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Old 11-06-2012, 11:31 AM   #11
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The route we take from the St Louis, MO area to Yellowstone is I-70, I-435, I-29, in Iowa we connect to Hwy 2 and take that to I-80 and exit to Hwy 287 near Rawlins, WY 287 to Hwy 26 and then hwy 191 north at Moran Junction. Hwy 191 takes you through part of the Grand Tetons and into the south entrance of Yellowstone.

BTW, regardless of which entrance you use the fee you pay to enter is good for both Yellowstone and Grand Tetons.

Back in Sep 2004 we were departing the Madison campground and heading to the east entrance/exit when it started to snowing lightly. I hate towing in snow.

That year the road to the east entrance was under reconstruction and it had been taken down to the hard-packed mud. That road is a steep grade and I was puckered up going down the long, narrow, two-lane, and wet hard-packed mud during a light snow. As we descended, Joyce could be heard alternating between saying prayers and screaming her “silent” scream. I still tease her about being able to hear her “silent” screams.

Headed down to the east entrance.

We made it to the bottom without incident but I pulled over at the first opportunity so I could pry my fingers from the steering wheel.


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Old 11-10-2012, 05:28 AM   #12
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the east entrance from cody was beautiful. we stayed two nights at the koa on the west side of the park. we drove all of the paved roads throughout the park and saw the major sights. although we missed taking longer hikes to more isolated areas of the park die to our short visit, we saw enough to enjoy and appreciate this magnificent part of the country. the 2100 mile round trip to see it is part of the adventure. slow down and enjoy the scenery along the way.

if your do go through cody, please search for the new world war II japanese interment camp interpretive center. this center is just over a year old and it was such an educational experience. i never learned how we treated some americans in our own country during the war. it was a very moving exhibit about a very dark period in history.

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Old 11-30-2012, 05:37 PM   #13
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Last summer, we stayed in our motorhome in Canyon Village Camprground. True no hookups, but we were right next to the restroom, so it worked. It is where the North and South loop come together. So, pretty centralized in YNP. If you go through Cody, I would suggest to stay there a night and see the Cody Nightly Rodeo. From there you can come into YNP through the East entrance, which is a beautiful drive. I also agree with going to see the Grand Tetons. If you come in through Cody through the East entrance , then leave through the South. Well worth the drive and scenery. If you get a chance you can even camp a night down there. If you do not camp at least stop for lunch at the lodge and view the mountains out the large back windows.

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