We moved on from Devil's Tower (planned on 2 nights) as once you walked around the base and looked up that was all there was to do. So a single night sufficed.
Well, some folks were climbing the sides, but we are not into heights, especially dangling by a rope hundreds of feet up.
We did spend the next 2 nights in Buffalo, WY. En-route to Yellowstone.
Wonderful walking trails. Fun little town. Apparently, the author of the Longmire mystery books lives/lived there. Now a Netflicks series.
It was a long 5.5 hour pull estimated from Buffalo to the park via Cody where we stopped and topped up the Flex tank. When we reached the East park entrance +/- 15:30 we were informed by the NPS people that the road was closed due to snow!!! They were unsure of when it might reopen… Maybe several hours or not until the next day.
They were Ahem, very helpful and suggested that the south entrance was currently open. A quick look a the map and the suggested detour would be 8+ hours of driving to reach that the gate still an hour south of the campground. So minimum 2 days for us. Also the west entrance was open. That alternative route was to head back to Cody then north to I-90 drive across to Idaho and drop south to enter the West entrance. YIKES. Huge miles to travel and we were reserved at Madison Campground and prepaid in the park.
We chose to queue up with some other BIG rigs and wait to see if the road would open in the near future. I got out to our TV and struck up a conversation with a fellow with a humongous 5th wheel. Guess his BIG FORD truck could handle it. He told me he had been waiting 3 hours already and was not stopping in the park and just needed to transit to Idaho.
While chatting he noted that they are no longer turning arriving cars back and were slowly moving through. So we fired up the Flex and joined the line. Only about a 35 minute wait and we were off to Yellowstone.
The first big pass was Sylvan at 9,663’ and the visibility was about 10-15 feet due to the snow. Very slow going and once down the other side there was only one other pass a bit lower to cross.
We made it to the NPS campground (pix to be posted a next report) and set up the Scamp
. Very generous generator
hours 8 AM- 8 PM. We hauled water in 1 gallon jugs and quickly shuttled back and forth and filled the 12 gal fresh water tank and were good to go. It was close to dark when we arrived so no sightseeing on arrival day. Oh we did see a large black bear alongside the road as we were entering the main part of the park before we reached the campground.
As they say a picture is worth 1K of words, so will post why we departed only after 3 days 2 nights. Hint ...low temps predicted to be between 12F and 19F!!!! Scamps are not that well insulated LOL.