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scooterbob 10-20-2012 10:36 AM

Going West ..
We are planning a trip in June from New Jersey to Yellowstone and the whatever for a couple weeks, any ideas or suggestions would be helpfull. :dance:

dav-cle 10-20-2012 10:40 AM

The Black Hills, Mt. Rushmore, Deadwood and Crazy Horse ...

BFlinn181 10-20-2012 11:54 AM

What are your interests? Cody, WY has a great museum.
Buffalo Bill Historical Center Worth better part of a day. I agree with the stops in SD, would add Wall Drug for an example of an unbelievable tourist trap. Mitchell SD has the Corn Palace, and Badlands NP and Wind Cave NP.

In the Yellowstone area where I taught a grad course in science for 18 years, I suggest you make reservations for camping early. West Yellowstone has one of the best,
Yellowstone Grizzly RV Park and Cabins
Make sure you take in Mammoth Hot Springs and the old Yellowstone Fort. Artists Point in the 'Grand Canyon' is beautiful, hike up the trail from there to avoid all the people and have a quiet view of the canyon. If you like to hike, a trip up Mt. Washburn is about a 4 hour trip, up and back to the highest point in the park. Be prepared for snow/cold any month you make that hike, I've had it in June, July, and August. If you want to swim or soak in a natural hot spring, There are two areas in the park, not on maps or 'official.' Boiling Hot Springs is at the 45 latitude marker on the road between Mammoth and Gardiner, MT.(North Entrance with Roosevelt Arch) Park in the lot on the river side of the road and walk the path to the place you enter the water. If the river is high, the parking lot will be closed. For swimming, take the Firehole CANYON Drive one way road south of Madison Junction. When you get to the parking area with restrooms you will find a wonderful swimming hole with water tempered by geyser runoff, sandy bottom, water falls, and fun.

Include the Grand Tetons in your visit, Great hikes around String Lake and from Jenny Lake to Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point. (You can take a boat if you don't want to hike.) Another hidden swimming hole is along roads from Antelope Flats to Gros Ventre Slide. If you go to Jackson, Mountain High Pizza is best pizza in town, Bubba's for BBQ.

thrushl 10-20-2012 12:00 PM

X2 Great area and good fun

richardcoxid 10-22-2012 03:47 PM

Allow at least two days in Y'stone NP. Remember it is about 180 mi around the outer loop of the figure 8 loop road. There is a 45 mph speed limit and with all the Bear Jams, Bison Jams etc. it will take all day for each the upper loop and the lower loop.

When in Jackson be sure to see the Bar J Chuckwagon Dinner Show! We see them 3-4 times every summer!

Bar J Chuckwagon

We have lived about 100 miles from Jackson, Grand Teton and Y'Stone NPs since the 60's and still haven't seen ALL of them yet!

PM me if you want more specific information about the above.

richardcoxid 10-22-2012 03:53 PM

I should of added that the BarJ fiddle player has won the Idaho State Mens Fiddle championship 6 times and the US open championship twice.

In fact if it is convienent we couls make arraingements to meet you there.

Disclamer- WE have NO finincial or other interest in the "J" except they are the BEST $$ value on your trip.

scooterbob 10-23-2012 05:07 AM

Thanks for all the good info. I have made note of all of the above. The trip is all in the planning stage now, and don't want to get home and say " we have should went there"
Keep those ideas comming, thanks :thumb::thumb:

sunsets2c 10-23-2012 05:58 AM

We have been West 2X in the last 3 years. Absolutely love the Rockies!

Strong suggestion: do not go to North Dakota. It's a nice state, but they apparently spead small stones on their highways when it snows rather than use salt - best I can figure out why there are small accumulations on both sides and middle of the roads. There is very little traffic in ND, at least on the main roads where we were. We got a stone chip in the windshield coming into ND and another one leaving ND. We travelled over 11,000 miles this year and ND was the only state we had the problem of stones on the highways. Getting a new windshield was something we could have done without.

Steve N Sal 10-23-2012 06:13 AM

All great suggestions. Lot's to see so take your time and have a GREAT TIME!!! :)

mga60tw 10-23-2012 06:19 AM

I think 2 weeks isn't long enough to travel that far. Won't you be traveling 1500 plus miles one way, just to get there? There is so much to see along the way and you will be pushed. Try to get more time:))

Chickadee 10-23-2012 08:27 AM


Gotta agree w. mga60tw (above). Unless ya drive straight through a couple of nights without more than fuel and rest stops, you'll be lucky to have 7 or 8 days to see an area that has so very, VERY, many wonderful things to see. Now, ....that's easy for retired folks to say, and if you're still working and only have two weeks off, we all remember those kind of trips, BUT, if you're able to, such as retired, etc., DO try to extend your time on the trip you're planning.

Steve & Lynette

BFlinn181 10-23-2012 10:15 AM


Originally Posted by scooterbob (Post 1347911)
The trip is all in the planning stage now, and don't want to get home and say " we have should went there"
Keep those ideas comming, thanks :thumb::thumb:

I've been going to Yellowstone, ID, WY, MT, CO for over 30 years in a row and I find new wonders every trip! Don't regret anything, just return. Taking a hike is one of the best things you can do. Seems to be a habit of many visitors to never get out of sight of their car, so stops are very crowded. Walk another 100 yards and you start to see the true beauty and wonder of the Yellowstone wilderness. One of the most crowded areas is of course Old Faithful, but if you go up the trail to the overlook, you'll see maybe 5 other people on the way up and back. Many places are that way.

Don't be freaked by the wildlife warnings, just use common sense and keep your distance. I've taken about 1000 people into the park when I was teaching a grad course in the Yellowstone ecosystem, not one was ever harmed by so much as a tick.

RickO 10-23-2012 10:38 AM

X2 on Black Hills and extending the length of trip if at all possible.


scooterbob 10-23-2012 11:41 AM

I am retired so maybe couple more weeks would help. When does the snow melt out of yellowstone ?

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