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Old 04-07-2021, 09:36 PM   #1
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Wyoming Hwy 14 Devils Tower to Lovell

To avoid some Interstate and see more scenery, I'm considering taking Hwy 14 from Devils Tower to Lovell, WY, then back up to I-90.
Is 14 okay for towing a travel trailer? Small trailer, Wolf Pup 16, 4,000 lbs., total length with truck 40 ft.
East of I-90 looks pretty flat on youtube videos, West of I-90 looks extremely steep.

I'm sure to have more questions. We're heading out in a few weeks on the great cross country adventure!
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I did that same route 30 years ago. The road back then was fine, but winding as I recall. I overnighted in Sheridan, then on to Cody the next day. It was fabulous scenery as I recall.

Wish I was going with you.

BTW... any US Route ( US 14) should be good for heavy truck traffic, so a trailer should not matter.
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I did that same route 30 years ago. The road back then was fine, but winding as I recall. I overnighted in Sheridan, then on to Cody the next day. It was fabulous scenery as I recall.

Wish I was going with you.

BTW... any US Route ( US 14) should be good for heavy truck traffic, so a trailer should not matter.

Great! Thanks a lot.
I'm watching a video now of a guy going over the Bighorn Mountains on 14 on a motorcycle. Looks like he's going straight up, but is meeting trucks towing travel trailers.
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Old 04-07-2021, 10:03 PM   #4
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Yes 14 is a nice road and you will not have a problem. Not sure where you are going but if you are heading toward Buffalo and on take Hiway 16 thru Ten sleep and Worland, very nice and gorgeous scenery. Going to or thru Cody WY? a must see is the Buffalo Bill Center of the West Museum and the Erma Motel.
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Yes 14 is a nice road and you will not have a problem. Not sure where you are going but if you are heading toward Buffalo and on take Hiway 16 thru Ten sleep and Worland, very nice and gorgeous scenery. Going to or thru Cody WY? a must see is the Buffalo Bill Center of the West Museum and the Erma Motel.

Thanks! I would love to go to Cody, but my destination is northern Washington, so I need to get back to 90. Only going to Lovell for an overnight stop at the town's RV park. And the scenery in between!


I actually have a t-shirt from the Buffalo Bill firearms museum, as my sister used to be the fundraising director there.
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I grew up in that country and the Dayton-Kane Highway 14 was out favorite holiday picnic/camping place. It's a long pull going up and a long downhill on the other side. There are two Lodges on top with fuel and eats. Weekends are wall to wall with off roaders but the week days not so bad. I used to drive it in my teens with friends going camping.
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I assume you are referring to Alt 14. It is an interesting road, high elevation and curvy, but shouldn't be a problem in the summer. It closes in the winter. If you enjoy historical native American things Medicine Wheel is interesting.
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Are you going to go onto the Bear Tooth Highway?
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Thanks for the advice folks! I'm going to figure on including that detour off the interstate into my trip.
I knew there would be people here familiar with the road.
Appreciate it!
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Are you going to go onto the Bear Tooth Highway?

It looks like my route will take me from Lovell up 310 North back to I-90.
I looked at the Bear Tooth Hwy. People say it's a must-do if you ever get the chance, but it looks a little too adventurous for me!


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Stay on 14 to Greybull, then go north. Do not go on 14A towing a trailer. Long 10% downgrade.
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Stay on 14 to Greybull, then go north. Do not go on 14A towing a trailer. Long 10% downgrade.

Thanks. I'll look into that too. I've seen it on the map, but wasn't sure if it was necessary to avoid 14A and the scenery. I'll check it out.
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The route from Devils tower to Lovell isn't too bad. 14A on the west side of the Bighorns can be a screamer. I have witnessed big rigs on 14A and there are brake pull offs. 14 and 14A have good views and wild life. 14 on the west side has windy switchbacks and a quick decent. My wife doesn't like the view over the edge on part of the ride. Shell falls is a good rest stop on the way down on 14. (be aware the parking lot appears on the blind side of a curve). On top of the Bighorns where 14 and 14A split is Bear Lodge. They have good food and scenery. Have a good trip.
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Added note; 14A is closed until the middle of May most years.
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We did that route a few years ago. Absolutely beautiful scenery. Winding roads and some steep descents not an issue with the F250 Super Duty. Just pay attention. At one pint (As I recall over 9000 Ft elevation) we stopped at a pull off. Wind was so high it blew my DW's hair out to a 90 degree angle. So, be aware of potential high winds. It is worth the drive.
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Added note; 14A is closed until the middle of May most years.

My current schedule will put me there May 13th. I'll have to keep a check on the status of the road.
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FWIW I worked a construction job inn the Big Horns the winter of 1971 just after I had gotten out of the Army. I was trying to earn my spurs as a Cat skinner and boy did I get an education. We parked out trucks at Bear Lodge and went into the Goose Creek drainage on snow machines where they were building a water storage reservoir for the city of Sheridan. Go in for two weeks than out for three or four days. My crew was logging off all the timber and clearing brush out of the reservoir basin. Lived in two old camp trailers and did our own cooking. Heading home we would grab a case of beer at Bear Lodge and head home to Hardin Mt. Young and dumb running wild.
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FWIW I worked a construction job inn the Big Horns the winter of 1971 just after I had gotten out of the Army. I was trying to earn my spurs as a Cat skinner and boy did I get an education. We parked out trucks at Bear Lodge and went into the Goose Creek drainage area where they were building a water storage reservoir for the city of Sheridan. Go in for two weeks than out for three or four days. My crew was logging off all the timber and clearing brush out of the reservoir basin. Lived in two old camp trailers and did our own cooking. Heading home we would grab a case of beer at Bear Lodge and head home to Hardin Mt. Young and dumb running wild.

Yeah, that's what they now call "the good old days!"
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For your information:
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WYDOT will open US 14A on or before Memorial Day weekend in May 2020. For information about this news release, contact WYDOT District 4 public information specialist Laura Dalles at 307-752-3022. For the latest road conditions, visit www.wyoroad.info, call 5-1-1, or download the Wyoming 511 app.
Note that the information is for 2020. The phone number may be good though.
Check out the picture.
https://sheridanmedia.com/news/19306...ning-of-us-14a
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I have pulled TT's and Class C's up and down 14A going both ways. Many people will tell you to avoid it but my suggestions is to take 14A. It is a great route with great views. Go slow, use your tranny to keep your speed down and avoid using your brakes for extended periods. My daughter was pulling a popup with my wife's Grand Marquis and had no problems going down the west side.
We normally get on 14 at Gillette WY and take it to Sheridan to avoid the 80 MPH traffic on I90.
The best thing you can do if you are going to be pulling a TT is learn to control your TV/TT rig speed with the tranny. Anyone that says you just need to engage Tow/Haul and let the truck do the work will be replacing their brakes way more often than someone that knows how to shift their truck. Professional drivers (big rig) will tell you to go down every hill in the same gear that you went up, or one gear lower.
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