Where does this start and end? We are staying in Gardiner, MT. Is this anywhere near this location? I can't find it on the Yellowstone map I have.
So, I found it on google maps. I didn't realize it was so far out of Yellowstone though. Here's my question...we were supposed to go to Cody the day we left Yellowstone just for the afternoon as a stopover on our way to Keystone,SD.
Now I MUST do this Beartooth Hwy...however, doing that AND stopping in Cody adds about an hour onto an already 9 hour driving day (without stops). (which we are used to for work on a monthly basis so it's not that big a deal..and that's not how we are spending the rest of the vacation) but now I'm wondering if Cody is worth the hour venture out of our way to see. THOUGHTS? We were thinking we'd do the Wild West Town, have dinner and then head off.
Should we just find a nice place to stop along Beartooth instead of making our way to Cody as well?Edited: 28 January 2014, 16:13
I am not sure I am clear about what your plan is. Were you actually spending the night in Cody or were you driving from Gardiner to Keystone in one day with a short stop in Cody?
I am also not sure what you mean about adding on an hour. It takes 2-2.5 hours to drive Beartooth Highway from Cooke City to Red Lodge. You can cut that a little shorter by driving just to Rock Creek Vista which probably cuts a half an hour off. If you don't go that far on Beartooth you will miss the best sights. Then if you are going to Cody you will have to retrace your route back down almost to Cooke City to pick up the Chief Joseph highway. Doing Beartooth is going to add about 4-5 hours on to any trip.
If your plan is Gardiner to Beartooth, back track to Cody and then to Keystone in one day, that is too much.
You could do Gardiner to Beartooth to Red Lodge, then up to Billings to catch I90 and over to Keystone that way, but that will be a long day. This would skip Cody.
>I'm wondering if Cody is worth the hour venture out of our way to see.
It doesn't sound like you'd have much time in Cody, maybe an hour or two. Cody is a great town, well worth the visit (Buffalo Bill Museums, etc.), but I'm not sure I'd add an hour of driving just to spend a very short time in Cody.
Oops, too late to edit, but just wanted to add if you are going by Googlemaps time frame for Beartooth it is wrong. In your other posts have we told you the usual way to determine the time it will take to travel within Yellowstone is to double your miles? i.e. 14 miles = 28 minutes.
I know googlemaps has Cooke City to Red Lodge as 1hr 15 min. But there is no way! It's at least 2 hr 15 min with no stops or RV traffic.
There's no way to drive Gardiner to Beartooth- Rk Creek Vista-Beartooth-Chief Joseph- to Cody- stop in Cody-to Keystone in one day. You would need an overnight.
Even Gardiner- to Beartooth-to Red Lodge-to Billings-to Keystone (skipping Cody)too long of a day for me!
Driving thru the park from Gardiner out east entrance to Cody with a stop then on to Keystone would be long.
Can't you plan an overnight stop between Gardiner & Keystone?Edited: 29 January 2014, 03:02
Hi Pam, I don't think that was me with the miles suggestion, or at least I don't think it was...I love that advice though.
So, is Beartooth worth the long day and skipping Cody for? We are really used to long days in the car and it really doesn't bother us at all, however, backtracking would be annoying so I think it's going to have to be one or the other.
Thank you to everyone for your thoughts. I appreciate it!!
Is Chief Joseph scenic highway before beartooth? I think we will stay over in Billings.
Just adding a shorter link to the map TetonBill linked you to.
I could not remember if any of your posts had the mileage formula in it. One of us usually tries to throw that in and I was too lazy to go back and check!
For my money Googlemaps time suggestions is fine on regular highways and Interstates, but not so fine in mountainous or park areas or *special* areas.
So if you are going to add a night in (and hopefully not subtracting that from your Yellowstone days!) to stay over in Billings, you could stay that night in Cody instead and do Gardiner->Beartooth to Rock Creek Vista ->return on Beartooth to the junction of Chief Joseph and travel that to Cody for an overnight. Then drive the next day from Cody to Keystone.
Do you have a big road atlas? I AM a map person, so for me it is easier to see how this plays out on paper rather than trying to put it together mentally using online maps.
PamEdited: 29 January 2014, 05:22