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I am going from Sacramento, CA to Yellowstone (this summer) and then to MT. Rushmore. There are a number of routes one can take. I am thinking of driving through Yellowstone and take US 14 passing Cody, WY to I 90 then to Rapid City, SD. Has anyone pulled a big fiver on that route? Is there a better route?

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That is probably the most scenic route but I guess it all depends on what constitutes "best" for you. It won't be the FASTEST, or the EASIEST but is probably the shortest and most scenic. Certainly nothing WRONG with the route. US 14 coming into Sheridan is true mountain driving with switch back turns rated for about 15 MPH but the views are impressive. It's a great drive for someone that enjoys mountain driving while towing. An EASIER route that is about the same distance would be to take route 16 out of Greybull and join up with I-90 at Buffalo. Miss a LITTLE of that scenery but it's still a pretty drive and pretty much a super highway instead of mountain road.
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14 is a pretty tough climb out of Greybull. I'd take 16 over to Buffalo. A very scenic road, but not as tough.
There is a dump station up near the summit of the pass on 16.


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I took 14 out of Ranchester to Greybull to Cody in my 38 foot towing a Jeep. We waited till mid morning to allow the roads to thaw out a little. The road was mountain driving and I was in no hurry and the views were great. Not the fastest but glad I did it next Time I try 16 to Buffalo. As IO remember there was a good down grade to Shell after that all was good. I think there was a good climb out of Ranchester too.

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Posted: 03/28/12 01:42am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

West Yellowstone to Rapid city. Via 14 - 527 miles. Via 16 - 525 miles. North to I-90, then to Rapid City via I-90 - 607 miles. You're the only one that knows your mountain driving capabilities. Get a copy of "Mountain Directory West" and decide for yourself. Driving over the Bighorns is scenic. And "exciting".


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TexasShadow wrote:

14 is a pretty tough climb out of Greybull. I'd take 16 over to Buffalo. A very scenic road, but not as tough.
There is a dump station up near the summit of the pass on 16.


X2 16 is very scenic and much frendlier

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I've done US 14 once (back in 1979). I've done 16 several times. Enough said.


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