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You aren't missing anything at all (Bridger to Rockvale). When we in Cody need anything other than what can be found at our local Ace Hardware, Walmart, or Tractor Supply... we have to drive north to Billings, MT... so I drive that route at least once every 6 weeks or so. It's an easy drive or ride, but there's nothing up there worth riding to see.

If you want a ride someplace not in the 4 examples you listed, you might wanna consider a ride south down to Wind River Canyon (about 2 hours)... and if you're really ambitious, continue on south to check out Red Canyon, and/or historic South Pass City. Both beautiful areas, and with high elevation in the Red Canyon & slightly further west area around South Pass City. Check out post #105 in this thread for more info.

And if Uncle John is correct, there's also this option at ~8 hours:

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(Couldn't use Google - it won't let the park be route mapped right now.)

Bottom line: we can still make this a great riding event!
 

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And if Uncle John is correct, there's also this option at ~8 hours…
True… IF they open the southern loop next week, as is the rumor. But I’d plan more than 8 hours. More like 10, and possibly 12.

If they do open it, it will most likely have a lot more traffic than usual to slow you down. In addition to that, you may recall the previously reported construction I mentioned back in post #104 about the replacement of the Lewis Bridge.

Then, once you exit the South Entrance, I simply can’t imagine anyone being that close to Grand Teton National Park without at least taking a ride through it... and possibly a stop at the famous Million Dollar Cowboy Bar in Jackson... before making your way back east on US-26.
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And 283 goes only as far as near the East Entrance (guestimate on the required turnaround point):

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The road from Cody is open all the way to the east entrance. There are a few "Road Work" signs, but no road work anywhere. I saw one spot that looked like they cleared some rocks from the road and a place about 1/4 mile from YNP where they cleared a mud slide from the road.

Pehaska Teepee is about a mile from the east entrance. They have a small convenience store with snacks and drinks. Their restaurant and rest rooms are currently closed. Plenty of campgrounds with pit toilets on that road.

Saw 2 bison about 12 miles east of YNP. They were on the opposite side of the road from me each way.
 

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The road from Cody is open all the way to the east entrance. There are a few "Road Work" signs, but no road work anywhere. I saw one spot that looked like they cleared some rocks from the road and a place about 1/4 mile from YNP where they cleared a mud slide from the road.
Yeah, there was scheduled road work that was to begin in May. I didn't post anything about it previously because it was delayed by weather. However, I think there may be other priorities now that will delay it further... which is good for us.
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Pehaska Teepee is about a mile from the east entrance. They have a small convenience store with snacks and drinks. Their restaurant and rest rooms are currently closed. Plenty of campgrounds with pit toilets on that road.
It sure would be nice if the restaurant reopens by next weekend. It's my usual stop either headed to, or departing from the park via the East Entrance, for a cool drink, and bowl of their fantastic Huckleberry Ice Cream!! 🍨
 

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Ok, here’s a synopsis of the latest update on the park, as of 2pm today (Friday). Info was gathered from a number of sources, and I’ve omitted items that were either previously known (northern section not expected to open), or nor pertinent to our gathering. If you care about those, I took a screenshot of this morning’s official update:
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As flood waters subside (but remain high), Yellowstone National Park’s reopening has been delayed after a section of the Southern Loop collapsed this week – but the park still plans to open next week.

On Thursday morning, June 16, a section of damaged road on the Southern Loop collapsed south of Canyon Village.

Crews will begin major repairs on Friday, June 17, with an intent to complete repairs by Monday, June 20. This repair must be completed before the loop can open again.
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On a positive note… here’s a recent Facebook post from Cooke City:
Wife and I have discussed a RZR rental either in Cody or Cooke. Having an hr and a 1/2 drive before and after the rental in Cooke is a bit of a drag, but I have a feeling the scenery would be worth it. It'll be something we do later in the summer after the snow is off the trails and they've had more time to dry.
 
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Just saw the following a few minutes ago… seems like Yellowstone isn’t the only park being affected by this weird weather of late. The Going to the Sun road is still not open yet either because of snow.

I’ve got reservations up there in early August, and I’m sure hoping it’ll be open by then!
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And we have another update in re the Beartooth Highway. The following is a collection of quotes & news I've gathered from various news publications. And again, I've omitted sections & info that won't pertain to us... and any highlighted portions of of my own doing:

On Friday, the Montana Department of Transportation announced that Montana’s portion of the 65-mile highway will be closed for an undetermined amount of time to allow for the repair of damage caused by flooding on Monday.
Lori Ryan, public information officer for MDOT, said the road washed out in six areas, in some areas creating ruts as deep as 100 feet... and that the department hopes to have the road reopened at some point this summer.
This section of road is relatively flat, making it much easier to repair compared to other portions of the highway, where elevations reach nearly 11,000 feet and switchbacks are common. Ryan said the road work will begin next week.
Cody Beers, a spokesperson for the Wyoming Department of Transportation, said he was not aware of any damage on the Wyoming side of the highway and added construction has been ongoing on that side of the pass this week. Beers said he does not know when the pass will reopen.
Top of The World is still open for business and the store's owner said conditions on the Wyoming side of the pass are relatively normal. He said the road is currently open up to Long Lake, about 11 miles south of the Montana border, with camping fully available in the area.

Now, I've not been able to verify or get a confirmation about the information in the last paragraph there... saying a portion of the Beartooth is open up to Long Lake. If that's correct, it's about 15 miles of the highway east of the Beartooth - Chief Joseph intersection... and even if so, there is still bridge construction in the area to contend with.

I've made up & annotated a map of what we're talking about here, and I'll try to confirm it for myself in the next day or so.
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This morning 511MT also shows 308 (shortcut from Belfry to Red Lodge) may be open.
That is also a fun little road. Interesting mine fire memorial/history just past Bear Creek toward Red Lodge.
 
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Question: Do you want in in the Saturday evening dinner & show… or still weighing options?
IT'S A MATTER OF GETTING THERE .WAS SUPPOSED TO LEAVE SUNDAY . HOPEFULLY MONDAY .HELPING FRIEND PUT ADDTION ON HIS HOUSE AND REROOF IT . TRYING TO GET IT "DRIED IN " . BEEN WORKING ON BIKE (NEW STEM BEARINS - FINAL DRIVE - DRIVESHAFT - BRAKES FR. N REAR ) WOULD HAVE LIKED TO HAVE IT DONE SO I COULD PUT SOME MILES ON IT BEFORE I WENT ON 5000 MILE JOURNEY :) DINNER AND SHOW SOUNDS GREAT - PROBABLY SKIP RODEO FOR NOW . WILL KNOW MORE MONDAY MORNING WHEN I GO TO LEAVE . HAVENT EVEN OPENED MY CAMPER SINCE LAST TRIP :cautious: BOUGHT AC N GENERATOR FOR IT AND STILL IN BOX ! = JUST ANOTHER DAY :)
 
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Top of The World is still open for business and the store's owner said conditions on the Wyoming side of the pass are relatively normal. He said the road is currently open up to Long Lake, about 11 miles south of the Montana border, with camping fully available in the area.

Now, I've not been able to verify or get a confirmation about the information in the last paragraph there... saying a portion of the Beartooth is open up to Long Lake. If that's correct, it's about 15 miles of the highway east of the Beartooth - Chief Joseph intersection... and even if so, there is still bridge construction in the area to contend with.

I've made up & annotated a map of what we're talking about here, and I'll try to confirm it for myself in the next day or so.
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The above statements are correct. Wife and I rode up today. Bridge construction was happening and they have a pilot car escorting you thru the construction area. Waited 20+ minutes for the pilot car. Sundays may be better if there is no active construction, just the timed traffic lights. I won't go up the few miles on the Beartooth again. Not worth the hassle to me.

Chief Joseph is in great shape...mostly. There is a small construction area with about 100 yards of well compacted gravel ~ 5 miles from WY 120. At the top of Dead Indian Pass, the state is adding fresh chip seal. Currently 4 miles are down with another 11 miles to be completed by next Thursday.

Cooke City and Silvergate are open for business. If you have a hankerin' for some very tasty Memphis-style BBQ, Silvergate BBQ is open from noon - 8 pm Sat - Thurs, closed Friday. SG BBQ is the last spot in SG before you get to YNP.
 
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MAJOR UPDATE FROM YNP: Partial Opening on Wednesday with Restrictions:

The following was just posted on Yellowstone's Facebook feed. The red rectangular boxes were added by me to highlight what matters to us. Notice the Exception in the lower box, pertaining to motorcycle groups. A question that I've not been able to find an answer to as yet is... "how many motorcycles constitute a group?" Hopefully I'll get an answer to that in the next few days.
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I only envision a total nightmare at the gates with the ALPS system in place. Turnaround for the non informed will slow things down along with the poor kid doing his summer job reading the plates. I can hear him now.....Hey Boss, what is even numbers again. Wait a second, what is odd numbers again. Is 0 really even Boss...
 

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IT'S A MATTER OF GETTING THERE .WAS SUPPOSED TO LEAVE SUNDAY . HOPEFULLY MONDAY .HELPING FRIEND PUT ADDTION ON HIS HOUSE AND REROOF IT . TRYING TO GET IT "DRIED IN " . BEEN WORKING ON BIKE (NEW STEM BEARINS - FINAL DRIVE - DRIVESHAFT - BRAKES FR. N REAR ) WOULD HAVE LIKED TO HAVE IT DONE SO I COULD PUT SOME MILES ON IT BEFORE I WENT ON 5000 MILE JOURNEY :) DINNER AND SHOW SOUNDS GREAT - PROBABLY SKIP RODEO FOR NOW . WILL KNOW MORE MONDAY MORNING WHEN I GO TO LEAVE . HAVENT EVEN OPENED MY CAMPER SINCE LAST TRIP :cautious: BOUGHT AC N GENERATOR FOR IT AND STILL IN BOX ! = JUST ANOTHER DAY :)
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Good morning... Posted below is the Monday morning update from YNP.

The biggest news that effects us this weekend is that it appears the planned construction on the road across the Continental Divide to the geyser area & Old Faithful has been suspended, and will move their operations up north to deal with the emergency conditions up there. That should eliminate the delays that were going to cause havoc in that area.
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That said, I still don't have an answer yet in re the "motorcycle group" question... but a contact at the Chamber of Commerce told me that she's hopeful that will be coming later today., as it's a question the folks from the Rocky Mountain HOG rally has asked also.
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I think the park service should just recognize that motorcycles have minimal impact on park resources and justifies their entry on any day.
I hear ya, but it really doesn't matter what we think... especially right now, as they deal with this crisis. Their main concern twofold:

1) the safety of the public, as they assess & repair the infrastructure... and...
2) trying to reopen areas as soon as possible to prevent economic disaster for the outlying communities surrounding the park, who depend on tourism to survive.

And that's who they're mainly listening to... the leaders of those communities. It's a very short season up here, and 90% of the businesses in these towns only have 4 months to make their nut for the entire year (mid-May through mid-September). So to them, getting a plan in place to re-open... any plan at all, even if it isn't a great plan... is better than no plan at all.
 
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