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  1. Default First RV trip - Ohio to Glacier/Yellowstone

    Hi, this is my first post. We are currently planning a 3 week road trip from ohio to the rockies. First headed to the badlands/rushmore and the like. Would like to see Glacier, Yellowstone, Tetons, perhaps Dinosaurs(or fossils at least). I've never been west of Chicago in a car. Suggestions/ideas would be greatly appreciated. We will be taking a total of 7 people. 3 kids and 2 seniors. Any insight would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks

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    Hi styxbb,

    Not knowing where in Ohio you are starting, I used Dayton. Dayton to Rapid City/Mt. Rushmore/Badlands area is about 1200 miles. Figure with that many people you're looking at 3 days of driving with short stops.

    You won't be able to drive your RV over the Going to the Sun road in Glacier. There is a shuttle system now, but they didn't have it the last time we went so I can't comment on it.

    Rapid City to Glacier is going to be over 700 miles so plan on another 2 days of driving.

    Glacier to West Yellowstone is almost 400 miles so plan on one full day and part of another. This is not all interstate roads so driving can be a lot slower in an RV.

    I hope you plan on 3 or 4 days in Yellowstone and at least one day at the Grand Tetons. There is so much to see and do in Yellowstone.

    From Grand Tetons to Vernal, Utah (near Dinosaur National Monument) is 300 miles but the section past Rock Springs, WY south is a slow driving road!

    Dinosaur National Monument Visitor Center is still under constructions but you can still see fossils.

    Vernal back to Dayton is over 1500 miles so plan on 3 hard days of driving or 4 easier ones.

    Your time at each park is going to be very limited with only three weeks. With that many people, I'm assuming it's going to be a larger motorhome that probably has slides. Motorhomes are great but you will have some setting up and breaking of camp each time you need to drive off especially if you stay at a campground with full hook ups.

    If I have more information I can help with camping. Do you plan on camping in the parks or do you want to stay at private full hook up campgrounds? Will you need a motel for the Seniors?

    Utahtea...30+ years of RVing under her belt.

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    Hello and welcome to the RTA forums !

    Utahtea has given you a good insight into travelling times etc with a large RV, so I thought I would add a couple of thoughts. I haven't been to this area, but generally speaking the NP campgrounds and those close by get booked up quickly during the summer months, especially as Yellowstone etc has a short season. With a large RV there will be limited number of sites that can accommodate it which adds to the problem. You might find 'First come first served' non reservable sites but they can book out by mid morning and then surrounding campgrounds will begin to book out. You will normally find somewhere, but that can add up to quite a bit of time in an RV. The message is that if you know where and when you will be someplace, it would be wise to book asap.

    With regards to the RV, whether it has slide outs or not, you will need to check that it has 7 seat belts for all the occupants despite what the sleeping arrangements may say.

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    Default fossils

    With your limited time, I don't think I'd try to include Colorado into this trip. I think a loop going out through South Dakota, onto Yellowstone, up to Glacier, and then back across North Dakota would already make for a nice and full trip.

    However, Dinosaur National Monument is hardly the only place to see fossils. The Black Hills has been home to many significant dino finds. There are a few Fossil exhibits in the Rapid City area. The South Dakota School of Mines has a large geology museum, as part of its unique paleontology program.

    Of course, the most famous fossil find in the Black Hills is the T-Rex "Sue." She is on display at Chicago's Field Museum, which could also be a stop as part of your trip.

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    Thanks for the input so far. I've looked into the going to the sun road at Glacier and the shuttle. According to the website, the road doesn't typically open until mid june and the shuttle doesn't start running until July 1. We're thinking we may head south from Yellowstone to Tetons and on down to Dinosaur then Rocky Mtn. Park, then homeward. Here's how the internary is setting up. We will be leaving the evening of the first day(5 pm). Gonna get to the west side of Chicago.
    Day 2, head up to Minneapolis to the Mall of America and Mystic Lake Casino(for the seniors).
    Day 3 - Mitchell/Corn Palace on to the Badlands.
    Day 4 - Rushmore/Crazy Horse/Wind Cave?(know nothing about this) on to Deadwood.
    Day 5 - Cody/Cody Nite Rodeo.
    Day 6 Into Yellowstone. Stay 3 or 4 nights.
    Day 9 or 10. Down to Grand Tetons. Here is where we start to get fuzzy. How much time do we want to spend here and how is the drive down to dinosaur? Then the drive over to Rocky Mountains?

    How am I looking so far?

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    How am I looking so far?
    Looking much better.

    We will be leaving the evening of the first day(5 pm). Gonna get to the west side of Chicago.
    I don't know where in Ohio you are coming from, but from the closest location from Ohio to Chicago is still 160+ miles and could be even a lot longer. That's at least 3 hours if you are able to leave at 5PM. I live in the west but if you leaving on a weeknight then you might have commute traffic to worry about. You don't mention if this is your first trip with an RV. If it is, then getting set up at dark for the first night might be challenging. We've been camping in one kind of an RV or another for 30+ years and DH hates setting up after dark.

    Day 2, head up to Minneapolis to the Mall of America and Mystic Lake Casino(for the seniors).
    This day is a about 400 miles and not to bad for a first full travel day. Not sure how much time you will have for the Mall of America unless you get a really early start.

    Day 3 - Mitchell/Corn Palace on to the Badlands.
    This day is about 250 miles if you tour Badlands. I've never been to the Corn Palace but I have been to the Badlands. You can just drive though or do some hikes but that would take time.

    Day 4 - Rushmore/Crazy Horse/Wind Cave?(know nothing about this) on to Deadwood.
    Plan on an hour or so at Mt. Rushmore. We didn't do Crazy Horse so can't comment. We did Wind Cave years and years ago when our boys were really young. Big interesting caves, but they really don't have the beautiful stalactites and stalagmites like Carlsbad Caverns. I think the shortest tour is an hour. You also have to drive almost 200 miles this day. I'd recommend spending the night in the area. Maybe even two nights and also see Cody State Park.

    Day 5 - Cody/Cody Nite Rodeo.
    It's approx 360 miles from Deadwood to Cody. After leaving Sheridan you will be driving either Hwy 14 or Alt 14. Both are slow, curvy mountain roads for an RV. If you end up staying in the Rapid City area, you might consider going to Deadwood and then Devils Tower National Monument and spending the night in that area and move on to Cody the next day.

    Day 6 Into Yellowstone. Stay 3 or 4 nights.
    Good choice!

    Day 9 or 10. Down to Grand Tetons. Here is where we start to get fuzzy. How much time do we want to spend here and how is the drive down to dinosaur? Then the drive over to Rocky Mountains?
    I'd recommend one night at the Grand Tetons unless you like hiking then spend two. Ask the rangers where the best place to find moose at dusk. They always know their new hangouts.

    Grand Tetons to Dinosaur National Monument is approx. 340 miles. From Rock Springs down though Flaming Gorge is a slow drive. I'm not even sure which route is best Hwy 191 or Hwy 530.

    Spend a day in Dinosaur. Drive out and find the petroglyphs and enjoy the beautiful scenery.

    Dinosaur to Rocky Mountains. I haven't done all of this route so someone else will have to chime in.

    You will probably want to spend a couple nights at the Rocky Mountains

    Denver back home will probably take 3 days so it looks like you have a couple of extra days.

    It would help to know what time of the year you are taking this trip. How long the motorhome is and how old the 3 children are. What kind of campground do you want? Private with full hook ups or do you mind dry camping with just a table?

    Utahtea

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    Default Alt 14

    Quote Originally Posted by Utahtea View Post
    It's approx 360 miles from Deadwood to Cody. After leaving Sheridan you will be driving either Hwy 14 or Alt 14. Both are slow, curvy mountain roads for an RV.
    You're not gonna want to do Alt 14 in an RV. Coming down the western side of the Bighorn Mountains is a very very windy road, and steep. Lovely area, though.

    Lifey

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    Quote Originally Posted by styxbb View Post
    Day 4 - Rushmore/Crazy Horse/Wind Cave?(know nothing about this) on to Deadwood.
    If this is what you are doing, it would probably make more sense to go to Jewel Cave, which is closer to Custer and would be on the way toward deadwood.

    However, I'd also agree that a second night here could be in order so you could also tour Custer State Park (which is what I think Utahtea intended to say).

    Also be aware that the main campground at Badlands is on the east side of the park. If you were thinking of driving through Badlands and then setting up camp, you'll either have to double back about 20 miles, continue onto the Primitive Campgroud, which is in a more remote (but still reachable in an RV), or find a private campground near Wall.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Midwest Michael View Post
    If this is what you are doing, it would probably make more sense to go to Jewel Cave, which is closer to Custer and would be on the way toward deadwood.
    We didn't do Jewel Cave years many, many ago because they didn't offer a tour for children under 6 but it looks like they do know. http://www.nps.gov/jeca/planyourvisi...servations.htm

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    We did the Discovery tour at Jewel last fall and there were several children in the group. The only concern with small children would be the amount of walking, and particularly the number of stairs. Thankfully, it's mostly downhill!

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