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kstewart23 07-14-2015 10:47 AM

Best route from San Antonio to West Yellowstone
 
We are driving up to West Yellowstone with our AS soon. But I am torn about the best route from San Antonio Texas to West Yellowstone, we have three days to get there, which rounds out to about 500 miles a day. Looking for the best route as in the faster route. So many of the routes I am seeing are not on the interstate, and I just never know what I will find on the non interstate roads, which would be fine if we had more time to explore, but not this trip. So any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

The routes I saw were through Texas, NM, Utah, Idaho and another Texas Colorado, Wyoming (there were two routes through colorado that google maps generated, one was more east)

Thanks
KS

Rjpuckett 07-14-2015 11:40 AM

I would head west and north through Amarillo over to Raton on I 25 N. through Colorado and then northwest over to Yellowstone.

KJRitchie 07-14-2015 11:45 AM

Google Maps shows the shortest route from San Antonio north to Lubbock then to Amarillo then to Raton, NM. Hit the interstate north through Denver to Cheyanne. The route cuts off Cheyanne but I'd go through Cheyenne since its only 20 miles longer and is all interstate. Then its off the interstates at Rawlins, Wy north on state highways via Grand Teton. Looks like this route is 50/50 for interstate/state highways. Trying to go around Yellowstone to West Yellowstone is longer but there will be traffic delays driving through Yellowstone and the speed limit is 45mph.

Probably, choosing the same route but head to Idaho Falls via Rock Springs, Wy then head north to West Yellowstone would be better but its 150 miles longer.

I've driven to Glacier Natl Park from North Dallas in 3 1/2 days (about 1800 miles). What we did is leave Friday after work and got about 200 miles under our belt. Stayed at RV parks where we didn't unhitch. Just unplug the shore power and get on the road. Wife and kid slept in the tow vehicle until we found a rest stop to have a quick breakfast and dress into travel clothes. Had quick lunches in city parks. We only towed at 60 mph.

It can be done if you wake up early and expect to drive for 12 hours.

Kelvin

kstewart23 07-14-2015 12:15 PM

I guess another question I should ask is, are there any roads I should avoid between San Antonio and West Yellowstone. I noticed last night that Colorado seems to be under a load of construction right now, it appears they are working mostly at night, but still those narrow walled areas really suck after a while.

Thanks
KS

SteveH 07-14-2015 12:33 PM

I would avoid IH25 from Raton to Denver....way too much traffic. I would continue North from Amarillo to Lymon, CO on US HWY 287, then IH 40 to the Denver loop, and around that way.

We went that way last year, and the road is good, traffic light, and you avoid the most horrible traffic between CO Springs and all the way thru Denver.

KJRitchie 07-14-2015 01:36 PM

I agree. In 2011 on our first Glacier trip went by way of Raton through Denver. Stayed at Cherry Creek State Park Saturday night. From Colorado Springs to Denver on I25 it was a madhouse; heavy traffic and a traffic jam 25 miles south of Denver, what a mess. Sunday was easy through Denver.

Our 2012 trip to Glacier we avoided I25 and headed north from Childress, TX via Scottsbluff, Nebraska then hit I25 north of Cheyenne. Much nicer experience. Driving north of Amarillo will be similar. It will be hot.

Kelvin

pappy19 07-14-2015 02:12 PM

Made that trip many times, Lubbuck to Amarillo to Lamar, CO to Cheyenne, WY, then at th Rawlins, WY exit, there is a short cut to Teton/Yellowstone via 287. You will still need to go completely through the Park to get to West Yellowstone, otherwise you should go to Idaho Falls, Idaho and go north on Hwy 20 to West Yellowstone. Nice trip.

TheOhioSean 07-14-2015 07:25 PM

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Originally Posted by SteveH (Post 1651961)
I would avoid IH25 from Raton to Denver....way too much traffic. I would continue North from Amarillo to Lymon, CO on US HWY 287, then IH 40 to the Denver loop, and around that way.

I think you mean Interstate 70 from Limon to Denver. One word of warning on the Denver loop (E-470): the road is tolled, and you can expect a hefty bill in the mail for using it. It is likely worth it to avoid the heavier traffic and narrower stretches of highway through downtown Denver. From the Denver loop one can pick up I-25 and head north to Wyoming.

Interstate 40 is the next major east-west interstate to the south, running in the tier of states to the south of Colorado - OK, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, etc.

pappy19 07-14-2015 10:08 PM

One other way to look at is go from Lubbock to Clovis, NM to Santa Fe, then up to Montecello, UT to Moab, then take Hwy 6 to Salt Lake City and north to Pocatello/Idaho Falls and to West Yellowstone. Good roads and nice scenery and you could stop at Arches NP on the way.

davidlparker 07-15-2015 11:55 AM

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Originally Posted by Rjpuckett (Post 1651917)
I would head west and north through Amarillo over to Raton on I 25 N. through Colorado and then northwest over to Yellowstone.

My suggestion is I-35 north from San Antonio to I-70 in Kansas. I-70 west to I-25 (Denver). Actually it is better if you take E-470 around the northeast quadrant of Denver, if you don't mind a toll road. I-25 north to Casper, WY. I do not remember the state of US highway designations from there but from Casper let your GPS route you to Cody, WY. From Cody just follow the signs.

You are right it will be about 500 miles each day but you will have interstate highway all the way to Casper. Overnight camping should be no problem. The highway from Casper was good a year ago when I last drove it. Good luck have fun!

Bayou 07-15-2015 12:45 PM

Avoid I25 through Colorado Springs and Denver at all costs.

jtfink 07-15-2015 01:16 PM

We live in Cody and visited family in San Antonio. Our favorite route is straight up to Nebraska over to Cheyenne then to Casper up to Cody then you can you in east entrance of the park over to west ( if you want to go through the park) other wise I would go to Cheyenne stay on interstate to rock springs and up through Idaho to west. Hope that helps. If you decide to go through Cody and need any overnight suggestions let me know

pappy19 07-15-2015 01:21 PM

Avoid Colorado almost altogether by going through Clovis, NM then to I-40 over to Gallup, then north to Farmington and Cortez, CO, then continue on 491 to Monticello, UT. Continue north to Moab, hit I-70 to Hwy 6 to Price and come out on I-15 which will take you to Salt Lake City. From there go I-15 to Idaho Falls the take Hwy 20 to West Yellowstone.

dannydimitt 07-15-2015 01:42 PM

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Originally Posted by pappy19 (Post 1652285)
One other way to look at is go from Lubbock to Clovis, NM to Santa Fe, then up to Montecello, UT to Moab, then take Hwy 6 to Salt Lake City and north to Pocatello/Idaho Falls and to West Yellowstone. Good roads and nice scenery and you could stop at Arches NP on the way.

This would be by far the best way to go as it completely takes the front range of Colorado off the route and the time and cost of having to go through Yellowstone park or the 10% grade up over Teton Pass west of Jackson to avoid the park . I would not mess with Santa Fe , but go through Albuquerque instead , then a few miles north on I-25 to Bernalillo then NW on US 550 to Bloomfield , then west on US 64 to Shiprock and pickup US 491 to Monticello , Utah . Have traveled this route from Central Texas dozens of times and would never consider any other alternative , 550 across NM. has been widened to 4 lanes and was smooth as glass the last time we drove it . Gasoline or Diesel will be a bargain in Bernalillo as well . The road over Soldier summit in Utah does not have steep grades and is also 4 lanes.:)

Have Fun !
PS the 550 route is 20 plus miles shorter than the route through Gallup .

Jekerrville 07-15-2015 07:32 PM

All of these suggestions are good. Just stay off of 285 from Ft. Stockton up to Roswell, unless you like Mad Max Beyond the Dome. 1000 oil field trucks and the road has been gravely bombed out. Just did that 4 days ago. Salt Lake is traffic jam city. But SA to I40 up thru Moab and a bit of I-70 was very good route. Will be in Moab tomorrow. Happy Trails.

TG Twinkie 07-15-2015 09:50 PM

If you go the Limon, CO route. Take Hiway 71 north. Good road, no traffic. Take a left at Hiway 26 in Scottsbluff. It connects to I-25 about 100 miles north of Cheyenne.


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kstewart23 07-16-2015 06:34 PM

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Originally Posted by TG Twinkie (Post 1652851)
If you go the Limon, CO route. Take Hiway 71 north. Good road, no traffic. Take a left at Hiway 26 in Scottsbluff. It connects to I-25 about 100 miles north of Cheyenne.


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If I take 71 north through Colorado, wouldn't it be easier just taking Interstate 80 west to Cheyenne from 71, than going 100 miles north to 26 only to come back south...

TG Twinkie 07-16-2015 06:48 PM

Yes you can do that if you don't want to go any further north. I was thinking you were going to Cody, WY. But I see that you want to go to the west side of Yellowstone.


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kstewart23 07-16-2015 07:16 PM

Is 71 fairly quick or or do you have to slow down in every town along the way. I am more geared towards getting to the destination quickly for this trip, as my husband is driving up with us, but having to fly back for work.

TG Twinkie 07-16-2015 09:37 PM

Last Chance and Woodrow are easy to miss if you blink. Brush will require slowing down. Snyder and Stoneham are like Last Chance.
It will certainly be less of a hassle than the freeway traffic thru and north of Denver.
No chance of a traffic jam on 71. I'd be surprised if you see more than 15 vehicles the full length from Limon to I-80.


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