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Old 11-02-2013, 08:27 PM   #1
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Yellowstone Trip 2014

In 2014, I will be pulling a 28 foot travel trailer behind a Dodge Ram 1500, with the upgraded transmission for towing, to Yellowstone National Park. My truck is rated for 10,000 lbs and I will be pulling approximately 6500 lbs. I will be approaching the park from the Badlands area. Can anyone tell me what would be the best route to enter the park? Thanks
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In 2014, I will be pulling a 28 foot travel trailer behind a Dodge Ram 1500, with the upgraded transmission for towing, to Yellowstone National Park. My truck is rated for 10,000 lbs and I will be pulling approximately 6500 lbs. I will be approaching the park from the Badlands area. Can anyone tell me what would be the best route to enter the park? Thanks


Which ever route you pick, be aware that only the north park gate is open year around.

We visited in May of 2013 and they had only recently opened the west gate. And because the NPS follows a schedule vs. opening roads based on conditions, we had to go to Jackson Hole and the Grand Teton's by way of Idaho Falls...

One up-side, that time of year leaves the park almost empty of the typical crowds. That was WONDERFUL!

See: Plan Your Visit - Yellowstone National Park (U.S. National Park Service)

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We have driven to/through Yellowstone many times. In my opinion, and the route we nearly always drive now, is to continue on I 80 to Rawlins, then US 287 N to the South Yellowstone entrance. That misses most of the mountain grades, and you get to stop at Jackson/ Grand Tetons first. When we leave and head East, that highway is all downhill to Cody, WY.
If you don't mind mountain driving from Cody > West, the route to Thermopolis and the hot springs, I25 to Casper > US 20 to Thermopolis > WY120 takes you to Cody. Then it's all uphill until you reach the lake in Yellowstone.
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