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Old 01-03-2014, 11:43 AM   #15
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Just outside of West Yellowstone we found several NF campsites. All sites inside YNP were taken so we went to the NF sites and found quite a few available. Nice sites plenty large enough for our 30' trailer. Electric only at site with water and dump nearby. Can't beat the price and close to Yellowstone west entrance.
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Old 01-03-2014, 12:12 PM   #16
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Come mid June I will head out from Maine to Yellowstone where I will be joined with a bunch of other family members for a 2 week stay in YNP and Teton late June to mid July. We made reservations at Fishing Bridge and Colter Bay. I would have rather been boon docking at nicer campgrounds but with this much family we needed hookups.

I run photography workshops in Yellowstone 3-4 times a year for the past 10 years or so, this time I am serving as a guide to my family which will be somewhat different, but I am still looking forward to it.

For as much time as I spend in Yellowstone, I have never been in the park between May and September, so I am not sure how well I will handle the crowds.

I am also planning a short trip after to Glacier for a few days. Any recommendations for campgrounds in Glacier would be most welcomed.

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Old 01-03-2014, 12:19 PM   #17
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Hi from AZ. . . we did that trip from ATL in May,2011. We went North to St Louis (which was so no big deal going right straight thru, 64 to 70W, middle of the day). Then West & around KC to 29 N to Sioux Falls, S.D. From there, West on 90 to Badlands, Custer State Park, etc, (loved that area) & on to YENP. We took US 16 west thru WY & it was quite scenic, particularly thru the BigHorns. Enjoyed Cody, WY & their museums. We left on Memorial Day to beat the crowds some. (most visited months are July, August, June, in that order) We went on to see friends in Boise, ID & then South thru the red rock parks of Utah, and GCNP..... We stayed at Fishing Bridge for hook-ups & $3 showers Great trip, we were gone 45 days. Heading from AZ to Alaska this year (Good Lord willing &. . .) looks like 75 to 80 days. Hey, that's what I got the Airstream for. Have a great trip, & don't pass anything without stopping, Regards, Craig
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Old 01-04-2014, 10:51 AM   #18
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We did the same trip last year. I don't think we will ever do Fishing Bridge again other than an overnight to dump tanks. The preverbal sardine can! We stayed at Flagg Ranch about ten years ago and liked it fine. Coulter Bay is one of our NP favorites. Large spots with full hookups. Our only complaint was people cutting thru our site on their way to the John. Beautiful country!
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Old 01-05-2014, 02:52 PM   #19
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Yellowstone and/or Grand Teton

Ck out Atherton Creek campground on Slide Lake o/s Grand Teton NP.
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Thanks, everyone. We booked the entire stay at Madison and may hop to another first-come/first-served site as available.
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Ok, you evidently changed your mind because Madison is an rv parking lot, and a Very large, crowded one at that. Not that it won't be fine, but it is not what you described in the original post. Just so you know...
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Old 01-09-2014, 11:11 AM   #22
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I didn't find Madison campground to be that way when we were there. Now Fishing Bridge, that's a different story. Yes, you can see others when you are camping at Madison but I thought the sites were pretty well spaced for a campground. It isn't the boondocking experience OP hoped for in the original post but still very nice.
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Madison is full of trees, centrally located and 12 miles from West Yellowstone (groceries, gas, restaurants...). Far from being a "parking lot".

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Thanks, everyone. We booked the entire stay at Madison and may hop to another first-come/first-served site as available.
We stayed at Madison on our first trip to Yellowstone. We really liked Madison campground. We found it to be one of the best National Park campgrounds we have stayed in (except for the lack of showers). You will be camped right on the Madison River which is world class trout stream. It is a beautiful place.

The down side of Madison is that there are no bath houses with showers and there was no camp store close by when we where there. My wife takes two showers a day, which she did in our camper. Which meant I was hauling water to and from the camper way too much for me. Most of the campers climbed into the Madison River at the end of each day for a swimming bath (which really screwed up trout fishing in the late afternoon.). We now stay at Grant Village campground because that campground has a shower facility and a camp store. No more hauling water and driving long distances for last minute food needs.

You will love Yellowstone and Madison campground.
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I'm considering this trip in May. Would you tow your Airstream through Yellowstone, or park it (with locks) and drive through to see the scenery.

I have this nighmare vision of getting my trailer highly polished and having a bison or Elk mistake their mirror image as a threat and headbutting the side of the trailer.
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Park it! With the exception of Old Faithful, the parking lots are small.

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I'm considering this trip in May. Would you tow your Airstream through Yellowstone, or park it (with locks) and drive through to see the scenery.

I have this nighmare vision of getting my trailer highly polished and having a bison or Elk mistake their mirror image as a threat and headbutting the side of the trailer.
Are you only spending one day in Yellowstone? If yes, you should consider what area of Yellowstone you want to see. Each of the areas is very distinct. These distinct areas of Yellowstone are part of what makes it so incredible to us. You will probably only be able to see one or two areas in a day. I would pick my entrance based on the area(s) I wanted to see. Yellowstone is huge and driving is very slow. 15 miles takes a long time in the park. I have at times seen first time visitors stop and abandon their cars in the middle of the road to get a closer view of one bison or elk. A large herd will cause or a bison in the road will slow traffic considerably.
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Old 01-09-2014, 03:34 PM   #28
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Here is the map you want for Forest Service Campgrounds between Jackson and Yellowstone:

National Forest Store: Bridger-Teton N.F. Buffalo & Jackson R.D.

It includes the Buffalo and Jackson Ranger districts. These are really good maps, with lots of information, especially on campgrounds. It will also list phone numbers of Forest Service offices in the area. A phone call can result in a wealth of information.
The people at the National Forest Store (which happens to be in Missoula) are also quite helpful, and they have maps for all the national forests in the U.S. These are a real bargain at $10.00 a piece.
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