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Old 01-13-2014, 08:09 AM   #29
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Stayed at Fishing Bridge in June of 2007. Day before photo it was bright and sunny, but overnight, it turned cold and as you can see in the photo, it snowed. Not very many visitors to the park in June and the snow made for beautiful scenery. Recommend a slow drive in the park because many very large wild animals will step right out into the rode in front of you. Enjoy your trip.
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Old 01-13-2014, 08:15 AM   #30
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Also a decent campground in Moran Junction (between Jackson Hole and Yellowstone) with spectacular views of the Grand Tetons
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Old 01-21-2014, 11:28 PM   #31
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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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Ok, "parking lot" was a bit extreme, but it is far from the "wilderness" they asked for. In that context it is a big, commercial campground. "Centrally located, but only 12 miles from West Yellowstone", but Yellowstone is 54 miles east to west. Just so they know...
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Another option is to stay at the north entrance at Gardiner. You'll need to do a little driving to get to the park, but you won't need to work your way through what can be some pretty tough traffic with your camper. The good thing is that the day is long in July so you can do a lot in a day even with driving a few extra miles. The road from I90 down to Gardiner is an easy drive compared to others in the area.
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Old 01-22-2014, 07:28 AM   #33
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Jackson is my hometown. I was a ranger for three years in Grand Teton and my dad was with the Forest Service. That being said, you can drive TO and THROUGH any park, but the true beauty is off the roads. Yes, it's a slow drive in the summer. The John D. Rockefeller parkway between GTNP and YNP can get bogged down.

Both Flagg Ranch (run by private vendor Grand Teton Lodge Company in the JDR parkway) and Gros Ventre Campground in SE GTNP are good advice. Jackson has a KOA that typically is full of seasonal workers that site hop, but you might get a spot. Colter Bay...meh. Boondocking aka "dispersed camping" is available in NFS lands that surround the park, but not IN the parks. Buffalo Fork west of Moran Junction puts you right into the Bridger-Teton National Forest..

Bridger-Teton National Forest - Camping & Cabinsispersed Camping

Yellowstone lost a lot of trees in the campgrounds during the big fire and so a lot of the forest feel was lost - but the trees are coming back.

Cody (NE Entrance to YNP) has an amazing museum (and a fun nightly rodeo) - truly, truly world class. It's a Whitney/Vanderbilt funded Museum, same family as the NYC museum, and it's truly worth a visit - takes days to really go through it though. Unbelievable art and Indian collections, and the firearm collection.... The Beartooth Highway loop is incredible.. worth doing but leave the trailer in the campground.

West Yellowstone has a Wolf and Grizzly attraction if that's your thing. I wouldn't go that way just for that, but that's a pretty side of the park. Buffalo are on that road frequently. It's true they might dent your 'stream if you pushed through the herd.. They are like cows.

Tour guide here: One of the best ways to see GTNP is on a scenic float trip - 10 miles down the Snake River on a very safe, very comfortable section of river. You are more likely to see wildlife on the river than the roads. Guides are all very educated and you will learn a lot. Whitewater is available south of Jackson, if that's your thing. Can park your rigs at the Craig Thomas Visitor Center at Moose Junction in GTNP and meet your float trip guides there - multiple companies use that meet up. Four hour trip generally speaking. They run throughout the day on the hour.

Jackson also put a lot of money into a bike path from town and up through parts of GTNP so you can now cycle safely on a separate paved path that generally parallels the road. GREAT addition - wish it had been there when I was riding my bike back and forth to work. Bikes are available to rent everywhere, including at Dornan's, next to the Moose Visitor Center - which serves an amazing outdoor breakfast served with a view that's hard to beat. Hard to pull a trailer into Dornan's lot though. Google Dornan's for pics.
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Old 05-03-2014, 06:58 AM   #34
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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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We love the campground right near the Many a Glacier hotel. It is popular and small so you have to be ready to get there early. It is right near a lake and wooded and there are great hiking trails in this area. If you don't get one there, you could reserve St. Mary's as a backup. This side of the park is spectacular! Be aware you cannot take your trailer over going to the sun road so plan your drive accordingly.
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Bonginator,

Thanks for the advice, just a few more weeks and we can't wait to get away.

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Just spent a week@Gros Ventre where we were able to get an electric site. Lots of BIG RV's, nothing as vintage as LaTortuga however. It was handy having dump & water right at the campground.
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Just spent a week@Gros Ventre where we were able to get an electric site. Lots of BIG RV's, nothing as vintage as LaTortuga however. It was handy having dump & water right at the campground.
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We saw you in the D loop. You probably drove by us when you were exiting the loop. We were on the left about 5 sites from the exit. Quite a quiet campsite.
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how is the weather up there? we leave tomorrow morning for Glacier via Pinedale-Teton Pass-Ashton.

looks like NOAA is forecasting rain.
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Raining pretty hard right now, our FarmersMarket will probably be rather sparse, snow warning for any Glacier-bound folks!
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how is the weather up there? we leave tomorrow morning for Glacier via Pinedale-Teton Pass-Ashton.

looks like NOAA is forecasting rain.
Rainy and cool the.past few days. High 40s and low 50s. Looks that patterns is continuing.
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