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Gardiner to Jackson Hole through Yellowstone & Grand Teton NP via hwy. 89/191

Gardiner, Montana

based on 1 reviews


Added by Carl Finkbeiner

This national treasure is diverse, scenic and filled with wildlife.

Starting early 7am, this trip should take about four hrs. Although it took me twelve hours. It was not because of traffic or crowds, it is just that beautiful and I stopped and enjoyed the trip. I hope you do.

Entering from the north gate, Roosevelts Arch the first major attraction are the Mammoth Hot Springs about five miles south of the entrance. I had already stopped at vistas twice. Moreover, I continued to stop often, as there are many safe pullovers to enjoy the scenery and wildlife.

About forty miles into the trip hwy. 89 will merge with hwy. 191 and you should continue south, (left). This is where you run into the West Entrance Rd. hwy. 20 also a large campground, Madison, is located there.

Watch going forward for markers announcing the Continental Divide Trail. It crosses the highway often.

Another twelve miles and you will be in the Old Faithful Geyser area. The Lodges, post office, and general store will compete with the numerous geysers.

Amazingly, at about 84 miles just past Lake Lewis you will find the South Entrance. Yep, you are leaving Yellowstone. Get excited as you head into Grand Teton National Park. Hwy.89/191 become John D Rockefeller Jr. Memorial Parkway. Approaching and driving by Jackson Lake, you will find some of the grandest Mountain vistas in the world.

Fifty-seven miles after passing the South Yellowstone entrance, you will be in Jackson Hole. Whether it took four hours or twelve hours I imagine you are ready to do it again, every 152 miles of it.

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Gardiner to Jackson Hole through Yellowstone & Grand Teton NP via hwy. 89/191 Reviews

I was lucky to live in Jackson Hole for a bit when I was younger, and I have wonderful memories of driving this route. The reviewer is 100% correct, if you drove straight through it would be about 4 hours, but you'll DEFINITELY want to stop a million times (there's so much beauty!!). Great photography opportunities along the way.

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