatee Pass. I've worked and visited the area for over 20 years and love the region, too bad you are rushing through. In Dubois stop for pie at the Cowboy Cafe or shop in the and Stewarts's Trapline Gallery for real Indian crafts and art.
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