Starting out at Buffalo, we stayed at the Hampton Inn & Suites. It is a very nice place to stay & reasonable. Before we left town we visited the Jim Gatchell Memorial Museum & the Occidental Hotel. Then we headed for Yellowstone, taking Hwy 16, the Cloud Peak Highway. It was early June and we could see lots of snow on the Big Horn Mountains. We have been to Wyoming many times, and have taken different routes. This one is easier & very beautiful. And the road is in good shape & there are guard rails where they are needed.
The 1st high pass will you encounter is Powder River. Nearby we saw some big Mule Deer bucks, bounding with their usual spring legged hop. We stopped by Meadowlark Lake which is part of the Bighorn National Forest; there are toilets here that are clean. This lovely little lake is a nice place to breath in the fresh mountain air.
As we headed towards Ten Sleep, there were excellent views of the Ten Sleep Canyon. It was carved by Glaciers 250,000 years ago. You will want to stop and take some photos. You will see all colors here, red, white, grey, black & more. We stopped by the Leigh Creek Monument. It is about 9 miles east of Ten Sleep. It was in memory of a man who fell to his death in 1889.
We stopped by the Ten Sleep welcome center & museum. Take time to check this out. It is run with donations. Ask about the Spring Creek Raid.
Then he headed towards Cody. We enjoyed stopping at the towns on the way. Everyone was so friendly. Try to not be in such a hurry. There is a lot to see on this route.
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