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Old 10-17-2016, 01:18 AM   #1
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Question Black Hills to Yellowstone

Planning a trip next summer. Wondering what people feel is the best route from the Black Hills to Yellowstone.

I-90 and in then US 89 in the North Entrance?

US 14 in the East Entrance from I-90 north of Sheridan?

Something else?

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Old 10-17-2016, 07:21 AM   #2
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It depends on what your definition of “best route” is. Your route to the north entrance is a lot longer but with fewer steep mountain grades. Your route to the east entrance is shorter but with some serious mountain grades to contend with. The mileage difference between the two routes is about 100 miles or so.

If you take the east entrance route don’t take hwy 14A at Burgess Junction, stay on hwy 14.
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Old 10-17-2016, 08:18 AM   #3
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Trailer and TV? And if you don't mind mountain passes, then 14A is a legitimate route. Some people like roads such as 14A.

But either will get you into Cody and onto Yellowstone.
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I was with a caravan of 3 rigs this past summer that drove 16 through the Black Hills and did just fine. Included 2 Georgetowns with heavy toads (4.5-5k lbs) and a gasser truck/27' TT combination. It's a slow climb at times, but the road dictates a lot of the speed anyway.
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I'll post this image to show the difference between hwy 14 and hwy 14A in Wyoming. Notice the brake cooling turnout and the runaway truck ramps on 14A and notice the difference in the grades. Click on the image to make it larger.

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As I said it depends on the person...some don't mind the steep grades, mountain passes, and know how to drive them up and down steep grades, etc., and enjoy such a drive. Some don't.

And we have no idea what is being towed or what is pulling.

If runaway truck ramps make people afraid to drive a route, better stay off I70 between Denver and Vail, I believe there are five.
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Doesn't matter what you are towing, avoid 14A. No one is going to 'like' towing that road.


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black hills to yellowstone

I ran from mt rushmore to yellowstone via Sweet 16 beautiful ride across Big Horn mtns. some grades but scenery and wildlife more than compensate.
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Thanks for all of the replies. I am towing a Mini Lite 2304S with a 2008 Lincoln Navigator with the tow package. Living in the Sacramento Valley; have towed a lot in the Sierras so not a concern for grades, up or down. No doubt I would avoid 14A! Looks like from Buffalo,Wy to Worland 20 to Graybull and 14 into the Park would be an option.
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Thanks for all of the replies. I am towing a Mini Lite 2304S with a 2008 Lincoln Navigator with the tow package. Living in the Sacramento Valley; have towed a lot in the Sierras so not a concern for grades, up or down. No doubt I would avoid 14A! Looks like from Buffalo,Wy to Worland 20 to Graybull and 14 into the Park would be an option.
That is the route we took. We encountered high gusty crosswinds on 20 between Basin and Graybull, but nothing we couldn't handle. Two of our group were rookie mountain drivers and did just fine.
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