Originally Posted by Arnie.carol
How about from Bozeman MT to Oregon? What might be the best route for that portion of the trip?
The I-90 route west out of Bozeman through Butte and Missoula and through Idaho is an easy pull (We just towed that route in June of this year). If you're in a hurry, take I-90 all the way to Ritzville, WA, then 395 south to merge with I-82 down to Umitilla then 730 weat to meet up with I-84 west down through the Columbia Gorge to Portland. If you have the time, hwy 12 out of Missoula through Lewiston, Idaho and down through Walla-Walla is a very scenic drive, but winding road makes for slower going! Either way, watch for high winds at The Dalles in the Gorge! They can be fierce!
Choose your route out of Denver carefully! West on I-70 is a good, steady climb to the Empire Pass area, and you'll be close to 10,000 feet altitude. If you're heading up to Dinosaur, I strongly suggest that you take I-70 west out of Denver all the way through the pass and down to Silverthorne, then hwy 9 north to Kremmling, then hwy 40 through the Steamboat Springs tourist trap. Craig, CO has an excellent ex-KOA campground (Graig Campground) on the west side of town that is very clean and quiet. (there was highway construction between Craig and Steamboat with minor delays) That puts you within easy reach of Dinosaur.
To get up to Yellowstone from Dinosaur, you have a choice between back-tracking to Craig and taking CO13/WY189 north to I-80 then west to Rock Springs and on up to Jackson and Grand Teton, or... from Dinosaur to Vernal, then north on 191 through Flaming Gorge to I-80 west of Rock Springs. This last route will try your stamina if you're not used to 9 tight switchbacks on steep 9% uphill grades... But... the scenery is truly magnificent. Just pay attention to the signs! When they tell you to take a turn at 25mph, I strongly suggest you do so!
From Jackson north through Grand Teton to Yellowstone is a breeze. Make sure you have reservations at Yellowstone!
Enjoy the trip and keep safe!!!! I hope you can catch the odd tail-wind!
Jim & Kathy
2012 Crusader 290RLT TE, TrailAir flex pin: 2012 Toyota Tundra 5.7 SR5 Dbl cab 4X2 Tow, 4.30 gears, RideRite air, TRD cold-air induction & dual exhaust: Reese 16K Slider: TST tpms
Miles towed to date: 18,950 Nights camped 192