Friday, September 7, 2012

Bighorn National Forest - 09/07/12

We departed Yellowstone National Park at 11:20 a.m., on a beautiful sunny and chilly morning with the temperature in the 30’s. Our next destination is Devils Tower National Monument in Devils Tower, Wyoming.

Our planned route will take us out through the east entrance of Yellowstone National Park. We will travel east on US-14 across Wyoming to north on WY-24 to Devils Tower.

The road to the east entrance of Yellowstone National Park took us through Sylvan Pass at an elevation 8,559 feet. The eastbound descent is about a 1,500 foot drop in elevation in 6 miles. It is a steady 6-7% descent for about 4-1/2miles. The last 1-1/2 miles before reaching the park exit are about a 5-6% grade with rolling hills. Driving through this pass gave us an opportunity to sharpen our mountain driving skills while pulling a trailer!

We were pleased we had made the decision to exit through the east entrance of the park. Once outside of the park this route took us through scenic mountain vistas, rolling hills and vast valley’s dotted with numerous lakes and rivers.

Our original plan was to spend the night at a Walmart in Sheridan, Wyoming. However, at around 6:30 p.m. we were traveling through the Bighorn National Forest, some miles west of Dayton, Wyoming, when we happened to come upon the Sibley Lakes Campground that was located within this forest. Since it was getting late and Sheridan was about 70 miles away we decided to spend the night at this campground. There were several other campers already there, so we felt secure camping there and spent a restful night. It got quite cold tonight, but we were quite comfortable in the sleeping bag we use on our bed for cold nights.

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