I'll be doing a car camping road trip this coming weekend, and I am looking for suggestions. The basic idea is that I will be renting a car at 4pm on Thursday at the Sale Lake Airport, and need to return it to the Jackson, WY airport on Sunday for a 6pm flight. I want to drive through Idaho and then spend most of my time in Montana, and avoid the Yellowstone/Teton fee areas.
So far, I plan to camp on Thursday night in the Bridger-Teton National Forest off of US-89 south of Smoot and Afton, WY. From there, I plan on heading west on US-26 at Alpine Junction, going past Idaho Falls on to US-20, and then start to head north on US-93 (Salmon River Scenic Byway).
I have determined that I can reach Missoula with 1-2 hours of sun left, so I need to find some nice BLM or Forestry land near there to camp at (any suggestions?).
The other void I need to fill is my Saturday and night 3 before I begin my Sunday return trip to Jackson. Does anyone have any suggestions for nice drives in the Central/West Montana area? I would like to make it to a motel in Bozeman around 5pm, so I don't need anything too extravagant.
My return trip from Bozeman brings me south down US-191 along the non-fee area of Yellowstone until I come to West Yellowstone. From there I will get on US-20 Southbound to ID-47 (Mesa Falls Scenic Byway), and then continue south on to ID-32 (Teton Scenic Byway) until I hit Wyoming and take WY-22 through Teton Pass back to Jackson. This is supposed to only be a 5 hour drive, so I shouldn't be too stressed about time before my late afternoon flight.
It sounds wonderful, the road/weather conditions look favorable for this weekend (some showers but hopefully little snow -- fingers crossed), and it gives me the opportunity to go through forests and areas of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem that I have yet to explore.
I just basically need some suggestions for night 2 (Friday) and all day on Saturday. Hopefully it's not too late to ask about this, but I have hope :)
Thank you all.