Cowboy Country – Colorado and Wyoming
Day 1: Denver, CO to Cheyenne, WY
Collect your motorhome in Denver and make for Cheyenne, Wyoming – the capital city and gateway to Cowboy Country. Try to be there for the annual Frontier Days Festival (www.cfdrodeo.com), though you must book well in advance as the event attracts visitors from very far afield. Stop by the Terry Bison Ranch to visit the locals.
A place to stay: Camp Cheyenne
Day 2: Cheyenne, WY to Wind Cave National Park, SD
A long drive across featureless, tumbleweed strewn country. But have faith, it really is worth it once you cross into South Dakota. Visit the Mammoth Site and Evans Plunge pool in Hot Springs.
A place to stay: Elk Mountain Campground
Day 3: Wind Cave National Park to Mount Rushmore
Everyone knows of Mount Rushmore, one of America’s icons. Fewer know the Crazy Horse Memorial, a giant mountain carving of the famous Indian Chief. Please don’t miss visiting either of them! Visit dramatic Badlands National Park and, time-permitting, the site of the massacre at Wounded Knee.
A place to stay: Mount Rushmore KOA Campground
Day 4: Mount Rushmore to Devils Tower
The Deadwood Stage was comin’ on over the hill” probably carrying Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane! Don’t miss it; and enjoy a pint at the Old Franklin Hotel or even Kevin Costner’s bar…he fell in love with Deadwood when making ‘Dances with Wolves”. Close encounters of a third kind? You remember the movie? Well the location was Devils Tower. Visit Spearfish Canyon. It’s an easy loop from Deadwood on the way to Wyoming.
A place to stay: Devils Tower KOA Campground
Day 5/6: Devils Tower to Cody
This sounds like a long drive but it is mostly on the Interstate so you should be at the Buffalo Bill Historical Society in Cody shortly after lunch. It may sound boring – but please don’t miss it! You are at the gateway to Yellowstone National Park.
A place to stay: Cody Ponderosa Campground
Day 7/8: Cody to Yellowstone National Park
A stunning drive through Shoshone Canyon to the eastern entrance to Yellowstone National Park. It’s then a gentle forty miles to Grant Village and your campground. Expect occasional traffic jams. That’s when the folk ahead stop to view the wildlife. It could be a moose with its young, a bear or a group of deer. People just stop and look at interesting wildlife. Just before Grant Village, turn right to Old Faithful – so named because this geyser faithfully shoots thousands of gallons of boiling water around 150 feet into the air at predictably regular intervals through the day.
A place to Stay: Grant Village Campground
Day 9: Yellowstone to Colter Bay
22 miles further on brings you out of the South Entrance of YNP and into Grand Teton National Park. You only have to look at the Colter Bay website to see the majesty of the Grand Teton Mountains. Open June to Sept , this is not a cheap campground; but the location makes it worth it. Visit the Flagg Ranch Resort, between Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks.
A place to stay: Colter Bay RV Park
Day 10: Colter Bay to Lander
Drive away from the Grand Tetons through the Great Divide Basin to the town of Lander. On your journey you will pass through The Wind River Indian Reservation, home of the Shoshone and Arapahoe Indian Tribes. Visit Fort Washakie and the grave site of Sacajawea and Chief Washakie, the last Chief of the Shoshone Tribe.
A place to stay: Sleeping Bear RV Park
Day 11: Lander to Laramie
The name Laramie conjures up pictures of the wild-west doesn’t it? With good reason. In its early days, Laramie was such a rip-roaring railroad town that it made good sense to build the territorial prison here. At the Wyoming Territorial Park, you can still peek into cells where desperadoes such as Butch Cassidy once did their time. Visit Saratoga Hot Springs’ Hobo Pool on a loop off the freeway through the spectacular Medicine Bow National Forest.
A place to stay: Laramie Campgrounds
Day 12: Laramie to Fort Collins
For your last night on tour, you’ll be staying in Fort Collins: the town that Money Magazine once designated as the best place in the United States to live. Located in the foothills of the Colorado Rocky Mountains this is somewhere to relax after all the spectacular sites and sights of the last few days. Visit the Anheuser-Busch brewery to see their wonderful horses and sample Budweiser and you might enjoy visiting one of the several micro-breweries.
A place to stay: Fort Collins Campground
60 miles to drop off your motorhome back in Denver.