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rv trip 2009

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rv trip 2009

Hello America

My wife and I will be flying in to Denver next summer to pick up an RV and do a Denver to Denver trip in 15days. Cheyenne/Mt Rushmore/ Big Horn/Deadwood/Cody/YNP/Billings/Salt Lake City/Fort George and Estes NP are all on the list.

We toured Arizona and California by car a couple of years ago but took 5 weeks to savour the experience - this is a bit different. Any advice AT ALL would be good. (Hence the reason I am asking now - plenty of time to put it all together)

Cheers - from Scotland

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In two weeks I think that you will need to cut out Salt Lake City and Fort George. When you do YNP you must also do the Grand Tetons and Jackson Hole then make your way to Rocky Mountain NP. You can't see everything in YNP in just three-four days. We were there last year and again this year. If you have other questions please let me know.

Possible itinerary-

Day 1- Cheyenne

Day2- Mt. Rushmore, Crazy Horse, Custer State Park

Day 3- Badlands

Day 4- Deadwood

Day 5- Sheridan, Wy

Day 6- Big Horn,Billings,etc.

Day 7- Cody

Day 8- Cody/ YNP

Day 9- YNP

Day 10- YNP

Day 11- YNP

Day 12- GT and Jackson Hole

Day 13- Laramie or Cheyenne

Day 13- Rocky Mt. NP

Day 14- Rocky Mt. NP

Day 15- Denver

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Wow, quite the itinerary. Just a little tongue in cheek here but definitely don't do the places in the order listed. A large circle route will be fairly efficient. Still 15 days may be tight. First grab a map or good road atlas.

Without getting into too many details (but still a lot) here is the basics of a route I think I would suggest...

Denver to Glenwood Springs, CO via Rocky Mt. NP

This would be a long one day but via US 36/34/40 to Kremmling then 9 to Dillon on I-70. If time permits a day at the huge hot springs pool and spa is well worth it. On the way marvel at the construction of the freeway in Glenwood Canyon.

Glenwood Springs to Salt Lake City via 13/64 & US 40. Dinosaur Nat. Monument is pretty interesting. Option route...extra day and take I-70 to Moab and Arches NP then next day up to SLC.

SLC to Thermopolis, WY via I-80 and then 191/28/789/US 26/US 20 takes you over historic South Pass where the wagon trains crossed the continental divide and you can still easily see the wagon wheel ruts. At Thermopolis enjoy the free hot springs (there is one RV park with a hot pool too).

Thermopolis to YNP via Cody...

fairly straight forward route. Satying in the park may require a reservation. Otherwise I once stayed at a very nice KOA type place neat West Yellowstone on the edge of Targhee Pass. It would make a good base for day trips into YNP or down to GTNP.

YNP to Sheridan via Bighorn Mts. is fairly easy via US 14. Personally I like Ten Sleep Canyon out of Worland over to Buffalo better than Shell Canyon but US 14 is more direct. Side trip up to Little Bighorn Battlefield (aka Custer's last stand) is not too far. Unless you've got some other reason to go to Billings (see people you know) there really isn't anything compelling there so two nights in Sheridan might be better after seeing Little Bighorn.

I-90 to Moorcroft then side trip up to Devils Tower. There is a good RV park right at the monument entrance. They play "Close Encounters of the 3rd Kind" every night at dusk on an outdoor screen. Very odd seeing the tower on the screen and the tower itself rising right behind the screen. Meanign this is a good stop.

Devils Tower to Deadwood...take the scenic Spearfish Canyon route on Alt-US14. Slow but well worth it. Check first through is RV is large there may be size restrictions. Deadwood is interesting and has gambling at casinos.

Deadwood to Custer via Mt. Rushmore via 385/US16/Alt-US16244 is pretty easy but can be very slow in busy summer months. Depending on crowds figure several hours at Rushmore. 244 onwards to US16 south of Hill City then down to Custer via Crazy Horse Memorial project. Well worth a few hours to see what they are doing there and visit museum. Several good RV parks at Custer.

Custer to Hot Springs (not very far but gives a jump on drive to Denver) with sightseeing in Custer State Park (wildlife) and Wind Cave. Not much in Hot Springs (and the springs aren't really hot...just warm) but a very historic look Old West town without so much of the tourist trappings.

Fron Hot Springs to Denver is a pretty easy drive through the very scenic national grasslands. Especially in spring when it is all green. Watch for real working cowboys. Take 18 to Mule Creek Jct. then south to Lusk and over to I-25 at Orin. From there I-25 runs to Cheyenne. Stop for night or press on to Denver. We've done Hot Springs to Cheyenne for lunch in a morning's drive in a howling rain/snow/wind storm no problem...in June too!

Not sure how days that all is (probably 18 with all the extra short days and allowing 4 days in YNP) so probably need to make concessions to time here and there or stretch a few days. But this route does help prevent overlapping or crossing back over prior territory.

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