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Old 01-30-2016, 03:17 PM   #1
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We are taking a trip to Yellowstone this July. We have a week to get there and plan to spend about a week in the park. We may shoot down to Grand Tetons as well. Do any of you have suggestions for the trip to Yellowstone? Anyone want to come along, caravan, meet on the way or meet at the park? Your suggestions will be appreciated. Thanks.

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Old 01-30-2016, 03:25 PM   #2
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Make reservations now as it may already be too late for July. Fishing Bridge RV is the only YNP campground with hookups. All the others are dry camping. Grant, Bridge Bay, Madison and Canyon accept reservations the others are "first come, first served".

On the east road in from Cody, there are a handful of National Forest Service campgrounds. Some have electric and those can be reserved on Recreation.Gov.

Grand Teton also has reservable campgrounds. Gros Vente campground, in the southeast corner of GTNP often has sites available even at the last minute.

West Yellowstone has lots of commercial RV parks. Not cheap but full hookups, restaurants... Gardner as wee, although fewer.

Even in July, it can be freezing in the morning and I have seen it snow heavily as late as July 6th -- some warm clothing in the closet a swell idea.

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I would like to tag as far as Northern Wyo. I planned to visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/mbr where I used to work Trail Crew. You would enjoy that stop over too.
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We already have reservations July 17-22 at Grant. I would rather dry camp then be between a couple motor homes. Robin, Janie is wanting to go a a couple others have shown interest. Please join us at least for the journey.


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If you enter Yellowstone from the east entrance, the Buffalo Bill Cody State park is close to the east entrance. It is very nice and right on the Shoshone River. Some camp sites are reservable and some are first come first serve. It is also close to the Buffalo Bill Cody Dam, which is a must see. It is a nice drive over to Yellowstone, about 35 miles.

If you need a place to stay for a night as you get close to Yellowstone, there is the Pioneer Park in Powell, Wy. just outside of Cody. It is free. Nice restrooms, free dump station, picnic tables and grilling areas. Also close to Powell is the Heart Mountain Japanese re-interment camp museum.
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US-287 runs from Port Arthur thru Yellowstone into Montana. One of my favorite roads the whole way. See the Wikipedia page and associated links and references.

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We were just in Yellowstone in Sep. Fishing Bridge RV park is the RV park with full hookups. YS is HUGE and diverse - so much to see in a large area. There are RV parks outside the park - we stayed one night just outside the W entrance (18 mi drive to the entrance). Staying outside the park adds a lot of driving every day to see anything. Fishing Bridge is central if you can get in. There is a decent grocery store and gas station right next door. There is also an ampitheater where there are nightly shows led by the park rangers which are interesting. The staff kept the restrooms well stocked and clean. There is a laundry mat and shower. During the obligatory trip to Old Faithful, there is a bar on the patio overlooking the geyser where you can watch in comfort with a cold, yellow, bubbling beverage of your choice.

We stayed in Grand Teton also and it is definitely worth the stop and sort of on your way there / home. We stayed in Colter Bay village RV park very near the lodge. It was heavily shaded and nice. Within a short walk there was a store, restaurant and NP center. There are lots of great hikes and things to see. We also went on an evening raft ride that left out of the lodge which I highly recommend. Hiking to Moose Ponds we saw just that - moose!

Get reservations ASAP! Have a great time! We did!
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I was able to book some days in July at Grant, however as I was making the reservation I realized that I'm technically over the 40' limit by inches. Is that a big deal? Plenty of pictures on the website seem to show rigs much longer.
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we stayed in a campground on the west side in Idaho was nice. On a small lake it was a state park . We also found a mountain rendezvous near the west entrance to Yellow stone about three days in state park a few days in Yellow stone and then to Grand Tetons. A bear had been killed the day before in the park in GT due to someone leaving a water bottle out.so there was many spots available . Woke up the next Am and buffalo were every where none were in sight when we went to bed.
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54Fuselage,

"Inches" isn't a big deal. They are pretty good at guesstimating length and there are disappointed folks on occasion who fudge by several feet and get turned away.

In the "first come, first served" campgrounds run by the NPS, pretty much if you fit, you're golden...

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We stayed in YS last September 2015, camped in Madison CG. No hook ups, very nice sites. Most if not all are pull through. Location within the park was good, not far from main park road, reasonable distance to OF. We were head out west Yellowstone after our stay. September the nights are chilly, we would definitely go back. Click image for larger version

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Most definitely need reservations. Campgrounds in YS are packed like sardines. There are some nice grounds out the east entrance/exit toward Cody. Not many with facilities but take along a small generator. I use the Honda 2000i.
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we stayed in a campground on the west side in Idaho was nice. On a small lake it was a state park . We also found a mountain rendezvous near the west entrance to Yellow stone about three days in state park a few days in Yellow stone and then to Grand Tetons. A bear had been killed the day before in the park in GT due to someone leaving a water bottle out.so there was many spots available . Woke up the next Am and buffalo were every where none were in sight when we went to bed.

Do you recall the camp site names?


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