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    Traveling Question - cross country in January

    OK ... not sure where to post this but I know folks here will have great info. Thinking of driving (4-wheel style) from Charlotte, NC to Yellowstone NP the end of this month. Long story but wife has booked a "wolf discovery" deal with the NP. I am wanting to avoid flying but not sure it's worth the effort. How risky is the weather? I have some flexibility on time and route. I am thinking so long as there are no "active" snow storms the interstates should be OK.

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    Ed -

    Since this isn't really National Rally related or even Getaways, I think this would be better under Ride Reports. You're announcing a ride and looking for input. Seems like a better fit to me!
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    Thanks. Not really a "ride" but was looking for general travel advice. I agree not the best fit here but was not sure where it would get visibility.

    I will repost it in another place or forum.

    Thanks for the input.
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    Provided you stay situationally aware of the weather, and have a day or so to duck ice or snow as needed, this trip should work out just fine.
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    If there are Covid quarantine considerations in that direction, as there are up here in the northeast, it should be a long trip.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PGlaves View Post
    Provided you stay situationally aware of the weather, and have a day or so to duck ice or snow as needed, this trip should work out just fine.
    Thanks Paul! That was exactly my plan on both counts. And will stay on major roads for sure.
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    Looks like a good trip: https://www.yellowstonenationalparkl...overy-package/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Omega Man View Post
    If there are Covid quarantine considerations in that direction, as there are up here in the northeast, it should be a long trip.
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    Thanks and good thought. So far none that I an aware of but will check the CDC sites, although they are not always 100% current.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ExGMan View Post
    Thanks! It's actually my wife's trip and on her bucket list
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    Yep, like the others have said, plan for bad weather, and extra day or two going out, and stay on the major roads and you will be fine. Run up I-90 to I-94 to Bozeman and down to Hot Springs. Many roads going into the park are closed in the winter. I doubt you can come in from the south.
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    With lodging at newly renovated Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel and pick-up at Bozeman airport you must have to enter at the NW entrance, I 90 from Billings west to 89 and then Gardiner to Mammoth Hot Springs. From Charlotte about 2200 miles and 30 hours driving.

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    Quote Originally Posted by millsaps2 View Post
    With lodging at newly renovated Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel and pick-up at Bozeman airport you must have to enter at the NW entrance, I 90 from Billings west to 89 and then Gardiner to Mammoth Hot Springs. From Charlotte about 2200 miles and 30 hours driving.
    Yes .. and good chance I will be going to Bozeman first anyway. The event is AT the Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel

    Thanks for the info on I90 and I94. My wife is signed up for all the alerts in Yellowstone and Grand Tetons so she got an alert today that the NE Entrance road is closed. Assume that is highway 14 out of Cody?

    So what you are suggesting is pretty much this route .... unless bad weather.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by gsinnc View Post
    Yes .. and good chance I will be going to Bozeman first anyway. The event is AT the Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel

    Thanks for the info on I90 and I94. My wife is signed up for all the alerts in Yellowstone and Grand Tetons so she got an alert today that the NE Entrance road is closed. Assume that is highway 14 out of Cody?

    So what you are suggesting is pretty much this route .... unless bad weather.....
    Yes, any road into the park will probably be closed if it isn't already. NE entrance is going through Cooke City highway 212. I would expect for 14 out of Cody to be closed too, or at least impassible through the park to Mammoth. Most of the park roads are closed in the winter. Pretty sure Bozeman and down will be your only option.

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    The roads from Cooke City, Gardenier and West Yellowstone are plowed all winter. Cooke City would be cut-off otherwise. We’ve ridden into the Park from Paradise Valley thru Gardiner and the Mammouth Gate in April 3-4 times. We spend our anniversary at Chico Hotsprings near Emigrant north of Gardenier. The road is normally open to Old Faithful; good to be there with 20 people instead of thousands. We ride out the West Yellowstone gate to get home, but park signage says the way to Cooke City is open.

    Edit: Found this on the park website; we have always found the West gate open as well as the connecting roads to Tower Junction.

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