Planning a Trip West

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  1. beaglesam

    beaglesam Active Member

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    My wife and I are planning a trip west. South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana and Colorado. We will be in Custer, SD for four or five days and then traveling to Wyoming, Montana, possibly Idaho and then back home stopping in Denver. What are our must see's and do's. Sights, museums, restaurants, anything that you think might be interesting.
     
  2. Overkill0084

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    Dip south and swing through UT on 15 and catch 70 to Denver. If you can't find stuff to see & do in the northern UT/SLC area, you just aren't trying.
     

  3. tri70

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    The Wall Drug Store, Mt Rushmore, Sturgis . Are you taking a rifle for blasting any prairie dogs?
     
  4. beaglesam

    beaglesam Active Member

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    What kind of licensing is involved with that?
     
  5. beaglesam

    beaglesam Active Member

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    Thanks that's a great suggestion.
     
  6. tri70

    tri70 New Member

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    Just small game, most land owners are looking for people to take of a problem infestation. Some land owners may charge a small fee of $20-25.
     
  7. onenut58

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    If you make it as far as Idaho I would suggest travel on I-90 across Montana into north Idaho.I don't know what your interests are but I would stop in Haugen Montana at the 10,000 dollar bar which is right off the free way and full of souveniers etc. If you like to fish Mt. has three day permits cheap and big creek the river in front of this bar is full native of trout.
    A half hour west you cross the Idaho Montana border at the top of look out pass and look down on the tiny town I grew up in and have a view of the valley like a topographical map. There is a ski lodge there as well with summer activities.
    As you go west into Idaho you will be traveling through the silver valley in the middle of the bitterroot strain of the rocky mountains. There is a small mining museum and mine tour of a under ground silver mine in wallace.
    The 20 mile ride through the valleys small towns will bring you to Kellogg Idaho where there is a gondola one of the longest in the world taking you to a peak where you can see thirty miles across the mountians , a ski lodge with all amenities and summer concerts with big name singers and bands.
    All through the area you can rent mountain bikes atv and tours into the mountians where you see wild game like elk moose bear white tail and mule deer and other critters including wolves.
    There are out fitters who will take you fishing white water rafting horse backing etc.
    If you travel 20 miles west you will cross a pass called fourth of July and drop down into a larger valley area where the town of CouerD Alene is and less wild than the silver valley. There is a lake 35 miles across the city sits by with motels beaches your wife will slap your head off for looking at the scenery.
    Right off the main street in town there is boat rental conoes kyaks jet skis float planes and paragliding.There are a couple of large tour boats that will take you around the lake as well.
    There is a large motel built out over the lake with a huge board walk around it and resturants etc. One block away is shopping in the shops on Sherman avenue.
    North is a another lake larger with out fitters who will take you fishing and rentals for boats and thing like on CDA lake. If your adventurous and want to stike out on your own back in the silver valley you can rent a atv and go hours into wilderness both north and south of the free way all on forest service public land.
    Get a map or gps.
    The pan handle of north Idaho is only 45 miles across.It is dead center of the bitterroot mountains and tons of things to see and do.Small mountain lakes to hike into and lots of game to see.
    Google up Wallace Idaho , Kellogg Idaho and CouerDAlene and sand point Idaho. I also suggest looking the area over with google earth so you can see I-90 as a scratch across a large wilderness area. You can follow I-90 from the Montana border at Mullan Idaho where I grew up to the Washington border 45 miles west where Spokane is.
    Going any further west the 350 miles to seatle from Spokane you leave the bitterroots and cross sage brush areas with huge valleys until you get to snowqualmy pass and drop into seatle area where your back in mountains and trees etc.
    If you stay east of Spokane in the silver valley area open carry is legal and common mostly whats seen are magnum revolvers and rifles and shot guns in pickup gun racks etc.No body cares if you are carrying a gun every body else has them to_Over around CouerDalene open carry is legal but not seen much because there is no danger of wild animals in the area unless you go off into the surrounding mountains and you do see in the outerlying small towns people packing guns on four wheelers etc.
    If you decide to head off in the woods on your own take a 41 or 44 magnum or a high power rifle or 12 gauge. There are a lot of bears including a rare griz and lots of black bears that run around five hundred pounds pretty common there are a lot of moose in the lower elevations and they can be a problem sometimes as well.
    Chances are slim you will encounter a problem that way but it only takes once so I would be safe rather than sorry.
    CouerDAlene has indoor and out door ranges and lots of guns stores and pawn shops.
     
  8. beaglesam

    beaglesam Active Member

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    Thanks for the info, this exactly what we are looking for. We have been looking forward to this trip for several years.
     
  9. MOshooter

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    Beaglesam there's so much to see in those states you've mentioned

    South Dakota everything tri70 mentioned along with Keystone near Mount Rushmore,needles,Deadwood,chief crazy horse monument,prairie dog hunting.and some really good trout fishing around Rapid City,and don't forget the badlands.

    Colorado's full of must see sites The Rockies,Estes Park,Pikes Peak,Garden of the Gods near Colorado Springs,Hwy. 550 known as the Million Dollar Highway in the Ouray and Silverton area,Gunnison Black Canyon,Rocky Mountain National park. I would've mentioned the Royal Gorge near Cannon city,but I believe it's burnt up after the last CO. fire.

    Wyoming Devils Tower,Yellowstone,Grand Tetons, Beartooth pass,Teton pass Hwy. and Jackson Hole Wy.
     
  10. rockratt

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    Ouray Colorado. Gods country!!! Then down 550.
     
  11. MOshooter

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    +1 I agree with that!
     
  12. hiwall

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    If you have never been to Yellowstone, it is a must see. In Cody,Wy is the Buffalo Bill Museum, it is awesome! Several other sights in Cody also. On the way go thru the Bighorn Mountains, it is a very pretty drive.
     
  13. readygirl

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    Just take lots of pics to post when you get back...full report...:)
     
  14. beaglesam

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    I looked at Ouray on Google Earth. That has possibilities. Thanks:)
     
  15. beaglesam

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    I'll do my best. Maybe I can get Anna to come along and be our official photographer.
     
  16. rockratt

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    Keep in mind this is coming from an offroad junkie but in order to see the San Juans you need to leave the pavement. There are a number of jeep rentals in Ouray and if you have the time rent one and head up into Yankee boy Basin and at least to the top of Imogene. I would recommend going over into Telluride and back. Makes for an awesome day trip. They offer guided tours as well so all you would have to do is set back and take pics to post when you get back.:D
     
  17. beaglesam

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    HW, we will be traveling from Gillette Wyoming to Cody, and crossing the Bighorns. We have two route options, North through Sheridan or south through Buffalo. Which do you think is more scenic?
     
  18. MOshooter

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    Beaglesam if you're going to be in Cody this is just up the road, Bear Tooth pass


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  19. Dearhunter

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    What a great trip, I Have hunted a lot of those areas and there will be plenty to see and do. Have fun and be safe.
     
  20. beaglesam

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    Thank you everyone for the suggestions.