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post #1 of 43 Old 01-15-2015, 03:12 PM Thread Starter
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Need Yellowstone trip advise please....

Been riding since I was 5, but never toured on a bike so bear we me.

Looking to go to Yellowstone either the first week of June or the first week of July.

Checking in to find out about weather in June or the traffic on July 4. Is one time better than another?

Any recommended routes or points of interest would also be greatly appreciated.

Thanks Paul
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post #2 of 43 Old 01-15-2015, 03:58 PM
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weekend traffic

Don't try riding through the park on a weekend.

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post #3 of 43 Old 01-15-2015, 04:32 PM
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Get into the park as soon as it opens. Its magical and there is no traffic. The roads thru the Black Hills, including Custer State Park, are amazing. You can't go wrong on route into or out of the park.

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The first part of June would be better if you want to avoid crowds. Try to plan your trip through the park on a weekday. Avoid any major holiday if possible. Check for updated construction and detour information within the park and avoid those areas or go through them very early. Think "counter" to the rest of the tourists. But probably the best tip is to get up early and get to the park entrance before 8 am (or to the things you want to see most before 9am). Take advantage of the common misconception that the park "opens" at a certain time; The park is open year round and entrances are generally open 24 hours. I suggest trying to go to Old Faithful early enough to have breakfast in the lodge. The crowds start arriving around 9-10 am.

Another strategy is to go late when the crowds are on their way out and not as interested in stopping to see the wildlife every mile!

But no matter what, riding through Yellowstone on a motorcycle is a great way to experience it.

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post #5 of 43 Old 01-15-2015, 05:28 PM
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Bring layers or heated gear. I was there 3rd week of July and temps were around 32 every morning. It's at 8000' elevation. I was getting 55mpg on my ST1300 up there though and around 350 miles out of a tank :-) I didn't have any issues with traffic other than the Bison and gaper blocks, which is to be expected and enjoyed.
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post #6 of 43 Old 01-15-2015, 09:29 PM
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Recommend Iron mtn road in the Custer State Park area, then spearfish canyon, a visit to Devils Tower, make it to sheridan that night, then 14a through the bighorn good as it gets! Personally, i think the best way through SD is via SR212.
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post #7 of 43 Old 01-15-2015, 10:47 PM
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Don't forget Dead Indian and Bear tooth pass. You can get to the northeast entrance to YS in the middle of the two passes through Cooke City and Silver Gate. Great roads you need to go.
Go in June.

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post #8 of 43 Old 01-16-2015, 01:00 AM
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I've been to YNP 3 times. In 2010 there was still snow on the road first week in June. I ditto everyone else about visiting weekdays, but have not been angered by traffic. People at YNP seem to want to get along, so go when you have time, but just GO! Last fall, my wife and I went right after Labor day, and the crowds were light, and the weather perfect. The only way to avoid bad weather is to bring your rainsuit and heated gear. DAMHIK!
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post #9 of 43 Old 01-16-2015, 01:17 AM
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First light on the morning is great, and the animals are moving around. Enjoy them and be careful.

The northeast entrance and Beartooth Pass to Red Lodge, Montana, are special.

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Beartooth Pass is a must if you are going that far on a trip. Parking is a pain there in Yellowstone. Last time we were in a 38' motorhome and parking was nearly impossible. Wished I had my 'Strom until bedtime. The sights mentioned by others are great, too. Devil's tower is amazing. Walk around it. Mt Rushmore is great, too. Have a great trip. One day in Yellowstone is enough unless you plan on hiking or fishing. Second day is gravy.
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