North Fork at Shoshone River scenic route is a short drive at only 52 miles; however it packs in quite the views in a short amount of time. The North Fork scenic route completes #5 of my quest to complete all 300 of National Geographic's 300 Scenic Highways & Byways.
North Fork on Shoshone River
Leaving from the East entrance of Yellowstone and the snow covered mountains, I dropped down in elevation to sunny skies and warmer temperatures. Driving from forested views to tall rock canyon cliffs lined with juniper, I followed the Shoshone River to the Buffalo Bill Reservoir and then to the Buffalo Bill Dam.
I've tried to show these massive rock canyons in the video, but it's hard to really understand the magnitude unless you're there in person.
There are plenty of areas to pull off to the side of the road and stare out at these impressive views.
At the Buffalo Bill Reservoir, I stood in awe at the snow covered peaks at Yellowstone, far off in the distance, then closer in, the canyon walls of North Fork, and then the greenish water of Buffalo Bill Reservoir.
Out here in these lands, straight out of a Western movie, I always imagine the first people who came across these lands and how awe struck they must have been. I imagine then that the beauty was a bit different with untouched wildnerness, no roads, no man-made dams, no tidy trails created for us to hike.
The land was raw. Can you imagine what that must have been like?
After completing my quest #5, North Fork on the Shoshone, from the National Geographic 300 Scenic Highways & Byways book, I drove into Cody, Wyoming for some overnighting at Walmart – my first of many Walmart boondocking experiences.
Unfortunately the WiFi at Walmart wasn't so great and my hotspot, the Verizon Mifi, wasn't getting a strong cell phone signal so off I went around town – first trying to find free WiFi and giving up – then searching for a better cell signal.
After an hour of running around town – with my cell phone pointed in all directions when driving – I found a great signal at the Buffalo Bill Visitor Center and Museum in town.
What a find. There was no free WiFi; however the signal was great, the landscape was beautiful and it had an RV and bus parking area with a beautiful park area to sit in the grass and have lunch and let Lily run around.
I ended up staying here for several days to get some work done, rest a bit from driving, and catch up on some sleep.
The Walmart was jam packed full of other RVers and the landscape couldn't be better with the North Fork canyons in the backdrop, large grassy lawns to pull up to and drop the awning, and relax in a chair outside.
There was only one problem. It was starting to get hot.
The further I moved East, the worse it was getting and my generator is acting up. I'm not sure what's wrong with it, but it's idling high and then puttering out.
The RV is under warranty so I'll need to take it in once I get all warranty items repaired.
I'm curious if anybody has ever found some great boondocking spots over here in this area? I'm just learning how to find spots, but I also need an Internet connection for work during the week.
Overnights & Places Visited
Place: North Fork at Shoshone River & Walmart Boondocking
RV Accessibility: No issues for any size RV
Cell Phone Signal Strength: Walmart WiFi didn't work and Verizon cell signal was non existent until I pulled into Buffalo Bill Visitor Center where it was very strong.
Park Pass: N/A
City/State: Cody, Wyoming
Video/Audio Equipment Used
Sony A6000 Camera – For most still images and vlogging
Sony Action Cam FDRX3000 – For dash cam and walking/talking video
Joby Gorillapod – Used for holding the cameras as a tripod or mounting to just about anything to capture a shot.