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Driving into 320 Guest Ranch, Buffalo Horn Creek Road

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Driving into 320 Guest Ranch, Buffalo Horn Creek Road

We will be driving in an SUV 4 x4 from Pocatello to 320 Guest Ranch, Buffalo Horn Creek Road on the 5th January and wondered how realistic this venture would be at this time of the year? Would be delighted to receive any advice re: route or cautions. Thank you for your help.

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Billings, Montana
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1. Re: Driving into 320 Guest Ranch, Buffalo Horn Creek Road

You always have to be careful with winter driving, but in general the road from Pocatello to where you are going is kept well-plowed. Take I-15 north from Pocatello to Idaho Falls, then head east on US Hwy 20, which will turn into US Hwy 191 when you cross into Montana. You will have to go over Targhee Pass which is near the border of Idaho and Montana. It can get nasty if you hit it in the middle of a snow storm, and it can have icy patches during the winter. Once you get to West Yellowstone, go north on Hwy 191 until you get to Buffalo Horn Creek Road. Hwy 191 is also kept plowed but can have icy spots. These roads get quite a bit of winter traffic because it is snowmobile season. I don't know what kind of experience you have driving on snowy roads, but if you just use common sense and slow down if the road is snowy or icy there should be no problem taking that route.

Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
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2. Re: Driving into 320 Guest Ranch, Buffalo Horn Creek Road

In addition to what Cathy said, here are links to the Department of Transportation websites for Idaho and Montana. Usually the Idaho ones are updated by 630 or so in the AM for people going to work. I don't generally look at the Montana site, but would guess by early AM there would be a current report up. Both sites have webcam links as well altho I don't see any webcams on 191. Both sites have a whole state map of how driving conditions are at the time, so play around with both sites before you go.

http://hb.511.idaho.gov/main.jsf#

http://www.mdt.mt.gov/travinfo/

Here is a link to a webcam in West Yellowstone. If you go to the Webcams link on that page it will also take you to links to other cams in the area. The Island Park area would be on your way from Idaho Falls to West Yellowstone.

http://www.westyellowstonenet.com/webcams/imax.php

You also would obviously check the weather locally and regionally before you set out from Pocatello. You can find Winter Weather Advisory lists and Winter Weather Warning lists of specific areas on weather.com.

Pam

Edited: 10 years ago
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