Note: This schedule is preliminary and it is subject to change at any time up until the start of the event while activities are finalized. The final schedule will be made available to all TT West 2018 attendees at the event. Also, the distances listed are approximate and can change due to weather, road construction and/or other unforeseen circumstances, so please view these distances as best estimates.
Two separate optional activities are offered. The first is an afternoon 40 mile round trip drive to Bogus Basin Recreation Area. As you can see on the map, the road has lots of twisties. At Bogus Basin we will have the opportunity to ride the ski lift up the mountain and then ride a downhill coaster. Cost is about $15 per person if you want to do the ride and the fee will be collected in cash when you receive your registration packets. At the end of the drive, we will have a cook-out BBQ.
You do not have to register for the Bogus Basin drive to attend the BBQ. That is, the Bogus Basin drive and BBQ are separate optional events so late arrivals to Boise can bypass the drive go directly to the BBQ. Food, soft drinks, and margaritas will be provided. Attendees to the BBQ are encouraged to bring a 6 pack of your home town craft beer to swap.
1:30 - 2:15 Early TT West 2018 sign-in session in the parking lot at 2596 N Bogus Basin Drive near the Café Capri
2:15 - 2:30 Drivers meeting
2:30 - 3:15 Leave for Bogus Basin
3:15 - 5:00 Arrive at Bogus Basin
5:00 - 6:00 Leave Bogus Basin
6:00 Arrive at BBQ
6:00 - 8:00 BBQ ends
Distance: 40 miles (approximately)
Weather - Avg Temps High/Low: Boise 82°F/54°F (current)
More twisties as we drive to Ketchum/Sun Valley, Idaho via ID 21 through Stanley. Stop in Idaho City, Idaho for Lunch. Potential stop at Stanley Lake and Redfish Lake for photos. Stop in Stanley, Idaho for a break, then on to Galena summit. Drive ends in Ketchum/Sun Valley, Idaho.
Many thanks to Audi Boise for hosting the start of TT West this year!
8:00 - 9:30 TT West 2018 sign-in session at Audi Boise, 8400 Franklin Road, Boise, ID 83709
9:30 - 9:45 Formal thanks to Audi Boise team and group photos
9:45 - 10:00 Driver's meeting
10:00 - 11:00 Depart Audi Boise
11:00 - 12:30 Arrive Idaho City, Idaho for Lunch
12:30 - 2:30 Depart Idaho City, Idaho
2:30 - 3:30 Arrive Stanley, Stanley Lake, and Redfish Lake for group photos
3:30 - 5:00 Arrive at Hotel Ketchum, 600 North Main Street, Ketchum, Idaho
Distance: 200 miles (approximately)
Leave Sun Valley, Idaho for the village of West Yellowstone, Montana. West Yellowstone has many hotels and restaurants and is at the west entrance to Yellowstone National Park. There will be a stop at the Craters of the Moon National Monument lava fields. Lunch in Rexburg, Idaho. The host hotel is the Three Bear Lodge at 217 Yellowstone Avenue in West Yellowstone, Montana, but the location is also convenient to those who wish to stay at the Yellowstone National Park facilities at Old Faithful.
8:00 - 8:15 Drivers meeting at Hotel Ketchum
8:15 - 9:15 Ketchum, Idaho to Craters of the Moon Visitor Center
9:15 - 10:45 Group drive of Craters of the Moon National Monument
10:45 - 12:30 Craters of the Moon to Rexburg, Idaho
12:30 - 2:00 Rexburg, Idaho for lunch and refuel
2:00 - 3:15 Rexburg, Idaho to West Yellowstone, Montana
3:15 Arrive in West Yellowstone and at the Three Bears Lodge
Distance: 250 miles (approximately)
Starting from West Yellowstone, we travel to the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, Montana via the scenic and twisty route US 191 through the Gallatin River Canyon ("A River Runs Through It" was filmed here!). Lunch will be near the Museum.
We then travel a short distance east to see and learn about grizzly bears at the Montana Grizzly Encounter just east of Bozeman. We return to West Yellowstone through the Yellowstone National Park north entrance (US 89) at Gardiner, Montana.
8:00 - 8:15 Driver Meeting at Three Bears Lodge
8:15 - 10:00 West Yellowstone to Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, lunch
12:30 - 1:00 Bozeman to the Montana Grizzly Encounter
1:00 - 2:30 Explore the Montana Grizzly Encounter
2:30 - 3:45 Montana Grizzly Encounter to Yellowstone NP Albright Visitor Center
3:45 - 4:15 Yellowstone NP Albright Visitor Center
4:15 - 5:30 Visitor Center to West Yellowstone, arrive at Three Bears Lodge
Distance: 220 miles (approximately)
Today participants will be on-their-own to explore Yellowstone National Park. The main roads in the park form a large figure "8", also known as the Grand Loop. We covered part of the top loop yesterday, but there is just so much to see in Yellowstone National Park and many have come up with "if you only have a day" tours. Early risers can go to the Lamar Valley east of Tower Junction for wildlife viewing. We recommend touring the lower part of the loop in the Lower and Upper Geyser Basins area which includes Old Faithful and other iconic hot springs and geysers.
We drive through Yellowstone National park via the lower portion of the "8" to the park's south entrance (there will be no stops in Yellowstone) and then stop at the Visitor Center in Colter Bay Village for its excellent Native American Museum. Then on to lunch at Jackson Lake Lodge. Finally, there is lots more to see in the Grand Teton National Park where we will stop at the Signal Lake Lodge and the Jenny Lake Visitor Center. The day ends in downtown Jackson, Wyoming. We then end the TT West 2018 event with a farewell group dinner in Jackson.
8:15 - 8:30 Driver Meeting at Three Bears Lodge
8:30 - 10:30 West Yellowstone to Colter Bay Visitor Center
10:30 - 11:30 Colter Bay Visitor Center
11:30 - 11:45 Colter Bay Visitor Center to Jackson Lake Lodge
11:45 - 1:15 Lunch at Jackson Lake Lodge
1:15 - 3:30 Jackson Lake Lodge through Grand Teton National Park to Jackson
3:30 Arrive Elk Country Inn, 480 West Pearl Street, Jackson, Wyoming
5:30 Group dinner in Jackson, location TBD
Distance: 130 miles (approximately)
Folks going west might explore WY 22 out of Jackson to Victor, Idaho. It is a challenging road with a steep 8-10% grade mountain road. Then continue on to Idaho Falls, Idaho.
For those heading east, the drive out of the east entrance of Yellowstone National Park is fantastic and the Buffalo Bill Center complex that contains multiple museums in Cody, Wyoming is the best in the world for western history, Native American history, and firearms. Plan at least half a day for the museums, they are huge.
For those heading south, Route 89 is very scenic and the Olympic Park in Park City, Utah offers some novel summer experiences (like tubing down a ski jump!).