|Toyota T-100 on Blacktail Plateau Rd|
Old Gardiner Road also is a high-clearance, 2WD road. It begins behind Mammoth Hotel, and ends at the park entrance station not far from historic Roosevelt Arch. The road's views extend from Mammoth Hot Springs to the south down into the canyon of the Gardiner River, and north into the wilds of the Gallatin Range.
Blacktail Plateau Road is open June to September. It begins about 9.4 miles east of Mammoth Hot Springs, and about mid-way on the road between Mammoth and Tower Junction. Old Gardiner Road is open May to October. However, both are closed to vehicles after rain or snowstorms.
|Old Gardiner Road|
In past years, I've driven Blacktail Plateau Road and had it to myself. This time, however, I was surprised by how much traffic there was, including passenger cars slowly making their way over loose roadbed rocks. I saw no one else on Old Gardiner Road, however.
|Summit of Old Gardiner Road|
|Kawasaki KLR @ Roosevelt Arch|
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