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Making a trip out to Montana - Some Q's

Discussion in 'North West' started by Kanikas, Mar 20, 2013.

  1. Kanikas

    Kanikas [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Hey all, my spring break starts this coming week, and I'm going to take a roadtrip up to Montana. The original plan was to leave from El Paso Saturday morning, on to Denver, spend the night at a cousin's place, then make the rest of the drive to Glacier National Park. However, another friend of mine in Salt Lake City wants to go, so the route changed from El Paso > SLC > Montana/Glacier. Either way, it's about a 23/24 hour drive.

    I was just wondering if any Montanan's or people that have visited can recommend places to visit, eat, sleep and magnificent sights. Also, any tips on what to expect on the roads, weather, clothing I should take for the area/climate. Keep in mind, I'm a man born and raised in the desert, so I will be in for a bit of a change (we have mountains, forests and a cold climate a few hours from me, but I still want to be fully prepared.) I just want to experience Big Sky Country - I've always been fascinated with Montana.

    I want to take my Tacoma, but it's a PreRunner, and I think that might pose a problem higher up north. If the roads/terrain require 4wd, I can just take my diesel, but if it's doable in the Taco, I'd rather that.

    Thanks in advance for any help :D
     
  2. MTgirl

    MTgirl too many frogs, not enough princes...

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    What were you planning on doing in Glacier?

    The road looks like this right now:

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    Access to the park is very limited in the winter as the only road is not plowed and won't be plowed until sometime in June.

    Any travel within the park would be limited to cross country skis and snowshoes
     
  3. Kanikas

    Kanikas [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Oh dang, I guess Glacier is on hold :( Honestly, I just wanted a good escape for spring break, and I wanted to make Montana my destination. I haven't looked into it much (at all :eek:), but I would still like to make the trip there. Glacier was just an idea, but I want to make the drive through Utah, Idaho and on into Montana.
     
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    MTgirl too many frogs, not enough princes...

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    here you go, lots of backroads and two lane highways. everything is plowed and maintained. the weather and roads can change in a heartbeat though

    http://goo.gl/maps/913R9

    from SLC head to Pocatello, Salmon, Missoula, Kalispell, Seeley Lake, Avon, Helena, Townsend, Three Forks, Belgrade, West Yellowstone, Island Park, Driggs, Jackson, Idaho Falls, SLC
     
  5. Kanikas

    Kanikas [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Wow, that's a great outline! I'll follow that route and check out as much as I can, thank you!
     
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    Waaaay too much for one week. You'll spend all your time just getting from place to place.

    1,000 + miles?


    This time of year I'd stick with Utah/Az - save Montana/Idaho for June/July



     
  7. Kanikas

    Kanikas [OP] Well-Known Member

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    It will be a long trip, I agree. It's mostly a trip for the drive, and to see some new scenery. How frozen is Idaho and Montana right now, or is the weather okay?
     
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    its off and on snow right now in bozeman, one day its 45 and sunny and the next morning it will be snowing
     
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    I havent been up there, im just going to school in bozeman so i dont know where any trails are :( ive tried to look some up and found flathead pass, where in wshington are you from?
     
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    Nice! where is it in northbend, im sure ive been up there but theres a lot of little trails around there, ive been wanting to go check out flathead lake but im gonna wait till the weather warms up
     
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    oh yeah i know exactly where you are now, exit 38 i go up there all the time theres a lot of good downhill mountain bike trails up there
     
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