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Old 04-23-2018, 06:52 PM   #1
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Head towards Glacier,Yellowstone,Tetons after International?

We'll be spending 5 nites after International Rally in the Salem/Portland area. Then noticed it is not so far out of the way to hit the above on way back to the Southeast via a northern route.

Is this doable that time of year (roughly July 6th to mid Aug)? Likely to find places to camp (walk up) at those places? Are there good alternate camping recommendations in that general Idaho/Montana/Wyoming area?

Realize this may be way too broad to adequately answer, but any suggestions or advice would be a great help. Will be traveling with our 2 dogs, so not sure slipping into Canada would be practical.

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Couple of points to consider.

1-As you are traveling with pets, do you require hookups, or can you camp with minimal hookups in a campground, or even backwoods boondock? This will determine where your options are for staying.

2-What activities are you interested in pursuing at these stops? Hiking, driving/touring, dining out, boating, fishing, park and walk touring of sites, or a mix of these?

3-How many nights do you have to stay at each place?

4-Do you need to have your pets with you when you are out and about, or are yours OK with staying in the Airstream while you are out for a bit?

5-Are you up-and-at-'em early risers, or do you get going late morning? (because, park traffic)

6-Do you want to go out to eat most meals, or cook/pic nic?
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Old 04-23-2018, 09:25 PM   #3
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[QUOTE=Piggy Bank;2093125]Couple of points to consider.

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1-As you are traveling with pets, do you require hookups, or can you camp with minimal hookups in a campground, or even backwoods boondock? This will determine where your options are for staying.
We will be doing some nights of no hookups at Grand Canyon (north and south rims) while heading up to International. Travel w/generator so if too hot can run A/C to cool off. Can camp w/minimal hookups.

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2-What activities are you interested in pursuing at these stops? Hiking, driving/touring, dining out, boating, fishing, park and walk touring of sites, or a mix of these?
We like to kayak, hike, bike ride, tour sites, and of course walk w/dogs several times a day. Don't fish.

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3-How many nights do you have to stay at each place?
Our normal travel routine is 200-250 miles then 2 nites camping but flexible and haven't booked anything for return from Portland/Salem area. Retired so no fixed time to get home.

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4-Do you need to have your pets with you when you are out and about, or are yours OK with staying in the Airstream while you are out for a bit?
We leave pets for up to 4 hours (5 is pushing it). Of course, if too hot don't do that.

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5-Are you up-and-at-'em early risers, or do you get going late morning? (because, park traffic)
I'm generally an early riser and have no problem getting real early start when needed (hmm....do grizzlies slow down 4am decamping?)

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6-Do you want to go out to eat most meals, or cook/pic nic?
We usually eat out once or twice a week, but generally grill or cook something inside.


One of my concerns when researching this it seems the area gets VERY crowded during this peak time of the summer. Can walk ups be gotten at all or do people find no room? Are dispersed sites in the NFs filled?

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Old 04-24-2018, 06:56 PM   #4
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In Yellowstone, five of the "first come, first served" campgrounds have sites large enough for your 26'. People can and do get sites every day. The secret is to be at the campground of your choice at or before 0930. As people leave, people move in. Once in, you can stay 14 days.

There are numerous US Forest Service campgrounds surrounding YNP, some accept reservations but all have some "FCFS" sites.

In Grand Teton, the Gros Ventre campground seldom fills. Get there at 1000 and you should get in.
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Old 04-24-2018, 11:28 PM   #5
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I would really recommend that you get reservations for this time of year. It's the high season, and the popular parks have become really crowded. If you Google your intended parks you will find which campgrounds in the parks take reservations, but don't be surprised if they're already booked. If you have a Good Sam guide or just start googling, you will find more camping in RV parks in the gateway communities.

I think Mammoth hot springs in Yellowstone and Coulter Bay in the Tetons tend to have available sites, but in the first-come first-served park campgrounds, people start lining up early in the morning, just waiting for someone to leave.

If you enjoy boondocking, you have more options in nearby National Forests, but in addition to the rig's length issue in some of the older campgrounds, some of them are accessible via bumpy dirt roads, so it's wise to check ahead.

You can take your dogs to Canada provided you bring up-to-date rabies certificates. The customs agents don't often ask to see the certificates but they can.

You have to park your RV and just take your vehicle or a park shuttle over Going-To-The-Sun road in Glacier. Highway 2 around the south end is fine-- no passes.

If you like to kayak, our favourite paddling spots that truly get you away from the crowds are Kintla and Bowman Lakes on the northwest side of Glacier. I wouldn't haul our Airstream up there, but we camp at the Fish Creek CG or in West Glacier, leave the Bambi, and drive the truck, as it's a long bumpy road. But the scenery is fantastic.

In US National Parks, the big work-around is dogs. They are allowed on roads, parking lots, and campgrounds, but not on the trails. For hiking, you might see if there is a kennel or doggy day-care near the parks where the dogs can stay while you hike the trails.
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We traveled that area during July and August and I would not recommend traveling without reservations
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During this time of the year we found the park campgrounds to be full and with monstrous wait lines. At Yellowstone last summer we found that the state campgrounds outside the west entrance were available with hookups and at reasonable rates. Also, no problems with our dog.
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reservations

All parks that except reservations in the US are full by now. We left May 1rst to go from New Mexico up Cal. to Washington and across the northern rt. you are contemplating taking and were only able to stay in one National Park in Utah. All other stops were at private camp grounds, casinos or boon dogging it. Not once did we not have a place to stay at night. We did not use Walmart or other big box stores. We were gone for 5 months. That RV Wizard is really helpful. It's really a shame that there is no room in the parks unless you plan every night stay 7 months in advance. I even heard people saying that they make their reservations way ahead and then if they aren't going and have changed their mind they simply cancel at the last minute It's unfortunate that this is allowed but this is what I found when we hit the road last year and it will not stop us again this year. Just do the best you can and be glad your out there. Good luck.
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Many thanks to all who have taken the time to advise.

I am actually in that category of 'advanced planner' generally with reservations for virtually every stop of a trip (only been doing this since last summer). This trip is a bit different in that my departure from Salem area isn't set. I'll just see what I can do. Think I'll mostly be trying to see some of the areas near the parks without trying to camp in the parks. We will be 'dog less' at some point, and that may be a better time to plan ahead and see these National parks. Hopefully the state parks will not be full up. In any case, it will be an adventure of some kind, and so far has never been a bad one.

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Plan ahead for the NP's that time of year. We got lucky a few years ago as walk-ins at Glacier but Yellowstone not so lucky. Since you'll be coming from the NW direction head for West Yellowstone, Mt and the west side entrance. Outside of West Yellowstone you'll find a few ( maybe as many as 4 or 5) Nat. Forest campgrounds to choose from. Many sites have electric with nearby water and are a very nice alternative to the Yellowstone sites that likely will be filled up. We had many sites to choose from when we were there in late August.

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Don't overlook Kalispel, MT. for trips to Glacier. I stayed there and found plenty of private campgrounds. I find sometimes it's better to stay outside the parks because there's more places to eat, shop, provision.

Kalispel is sort of industrial, so if you want more beauty, Flathead Lake or Whitefish, Mt.is lovely.
I was there in August, and the weather was great.
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Don't overlook Kalispel, MT. for trips to Glacier. I stayed there and found plenty of private campgrounds. I find sometimes it's better to stay outside the parks because there's more places to eat, shop, provision.

Kalispel is sort of industrial, so if you want more beauty, Flathead Lake or Whitefish, Mt.is lovely.
I was there in August, and the weather was great.


We will be traveling from Idaho with a friend who has a Casita to Flathead State Park West shore in August. We will be driving around the area and into Glacier but leaving the trailers parked. Canít wait!
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We've stayed a number of times at the Glacier Campround. It's a bit rustic, but that's how we like it. And very close to the West Entrance station.

http://www.glaciercampground.com/

There are at least half a dozen other RV parks along HY 2 between the park boundary and Hungry Horse, MT.
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We have gone to Yellowstone from Kansas City the last two summers. One trip was Yellowstone only with the 2 of us and the dog. Trip year before that (when we had a smaller 22 sport) was no dog, but 2 adult daughters with us + tent and second vehicle.

1-Signal mountain area in the Tetons has a lot of what you want TO DO. But the campground is too small for a rig your size. So check it out on a day trip. Nice lake, boat rentals, good wifi and espresso in the gas station/convenience store. The campground there has a GREAT LAUNDRYMAT that I highly recommend, as you can put in your wash and then hang out at the convenience store wit the great wi fi.

2-Treat Yo Self. If you want an A-Ma-Zing food experience eat at the Jenny Lake Lodge. Very old-school-european in feel (and $$). I recommend the breakfast. Prix Fix at about $30 per person, but fantastic food and lovely low-key atmosphere. OK to wear your "ready for the day hiking" apparel at breakfast. Probably quite formal for dinner.

3-If you want to try and first come camp in Yellowstone, I suggest Norris. Great location close to both the upper Lamar Valley wildlife area, and the mid geyser area. Closest to the West Yellowstone entrance. And speaking of wildlife, the Lamar Valley is overlooked by the huge crowds looking at the thermal ares, and this is where you see the huge bison herds.

4-KOA in Dubois, WY. Great campground. Dubois is a nice little cowboy town. Have some Pie at the Cowboy Cafe.

5-Cabellas in Sidney Nebraska. They have first come first serve camping at a bonne fide campground by their store. About $32 per night. We arrived about 4:30/5 and got a spot. By 7 they were full. Walmart in Sidney was clean and helpful for some shopping.

6-If you find yourself further east in Nebraska, Kearney RV Park is very nice for a quick overnight spot.

7-Taking the Nebraska route avoids Denver. If you DO go through Denver, for the love of all that is sane, take the tollway road on the east loop through the metro. There are cameras that send you a bill in the mail for your toll. No stopping.
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