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Part 3 (Continued)
Great American Dog-Friendly Road TripTM
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This is one of the many pet-friendly campgrounds located in Grand Teton National Park. In addition to campgrounds, pets are welcome at the picnic areas in the park. Keep in mind that when you stop along any park road, your dog can get out but needs to stay within 50 feet of any road. 
This photo of Jackson Lake was taken at Leeks Marina. Jackson Lake is the largest lake in the park. Pets are technically not allowed on any swimming beaches and are not allowed to ride in any boats on park waters except for Jackson Lake.
We stopped for lunch at a park service cafe. At this particular cafe they served mainly pizza and some other Italian dishes. Dogs are welcome at the outdoor tables which were shaded and offered a great view of Jackson Lake.
After we were fueled up, we continued on the road to Yellowstone National Park. Once inside the park, we stopped alongside the road at a pull-off area. While dogs are not allowed on any hiking trails, they are allowed within 100 feet of any road or parking area. Pets must be leashed while in the National Park.
Pets are not allowed in hydrothermal areas or on boardwalks, but you can still get a pretty nice view of some of the geysers, including Old Faithful. Here are some people with their dog waiting for Old Faithful to show off its steam.
Fortunately we got to this main attraction with 20 or so minutes to spare before Old Faithful erupted. The average interval between eruptions is 92 minutes. Pets are not allowed where you see all the people lined up in this picture. The people are standing on the boardwalk and on the other side towards the geyser is a hydrothermal area. However, as you can see from this photo, we still had a pretty nice view of Old Faithful. 
If you are looking for a place to stay in Yellowstone, pets are allowed in the cabins and in the campground, just not in the lodge rooms. They have cabins with baths, without baths and with shared baths. If you visit during the summer, be sure to make a reservation well in advance. 
Driving through Yellowstone, we crossed over the Continental Divide several times. The line zig-zags over the park road. In the U.S., the Continental Divide is the line that divides the flow of water between the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. It runs from Canada to Mexico. So technically if it rains on the east side of the line, the water could eventually make it all the way to the Atlantic Ocean. 
Inside Yellowstone National Park is the eye-catching Yellowstone Lake. While it looks tempting to take a dip in the lake, for either yourself or your pooch, be aware of the dangers. The whole area contains hydrothermal activity including in the lake. There are pockets of extremely hot and extremely cold water in the lake. The park service  warns that this thermal water can contain bacteria and other organisms that can cause several or fatal diseases.  We were happy enough to enjoy the lake's beauty from a distance.
Along the roadside we spotted an elk grazing on some grass. You will know there is wildlife along the road if you come across an unexpected backup of cars.
This particular backup of cars was due to road construction as we headed out of Yellowstone. It did cause us some delay, but we did not have to wait too long. I suspect the wait would have been much longer if we had visited the park during the peak summer season. Also note that sometimes the park roads that are under construction can be completely closed at night.
Even though you cannot do any hiking in Yellowstone with your dog, you can hike in the nearby dog-friendly Shoshone National Forest. There are several trails between Yellowstone and the town of Cody. On Highway 20/14/16, not long after we left Yellowstone, we found the Pahaska Sunlight Trail on the left side of the road. There are horse corrals and a bathroom. It is popular with horseback riders, but hikers with dogs are welcome too. We noted that there were signs posted at the trailhead advising that Grizzly Bears are common in the area. 
This is just one shot of the stunning rocky scenery you will find on the road from Yellowstone to Cody, Wyoming.
We stopped for the night at the Sunrise Motor Inn in Cody. It used to be a Best Western. It was a nice place to stop for the night.

In the morning, we continued east on Highway 14/16 in the high plains of Wyoming.

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