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Old 04-30-2004, 10:04 AM   #1
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Smile Camping in Town of West Yellowstone

Anyone have suggestions for camping in the West Yellowstone. We want to stay in the Town of West Yellowstone (6/22 - 6/28).
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Camping in Town of West Yellowstone

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Anyone have suggestions for camping in the West Yellowstone. We want to stay in the Town of West Yellowstone (6/22 - 6/28).
When I was last through West Yellowstone, I stayed at the KOA. It is a fantastic location with wonderful accommodations. I spent the better part of ten-days there after the WBCCI International Rally in Boise, Idaho a few years ago. They offered breakfast in the mornings and had activities planned most evenings. In addition, I was very pleased to find that they were also a pick-up point for Grey Line Tours - - it was so nice, as a Free Wheeler, to be able to easily take advantage of the wonderful tours without having to search out the terminal in town. They are just a short drive from town so it is a quick hop into the IMAX theater and all of the other attractions in West Yellowstone.

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Old 04-30-2004, 12:34 PM   #3
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I used to live in West Yellowstone. There are several small campgrounds within the city boundaries.
1. Hideaway RV Park, on the corner of Electric and Gibbon str. Its on the northern side on town.
PH= 406-646-9049

2. Pony Express Motel and RV Spaces. Its in combo with a gas station and
mtoel and is on your left as you are coming into town from the north.

3. Rustic Wagon RV campground and Cabins. Randy MacCrae owns this one
Its on the westside of town, as your heading out on Rt 191 Ph=406-646-
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4. Wagon Wheel Campground. you head out on RT 191/20 1/2 miles, then
north on Old Faithful.Ph=406-646-7872

All of these are inside town limits. There is a Napa store for car parts. There are 2 groceries stores. City Market, Food Roundup. The Gusher Pizza restaurant(Tim Daly owns this one) good, another eatery is in the Stagecoach Hotel ( carbon copy of the Wort Hotel in Jackson, Wyoming. The Pony Express gas station has propane as well. There is a bulk propane dealer near the lumber yard on the western side of town as well. You are an easy 10 minute walk to anywhere in town from any of the campgrounds I've mentioned. There is no sales Tax in Montana, but there is a "bed tax" even for RV's. This is how "West" paid for sidewalks and storm drains and paved streets.
Its best to buy you fuel in town, because inside Yellowstone gas is pricey.
A nice 1/2 trip is to go out to see Quake Lake and then head towards Henry's lake Flat, Idaho going over Reynold's Pass Then over Targhee Pass back to "West"( all main roads). Ask anyone in town for directions. Then have lunch and head out towards Idaho Falls on Hw 191/20 to just beyond Mack's Inn, Id and turn on the Scenic Byway call Fall River Road. Spectacular pair of waterfalls on the Fall River ( spring fed)
Anyone in town can tell you their favorite haunts. Have Fun Exploring the area!

"West" as West Yellowstone is fondly called is 42 miles south of Big Sky, 10 east of the Idaho Border, and 33 miles from Old Faithful and the Upper Geyser basin.
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And you'll be really close to great fishing rivers such as the Henry's Fork and Madison. Quake Lake on the Madison is an interesting and somewhat troubling place when you understand its origin. Ennis, known for fishing, is fairly close by with its own claims to fame. And of course, you'll be within a drive of the Tetons. Don't miss Jenny Lake and the ferry ride across that brings you right to the feet of the great mountains. Take the hike up to the falls after the ferry docks. Some hike around Jenny instead of taking the return ferry. They were more fit than I after the falls hike! We've been to one of the falls you mentioned, Coloradobus, but I cannot remember if we visited the upper or lower, but I'll never forget the roar and the mist boiling up from the plunge of water! West Yellowstone is the center of so much to do.
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There is a brand new trailer park on the south edge of town that is beautiful with all the amenities and within walking distance of downtown. When dumping there last summer, saw a 40 footer motor home with a Hummer for a dingy!! My favorite spot is north towards Big Sky (3 miles) at a forrest service campground that has trailer spots with or without elect. Water is also available. Its called Baker's Hole and its right on the Gallatin River. Don't stay in town.
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Do any of you check out the "similar threads" feature that is listed below posts? I often do, and find myself wandering through some interesting and amazing conversations from the past. However, none of them has reduced me to the laughs of "Camping grins" originally posted by Rog0525 from 7/'03, listed below. If you have forgotten it, pull it up again. It'll still be laughs. If you've never read it, click on it for some funny stories.
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There is a brand new trailer park on the south edge of town that is beautiful with all the amenities and within walking distance of downtown. When dumping there last summer, saw a 40 footer motor home with a Hummer for a dingy!! My favorite spot is north towards Big Sky (3 miles) at a forrest service campground that has trailer spots with or without elect. Water is also available. Its called Baker's Hole and its right on the Gallatin River. Don't stay in town.
I have done some research about this campground on the internet and it looks like a good spot. Can anyone tell me if it has at least a grey water dump. Also how busy is it? Does it fill up in the summer time like many of the campgrounds inside yellowstone? Any details would be helpful.
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I have not stayed there myself, but from what I understand, this one may be the best: http://www.grizzlyrv.com/

I have stayed at the KOA several times, and although it is OK, it wouldn't be my 1st choice; besides it is not IN West Yellowstone, but several miles outside, it is expensive and very conjested.

The campground at Bakers Hole can fill up, but I do not think it fills up as fast as the parks inside the park. I don't know if it has a dump station. (It is on the Madison River where it comes out of the park; the Gallatin is over the mountain nearer to Big Sky. That may only matter to fisherman. )

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Incidentally, the BEST breakfast I have found in the whole world is at the private campground just above Quake Lake, a few miles outside West Yellowstone. Well, maybe it's 20 miles.

Although I've eaten there many times, I can't remember the name of the campground. However, if you're in the vacinity, you can't miss finding it (if you can find Quake Lake), and there is a small Forest Service type sign along the road that says something like "Good Breakfasts" - a real understatement!
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My favorite fly shop in West Yellowstone is Blue Ribbon Flies. The owner, Craig Mathews, has spoken at my fly fishing club and is a real class act.
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Good timing for this thread, we are thinking of a trip out there for 2007
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My favorite fly shop in West Yellowstone is Blue Ribbon Flies. The owner, Craig Mathews, has spoken at my fly fishing club and is a real class act.
I agree with you 110%! I "camp out" there too whenever I'm in town, but for some reason I get off cheaper staying at one of the RV parks closeby.
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2007??

Balrgn said "Good timing for this thread, we are thinking of a trip out there for 2007".

We're also thinking about a trip there in 2007. When do we need to make reservations?

I haven't been since my brother and I camped there in a 2-man pup tent in 1978.

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Balrgn said "Good timing for this thread, we are thinking of a trip out there for 2007".

We're also thinking about a trip there in 2007. When do we need to make reservations?

I haven't been since my brother and I camped there in a 2-man pup tent in 1978.
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Although there will surely be places to stay outside the park, you should still make your reservations just as soon as you are sure of the dates you want to be there. Today is not too soon to do so. They have a short season, and the best places can be completely filled during the peak of the season. My wife and I are spending 2 months this year on the Yelowstone River 30 miles north of the park and we made our reservations last September.
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