How to Plan the Best Road Trip from Salt Lake City to Cody, WY

Are you are searching for breathtaking scenery, spectacular wildlife, and phenomenal outdoor recreation? If so, then it’s time to pack your bags! Your next Wild West adventure begins with a road trip from Salt Lake City to Cody, Wyoming. Are you ready to discover the great mysteries Yellowstone? Or the forgotten ghost towns of Wyoming? If so, then let’s go!

Cody, WY, is full of historic relics, beautiful mountains, and Wild West happenings. Plan your ultimate road trip from Salt Lake City to Cody, Wyoming, with the help of our free Cody, WY, Vacation Guide. Our guide includes local recommendations on top attractions, museums, historic sites, and more!

Your Road Trip from Salt Lake City to Cody, WY

Bear River State Park

Bear River State Park is encompasses over 320 acres of preserved land. Small herds of bison and elk are frequent sightings! This state park is open year-round, and is only a short trip away from Salt Lake City. Paved and packed gravel trails are available for running, walking, and biking. Bear River State Park is free to the public.

SLC to Bear River State Park distance: 1 hour & 21 minutes, 85.1 miles via I-80 E

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Fossil Butte National Monument

The fossil exhibits at the Fossil Butte visitor center are remarkable! You will find fossil fishes, insects, plants, reptiles, birds, and even mammals from the ancient Fossil Lake! This park has 6 distinct hiking trails that feature various wildlife, plants, and scenic views. There is no fee to visit Fossil Butte National Monument.

Bear River State Park to Fossil Butte distance: 57 minutes, 59.4 miles via US-189 N

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Grand Teton National Park

Filled with wildlife, pristine lakes, and alpine terrain, there is no place in the world like Grand Teton. Float along the Snake River, hike over 200 miles of mountain trails, and discover some of the most incredible wildlife in the world. The entrance fee for the park is only $30 per private noncommercial vehicle! Camping is available to visitors for an extra fee.

Fossil Butte to Grand Teton distance: 2 hours & 53 minutes, 158.4 miles via US-89 N

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Caribou-Targhee National Forest

Did you know that the Caribou-Targhee National Forest encompasses over 3 million acres of land? Here, you will find original forest lands that date back to the late 18th century.  You will also discover breathtaking mountain landscapes, valleys, rivers, and varied wildlife. Camping, hiking, and fishing are all popular activities. A pass is only $80 and will grant you access for an entire year. The annual pass admits one pass holder and up to three guests!

Grand Teton to Targhee distance: 1 hour & 51 minutes, 91 miles via US-26 W

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Yellowstone National Park (East Entrance)

Whether you are exploring the supervolcano or admiring the hot springs and geysers, there are so many mysteries to unravel at Yellowstone National Park. Hiking in Yellowstone is the experience of a lifetime, while camping and fishing are also popular activities. If you are visiting both Yellowstone and Grand Teton, a combined seven-day entrance pass is the most cost-effective option. Buy your ticket at any park entrance station for only $50 per private, non-commercial vehicle.

Targhee National Forest to Yellowstone (East): 2 hours & 51 minutes, 91.2 miles via US-20 E

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Continue Your Journey on Monster Lake Ranch

The Yellowstone East Entrance is only 90 minutes away from Cody, WY. Once you arrive in Cody, you will find Wyoming ghost towns, the Cody Nite Rodeo, Wyoming’s greatest breweries, and more. On-site horseback riding, fly-fishing, and plenty of Wild West adventure is available to you during your stay at Monster Lake Ranch. 

The Rainbow is one of our most popular rooms. The Rainbow features one living area, a king-size bed, one bathroom, and more. Guests enjoy daily breakfast at The Cutthroat Saloon, proximity to Cody’s greatest outdoor recreation, and countless special amenities. We are booking up for the spring and summer, so check our availability today. We can’t wait to host you at Monster Lake Ranch!

Looking for more great things to do on your road trip from Salt Lake City to Cody, WY? Read our blog on Wyoming’s best hiking spots.