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Getting to Jackson from Denver

post #1 of 24
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MapQuest has it at 8.5 hours?  Is it really that long?

 

Also, I'm seeing flying up there is close to $500 RT.  Sounds crazy expensive.

post #2 of 24
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Originally Posted by wasatchwarrior View Post
 

MapQuest has it at 8.5 hours?  Is it really that long?

 

Also, I'm seeing flying up there is close to $500 RT.  Sounds crazy expensive.

 

Longer, when you factor in gas stops, food stops, etc.

 

Piece it out. You start with a drive that is equivalent to driving from Denver to Pueblo to get to I-80, then a drive that is longer than driving from Denver to Grand Junction (Cheyenne to Rock Springs), and then once you hit US 191, you have basically that same drive AGAIN (Rock Springs to Jackson), only this time on a rural highway instead of interstate. Also, its almost certainly night once you hit that stretch and the last thing in the world you want to do is tag a deer, elk, or bear 80 miles from the nearest 100 person "town" in Winter in the middle of the night (and trust me, with that drive at night chances are you will have evasive maneuvers on at least ONE of those).

 

I would plan on around an 11 hour drive, if you only stop for gas and bathroom.

post #3 of 24
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Originally Posted by wasatchwarrior View Post
 

MapQuest has it at 8.5 hours?  Is it really that long?

 

Also, I'm seeing flying up there is close to $500 RT.  Sounds crazy expensive.

Flying from where?  Have you considered flying to SLC and driving to JH from there?

post #4 of 24

11 hr?? No, we made it in 8.5 with three stops for gas (fun car to drive, bad gas mileage) and one stop to receive a speeding ticket. Almost all daylight driving, and good weather (weather is the big one).

 

Frontier starts flying there in February, on a limited basis, but it's cheaper. Flights every Wed and Sun, 2/12 through 4/6, for $244.

post #5 of 24
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Sounds awful. Flying sounds better, if I can find a decent rate.
post #6 of 24
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How far is SLC from Jackson?
I'm trying to fly from Denver.

Thx for the Frontier heads up. That would work much better.
post #7 of 24
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Originally Posted by wasatchwarrior View Post

How far is SLC from Jackson?
I'm trying to fly from Denver.

Thx for the Frontier heads up. That would work much better.

It's 4 or 5 hr, isn't it? Kind of silly, the whole trip would take longer, and you'd have to spend money on a rent car....

 

Flying is quick and easy. I am trying to remember if the other airlines matched Frontier's rates last year; I think it was the first year Frontier flew there, maybe the second.

post #8 of 24

From my experiences driving to Yellowstone many times, it is one of those drives that even in the summer, you travel slower and slower as you get closer. Ironically, the last time I went in July it actually snowed.

post #9 of 24
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Originally Posted by wasatchwarrior View Post

How far is SLC from Jackson?
I'm trying to fly from Denver.

Thx for the Frontier heads up. That would work much better.

Flying from Denver to SLC makes no sense.  Definitely sounds like flying to JH beats driving.

post #10 of 24
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Originally Posted by segbrown View Post
 

11 hr?? No, we made it in 8.5 with three stops for gas (fun car to drive, bad gas mileage) and one stop to receive a speeding ticket. Almost all daylight driving, and good weather (weather is the big one).

 

Frontier starts flying there in February, on a limited basis, but it's cheaper. Flights every Wed and Sun, 2/12 through 4/6, for $244.

 

You may be right, but it definitely took my longer than that (8.5) in the summer, and in the Winter, driving on sketchy roads, I would rather plan on it taking longer than trying to push it. Probably not 11 hours, though- I was thinking adding about 1.5 for gas, but my math sucks sometimes. :)

post #11 of 24
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You may be right, but it definitely took my longer than that (8.5) in the summer, and in the Winter, driving on sketchy roads, I would rather plan on it taking longer than trying to push it. Probably not 11 hours, though- I was thinking adding about 1.5 for gas, but my math sucks sometimes. :)

Guess it depends on how long you stop .. we didn't ever stop to eat (had cooler in car), and left early in am so we had lots of daylight. My speeding ticket was somewhere near Laramie, so I didn't even go that fast after that. (That was my very first speeding ticket, if you can believe it. I guess I was going 90. I didn't mean to go 90, but my husband's car has bigger tires on it than the stock, so the speedometer is a few mph off. Didn't think about that....)

post #12 of 24

Denver to Jackson is much worse than Denver to SLC.   It's pretty much the same distance, but once you get off the interstate at Rock Spring the highway to Jackson is slower and more tiring, and can take forever in bad weather.  As other have said, avoid that stretch at night.

 

Note 287 is a shortcut from Fort Collins to Laramie off the interstate.   It saves a bit of time, but I'll only take it on dry roads in daylight.

post #13 of 24
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Originally Posted by tball View Post
 

Denver to Jackson is much worse than Denver to SLC.   It's pretty much the same distance, but once you get off the interstate at Rock Spring the highway to Jackson is slower and more tiring, and can take forever in bad weather.  As other have said, avoid that stretch at night.

 

Note 287 is a shortcut from Fort Collins to Laramie off the interstate.   It saves a bit of time, but I'll only take it on dry roads in daylight.

 

No way is Denver the same distance as SLC.  I agree about the road from Rock Springs though.  It can be a great drive or a terrible drive depending on conditions.  Most of the routes from SLC can be bad in the wrong conditions to.  It takes almost as long to drive to RS as it does to SLC.

post #14 of 24
He didn't say Jackson to Denver (528 miles) was the same as Jackson to SLC, he said Denver to Jackson to was the same as Denver to SLC (534 miles).

The OP is coming from Denver anyway you cut it. Whether he decides to fly to Utah and drive to Jackson from there, or drive to Utah and skip Jackson entirely, he's still originating in Denver.
post #15 of 24
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Originally Posted by sibhusky View Post

He didn't say Jackson to Denver (528 miles) was the same as Jackson to SLC, he said Denver to Jackson to was the same as Denver to SLC (534 miles).

The OP is coming from Denver anyway you cut it. Whether he decides to fly to Utah and drive to Jackson from there, or drive to Utah and skip Jackson entirely, he's still originating in Denver.

 

I missed that.  Thanks

post #16 of 24
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Originally Posted by sibhusky View Post

He didn't say Jackson to Denver (528 miles) was the same as Jackson to SLC, he said Denver to Jackson to was the same as Denver to SLC (534 miles).

The OP is coming from Denver anyway you cut it. Whether he decides to fly to Utah and drive to Jackson from there, or drive to Utah and skip Jackson entirely, he's still originating in Denver.

 

Thanks for defending my honor sibhusky!  No hard feelings TPJ :) 

post #17 of 24
8-8.5 hours to Jackson from Boulder tack on another half- hour from Denver.
I've done this drive way too many times. Live in Jackson family in Boulder.
Best to drive only in day light get up early. Elk and deer are a major issue. My gf hit an elk visiting me in The Hobacks last winter. Use Rock Springs to refuel.
post #18 of 24

I was intending to make that drive last year...when I landed in Denver and plugged it into my GPS it said like 10 hours.

I was shocked, It was early afternoon and my GPS has been pretty accurate plus i had thought I would be able to go

85 mph most of the way but there are speed traps everywhere (in Co anyway). Stayed in Co and went to Steamboat and then

Telluride chasing a storm, just go where the snow is!!

 

I did the drive from SLC to Jackson once and it wasn't bad, avoid Teton pass.

post #19 of 24

I just made the trip last Thursday/Friday (I was actually coming from Missoula). A few things I noticed:

 

1. It's beautiful...perhaps one of the prettiest places I've seen...until it got dark.

2. If I were you, I'd just write down "10hrs" and be happy with that...if you get there faster, so be it.

3. Check the weather. I was driving at night and it started snowing. I was traveling the interstate at 30-35mph (as were semi's)...and I was terrified.

4. There are Wyoming State Police along the way. They will stop you. I was only going 63 in a 55 and got stopped...luckily, I only got a warning...and didn't speed after that.

 

Now that I did it, it was a pretty cool experience, but I'm not sure I'd do it again...especially if there's a chance of snow.


Edited by Smartyiak - 10/23/13 at 6:30am
post #20 of 24
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Originally Posted by RadRutlander View Post
 

I was intending to make that drive last year...when I landed in Denver and plugged it into my GPS it said like 10 hours.

I was shocked, It was early afternoon and my GPS has been pretty accurate plus i had thought I would be able to go

85 mph most of the way but there are speed traps everywhere (in Co anyway). Stayed in Co and went to Steamboat and then

Telluride chasing a storm, just go where the snow is!!

 

I did the drive from SLC to Jackson once and it wasn't bad, avoid Teton pass.

 

It's smart to count on 10 hrs.  People tell me they do it in 8 sometimes, It's always taken me closer to 9-10.  I have had close encounters with large wildlife on that drive.  I once got two speeding tickets on the same trip from Jackson to Steamboat.  If you're driving between Jackson and SLC and you go over Teton Pass, you went the wrong way.  Teton Pass isn't that bad most of the time, but I am used to it and drive AWD.  Don't ride your brakes and you will be fine.

post #21 of 24

It is a brutal drive!  I have done it just about every way it can be done in both directions because of road closures.  There are a few short cuts like 287 to Laramie but, they do not save much time especially if snowing at night because you may be the only one out there.  The only thing I would recommend is to be certain that a storm is coming and get on the road before you have to worry about any night driving.  I have seen tractor trailers blown over/off interstate 80 right in front of me and had to follow them with a spotlight held out their window going 20 MPH to get into Jackson at night due to sideways snow.  If stormy coming back, 80 will most often be closed and you get a Craig/Steamboat detour at night that puts you on some exciting I-70 roads that could be treacherous prior to a bit of sleep prior to work.  It can be done at 8.5 hours if conditions permit and it can also take 12 so make sure you plan ahead.  There is nothing worse than to do this drive and have a storm miss Jackson/Targhee. 

post #22 of 24
So... how much are flights? Doesn't sound like something I personally would want to do. I've had to cross Wyoming in unexpected snow before because I have family in Denver and I no longer visit them after September unless I fly.
post #23 of 24
Thread Starter 

flights are generally between $450-$500+ in Jan, Feb and March...was hoping for something less than that.  Not sure about Frontier though. However, they only fly Wed and Sun

post #24 of 24

We live in the UK and ski in Europe but we love Yellowstone (not so impressed with SD which we did last time) and will be doing the trip for the 3rd time next June.

 

OP, I would take the flight, you couldn't pay me enough to do that drive in mid winter.

 

We have considered the drive from Denver to Jackson but can't face the thought of it even in summer, mind you we Brits think that driving 50 miles is a long way. Last June we did 1700 miles in 18 days, I wouldn't do that in 3 months at home.

 

This is what it costs for the two us to see this amazing part of the world. This sadly will have to be the last time, the pension is rapidly diminishing.

 

Manchester to Denver return flights $2360

Denver to Jackson return flights $957

 

That is before we eat or sleep.

 

Take the flight.


Edited by bridges228 - 11/5/13 at 12:42am
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