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Red Grade Road going west

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Red Grade Road going west

Hi-- are there any locals familiar with driving the Red Grade Road. I like windy mountain roads, and my sister said it is hands down the most beautiful road she's been on. We have a minivan (3 kids), and we'll travel in mid July -- so how well is the road maintained? Where does it start and end?


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1. Re: Red Grade Road going west

Red Grade road is a gravel road that gets a moderate amount of traffic, which means that at times it can be a little rough. You can make it in that vehicle, but don't be surprised if it is rougher than you might be accustomed to.As for beauty, any part of the Big Horns are nice. I wouldn't say that it is any prettier than US 16 over the southern Bid Horns. Do stop in Sheridan, it's a special town.

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Wow! Talk about a flashback! I was vacationing in Wyoming in July of 1967 or '68. Friends who lived in Sheridan insisted we had to experience the 'Red Grade'....we'd never forget it. I guess they were right.

They cautioned us not to try to go UP the Red Grade, saying it would have been too hard on the engine of our car. But, they recommended a longer route that took us to the top, where we could come back down on the Red Grade.

We packed a picknic basket and took the trip at a leisurely pace. It was truly one of the most beautiful sights I've ever seen. But, about a third of the way down the Red Grade we hit a really bad chuck-hole. Our driver didn't realize he'd ripped open the power brake and steering lines until it was almost too late. He jammed on the emergency brake, and we spun to a stop against a guardrail that would have made any Hollywood director proud.

I agree with your sister, it is an awesome trip, and I hope you and the kids can go. But - take lots of water, bring lots of Dramamine, and make sure your driver isn't so absorbed in the scenery that they aren't watching the road. Enjoy!

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