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Old 07-19-2019, 06:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
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The wife and I will be driving it Aug. 19th. It's one of the roads I've always wanted to take, but every time I got the chance it was to early or late in the year and it was snowed in. Not worried about the drive itself, just wondering if there's cell service on the road.
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I think not. Several incidents have occured in which people were stranded on top and had to walk back to get cell service to call for help.

But the great thing is the road has been open 63 years before cell phones even existed.
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I think not. Several incidents have occured in which people were stranded on top and had to walk back to get cell service to call for help.

But the great thing is the road has been open 63 years before cell phones even existed.
I've watched a lot of videos of the road and at different points I've seen obvious antenna arrays about 20' off the side of the road. Just curious if there's cell service. We'll be driving it in the middle of the day and from the videos there's a fair amount of traffic, so not worried about getting stranded. We'll be in the wife's 2018 4Runner with 26K miles on it.
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Nope. Not unless you climb one of the peaks. There is no cell service in most of the park, and Cooke City is a dead spot.

Redlodge is hit or miss depending on where you're standing.

Real annoying thing is the xm cutting out depending on where the satellites are.
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Drove across the Beartooth Highway in September 2017. Didn't have squat for cell service until getting into Red Lodge. Found a spot to park along Broadway Avenue (US 212), near the Bank of Red Lodge, and had no problem making a call or checking email/internet. That was AT&T service.

AT&T was absolutely useless in Yellowstone. We stayed at Fishing Bridge, and saw many campers talking on their cells with Verizon. Same deal at Old Faithful.
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what the fark did you do before cells?
stay home, because you were too afraid to go outside?
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Well, for most of his youth dinosaurs were still roaming his neighborhood, so yes, I'm sure he did.




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what the fark did you do before cells?
stay home, because you were too afraid to go outside?
Walk to nearest house and ask permission to use their landline phone or walk to the nearest pay phone.
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Nope. Not unless you climb one of the peaks. There is no cell service in most of the park, and Cooke City is a dead spot.

Redlodge is hit or miss depending on where you're standing.

Real annoying thing is the xm cutting out depending on where the satellites are.
Thanks. I know about no cell service in the park as we were there Aug. 2015 for a week.
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We rode it about 20 years ago on bikes West-East after staying at the Old Faithful Lodge

Red Lodge is where Peter Fonda tumped his bike stopping to fuel up at the same gas station we were at. Didn't even acknowledge me helping right his bike because he was so embarrassed, I guess. Had a film crew with him doing some documentary I can't remember the name of.
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The wife and I will be driving it Aug. 19th. It's one of the roads I've always wanted to take, but every time I got the chance it was to early or late in the year and it was snowed in. Not worried about the drive itself, just wondering if there's cell service on the road.
Used to live there and played on it a lot with the Corvette. No service until you get over the Red Lodge side or in Cook city. Cook City was all landline when I was there. There used to be no service from Cook City to the Red Lodge Lodge side, but it's been years since I've done it. They maybe some service at the "Top of the World" store. Good 4x4 trail North of Cook City. Goose Lake Jeep trail.
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Used to live there and played on it a lot with the Corvette. No service until you get over the Red Lodge side or in Cook city. Cook City was all landline when I was there. There used to be no service from Cook City to the Red Lodge Lodge side, but it's been years since I've done it. They maybe some service at the "Top of the World" store. Good 4x4 trail North of Cook City. Goose Lake Jeep trail.


It's still the same. Although the city did install a phone booth at the visitors center so you don't have to inconvenience the gas station employees.

Probably the best thing to do is rent a house with WiFi and use wifi calling if you're going to stay. The super 8 doesn't have enough internet bandwidth to make it work most days.
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Yeah there isn't shit for cell service in most of Wyoming, and there definitely isn't on the Beartooth Highway. Better stay out of the state.

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Love how most here automatically ASSume I'm "scared" to drive somewhere with no cell service. As I said, I noticed antenna arrays off the side of the road in the YouTube videos. I was curious to know if they were cell antennas. Thanks to all those that didn't disappoint me. Not sure how bummed out I would have been if you didn't jump to a bogus conclusion.
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drove it with the family early July 2017
stayed in Cooke city, then drove it on the 4th
I don't even turn my phone on when I am in areas like that, I want to see everything there is in the area. beautiful drive, plenty of vehicles on the road so its not like you will be stranded for hours if anything happens
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You will love it. I was there last year for the fourth July. I have friends that moved to red lodge. There was still snow in alot of places.

There is a good little Italian restaurant on the right. The fancy steak house is way over priced. They would went once and are over it. I believe it is next to a pizza joint.

Check out the hotel in town, lots of history and a restaurant in it.
Also a new brewery on the north end of town.
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