Trying to finalize plans for family of 4 (with 12 and 10 year old) for our June/July trip. We are doing the loop from Denver to Black Hills, YNP, GTNP and RMNP.
Does this work?
Day 1 - Arrive Denver 3pm and drive to Lusk, WY, stay in Lusk.
Day 2 - Lusk, WY to Badlands, drive loop & see sunset, Stay in Wall at Frontier Cabins.
Day 3 - Minuteman Tour if we did not get in on Day 2 then onto Mt Rushmore, stay in Keystone - KbarS lodge.
Day 4 - Custer State Park, Crazy Horse and pm light show, stay in Keystone (or drive onto Deadwood to save time for Day 5?)
Day 5 - Drive to Deadwood (see town, Saloon 10, cemetery)
Spearfish Canyon and see falls
Stop at Vore Jump, Sundance Kid
Devils Tower to hike around base
Then onto Buffalo, stay at Occidental
Enough time for this day?
Day 6 - From Buffalo, drive to Red Lodge and then to Cody. Question.....should we stay in Red Lodge this night and drive Beartooth next day, or do we have time to drive on Beartooth Hwy/Chief Joseph to Cody on this same day?
Day 7 - Cody - (depends on day 6)
Day 8 - Cody - See museum & rodeo
Day 9 - YNP - Canyon Lodge
Day 10 - YNP - Canyon Lodge
Day 11 - YNP - OF Inn
Day 12 - YNP/GTNP - stay at Snow King
Day 13 - GTNP - stay at Snow King
Day 14 - GTNP - stay at Snow King
Day 15 - Drive to Rawlins and see prison, then onto Estes Park - too long day?
Day 16 - Stay Estes Park, Drive Trail Ridge Road
Day 17 - Fly home
Thanks for any suggestions on time, routes, must sees, hotels, etc!