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Old 07-15-2011, 09:28 AM   #1
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Advice for getting from Cody,WY to Devil's Tower

Hey there.

Which route would you take?

Google maps has two different approaches:

1) 14 east through some serious mountains from Greybull to Dayton and then I90
2) 16 east from Greybull, south to Worland and then east to Buffalo, and then I90.

Given the grades, elevation changes and nervous passengers, I'm leaning towards avoiding these mountains altogether and going north to Billings and then take I90 all the way. We have seen our share of mountains this trip already.
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Old 07-15-2011, 09:34 AM   #2
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Here is a trip log of this flatlanders drive thru the area...

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Old 07-15-2011, 10:06 AM   #3
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Old 07-15-2011, 11:00 AM   #4
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If I wuz you, I'd take 16/14/20 over to Greybull, but I've been told that staying on 14 over to I-90 is a hard tow. Never been there. Powder River Pass, between Worland and Buffalo goes through beautiful TenSleep canyon, with a couple of really nice little FS campgrounds right on the river, at the W base of the pass. Look for the Fish Hatchery sign. But- this a rather steep, long pass- I've towed it from E to W once, and I was in 2nd gear going 25 mph a lot, maybe even !st now and then. I would not do it on a hot day, unless you've got a strong diesel TV with a transmission cooler. Devil's Tower has a nice campground, with some very shady sites if you're lucky. Have a good trip! -tim
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Old 07-15-2011, 11:57 AM   #5
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Have towed 14 Greybull to I90. It is a reasonably tough tow. Narrow roads and steep hills. No particular danger of not making it. Just a lot of pulling and turning. Beautiful drive. Be sure you have enough fuel. I was low and started worring when the mgp gauge seemed stuck on 6 and I normally get 15. (Diesel). Devils tower campground is beautiful.
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Old 07-15-2011, 12:06 PM   #6
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Hey there.

Which route would you take?

Google maps has two different approaches:

1) 14 east through some serious mountains from Greybull to Dayton and then I90
2) 16 east from Greybull, south to Worland and then east to Buffalo, and then I90.

Given the grades, elevation changes and nervous passengers, I'm leaning towards avoiding these mountains altogether and going north to Billings and then take I90 all the way. We have seen our share of mountains this trip already.
We just came through there three days ago. We chose the #2 route because of the "O My God" pass on #1. There is about 2 miles of construction, dirt road, east of Worland but very little traffic. It's a long steady 6% grade, about 16 miles, but we had the road to ourselves so we just took our time. The books we have were not totally accurate description wise but we just backed off the throttle a bit and rolled up the hill. It rained most of the way down on the east side but again took our time and no problems.

Good luck, Dan
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Old 07-15-2011, 02:41 PM   #7
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I'd go South or East, but not North to Billings:

Crews continue work on I-90 landslide area

That being said, if you do go north, we are 2 miles before you hit Laurel, 10 miles West of Billings. We have a farm, should have a spot for an overnight. And it is a vegetable farm, lots of produce for supper. Just look for our pumpkin trailer (avitor) or the large red barn.

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Old 07-16-2011, 05:54 PM   #8
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Thanks to everyone who replied. I truly appreciate this community spirit. We ended up going north, to Laurel (although we didn't see you, LFM). And then east. There were some long interstate type climbs, but nothing that the jeep in second gear couldn't handle.

Today, going from Devil's Tower to Mount Rushmore and then to Badlands Koa was hellish, but that was the fault of the heat (104) and the tough grades going up to Rushmore. The temp gauge was well past halfway on the way there.

Thanks again. I'm already angling for a diesel as our next tow vehicle (5 yrs away, i hope)
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Old 07-16-2011, 06:50 PM   #9
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There's a guy right on the road near Devil's Tower who does incredible wood carvings out of stumps and chunks of tree.

See our Moose avatar, who was custom-carved to fit the well on our dash, and then shipped to us. We told him we wanted a Moose with a sweet face, he used a 3 pound coffee can to estimate size and did a terrific job.


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