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Old 05-17-2019, 06:01 AM   #1
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West Yellowstone to Cody

We will be staying at Henry's Lake Campground just outside of West Yellowstone for 7 days starting on May 30th. When we leave we are going to Cody for 5 days. I would like to know if I should drive through Yellowstone or go around to the north. I am pulling a 36' 5ver with a longbed dually. I have read that driving through can be a real PITA but it is the shortest route.

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Old 05-17-2019, 06:19 AM   #2
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Iíve Driven through there many times. Never thought it to be that bad. Sometimes the traffic a bit slow if the buffalo want to use the road.


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Old 05-17-2019, 06:45 AM   #3
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I'd go straight through Yellowstone. Even with bison rush hour, it's still the fastest way.

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Old 05-17-2019, 06:58 AM   #4
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I agree with the advice but I would plan for a very long day.

I wanted to see a bit of Yellowstone when I had to get from Hardin to Butte, so decided to dip in. Saw some great things but it took a LONG time to get through. Cars stop when they see any live nonhuman creature and stay stopped, blocking the road, until it moves.
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Old 05-17-2019, 12:39 PM   #5
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We stayed at valley view RV and laundromat it was a good place to stay but it was cash only we stayed seven days and drove into Yellowstone those days. We drove from West Yellowstone to Cody Wyoming and it wasnít a bad trip but coming out of those mountains itís a long way down we have a 32 ft class C towing a CRV . Now when you get in Cody make sure you go to the Buffalo Bill wild West museum and try to catch a rodeo
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Old 05-17-2019, 01:14 PM   #6
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First thing you learn out there is that the pace of traffic thru the park is very slow.

Vacationers stop for everything. 30 miles is a long way. Hours. several.
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Old 05-17-2019, 02:00 PM   #7
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I visited Yellowstone in August 2016 staying at Henry's Lake State Park, Idaho. I found out real fast that if I wanted to see anything in the park without having to wait in line whether it be traffic or otherwise, you have to be an early bird. The majority of people, at least 95%, go into the park after 9 AM and leave by 4 PM. My first attempt at seeing Old Faithful was at 11:00 AM, I could not even find a parking place. The next morning at 7:30 AM, I had my choice of parking, a couple with two small children from France, another couple with no children and I were the only ones viewing Old Faithful during its beautiful show. If you want to tow a camper through Yellowstone, leave early, enter the park just as daylight begins, with enough light to see large animals in the road. Have fun and be safe, there is a lot to see and enjoy.
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Old 05-17-2019, 02:06 PM   #8
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Did that trip with a 40' 20,000 lb 5ver. No problem. You didn't say what tow vehicle you have but with my Cummins exhaust brake it was a breeze.
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Old 05-17-2019, 02:14 PM   #9
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Yes it is best to leave very early and be sure to go to Buffalo Bill's original Irma's Bar and Restaurant and Hotel. You can even stay there overnight. The Prime Rib at Irma's is all you can eat and the breakfast buffet is super. Also try the Blueberry Pie the best and biggest I have ever had and I have eaten some pie in my day! There is a gunfight every night maybe more than one around 6 I believe outside of Irma's on the side street. The dress and actors look so real. Also there is a Rodeo every day from June thru August usually in the early evening. Lots of fun also have small kids riding and roping. Before you come into Cody stop and take a tour of the Dam there! The conditions were awful they had to work in to get it built! Have Fun!!
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I agree with Walholler, get started eary (as soon as there's enough light if you can manage it). We were there last year and got around easily early in the day but by afternoon, in many places the road was a parking lot with so many cars and people stopping. I also second seeing the museum in Cody - it's great!

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