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Old 02-03-2016, 10:41 PM   #15
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We stayed in Yellowstone and Grand Teton NP for about 4 week last year.
There are several campgrounds in Custer Gallatin National Forest just north of west Yellowstone. We stayed at rainbow point on Hebgen lake. Nice CG but be ware there is about 3-5 miles of washboard dirt road to get there. We had resevations for an electric site but I think they have some first come first served dry camping as well.

In Yellowstone Mammoth CG is first come no reservations. Dry Camping but very convenient with reasonable space between campsites. If you get there before 10AM you should have no problem getting a site. We got there the 6th of July and had no problem. If you travel from Grant, there is nasty construction with bad road from Norris to Mammoth. Leave extra time and batten down the hatches or plan to take the scenic route via tower falls. There are other NP campgrounds that do not take reservations with your 21' FC you should be fine at most of them. We have a 30' FC and this one of the few places that size matters. So we were limited.

While flying bridge has full hooks up we did not like it there. They pack you in like a commercial park very little space.

http://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/campgrounds.htm is the link for Yellowstone GC's

Grand Teton also has several CG that do not take reservations. We stayed at Colter Bay great location but you park on the shoulder on either side of the road. With that said it was very convenient. There are a few electric sites I think it was $20 a night extra.

Bridger Teton NF east of Grand Teton NP has CG's as well we stayed at Atherton Creek about 10 miles up the road from Gros Ventre CG. Nice place off the beaton trail. The road was kinda sorta paved very rough with lots of pot holes. We arrived at 1030 and got the last trailer site the folks behind us were out of luck. Its a small CG about 30-45 minutes from Grand Teton main road.

Lastly here is a link to Ultimate Campground the most comprehensive site we have found for public campgrounds
http://ultimatecampgrounds.com/uc3/i...ducts/full-map
The free site is a bit clunky. We bought the app for our Ipad and it works fairly well.

Wherever you decide to stay, Yellowstone is a magical place enjoy your trip.
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Old 02-04-2016, 07:24 AM   #16
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Look on Google Maps and enter 'R V Campgrounds". That shows a lot of them. Many of them link to the actual site.
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Old 02-04-2016, 08:36 AM   #17
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If you are planning on visiting during peak season, mid-June to early August, there may be significant lines at the entrance gates. Last year at times the West Gate backed up several miles on occasion!

If you do stay outside the park, getting up early is a great strategy; there will be no lines at the entrance stations (early enough and they won't even be manned - just drive right in), there will be lots more wildlife in view and hot water features, especially geysers, are much more dramatic when the air is cold.

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We stayed in Yellowstone and Grand Teton NP for about 4 week last year.

There are several campgrounds in Custer Gallatin National Forest just north of west Yellowstone. We stayed at rainbow point on Hebgen lake. Nice CG but be ware there is about 3-5 miles of washboard dirt road to get there. We had resevations for an electric site but I think they have some first come first served dry camping as well.



In Yellowstone Mammoth CG is first come no reservations. Dry Camping but very convenient with reasonable space between campsites. If you get there before 10AM you should have no problem getting a site. We got there the 6th of July and had no problem. If you travel from Grant, there is nasty construction with bad road from Norris to Mammoth. Leave extra time and batten down the hatches or plan to take the scenic route via tower falls. There are other NP campgrounds that do not take reservations with your 21' FC you should be fine at most of them. We have a 30' FC and this one of the few places that size matters. So we were limited.



While flying bridge has full hooks up we did not like it there. They pack you in like a commercial park very little space.



http://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/campgrounds.htm is the link for Yellowstone GC's



Grand Teton also has several CG that do not take reservations. We stayed at Colter Bay great location but you park on the shoulder on either side of the road. With that said it was very convenient. There are a few electric sites I think it was $20 a night extra.



Bridger Teton NF east of Grand Teton NP has CG's as well we stayed at Atherton Creek about 10 miles up the road from Gros Ventre CG. Nice place off the beaton trail. The road was kinda sorta paved very rough with lots of pot holes. We arrived at 1030 and got the last trailer site the folks behind us were out of luck. Its a small CG about 30-45 minutes from Grand Teton main road.



Lastly here is a link to Ultimate Campground the most comprehensive site we have found for public campgrounds

http://ultimatecampgrounds.com/uc3/i...ducts/full-map

The free site is a bit clunky. We bought the app for our Ipad and it works fairly well.



Wherever you decide to stay, Yellowstone is a magical place enjoy your trip.

Thanks for all the information


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Old 02-05-2016, 08:17 PM   #19
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What about the trip to Yellowstone? We will take about a week getting their.


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Can you do both Wind Cave and Mount Rushmore in the same day?
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Wind Cave and Mt Rushmore are certainly doable in a long summer day.

Mt Rushmore underwhelmed me -- the carvings are spectacular but the parking is like that found at IKEA and the concessions were jammed. I would do it first, in the morning as early as possible.

Wind Cave tours can fill up in the heart of the season but I believe you can make reservations off of their web page -- worth looking into.

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Old 03-20-2016, 09:34 PM   #22
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They can be done in a day. We got to Rushmore at sunrise in August. It was an hour before the open the parking lot we just drove in no charge and pretty much had the place to ourselves for about an hour. You can do it in a couple of hours at that time of day.
Wind cave has tours that can be reserved in advance and some first come as well. Long day but doable. I think wind cave has a no hookup first come cg as well.
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A couple trailer parked right in front of us in Colter Bay Grand Teton NP. You would have thought it was a vintage rally but just coincidence.
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Looks like the trip is going great for you. We plan to be there next May and are really looking forward to it. Enjoy!
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