Have you heard of Red Lodge, a quaint old mining town and if so, how far is that from Bozeman and Cody and is there a place to stay? Also have you heard of Colter Bay Village at Jackson Lake and if so, would you stay there? If we stayed within Yellowstone, which places are at the western entrance, is that the Bear Tree Lodge and the northern is Travelodge and Comfort Inn or would you go into the park at the east entrance and stay at the lake (we'd like to drop anchor at some points rather than move from place to place), what point is more centrally located? You are right, we will have to check car drop off rates, good point. I understand it is 8 hours by car from Jackson to Denver. So there is still a lot to consider. We looked up the Rustic Inn and that really looks nice for mid week. Still figuring this out, you have been a great help....you should be a travel agent.