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isy450

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Hi everyone, this is most likely going to be asked and answered a thousand times, but here it goes. I am planning trip from Atlanta to Yellowstone and have no idea about which entrances to take or where to stay. I am looking at Cody, Dubois and Red Lodge, for camping. What are the must sees. I am pulling a 40 ft toy hauler, just want to make this trip one to remember. This was the one of many trips on our bucket list my wife wanted, unfortunately cancer got her before we made it. Any help would be welcome.

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Go through Cody to East entance.
I would suggest US 20 through Casper to get to Cody.


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You are right about numbers of posts on YNP, do a search here for long threads on what to see. And yes the east entrance is good, not the NE entrance tho which would send you up the Beartooth highway, not something you want to do pulling a camper.
Going thru Jackson is the other possibility, Cody has some good museums and the nightly Rodeo to see tho. If you plan to camp in Cody and drive into YNP everyday be prepared for a very long drive to the main parts of the park, I mean hours. We'll be in Cody next week.


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I70 west to 83 north to I80, then west to I25 and north to Casper. Then 20 west and north to Thermopolis and 120 on to Cody and 14 into Yellowstone.
There are lots of things to see on this route.
When you know the date you'll get to Yellowstone, make reservations NOW or as soon as they let you do it.


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isy450 wrote:

Hi everyone, this is most likely going to be asked and answered a thousand times, but here it goes.

I am planning trip from Atlanta to Yellowstone and have no idea about which entrances to take or where to stay.

I am looking at Cody, Dubois and Red Lodge, for camping. What are the must sees.

I am pulling a 40 ft toy hauler, just want to make this trip one to remember.

This was the one of many trips on our bucket list my wife wanted, unfortunately cancer got her before we made it.

Any help would be welcome.


A little info will help - How long will you set aside for this trip? When will you go it will make a big difference in the weather, the Month is critical.

Will anyone share this adventure with you? How far do you normally drive in a day, this will be big in helping select the route out and then in the route to see the areas you want to focus on.

What do you enjoy - Hiking - driving - FCHU's - long days - Boondocking - Teton's - on and on, help us out so we can help you on your Quest.

West Yellowstone is the most popular area for people to stay and is generally the closest to the features of the Park, Cody and Red Lodge are a good bit of drive so are not the Normal long term camping area for seeing Yellowstone.

What is pulling this 40' toyhauler, is it set up with an engine brake and enought power to get over, then down, a few Rocky Mountain Passe?

Will we have enough time to possible include a little Colorado on the way?

If you could address the many questions you might be able to get an answer that could really help you out.

So much to see and never enough TIME!


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I am looking at going in August or first of September. I am upgrading from Ram 2500 to Ram 3500 dually with 4 wheel drive. I have pretty much have the route down except for deciding on which entrance and campground to use.
Time line for this trip is 4 days out, 5 there and 4 days back,

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That sounds like a lot of miles in a short time! Not enough time in Yellowstone and Grand Tetons! I could double the travel and stay time very easily!

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1130 miles KC to West Yellowstone, that is hardly pushing it. More than half on Interstates too. You can always spend more time in the parks no matter how much you plan on.
As for campgrounds, what type of camping do you want to do. Full Hookup, boondocking? FHU you better make reservations 6 months out.

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isy450 wrote:

I am looking at going in August or first of September. I am upgrading from Ram 2500 to Ram 3500 dually with 4 wheel drive. I have pretty much have the route down except for deciding on which entrance and campground to use.
Time line for this trip is 4 days out, 5 there and 4 days back,


As you will have little time to do more than a few things there - All I can give you is a MAP

The Total drive is 4,000 miles plus the driveing done exploreing The Tetons and Yellowstone, so you will be comfortable driving 500 miles for the eight days out and Back?

This map will send you to The Tetons first, where I'd spend night one of the 5 days set aside in the Tetons and the the drive to West Yellowstone, as it appears you will be getting an early start, a guess you will be able to see some of the Tetons and possibly Old Fathfull as you drive to West Yellowstone - then only You can select what you will enjoy but it is a big park and there is a lot to see - The Falls and the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone will likely take a day and the drive across to Cody another day, so likely you only need to pick your Itenterary for the other two Days.

From Cody I chose the route south through Thermopolis - Wind River Canyon - Shoshonni - this is such a Beautiful area it might deserve to be one of the last two days you have to decide on. Cody is filled with things to see and do so ..... might need to see if you would enjoy things there too.

Then it will just be the 4 long hard days Back.

Hope this helps, Best of Luck

* This post was edited 08/07/21 06:51pm by Busskipper *

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The Total drive is 4,000 miles plus the driveing done exploreing The Tetons and Yellowstone, so you will be comfortable driving 500 miles for the eight days out and Back?


What? I already pointed out it is 1100 miles from KC to West Yellowstone. And I don't see driving 1800 miles inside the park in 5 days (over 350 miles a day in the park!) once they get there. For Cody to KC is probably under a 1000 miles. Three 350 mile days will put them in Cody. Leaving 6-7 days to explore.

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