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Old 09-24-2017, 04:45 PM   #1
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Planning our 2018 trip out west to Glacier. Looking for input and ideas from anyone who has been there. Plan to stay in Columbia Falls on the west side of park. Traveling from TN so this will be a 2000 mile trip each way. Glacier has been on my bucket list and I think I'm gonna get there. What can I expect as far as terrain in Montana? Steep mountains and grades? Must see places to see? Last year we went to Colorado and my truck and trailer pulled fine so I'm hoping for the same this year.
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Old 09-25-2017, 07:11 AM   #2
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If you have the time go through South Dakota and spend a few days in The Black Hills. Mt. Rushmore is the tip of the iceberg. There is so much to see and do, people buy summer homes there. Then go by Devil's Tower and on to Badlands
N P. Then you can stop at Wall Drugs for some kitsch and spend a day at Custer Battlefield N M. Last year we went from there to Yellowstone and Grand Teton N P's (highly recommended but maybe too much to include with Glacier) but you would presumably continue NW to Glacier. I personally wouldn't rush The Black Hills and so would probably save it for another trip if I couldn't give it at least a week. The others (obviously not Yellowstone and Grand Teton) can be done a day or less each if you press it although that's not ideal. Bottom line I think is if you have two weeks, skip Black hills for another time and do the rest but if you are not rushed this could be an awesome 6 week trip.
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Forgot to mention, roads are fine, mostly Interstate. I would avoid E. Yellowstone entrance with towable. Can't say about Glacier.
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Old 09-25-2017, 11:43 AM   #4
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We were in Glacier in August and thought it was amazing. From home we went up to I-94 across North Dakota to Teddy Roosevelt N.P. then across Montana on highway 2 which takes you right to West Glacier. Stayed at Glacier campground about a mile from West Glacier. Lots to see around McDonald Lake and Apgar areas. Going to the sun road is a must see. Would recommend a Red Bus tour. From Glacier we went to Red Lodge, Montana to drive the Beartooth Pass, another amazing area. Then on to Devil's Tower in Wyoming and ended up in the Black Hills for a week with our kids. Always enjoy the Hills. Have a save trip.
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Old 09-25-2017, 11:55 AM   #5
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Went last fall. Stayed on east side, entered from Canada. Quite side of park.
Good restaurant, friendly staff. We enjoyed hiking and boat rides on lake.
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Re the roads, if you were fine in Colorado, you should be fine elsewhere from a grade/slope concern in the rest of the US. CO seems to be the benchmark. In fact, the stretch from Denver to Eisenhower Pass on 70 is one of the frequently used roads for tow comparisons.

Sounds like a long but very cool trip.

I don't know if I am going to get to Yellowstone or Glacier next year, but we are planning on SD for a long weekend to hit
BlackHills Forest
Badlands
Rushmore

All of which COULD BE on your way there or home.
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The 7th Ranch

If you are still planning your trip, look at the 7th Ranch RV Park. I have stayed there several time on my way to Montana. Nice people run the place, campsites are small but well kept. Call in advance to be sure to get a spot. They fill up all season. Right off I 90 very close to Little Big Horn.
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Old 11-29-2017, 05:03 PM   #8
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If you are still planning your trip, look at the 7th Ranch RV Park. I have staid there several time on my way to Montana. Nice people run the place, campsites are small but well kept. Call in advance to be sure to get a spot. They fill up all season. Right off I 90 very close to Little Big Horn.
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I second 7th Ranch. It's a great place and about the only place. Also the only place that ever gave me a huckleberry ice cream sandwich at check in!
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