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Old 06-09-2016, 06:58 PM   #1
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Colter Bay to Yellowstone Grizzly Park- Steep grades?

We are staying at Colter Bay for a few days but then driving to Yellowstone Grizzly Park. We are towing a 32'TT with a Suburban and would like some advise on which route to take that has the least amount of steep grades. Is going straight through Yellowstone ok? or should we look at going around using route 20?
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Old 06-09-2016, 08:08 PM   #2
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It's all about the same no matter which route you choose. You are now in mountain country.
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Old 06-09-2016, 10:02 PM   #3
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Either way you will encounter mountain grades. In my opinion the best route and also the shortest is through Yellowstone NP.
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Is the route through Yellowstone going to have more traffic? are they better times than others to drive through it?
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Old 06-10-2016, 12:17 AM   #5
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Hwy 20 for the easy route . the park is a traffic nightmare . you really only have 2 steepish grades maybe 4% on hwy20 none an issue and much better flow into west yellowstone .There are some rough stretches on the road so be mindful
Grizzly park is very nice , right in town .
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Old 06-10-2016, 12:21 AM   #6
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Is the route through Yellowstone going to have more traffic? are they better times than others to drive through it?
The best time is at night or early 4 or 5 Am then you really need to watch out for animals , bison sleeping in the road . Went through a herd today outside of the park by rainbow point campground on Hebgen lake
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Old 06-10-2016, 08:08 AM   #7
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The best time to drive through Yellowstone NP is in the morning. The times we have been in the park, traffic didn’t get bad until after 9 AM. Since you will be leaving from Colter Bay getting an early start shouldn’t be a problem. There is only one serious mountain grade you will encounter from Colter Bay to West Yellowstone and that’s the Craig Pass area. The area from West Thumb to Old Faithful is rolling hills and yes some short sections have 5 – 6% grades.

The driving distance from Colter Bay to West Yellowstone is 88 miles. What’s the driving distance using hwy 20 to W. Yellowstone?
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Going around using 33 and 20 is like 190 miles. So an extra 100 miles to avoid traffic. If we leave early, sounds like we should go through the park.


What about pulling out of Las Vegas. I15 to 26 or go 80/16/89 out of SLC?
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WY 22 to ID 33 is not a route to even consider. Teton pass is brutal. Through the park is an easy drive. If I remember right you cross the continental divide 3 times, but the passes are more high country than anything else.


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Old 06-10-2016, 03:13 PM   #10
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We absolutely love Colter Bay and plan to stay there whenever we can. Agree with most comments about leaving early morning straight through Yellowstone. Be ware of wildlife, but mostly beware of idiotic drivers who insist on parking right in the middle of the highway to observe/photograph wildlife!!
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