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Billings, MT or Sheridan, WY to Yellowstone NP

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Billings, MT or Sheridan, WY to Yellowstone NP

Which is the most scenic route to travel? Billings to Red Lodge to YNP or Sheridan to Cody to YNP?

Are both roads good?

I have a choice of staying in Sheridan or Billings on my way to Yellowstone NP around the first of September.

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1. Re: Billings, MT or Sheridan, WY to Yellowstone NP

The trip through Sheridan and over the Bighorns is full of switchbacks(some hairpins), mountain streams, Lake Sibly, and a chance to spot some moose, so yes it is scenic. It, of course, would include passing through historic Cody to reach Yellowstone. There are a couple places on top of the mountain (the bighorns) on 14 to grab some lunch before dropping into the basin. It flattens out for a while until you pass Cody where is becomes wooded. You may want to check out the Chief Joseph HWY outside of Cody it's a beautiful way to Cook City.

You need to add at the very least an extra day (if not two days by the time you would reach YNP lodging) of travel to reach YNP by going the Sheridan- Billings-Red Lodge route. It is a much steeper grade and some WAY serious switchbacks, so it takes some time. However, it does hit higher elevations than HWY 14 in Sheridan County and it's a beautiful trip.

Its all beautiful you won't go wrong either way. Either trip, make sure your vehicle is "up" for the ride. Being from Denver you should be used to mountains.... :)

Edited: 3:25 am, June 21, 2010
2. Re: Billings, MT or Sheridan, WY to Yellowstone NP

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