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The last week of July I made a trip back to my home state of Wyoming. I left early Saturday morning and made my way to Marble Falls, TX where I met a forum member to part with my father's old warn winch and then proceeded another 9 hours to Colorado Springs for the night. The next morning I got up early to head to my first camp spot for the trip North of Dubois in the Shoshone National Forest. I of course had to stop at the border and take the obligatory state line photo.

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I ended up at a place my father showed me when I was probably 5 or 6 and I spent the night there. Unfortunately the smoke from the wildfires in the states further west made the view a little hazy, but this place is so peaceful and relaxing that I didn't stay disappointed too long.

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The next morning I got up and made my way back down to Dubois but I took my time exploring some other side trails on the way.

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I aired back up in Dubois and grabbed some fuel and then headed over the mountain via Union Pass on my way to the only Jeep Badge of Honor Trail in Wyoming, Monument Ridge. With it being so dry, this trail was not at all challenging and the views were again hindered by the smoke, but I'm still glad I took the time to run it while I was in the area. The fire tower at the top was also a cool place to have lunch.

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After lunch I made my way over to Jackson and and Grand Teton National Park. I attempted to drive the old Snake River Road in the park, but unfortunately they have closed it to motorized use before you make it down to the river. I then made my way up into the National Forest along Gros Ventre Rd. I found a very underwhelming spot to camp for the night, but it was dark and I was tired so all I really needed was a place to park and sleep so it worked out fine.

The next morning I got up and made my way to the famous Mormon Row to take the photo everyone takes of the Moulton Barn. Once again the wildfire smoke really dulled the photo, but its a must see anyway.

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After that, I had most of the day to kill before having to be back in Jackson to pick up my wife at the airport so I went down to Alpine along the Greys River to another spot my father and I used to go when I was younger.

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After enjoying a few hours along the river I headed back towards Jackson to check in to the AirBnB we had reserved for the remainder of the week and get a much needed shower. After checking in and relaxing for awhile I made a quick trip up to Phillips Ridge above Teton Village. This was a very fun road and I was in the right place at the right time to help a couple mountain bikers with some water as they had not brought enough for their ride.

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Next stop was the Jackson airport to pick up my wife. I was sitting at one of the scenic turnouts as her plane was landing so I snapped a pic for the heck of it.

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The next morning we got up and made a day trip up to Yellowstone. We tried to avoid the main attractions and hit the less popular areas that we hadn't seen before on this trip.

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The last couple days were spent enjoying Grand Teton National park and Jackson.

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I then made a long and rainy drive back to Texas over the next two days. The trip was pretty epic and while I didn't get to do any serious wheeling, I did get some dirt on the tires and put it in 4 low. Now for the planning for next year's adventure. I am trying to decide if I want to make another trip to Wyoming to make a trek up the Morrison switchbacks, head to Moab, or head to California to attempt the Rubicon trail.
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I am trying to decide if I want to make another trip to Wyoming to make a trek up the Morrison switchbacks,
Is that road open clear to highway 212 (beartooth highway) still? Back in the day from 212 used to be able to turn to the south right at long lake, cutting between rainbow and chain lakes, follow that past sawtooth and you'd find yourself at the top of the switchbacks. I used to do a lot of camping up in that area. Kind of quit though, I really like it there but it's so popular and I feel like they keep making it more and more restrictive up there (probably for good reason). Do most of my camping in the bighorns these days. Going up Morrison, camping around sawtooth area, then heading out via red lodge sounds like a pretty good weekend to me.
 
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Is that road open clear to highway 212 (beartooth highway) still? Back in the day from 212 used to be able to turn to the south right at long lake, cutting between rainbow and chain lakes, follow that past sawtooth and you'd find yourself at the top of the switchbacks. I used to do a lot of camping up in that area. Kind of quit though, I really like it there but it's so popular and I feel like they keep making it more and more restrictive up there (probably for good reason). Do most of my camping in the bighorns these days. Going up Morrison, camping around sawtooth area, then heading out via red lodge sounds like a pretty good weekend to me.
I believe it is, but I am not 100% certain. That is definitely something I will be checking into if I decide that is where I'm headed next year. I do know that the Jeep Jamboree has been doing a Beartooth Adventure the last few years and they do the Morrison as part of it so at least part of it is open for use.
 

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What a great trip.
Thanks for time and effort for posting this up.
Any issues with the Jeep along the way or off road?
 
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What a great trip.
Thanks for time and effort for posting this up.
Any issues with the Jeep along the way or off road?
No issues with the Jeep, it performed flawlessly.
 

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Thanks for taking the time to post. It brings back memories of my geology field camp time in college, where we hit many of the same spots you did (Jackson, Tetons, Yellowstone less visited areas, Gros Ventre slide) as well as one of mine and my wife's better backpacking trips in the Tetons. I love that area.
 

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Going to write these down as a high level reference. Love posts like this. Are there any specific names to the trails and locations to reference? Awesome post and thanks for sharing this.
 

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Looks like a great trip, thanks for sharing!
If you're open to an add for your next years trip let me know. I told my wife I wanted to try Moab next year.
 

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The last week of July I made a trip back to my home state of Wyoming. I left early Saturday morning and made my way to Marble Falls, TX where I met a forum member to part with my father's old warn winch and then proceeded another 9 hours to Colorado Springs for the night. The next morning I got up early to head to my first camp spot for the trip North of Dubois in the Shoshone National Forest. I of course had to stop at the border and take the obligatory state line photo.

D896705F-CD51-4CBB-9B96-2F6E8C9D033E.jpeg


I ended up at a place my father showed me when I was probably 5 or 6 and I spent the night there. Unfortunately the smoke from the wildfires in the states further west made the view a little hazy, but this place is so peaceful and relaxing that I didn't stay disappointed too long.

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The next morning I got up and made my way back down to Dubois but I took my time exploring some other side trails on the way.

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I aired back up in Dubois and grabbed some fuel and then headed over the mountain via Union Pass on my way to the only Jeep Badge of Honor Trail in Wyoming, Monument Ridge. With it being so dry, this trail was not at all challenging and the views were again hindered by the smoke, but I'm still glad I took the time to run it while I was in the area. The fire tower at the top was also a cool place to have lunch.

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After lunch I made my way over to Jackson and and Grand Teton National Park. I attempted to drive the old Snake River Road in the park, but unfortunately they have closed it to motorized use before you make it down to the river. I then made my way up into the National Forest along Gros Ventre Rd. I found a very underwhelming spot to camp for the night, but it was dark and I was tired so all I really needed was a place to park and sleep so it worked out fine.

The next morning I got up and made my way to the famous Mormon Row to take the photo everyone takes of the Moulton Barn. Once again the wildfire smoke really dulled the photo, but its a must see anyway.

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After that, I had most of the day to kill before having to be back in Jackson to pick up my wife at the airport so I went down to Alpine along the Greys River to another spot my father and I used to go when I was younger.

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After enjoying a few hours along the river I headed back towards Jackson to check in to the AirBnB we had reserved for the remainder of the week and get a much needed shower. After checking in and relaxing for awhile I made a quick trip up to Phillips Ridge above Teton Village. This was a very fun road and I was in the right place at the right time to help a couple mountain bikers with some water as they had not brought enough for their ride.

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Next stop was the Jackson airport to pick up my wife. I was sitting at one of the scenic turnouts as her plane was landing so I snapped a pic for the heck of it.

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The next morning we got up and made a day trip up to Yellowstone. We tried to avoid the main attractions and hit the less popular areas that we hadn't seen before on this trip.

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The last couple days were spent enjoying Grand Teton National park and Jackson.

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I then made a long and rainy drive back to Texas over the next two days. The trip was pretty epic and while I didn't get to do any serious wheeling, I did get some dirt on the tires and put it in 4 low. Now for the planning for next year's adventure. I am trying to decide if I want to make another trip to Wyoming to make a trek up the Morrison switchbacks, head to Moab, or head to California to attempt the Rubicon trail.
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I’ve stayed in Alpine during the winter and that was one of the most memorable trips of my life. Wyoming is a beautiful state. Thanks for sharing!
 

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Very nice, I'm definitely looking forward to these types of trips. Looks like a great time. I would have had to stop & fished in those lakes & rivers.

Nice Jeep too, makes me wish I would have gotten a painted top & fenders on my JLUR. They look nice with the JL, especially in Sting Gray.
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Going to write these down as a high level reference. Love posts like this. Are there any specific names to the trails and locations to reference? Awesome post and thanks for sharing this.
I found most of the trails via a book titled "Wyoming Backroads - An Off-Highway Guide to Wyoming's Backcountry Drives, 4WD Routes, and ATV Trails" as well as from memory of where my dad and I used to go. Other than the badge of honor trail (Monument Ridge) I just know the names as the route titles from that book. As far as locations, I was around Dubois, Alpine, and Jackson with the side trip over to Monument Ridge where I took Union Pass. I didn't get any photos on Union pass due to my camera battery being dead, but that is a beautiful drive. It is very bumpy though, you will make your life and back much happier if you air down going over that route. It is not technical at all, just very bumpy.

Looks like a great trip, thanks for sharing!
If you're open to an add for your next years trip let me know. I told my wife I wanted to try Moab next year.
I would definitely be open to having another Jeep along.

Thanks for taking the time to post. It brings back memories of my geology field camp time in college, where we hit many of the same spots you did (Jackson, Tetons, Yellowstone less visited areas, Gros Ventre slide) as well as one of mine and my wife's better backpacking trips in the Tetons. I love that area.
I'm glad that this brought back some fond memories for you.
 

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Great memories. Thank you for sharing them. 😎
 
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