Yellowstone Ricochet

Time and Distance:  5-6 hours, including a lunch stop; 212 miles
Bozeman to Big Sky to West Yellowstone to Ennis to Norris to Bozeman
This is a pretty straightforward, and pretty, drive that starts south through the Gallatin River Canyon, past Big Sky, and edges into Yellowstone Park before entering West Yellowstone.   Watch for elk, wolves, bison, and all manner of other wildlife!  You can have lunch in West Yellowstone, or continue over Targhee Pass and north to Ennis for your snack in any of several fine restaurants.   While the trip to West Yellowstone is heavily forested, the trip up the Madison Valley to Ennis is wide open, with mountains visible to the east and west.   The highways will be open and empty.  After Ennis, a right turn at Norris will take you directly back to Bozeman.   So, if you find yourself in Bozeman with a free day, this loop is more than worth it.
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