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Drive from SLC to Jackson Hole

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Drive from SLC to Jackson Hole

I have received conflicting reports on how long it takes to drive from Salt Lake to Jackson Hole. AAA & Mapquest say 5.5 to 6 hrs. Is this correct? I thought I had read on these forums that it was about 3.5 to 4 hrs. What route would you take? Anything not to miss on the way. Any good places to eat along the way? Is this a scenic drive ?


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1. Re: Drive from SLC to Jackson Hole

There are 3-4 ways you can travel between SLC and Jackson Hole. They all take between 5 and 6 hours, even if you drive fast. You'll run into mountains no matter which way you go. My favorite route is I-15 to Brigham City; then Hwy 89 through Logan Canyon to Bear Lake (stop for fresh raspberry shakes, which are famous here). From Bear Lake drive north through Montpelier, Idaho and Afton, Wyoming to Jackson Hole. And, yes, it is very scenic!

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2. Re: Drive from SLC to Jackson Hole

No, it's 5-6 hours. Same drivingtime to Jackson or West Yellowstone. Both are scenic drives.


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3. Re: Drive from SLC to Jackson Hole

If you go up through Idaho it is more interstate highway driving, less scenic but faster (although not MUCH faster). If you go through Wyoming you're doing more back roads with the resulting slowing in little towns then speeding back up between towns. But it's prettier. My hubby hates the two lane roads and would rather go like hell on the interstate as far as he can and have a shorter drive on backroads. But if you don't mind scenic road driving, go through Wyoming.

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4. Re: Drive from SLC to Jackson Hole

Do a search on the Utah forum, probably using the word 'Jackson' would suffice, to find multiple previous threads on this topic. The three routes I've actually timed all took between 4:45 and 5:00, just driving time. The fastest was via Evanston, WY, Randolph, UT, Afton, WY, etc. The other two were via Soda Springs, ID and Idaho Falls, ID. Of these three, I prefer the Evanston route for the speed and quick exit from the SLC metro area. The route via Idaho Falls is nice for the trip over Teton Pass, but the I-15 portion is noticeably less scenic than other routes. Any route will be pretty scenic though, compared to the flat lands.

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5. Re: Drive from SLC to Jackson Hole

I drove 89 through Logan Canyon/Bear Lake going from Jackson to SLC last week, and it took 5 1/2 hours with a couple of stops for pictures and a raspberry shake. Hope this helps.

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