Yellowstone to Sturgis

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AZDeuce
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Wed Jun 10, 2020 3:19 am

Hey y'all, we are planning a side trip to Yellowstone prior to heading to Sturgis. My question is what's the best route to see Yellowstone, Beartooth Hwy. and onto Sturgis. We'll arrive in Jackson Hole on Friday afternoon (staying the night in Jackson Hole) and we want to be in Sturgis on Monday at noon.

Thoughts?

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sacto
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Sat Jun 13, 2020 3:03 am

Not a lot time , but doable , I’d do Jackson up through grand Teton National park to the south entrance , then through Yellowstone and out the north east entrance to Cooke city over Beartooth to red lodge then on to Cody wy , only problem is you miss 296 which is the all-American hwy which is almost as good as Beartooth, to do that you would have to back track back over Beartooth and then to Cody , I’ve done it but it’s a long day from Jackson to Cody , from Cody head East to gray bull and the bighorn mts, over the big horns on 14 , some great riding a stop at shell falls is a must , then on to Sheridan and i90 to Sturgis
e6fmf
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Sun Jun 14, 2020 9:01 pm

Be prepared to have all four seasons while passing through Big Horn mountains.
AZDeuce
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Sun Jun 14, 2020 10:57 pm

Thanks, the Yellowstone website says only half the park is open. Hopefully they'll open the rest soon....

Thanks again for the info,

AZD
sacto
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Mon Jun 15, 2020 6:31 am

e6fmf wrote:
Sun Jun 14, 2020 9:01 pm
Be prepared to have all four seasons while passing through Big Horn mountains.
Same with Yellowstone, have had rain and snow through the Tetons and Yellowstone a few times , and it will be cold going over beartooth :shock:
prkuehn
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Fri Jun 26, 2020 4:49 am

e6fmf wrote:
Sun Jun 14, 2020 9:01 pm
Be prepared to have all four seasons while passing through Big Horn mountains.
That is the truth on BearTooth Hwy. The last time over it was mid to high 70s in Red Lodge and high 30s on top. The struggle is watching the road so you don’t run off. The speed limit in YNP is low and you will get caught up in bison crossing the road. If you ever want to feel extremely vulnerable, just sit there on your bike as 2,500+ pound bison run by and thank God they didn’t decide to run you over.
Enjoy the ride because none of us are making it out of here alive.
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Teqsun
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Sat Jun 27, 2020 1:45 am

prkuehn wrote:
Fri Jun 26, 2020 4:49 am
e6fmf wrote:
Sun Jun 14, 2020 9:01 pm
Be prepared to have all four seasons while passing through Big Horn mountains.
That is the truth on BearTooth Hwy. The last time over it was mid to high 70s in Red Lodge and high 30s on top. The struggle is watching the road so you don’t run off. The speed limit in YNP is low and you will get caught up in bison crossing the road. If you ever want to feel extremely vulnerable, just sit there on your bike as 2,500+ pound bison run by and thank God they didn’t decide to run you over.
It amazes me how the Yellowstone park rangers get out their vehicles to herd the bison off the road on foot...that's ballsy.
Compared to last year in Custer state park as 200+ bison were crossing the road and the Big bull was forcing the younger bulls right at us 50 bikes and a few cages, while the park staff seemed to be laughing and waiting for one of the bikes to get trampled.
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SturgisSoundguy
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Sun Jul 26, 2020 9:47 pm

Yes, plan for EVERY weather! when we were going over to Jellystone a couple of weeks ago it snowed on us on the I-90 between Moorcroft and Gillette. In the week between when we left Sturgis to go to Jellystone and the Teton's we had rain, every day. Hail most days. Going over the Bighorns on the west side we were in the clouds, rain, snow for that half of the drive, not enough to stop a motorcycle ride as long as you have good rain/cold weather gear and are careful. There was still plenty of snow along the roadsides on the Bighorns to stop and play in. The Beartooth Hwy you can get freezing rain and snow up by Top Of The World in the middle of August so watch for frozen cattle guards if it has been raining.

The Jellystone rangers said they are not planning on re-opening any more campgrounds so hopefully you have reservations in Jackson as everyone who wasn't able to stay in Teton or Jellystone was clogging Jackson so it is probably the same with West Yellowstone and Red Lodge, Cooke City, and Cody.

Have a safe trip!
It'a a good day to ride!
AZDeuce
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Mon Jul 05, 2021 2:33 pm

Update - Thanks for all the feedback. From Jackson we rode north into Yellowstone ( last year prior to Sturgis), took the west end loop to Old Faithful. Rode up to Mammoth then right through Beartooth Pass and stayed the night in Red Lodge, MT. The following day, we reversed and went back through Beartooth Pass, then took Chief Joseph Highway 296 to Cody. From Cody we took the Alt. 14 (north route) through the Big Horns and into Sheridan.

Summary - Yellowstone was beautiful, but too crowded (Pandemic Year). Beartooth Pass lived up to the hype. The road from Mammoth to Red Lodge was spiritual (F'N Awesome). I've been on all the "must do" rides in the US and this one is at the top of the list, IMO.

Thanks again, for all the feedback.

AZD
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