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This summer we'll be treking from Custer SP over to Yellowstone. Our finally stop is going to be somewhere on the West YS area. Don't mine travelling slow through an area, just want a good road to drive and I'm not worried about grades.


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From Custer take route 16 to I90 to Buffalo then route 16 over the Bighorn Mountains then route 14 to Cody. Spend a day or so in Cody to see the Western Museum, rodeo and other points of interest then drive through Yellowstone to W. Yellowstone.


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While at Custer SP, I recommend renting the "CD" tour at the Park Welcome Center and take your time. The terrain is mostly rolling prairie and culees. The story is what is most important and what lead up to that day. The CD has a wealth of information and you'll enjoy the park more.

Also, try to attend the Park Ranger presentation on "Custer's Last Stand" first at the Welcome Center and you'll really understand what happened that day.

In regards on a route to Yellowstone via Cody you'll find Highway 14 out of Ranchester to be a little shorter and just as scenic. Take Hwy 14 to Greybull and then on to Cody. I don't advise taking Alternate 14 with an RV. Plenty of "Warning Signs" about steep grades, hairpins and switchbacks on Alt 14.

The drive from Cody to Yellowtone is absolutely beautiful. Take your time and enjoy the journey. You'll love it.

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Nice country up there. Don't forget to see the Devil's Tower, really neat there too.

Very simular question with some routes HERE and suggestions.


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if you want to enter yellowstone the spectacular way, take the Chief Joseph scenic highway out of Cody and go up and into the park at the northeast gate.
it's a good road, but mountainous. there are several national forest campgrounds along the scenic route and two or three just east of Cooke City, MT and then a couple primitive campgrounds in the park before you get into the middle of the park.
but this will definitely add an extra day of traveling to your route.


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So this is the best route:

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I saw that same route that someone else posted. It's the one I'd recommend with two minor exceptions. I normally would take Hwy. 16 from Buffalo all the way to Worland, then all the way to Greybull. Those "short cuts" from Ten Sleep to Manderson and from Basin west from there might be fine. I've never gone west from Basin, and it's been decades since I took the road from Ten Sleep north, so I just can't comment on them... but going through Worland and Greybull would be the more common routes. There are some long hills from Ten Sleep to Worland, but almost no curves at all.

If you've never seen Devils Tower and have the time, it's probably worth the extra 60-70 miles to go north from Moorcroft and back.

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