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Old 10-29-2020, 12:46 PM   #1
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Wyoming Routes Towing a TT

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Planning a trip for next summer - going east from Yellowstone Natl. Park to Minnesota. Looks like we will have a couple of options coming out of the park traveling through the northern third of the state



1) US 14/20 to Cody. US 14 Alt through Powell and on to Sheridan
2) US 14/20 to Cody. US 14 through Greybull and on to Sheridan
3) US 14/20 through Cody and on to Greybull. South on US 16/20 to Worland. US 16 east to Buffalo


Wondering which would be the best route considering that I'll be pulling a 31' travel trailer with a 2018 GMC Sierra 1500 pickup with 5.3 ltr V8. Trying to avoid very high elevations, mountain passes and switch backs, etc.


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Option 3 is the best one, but still climbs above 10,000 ft. in places. If you want flat, these are not the routes. Easiest driving, but longer, go from Cody up to Billings, follow 90 East.
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Option 3 is the best one, but still climbs above 10,000 ft. in places. If you want flat, these are not the routes. Easiest driving, but longer, go from Cody up to Billings, follow 90 East.
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Option 3 is the best one, but still climbs above 10,000 ft. in places. If you want flat, these are not the routes. Easiest driving, but longer, go from Cody up to Billings, follow 90 East.
We were thinking of visiting the Little Big Horn Battlefield on the way there, so we would already be pretty far north on I-90. Would the best way to the park from I-90 be via U.S. 212, U.S. 89, or U.S. 191? I'm looking for the route with the easiest mountain grades. We are thinking of staying at Yellowstone Grizzly RV Park.
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We took option 3 a couple of years ago, after doing some research and being told to avoid 14 when towing a trailer. We stayed in Greybull at a KOA for overnight, one of the cleanest campgrounds I have ever seen. The drive from Worland to Buffalo is very scenic. The descent of 16 into Buffalo, however, is long and steep. Switch to low gear and stay off the brakes, and take it slow.
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I have to agree to avoid highway 14, steep, winding narrow road, especially from Greybull. And as mentioned, the KOA is very nice, the owner is a great guy!

The route from I-90 to West Yellowstone, 191 from Belgrade south is not too steep, but tight, narrow curves from Gallatin Gateway to Big Sky.
212 through Red Lodge has a lot of steep inclines, and sharp corners, and switchbacks,
89 through Gardiner probably has the least inclines and wider roads, but it does go through the park, so wildlife traffic jams, as well as general heavy traffic flow should be taken into consideration.

Each route has their challenges, but with a 1500 and a 30’ trailer I would not take 212, that will be tough on your truck and you.

Also depending on the snow season this winter, Hwy 14 and Hwy 212 could still be closed into early summer, both are closed in the winter.
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