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Old 05-31-2019, 09:59 PM   #1
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Yellowstone to Teton Route

We will be leaving Henry’s Lake SP (near West Yellowstone) and heading to Gros Ventre in Grand Teton. Google maps says to take Hwy 20 to 32 and approach that way but someone said we would need to go through Yellowstone and drop down. I’m not sure why because going through YS is very slow.
Can anybody confirm or dispute the route?
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20 to 32 (which will become 33) is okay for cars. It is not meant for RVs. The pass on 33 is long and steep and doing it in an RV can be very scary. Going through the park and down 191 will give you less stress. Yes the speed limit is slower, 45 mph, but the views are spectacular.
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Old 05-31-2019, 11:08 PM   #3
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20 to 32 (which will become 33) is okay for cars. It is not meant for RVs. The pass on 33 is long and steep and doing it in an RV can be very scary. Going through the park and down 191 will give you less stress. Yes the speed limit is slower, 45 mph, but the views are spectacular.

Can't argue with that! We have been in awe for many days. I was hoping for the shorter route because we are in hot pursuit of one of the coveted electric spots in Gros Ventre and need to be there early. We will be traveling on Monday so maybe we will have luck.
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Easier to go in the west entrance and out the south. Google nav/maps wont pick a route through the park.
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You could take 20/26 to Alpine then north through Jackson and to Gros Ventre (a favorite of ours). Or 20/33/31 to 26. Not advisable to take 22 out of Victor to Jackson. The other roads are fine.
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Old 06-01-2019, 12:11 PM   #6
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You can certainly take 20 to 26 in Idaho Falls to the Gros Ventre CG from Henry’s Lake SP but I think that just off the top of my head would be about twice the miles.

DO NOT take your RV on ID 33 from Victor to WY 22 to Jackson! It will take you over TetonPass (8429’), 10% for about 5 miles with a couple of 25-30 MPH turns thrown in just for the pucker factor, that is for EACH direction! (OK solo) BTW excellent view of the lower end of Jackson Hole from the top and in Victor the mercantile (drug Store) makes excellent Huckleberry Shakes!

You can prolly save 10/15 miles when you get to Rigby, ID (the north, first exit thru town to ID 48) then east to Rire, ID and pick up 26 there.
Most of that way to Swan Valley will be thru farm land, in Swan Vally stop at the Rainy Creek store and get a Square Ice Cream (the dippers are square, the cone is round, obviously square hand dipped Ice Cream is better, ask them about why the Square Dippers) Cone.

From there it is thru the mountains, alongside the Snake River/Palisades Res. To Alpine, WY then in the Snake River Canyon (the River will be on your right watch for River rafts, there are turnouts/boat launching areas also to observe the happenings. Watch the traffic circle at Hoback junction (confusing to me) then to Jackson (with the RV take the truck route to by- pass the town square) then to the Gros Ventre CG.

Making a day trip from Jackson, Teton Pass, Victor, (drive a few miles north from Victor for views of the Tetons from the west) Swan Valley, Palisades Res. Snake River etc would be OK!

Or- We would recommend just leaving Henry’s Lake SP early in the AM, Madison, Old Faithful and West Thumb and go thru the park (spectacular scenery) Just follow 89/191. Unless they have changed the rules your unexpired YSNP Pass is good in GTNP.

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Just a thought, if you left Henry’s Lake Sun fairly early drive thru the park to Gros Ventre CG by noon or so you would miss the weekenders who have get home to go to work on Mon AM
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