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Re: 2016 Yellowstone Forum Rally - Trip Planning
« Reply #30 on: May 01, 2016, 02:48:02 PM »
Ernie,

We are coming up through SLC, then Fort Hall, then Grizzly from the south. That northern route would be more appropriate for folks coming from much farther north, I think.

Weather at the time is the big factor to me on which one.

Where are you coming from?

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Re: 2016 Yellowstone Forum Rally - Trip Planning
« Reply #31 on: May 01, 2016, 02:56:27 PM »
Are there ever rally's in the southeast?
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Re: 2016 Yellowstone Forum Rally - Trip Planning
« Reply #32 on: May 01, 2016, 03:19:14 PM »
I believe there was one in Georgia several years ago - got a suggestion?

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Re: 2016 Yellowstone Forum Rally - Trip Planning
« Reply #33 on: May 01, 2016, 05:15:48 PM »
Hi,
We are in the planning process and will be going West on I80 toward Salt Lake (our last visit was via Salt Lake, and Idaho Falls) and then North. I noticed earlier references to I90 and then US 287 and 191. I presume these are equally applicable to travelling North from I80? If not, I'd appreciate your comments.

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Ernie, I agree with Kim, if you were already up north the I-90 and US287/191 would make more sense.  If coming from the southern route through SLC, then merely stay on I-15 all the way to Idaho Falls (exit 119 I believe) then stay on Hwy20 all the way through Rexburg, Ashton and Island Park and into West Yellowstone, MT.  Turn right on Electric Avenue and Grizzly will be about two blocks on your right.

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Re: 2016 Yellowstone Forum Rally - Trip Planning
« Reply #34 on: May 01, 2016, 05:23:19 PM »
I believe there was one in Georgia several years ago - got a suggestion?

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I hear the blue ridge parkwayin North Carolina is nice.
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Re: 2016 Yellowstone Forum Rally - Trip Planning
« Reply #35 on: May 01, 2016, 05:38:52 PM »
Hi,
We are in the planning process and will be going West on I80 toward Salt Lake (our last visit was via Salt Lake, and Idaho Falls) and then North. I noticed earlier references to I90 and then US 287 and 191. I presume these are equally applicable to travelling North from I80? If not, I'd appreciate your comments.

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Ernie
We live in the SLC area. Take I-80 to I-84 to I-15 (north side of the SLC area). I-84 is an easier way to cross the Wasatch Mountains than I-80. Take Highway 20 in Idaho Falls (well marked as the path to Yellowstone). It leads right into West Yellowstone. This is the way we always head up. Highway 20 runs in the back side of the Tetons with some great views.
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Re: 2016 Yellowstone Forum Rally - Trip Planning
« Reply #36 on: May 01, 2016, 05:41:31 PM »
I hear the blue ridge parkwayin North Carolina is nice.

Happy Camper,

We'll wander a little off the YNP topic for a moment to address your question.

Typically an RV Forum rally needs a park that can host up to 20-25 rigs at a time of various sizes from the largest to the smallest. Many places are just not set up for that. Often we negotiate a "rally rate" with the owners to benefit both the attendees and the owner filling up his sites.

On the other hand, a rally happens when someone decides to pick a date and a place and fires it up!

We will actually be coming down the East coast in November, stopping at Gaffney, SC for Freightliner, but if you want to fire up an interest post in the Rally section and see what you see, give it a shot! I'd be glad to help you!

There are many very good spots in the area as soon as you determine the boundaries of the "southeast"...  8) (I say that because I am an Arkansas Razorback in the Southeast Conference and we play Texas A&M and nobody who can read a map would consider College Station, TX the "southeast")

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Re: 2016 Yellowstone Forum Rally - Trip Planning
« Reply #37 on: May 02, 2016, 08:17:57 AM »
Our current plan is DFW area to Salina KS(I35) I70 to Denver I25 N to pick up I80 then West toward SLC and North to Yellowstone. The last time we were in Moab so the trip was a straight shot North to Yellowstone.as Kim described.

I'd say the route West to then go North through SLC, etc. is about the same distance (1500Miles). Suggested routes?

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Re: 2016 Yellowstone Forum Rally - Trip Planning
« Reply #38 on: May 02, 2016, 08:35:54 AM »
Ernie
As mentioned before, take I 84 and that will bring to the south Ogden area, way better than 80 all the way to 15.  Looking forward to seeing you.

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Re: 2016 Yellowstone Forum Rally - Trip Planning
« Reply #39 on: May 02, 2016, 12:00:58 PM »
Our current plan is DFW area to Salina KS(I35) I70 to Denver I25 N to pick up I80 then West toward SLC and North to Yellowstone. The last time we were in Moab so the trip was a straight shot North to Yellowstone.as Kim described.

I'd say the route West to then go North through SLC, etc. is about the same distance (1500Miles). Suggested routes?

Ernie
If you want a scenic drive, still not too hard, stay on I70 through southern Utah to Highway 191. Head north through Price to Highway 6 to I 15. Wiggly canyons, gorgeous views, not bad on elevation changes. That's the way we always head to Denver even though we live about 10 miles from I 80 eastbound.
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Re: 2016 Yellowstone Forum Rally - Trip Planning
« Reply #40 on: May 02, 2016, 09:31:22 PM »
Just noticed that I shoulda posted this on this thread:

Wondering if anyone plans to drive to West Y'stone from the "south"... Southern NM, West Tx, ... which route are you favoring?  One that Google Maps suggested goes up thru Denver, Casper, then across Wy, then swing west of YNP...  Another suggested a swing west thru Moab, SLC and up.. Another one goes thru Buena Vista to I-70, then west for a while and north again on some "secondary" highways 191/189...thru Jackson,   The weather in Colorado might be a large factor especially for the high elevation routes...

this might show it: https://roadtrippers.com/map?lat=43.04731&lng=-110.71953&z=10&a2=t!14153480

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Re: 2016 Yellowstone Forum Rally - Trip Planning
« Reply #41 on: May 02, 2016, 11:04:32 PM »
  Another suggested a swing west thru Moab, SLC and up..

From Santa Fe, via Cortez, that's our route!

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Re: 2016 Yellowstone Forum Rally - Trip Planning
« Reply #42 on: May 03, 2016, 08:28:15 AM »
We're on our way to Yellowstone now. We left the Tucson area via Phoenix to Flagstaff and then north on 89 with a stop in Page. We're presently stopped at Bryce Canyon for a week and will head to SLC for a couple of days and then to Yellowstone.

It's cold here at Bryce - below freezing every night. Even with the cold weather Bryce is as crowded as I've seen it in June before. The visitor center was packed yesterday.  I  hope these crowds aren't a prediction of what we'll see at Yellowstone this May.
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Re: 2016 Yellowstone Forum Rally - Trip Planning
« Reply #43 on: May 03, 2016, 10:44:42 AM »
We're on our way to Yellowstone now. We left the Tucson area via Phoenix to Flagstaff and then north on 89 with a stop in Page. We're presently stopped at Bryce Canyon for a week and will head to SLC for a couple of days and then to Yellowstone.

It's cold here at Bryce - below freezing every night. Even with the cold weather Bryce is as crowded as I've seen it in June before. The visitor center was packed yesterday.  I  hope these crowds aren't a prediction of what we'll see at Yellowstone this May.

A co-worker of mine just went to Yellowstone last week and said there was no one there, it was great.  He also said the weather wasn't the greatest and some areas were not going to be open until this week so that may have been a factor.  I am sure that visitor numbers will do nothing but increase from here on into the season.  Can't be any worse that 4th of July weekend though. ???

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Re: 2016 Yellowstone Forum Rally - Trip Planning
« Reply #44 on: May 03, 2016, 11:50:25 AM »
We have a linear route...I15 to 20...:)
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Re: 2016 Yellowstone Forum Rally - Trip Planning
« Reply #45 on: May 03, 2016, 05:21:31 PM »
interesting websites re: YNP

detailed maps of the various hiking trails with guidance regarding what to see
http://www.trailguidesyellowstone.com/information/yellowstone_guided_day_hikes.php

videos of the hiking trails, quite amazing actually... Go Pro?
http://naturevalleytrailview.com/

Here are the YNP Yellow Bus trips... some won't start until June but some are available starting May 18, like the photo tour that leaves very early in the morning.
http://www.yellowstonenationalparklodges.com/things-to-do/summer-things-to-do/adventures-on-land

webcam of Old Faithful:
https://www.nps.gov/features/yell/webcam/oldFaithfulStreaming.html

If anyone gets interested in some of these maybe we can connect?
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« Reply #46 on: May 03, 2016, 05:23:10 PM »
From Santa Fe, via Cortez, that's our route!

Kim

Kim,

Sounds like you've done this before... Have you used 191 up thru Jackson?
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Re: 2016 Yellowstone Forum Rally - Trip Planning
« Reply #47 on: May 03, 2016, 09:14:15 PM »
I'll let someone else tell their story, but from SLC, that would not be my first choice in a larger motorhome towing.

But having done that route in a car, at park speeds, that might make for a long day. I just like the Idaho Falls, US 20 route better coming from the south.

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Re: 2016 Yellowstone Forum Rally - Trip Planning
« Reply #48 on: May 03, 2016, 09:50:09 PM »
We have a linear route...I15 to 20...:)

What day are you leaving Vegas to head up there John?

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Re: 2016 Yellowstone Forum Rally - Trip Planning
« Reply #49 on: May 03, 2016, 10:01:36 PM »
I driven into Yellowstone many times from all angles and my favorite is I-15>26>89>191. None of the routes in are scary in a motorhome unless you take 22 into Jackson.
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Re: 2016 Yellowstone Forum Rally - Trip Planning
« Reply #50 on: May 04, 2016, 06:37:49 AM »
What day are you leaving Vegas to head up there John?

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Right now plans are to leave Vegas on 5/13 drive to Fillmore, UT (284 miles), then onto Pocatello, ID 5/14 (308 miles) and drive into West Yellowstone on the 15th (158 miles).
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Re: 2016 Yellowstone Forum Rally - Trip Planning
« Reply #51 on: May 04, 2016, 06:46:04 AM »
We are getting ready to leave Oceanside on 5/8 and heading to Mesquite over night, going to Moab for 4 nights then on to Lake Jordanelle State Park in Park City for 2 nights and then will be in Yellowstone on the 15th. Anyone going our way?
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Re: 2016 Yellowstone Forum Rally - Trip Planning
« Reply #52 on: May 04, 2016, 08:06:43 AM »
The South entrance to Yellowstone, from Tetons will not open until May 13. 

Good roads, but easiest would be 20 from Idaho Falls, to West Yellowstone.  The only long climb I can do with my gas coach and not drop below 45.
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Re: 2016 Yellowstone Forum Rally - Trip Planning
« Reply #53 on: May 04, 2016, 08:34:01 AM »
Good reminder - I had forgotten about that!

Again, to all, make sure you know your way is clear!

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« Reply #54 on: May 04, 2016, 12:28:15 PM »
Because I have to work on Friday the 13th, but want to make it to the park by Sunday, we are planning the following schedule.  Leave Burbank, CA Friday the 13th at 5:00pm to Las Vegas (280 miles) by 11:00pm.  Do an overnight, then Saturday the 14th, Vegas to SLC (Ogden-430 miles) for an overnight.  Then Sunday the 15th, Ogden to West Yellowstone (300 miles).  We'd be happy to meet up with anyone at any point along the way.  For sure we will take the most direct route I-15 to US 20.  Looking forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones.

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Re: 2016 Yellowstone Forum Rally - Trip Planning
« Reply #55 on: May 04, 2016, 01:47:24 PM »
WooHoo! It looks like, IF Kim is able to get our space back...we'll be joining youse folks after all. (I have a boat-load of stuff to get done, around the house and to the motorhome and toad before we leave...but assuming everything comes together, we'll be leaving Kitsap County, WA on the morning of Thursday 5/12. We'll stop for the night in Spokane, then head for "The Inn on the Gallatin," south of Bozeman. (about 425 miles) IF I can make it that far in one day. Not sure how much the various mountain passes will affect my average speed...going down...no problem!,  8)  but going UP the hills...  :-\
anyway...IF things go according to plan...and they rarely do, we should be in West Yellowstone somewhere around noon on Sunday.

If anyone coming from the northwest wants to hook up and caravan...I'm fine with that, just be aware...I stop for gas at Costcos about every 200-250 miles....and will hit Costco Missoula and Costco Bozeman for gas. ( I have no idea how much pulling the C-Max will affect my mileage...and my wife says she's NOT going to  push the motorhome if I run out of gas...darned uppity wimmenz!)
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Re: 2016 Yellowstone Forum Rally - Trip Planning
« Reply #56 on: May 04, 2016, 02:41:19 PM »
On the road - but you are in original site
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Re: 2016 Yellowstone Forum Rally - Trip Planning
« Reply #57 on: May 04, 2016, 05:14:35 PM »
We are leaving the SLC area sometime between 8:00 and 8:30 on Sunday, heading straight to West Yellowstone. So many of us will be on I15 or Hwy 20 that day we should have created some kind of flag so we recognize the other travelers! We will be the folks in the smaller Outdoors RV Timber Ridge with a red truck. Honk if you see us. 😀
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Re: 2016 Yellowstone Forum Rally - Trip Planning
« Reply #58 on: May 04, 2016, 05:17:19 PM »
Because I have to work on Friday the 13th, but want to make it to the park by Sunday, we are planning the following schedule.  Leave Burbank, CA Friday the 13th at 5:00pm to Las Vegas (280 miles) by 11:00pm.  Do an overnight, then Saturday the 14th, Vegas to SLC (Ogden-430 miles) for an overnight.  Then Sunday the 15th, Ogden to West Yellowstone (300 miles).  We'd be happy to meet up with anyone at any point along the way.  For sure we will take the most direct route I-15 to US 20.  Looking forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones.

Steve & Dee

Steve, fortunately I have a more leisurely schedule so I am taking my time driving from Vegas to West Yellowstone, don't tell Susan that I am actually leaving a day earlier than we must... ::)

 I am seriously considering not even towing and just renting when we arrive. We'll see. Jeep weighed in at 4,620# curb weight today. We are searching for a full time toad, Ford Focus or such, but that's another discussion.

I am REALLY looking forward to this event and meeting up with friends and meeting new friends. Almost giddy... ;D
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Re: 2016 Yellowstone Forum Rally - Trip Planning
« Reply #59 on: May 04, 2016, 06:42:29 PM »
I am seriously considering not even towing and just renting when we arrive. We'll see. Jeep weighed in at 4,620# curb weight today. We are searching for a full time toad, Ford Focus or such, but that's another discussion.
You might not need to rent.  I'm sure there will be a number of folks who have room in their vehicles.
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