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Author Topic: Best route from I-90 to West Yellowstone  (Read 3186 times)
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« on: April 21, 2010, 09:41:17 PM »

We'll be coming from northern Idaho making our way to the West Yellowstone KOA (just outside the west entrance to the park) this summer. I've been trying to plan our route and would like to see if I can get any help on the roads in the area.

Google Maps recommends that we exit I-90 at Cardwell, MT and take Hwy 287 south but I was also looking at staying on I-90 until Bozeman, MT and then taking Hwy 191. Hwy 287 seems to be the least curvy and only gets up to 7000ft while Hwy 191 is slightly windier and a little higher (7200ft) but a shorter distance from I-90.

Does anyone know these roads who can give me any advice about which route would be better? We'll be driving a 30' Class C motorhome with a Ford Escape Hybrid toad (although we could unhitch and drive them separately if necessary).
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« Reply #1 on: April 21, 2010, 10:11:38 PM »

I can't give you a comparison because I always take 191.  It is quite scenic.
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« Reply #2 on: April 22, 2010, 09:39:55 AM »

Like Tripod, I have taken 191 from West Yellowstone to Bozeman, but not 287.  However, I would give 191 two thumbs up.  Very scenic, and though it's been a few years, I sure don't remember it being overly-twisty.  I was pulling a pup with an underpowered minivan and had no problems. 
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« Reply #3 on: April 22, 2010, 04:23:49 PM »

Thanks for the feedback. Some info I read on another forum said that 191 is quite popular with many RVers and so can get kind of jugged up with slow traffic. Of course, I'll likely be part of the "slow traffic" so I don't know if that's a concern or not. Do you have similar or contrary experiences?
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« Reply #4 on: April 22, 2010, 06:48:14 PM »

Perhaps if you are doing it on Friday afternoon in July or August.  I've never had any problem there though, usually having the road to myself -- and I've been through there 7-8 times.
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« Reply #5 on: April 23, 2010, 08:15:03 AM »

I've only driven 191 once, but I recall encountering very little traffic.  This was during the week, so, like tripod mentioned, it might be a different story on weekends. 
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