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Old 05-10-2013, 03:40 PM   #1
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Hi to all, just need some information if you can help. Linda and I are beginning a western trip around June 10, heading from Nashville, TN to Monument, CO, then to Yellowstone, then to Glacier Nat Park and returning home by way of Mt Rushmore. We are pulling a 32' Forest River Surveyor with a Toyota Tundra truck. My main concern are the mountain passes and roads to avoid. I have ordered the book on mountain passes but any help would be appreciated. We will be on interstates mostly until we get to Casper, WY where we will follow Rt 20 to Cody and into Yellowstone. From there the plan is to exit at W. Yellowstone and follow Rt 287 up to I-90. Exit on Rt 93 to go up to Hungry Horse, MT. From Hungry Horse, follow Rt 2 east back across the park and work my way down to I-90 again. Does anyone see any problems with these routes and any I should avoid?

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Old 05-10-2013, 04:14 PM   #2
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Going up I-25 from Colorado Springs to WY there isn't really any steep climbs. Would recommend that stay out of Denver during rush hour, we try to go thru Denver on weekends or try to time it after 10am. How are you getting to CO? Guessing I-70?
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Old 05-10-2013, 05:15 PM   #3
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We have travelled all of those roads, and the only steep roads would in the parks themselves, and you wouldn't be the only one driving cautiously there.
Second the comment on Denver. The last time we went through on I-25 south of town, the lanes were really narrow. It seemed like they were trying to cram three lanes into the space meant for two!
Hopefully, that has been fixed.
You have a great trip planned. Enjoy!
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Old 05-10-2013, 05:23 PM   #4
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Ron I wish I can follow you. I did most of that trip last year.
Coming into Yellowstone from Cody is a nice ride to West Yellowstone. We stayed at the Grizzly RV Campground there in W Yellowstone and used it as our base camp back into the park.
Enjoy your trip and slow down and make sure you have a clean windshield so you can see everything.
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We will be taking I-70 west and will make a side trip to Monument, CO to visit my wife's sister. I guess my biggest concern is Rt 2 around the southern border of Glacier Nat Park. That will be our exit route from Hungry Horse, MT heading back east.

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Iggy, we are staying at Fishing Bridge RV Park in Yellowstone but looked at Grizzly in W Yellowstone. I hope that being near the center of the park will be very convenient.

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Iggy, we are staying at Fishing Bridge RV Park in Yellowstone but looked at Grizzly in W Yellowstone. I hope that being near the center of the park will be very convenient.

Ron
Yes Fishing Bridge is in the SE section of the park and you can drive the figure 8 route easily. Fishing Bridge is nothing fancy and is tight but a good central spot. To my surprise the gas station there even had reasonably price gas. Hopefully you downloaded a few maps of the park so you can get some idea where you are.
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Already working on the maps, routes, campgrounds, etc for the whole trip. Only reservations at this point are Fishing Bridge and Mountain Meadow RV Park in Hungry Horse, MT. Where did you stay at Glacier?

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That sounds like a great trip you have planned Ron. Be sure to drive through Grand Teton NP which is just a couple of miles from the south entrance of Yellowstone. The scenery is spectacular. Look at the background in Iggy's first picture in post #4, those are the Tetons.

Joyce and I are headed up to the Tetons and Yellowstone mid-August into September.
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Iggy, we are staying at Fishing Bridge RV Park in Yellowstone but looked at Grizzly in W Yellowstone. I hope that being near the center of the park will be very convenient.

Ron
We will be at fishing bridge June 18-24, hope to see you there ! We are going the other way,Rushmore - to yellowstone
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