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Old 01-19-2008, 05:46 PM   #29
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Another downside to Fishing Bridge is that there are no picnic tables, grills or fire rings. The rangers explained it as a way to keep the human/bear interactions to a minimum. A mite specious as this is not the case at any of the non full hook-up campgrounds. Personally, I think it is so the concessionaire can cram RV's even closer together.

An interesting phenomena -- if you drive 1.8 miles east of Fishing Bridge towards the East Gate you will find a pull out on the south (your) side of the road. Here you will have two sticks of Verizon Wireless. We drove over every other day or so to check e-mail. One of the park volunteers told us of the place. Had no signal anywhere else in the park.
And if you turn left (north) on the gravel road at approximately this same distance from Fishing Bridge, you can drive for a short distance to the trail head that leads far out into Pelican Valley.

There, you can ditch that Verizon phone , have a decent chance for some human/bear interaction , and enjoy mighty fine fishing when conditions are right.
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Old 01-19-2008, 05:54 PM   #30
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And if you turn left (north) on the gravel road at approximately this same distance from Fishing Bridge, you can drive for a short distance to the trail head that leads far out into Pelican Valley.

There, you can ditch that Verizon phone , have a decent chance for some human/bear interaction , and enjoy mighty fine fishing when conditions are right.
Pelican creek was an excellant place to fish also after a short hike...The last time I was there I was the only one fishing the creek even though the campground was full, caught alot of 14 - 16' cuttthroats.
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Old 01-19-2008, 06:24 PM   #31
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Pelican creek was an excellant place to fish also after a short hike...The last time I was there I was the only one fishing the creek even though the campground was full, caught alot of 14 - 16' cuttthroats.
Rarely ever hear of any bigger than 2' myself. Whaddya use for fish that size.
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Old 01-19-2008, 08:22 PM   #32
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We stayed at Fishing Bridge in June of ’07. The full hookups allowed us to park the rig for five nights without worrying about filling up the tanks or running our batteries down.

While Fishing Bridge is very crowded. It is the only campground in the park with full hookups. The park is huge and being centrally located does make it easier to get out to you day’s destination. I would recommend Fishing Bridge if you plan to use it only for sleeping, as you can’t spend time outside easily, with no room to sit.

The staff is very kind and helpful. I would stay there again.
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Old 01-19-2008, 08:38 PM   #33
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Rarely ever hear of any bigger than 2' myself. Whaddya use for fish that size.
Elk Hair Caddis 12 - 14, the man in a fly shop told me about the creek he had just fished the day before and sold me a few of them, Seems like it was last of July, 1st of Aug. the water was low and clear.
Had a great day.
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Old 01-19-2008, 08:40 PM   #34
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Rarely ever hear of any bigger than 2' myself. Whaddya use for fish that size.

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Old 02-15-2008, 11:02 PM   #35
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I cannot add more than whats already been said about Yellowstone. It is a treasure and it takes time to asorb everything. Regarding cell phone coverage, we have AT&T and for the most part we did not have coverage in a lot of spots within the park but there were locations where we did have coverage. We would stay at the Fishing Bridge because it was handy to everthing inside the park. Since we have visited all the locations inside the park our next visit will be "wildlife watching". This is one park we could spend a lot of time visiting.
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Old 02-16-2008, 08:49 AM   #36
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Also, there are different kinds of campgrounds. There is only one in the park with full hook ups, a number of large campgrounds with 100s of sites, and some smaller ones with fewer sites. Some of the larger ones are close to showers and laundry facilities, and stores.

Also, there are private campgrounds around the outside of the park, like West Yellowstone, Cody, Silver City, etc, that you could stay at and do day trips into the park.

What do you suggest if we have animals- 4 dogs? Can we camp in the park?

We are planning on leaving PA the 2nd week in June with our vintage '61 and our friends will be using our '67 and mini caravanning to Intl. We were going to hit Estes/ Rocky Mtn. NP, then Steamboat, Flaming Gorge, Tetons, Yellowstone, and Bozeman for Intl. then how via Dakotas and all that stuff.

I have reservations for the VAC night at the Bozeman KOA and Intl of course- but haven't figured out the specifics on the rest. However, it sounds like I better get moving on campground reservations to get 2 spots.

Does anyone have any suggestions? We were thinking Elk Mtn. in Estes- stayed there before- and although not much privacy it had a great view.
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Old 02-16-2008, 08:52 AM   #37
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Mountain biking is VERY limited in the park. I settled for road riding, which I thought would be terrifying with the camper traffic (figuring there'd be a lot of newbie drivers in rental RVs). But I found drivers were among the most considerate I've ever encountered.

Just outside the park, I've had some of the best mountain biking of my life.

Hello,

We are doing Yellowstone right before Intl this summer and my husband and his friend (who is caravaning with us) are fanatical mountain bikers. Looking for downhill/ all mountain- will be bringing their long travel. Any suggestions as we plan?
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Our favorite place to camp is the Madison CG. You can walk down to the river and throw a few flies in the evening. It does not have the hook ups that Fishing Bridge does, but it is a much nicer setting and a great location.
I'm with you on this one Richard. I stayed in 3 parks at YS and Madison CG was my favorite!

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We did Yellowstone 2 years ago. We first stayed in Coulter Bay in Grand Teton then moved to Fishing Bridge. Both offer full hookups, but Coulter Bay is a much nicer, forested setting. Of the two I'd go with Coulter Bay, it places you only a few miles from Yellowstone. Fishing Bridge is much more centrally located though. We had an emergency that I had to fly out for while the family stayed behind right in the middle of the vacation that put a real damper on things. We're going back this June this year to do it right and plan on dry camping for 3 days twice with a 2 day stay in the middle at Coulter Bay. We prefer dry camping anyway, but this will give us a chance to charge our batteries, and start fresh for a second run without running out of water or power while dry camping. The pictures everyone has posted really make me Jones for Yellowstone again.
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Yellowstone is a very special place. It is truly magical. I have been in the park or around it during every season and dead of winter was fantastic, but camping during the summer I really enjoyed Madison CG. They have a nightly activity at the ampitheater and like someone said in an earlier post it is right by the river. My second is Canyon. You have everything there and you are centrally located. Good luck and enjoy.
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Plus with the snow fall they are getting this winter there should not be any fishing restrictions this summer. Last summer they had some because of the drought and the stress it was putting on the fish. The Firehole is my favorite and Slough Creek, but that's a hike to get to the valleys. Great fishing though. Like everyone has said, once you get of the roads and out of sight just a little you will see something that 95% of the people who go there will never see.
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I'm sorry for going on about this, but if you go into West Yellowstone stop by the Free Heel and Wheel and get a great espresso drink. The Mocha is my favorite. Go to Cooke City and stroll around it is a fantastic little mountain town at the North East entrance. Eat at the Beartooth Cafe and go on over to Red Lodge. The Beartooth Mountains are remarkable. The first week the roads open in mid May the snow is 15-20ft deep on the side of the roads in places. Worth the trip oveer to Red Lodge.
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