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Stop between Denver and Cody

Hoek van Holland...
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Stop between Denver and Cody

We are planning a trip to Colorado , Wyoming and Utah in august / september this year. We will start our trip in Denver and want to go to Yellowstone from there. Cody seems to be a good place to use on our way into Yellowstone. The distance between Denver and Cody is too far for us to drive in one day.

We would like some advice on a nice place to stop in between Denver and Cody.

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1. Re: Stop between Denver and Cody

We have driven that route a couple of times. One time we stopped in Casper because the next day did not have to be in Denver until that night for our flight. The other time we stopped in Cheyenne because we had an earlier flight out of Denver.

DE's or locals who drive that route all the time will give you lots of info I am sure.

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2. Re: Stop between Denver and Cody

About what time of day will you be leaving Denver?

Hoek van Holland...
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3. Re: Stop between Denver and Cody

We will stay in Denver first after we arrive, so we will leave in the morning.

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4. Re: Stop between Denver and Cody

Denver to Cody is 500 miles and takes about 8 hours (plus stops). So if you got an early start (which should be easy due to the awful jetlag), you could be in Cody by dinnertime.

But if you'd prefer to break up the trip and stay overnight on the way, consider staying in Casper (which is half way to Cody) or in Thermopolis, which is 400 miles or 6 hours from Denver. There is not much between Casper and Thermopolis.

Casper is a big city by Wyoming standards (population: 54,000), and there are plenty of motels to choose from. There are also good restaurants and a lovely walk along the North Platt River.

Thermopolis is much smaller, but with several motels. This town is known for its hot springs and dinosaur museum.

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5. Re: Stop between Denver and Cody

Yes, you'll be up early all right but I also would not want to do a long drive like that the day after arrival. Have a good breakfast first and drive to Casper. Stock up , buy a cooler and other things you'll need for the trip and take a leisurely drive via Thermopolis to Cody next day and visit the Buffalo BIll museums in Cody. (Or next day but don't miss)

Tet

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6. Re: Stop between Denver and Cody

Just to toss out an option, but we've stayed at the Saratoga Resort in Saratoga several times. From Laramievia WY-130 you go over the very scenic Snowy Range Scenic Byway. If weather is good this is some very spectacular scenery. Saratoga has the plus of some nice odor free hot springs and the resort has some interesting stone lined, tepee covered, soaking pools. Also a pretty decent restaurant. Splitting the trip up you could be there in 4-6 hours depending on stops so have afternoon to enjoy a soak.

Then about a 5-1/2 hour drive to Cody with option for sightseeing at Independence Rock, Wind River Canyon and Thermopolis on the way.

Or, as suggested drive straight through, it's not that far. Leave early and stop in Casper (all freeway that stretch) for lunch. Main trade off is sightseeing along the way versus more time in Cody. For less driving in one day and more things to stop and see I knoew we would definitely go back to Saratoga.

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