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    Wyoming route help

    On our way home from the Rally my wife says she wants to see Devils Tower. We will be driving, towing the motorcycle and have two or two and a half days to get there. I have been to Yellowstone and over the top of Wyoming via 14 but haven't been through the interior. Can anyone help route me, avoiding the Interstates as much as possible while getting to see some variety in the way of scenery and roads?

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    Michael

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    Michael -

    Welcome to the forum! I've only been north-south along the western side of Wyoming, after leaving Yellowstone. But aren't there only 5-6 roads in all of Wyoming? Good luck on your trip!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mvcorliss View Post
    On our way home from the Rally my wife says she wants to see Devils Tower. We will be driving, towing the motorcycle and have two or two and a half days to get there. I have been to Yellowstone and over the top of Wyoming via 14 but haven't been through the interior. Can anyone help route me, avoiding the Interstates as much as possible while getting to see some variety in the way of scenery and roads?

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    Michael
    Michael - First of all, enjoy the Rally. Have been to a half-dozen and they all had specific, special memories.

    I just came thru the 'interior' of Wyoming 7 months ago after a major (5,800 mi.) tour to the Pacific and back to home base in WI. It would help to know where "home" is, to be geographically orientated, and offer suggestions.

    After exiting Yellowstone eastbound, I spent the night in Cheyenne (rodeo performed every night in summer), and then meandered my way to the Black Hills of SD. I have also done an Iron Butt to Gillette and have visited Devil's Tower.

    Hard to navigate sprawling WY without making use of their interstates - suggest you develop a 'hybrid' approach of state highways and super slabs to show the Mrs. a good time.

    As you approach Devil's Tower, be sure to stop at the Welcome Center/Gift Shop for ice cream, best enjoyed on benches on the porch! If you're physically adventuresome, consider hiking around its base.

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    Quote Originally Posted by greenwald View Post
    It would help to know where "home" is, to be geographically orientated, and offer suggestions.
    Sounds like Michael is mainly interested in routes from SLC to Devils Tower.

    Welcome to the site Michael.
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    Sounds like you have plenty of time. Look at leaving SLC on US40 to 191 thru Vernal, UT, then north thru Flaming Gorge to Rock Springs, WY. From there you can either go on north on 191 to Jackson and the Tetons or to over to Rawlins and take 287 north thru Lander and Riverton to Shoshoni then north thru Wind River Canyon to Thermopolis. Thermopolis is a good place to spend the night and enjoy the hot springs.

    From either of those places you can choose your route thru either Buffalo or Sheridan then 14 to Gillette and on to Devils Tower. After that the Black Hills is a good place to sped a day or two.
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    One more option.
    From the northeast corner of Utah or southeast corner of Idaho, head north on Wyoming 89 to Jackson.
    Take 191 south to 28.
    North on 28 to Lander.
    789 and 20 Worland, then 16 east to Buffalo.

    It's been a long time since we have been in that area. I remember liking the area but do not remember the separate roads.
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    Definitely go through the Big Horn Mts - US 16 from Worland to Buffalo. Very scenic and a few great roads. Some great camping spots along the way.
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    Thanks to all! Lots of good info, Sorry I haven't replied sooner, it's been really busy around here!
    Looking forward to the rally and getting on the road again!!

    Michael

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    I make the UT-->Wy-->SD run several times a year and also dislike interstate. My favorite route would be this:

    From SLC, I-15 north to US 89/91 at Brigham City, then east to Garden City/Bear Lake, a designated scenic route. Then US30 east to Opal, then north on WY240 to US189, then north on 189 to WY372. WY372 east to WY28 and take WY28 east all the way to US287. This takes you up over South Pass, and you can get a good lunch and some history at South Pass City. Also, you'll pass through an area that gives clear illustration and meaning to the "overthrust belt" the energy industry talks about.

    Continuing on, take US287 east to Muddy Gap Junction, then north on WY220 past Independence Rock (well worth a stop) and on to Casper. I usually bypass Casper proper by gassing at the junction of 220 and 258 on the outskirts, then taking 258 through Mills then 254 north to US26 eastbound to connect to I-25 for the short jaunt northbound to WY259. From there, north to Midwest and pick up WY387 eastbound to WY50 then north to Gillette. All of this is running through the national grasslands/Teapot Dome/coal country. From Gillette it's a short stretch on I-90 eastbound to US14 and Devil's Tower.

    All of this is on good roads with fuel and food readily available along the way, and with minimal impediment from traffic and congestion, and a good sampling of central Wyoming.

    Have a great trip!

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