We have a timeshare week in Jackson Hole for the last week in August and plan to visit the Black Hills , SD (Mt. Rushmore) enroute during the drive from Milwaukee after visiting my daughter.
As such, from the Black Hills area, I think I have to drive thru Cody and YNP to get to get to Jackson Hole - is that correct? Will I be driving on the Chief Joseph and Beartooth Highway on this route? If so, should I just stop at Cody for the night and do this drive the next day enroute to Jackson Hole.
For the second week from Aug 31-Sept 6, I booked 2 nights at Snow Lodge Cabins, followed by 1 night at Lake Lodge Cabins, night at Cody, 2 nights at Canyon Lodge Cabins, and 1 night at Mammoth Cabins. If I do Cody at the beginning of the trip, should I replace that night with one at Red Lodge? I would love to get to Lamar Valley one morning and try to spot some wildlife, is this doable from Red Lodge since Roosevelt is closed after Labor Day?
If not, any suggestions on what I should do to replace the Cody night? Would you spend an extra night at Lake or Canyon given the choice ( I need to check daily for cancellations at the Xanterra site)?
We are interested in taking our time to see all the YNP sites and doing some easy to moderate hikes up to 3 or 4 miles to see some of the awesome scenery. We did visit the Park about 10 yrs ago for 2 days - so saw only the highlights.
Thank you for your assistance.