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Old 11-18-2014, 08:24 PM   #1
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Leaving an Airstream at Fishing Bridge Campground in Yellowstone for a few days.

I plan to leave my 2015 Flying Cloud hooked up in a site at Fishing Bridge Campground in Yellowstone for 4 days as my family will be on a pack trip. Does anyone know if it is reasonably safe to do that or if there are any precautions I could take? I donít know the campground.

Thanks for any insight.
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Old 11-18-2014, 08:45 PM   #2
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We camped at Fishing Bridge once about seven or eight years ago. The campsites are very tight. As I recall there wasn't even room to deploy our awning. We only stayed a couple of nights. For your purposes, it should be OK. It is usually very crowded which I guess is a good thing from a security standpoint.

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Old 11-18-2014, 10:15 PM   #3
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Hi fro AZ. . . we spent 12 days at Fishing Bridge in 2011, and we were gone daylight to dark everyday & left it there for 3 days taking her to Bozeman to catch a plane home. . . no problems. Enjoy, Craig
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Old 11-18-2014, 10:24 PM   #4
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I thought it might be good to tell the Ranger(s)... but, that depends on whether you trust them..
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We camped at Fishing Bridge once about seven or eight years ago. The campsites are very tight. As I recall there wasn't even room to deploy our awning. We only stayed a couple of nights. For your purposes, it should be OK. It is usually very crowded which I guess is a good thing from a security standpoint.

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I would agree with Brian.

This campground is very crowded, not some remote, little used location that invites thieves.

Lock it up tight, put your valuables inside, close the blinds.....and go.

There are also campground hosts and regular patrols by the rangers in these places, which ups the safety anty quite a bit, IMO.

You can run into a drug-crazed lunatic anywhere, who will try anything, anywhere, at any time......but there aren't that many of them in national parks , or camogrounds in general, and the rangers watch very, very closely for signs of drug activity.

Reasonable precautions should get 'er done.

Have a great time.

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Old 11-19-2014, 08:09 AM   #6
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I have never had a problem camped outside of city and I leave tables, chairs and grill outside.
In some public land campgrounds there is a restriction against leaving your trailer on a site without occupying it.
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Old 11-19-2014, 09:27 AM   #7
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I would not - and I have worked as a NPS ranger and live here in MT. Take it a short distance to one of the surrounding cities if you plan to leave it unattended more than overnight.
Some of the suggestions given here will make your trailer look like it is unattended and an easy mark. The criminal side of society has awakened to the fact that most AS campers are a prize to be had - don't make it any easier for them or harder for yourself.
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We have not left Lucy in a National Park campground by herself overnight, but we have left her for several nights at a time in a number of commercial campgrounds. We tow Lucy with a truck camper rig and have often left her alone overnight while camping in the nearby back country. We have never had any problems doing this.

If you don't feel comfortable with leaving your Airstream at Fishing Bridge, there are several nice private campgrounds in and around West Yellowstone, Montana.

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I think COE parks prohibit leaving a trailer parked unoccupied. I'm not sure if other parks have this rule or not.
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Leaving an Airstream at Fishing Bridge Campground in Yellowstone for a few days.

I have worked in YNP for the past 6 summers, the last at the Fishing Bridge Visitor Center.

The Fishing Bridge RV Park is a concessionaire operated facility -- you pay for your site and they don't care if you are there or not. It is patrolled regularly by campground staff and by NPS LE Rangers. Since it is prime bear habitat, there are no fire rings or picnic tables so very few people bother to break out their outdoor furniture or deploy their awnings so your rig, all buttoned up, will look like most of the other rigs.

Lots of people do exactly what you have planned every summer and I can't even remember the last time I heard of a problem in a campground. Most criminals are not going to drive way out into northwest Wyoming to do mischief -- property crime is pretty rare.

I don't even lock up my bicycle...

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I have worked in YNP for the past 6 summers, the last at the Fishing Bridge Visitor Center.

Lots of people do exactly what you have planned every summer and I can't even remember the last time I heard of a problem in a campground. Most criminals are not going to drive way out into northwest Wyoming to do mischief -- property crime is pretty rare.

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Thank you for saying this.

Crime in campgrounds anywhere seems to be pretty rare.

Do what makes you most comfortable, but don't fear your neighbors are just waiting for you to leave so they can steal your stuff.

It is just not the norm, fellow campers are just not your average common thief.



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Depends on the campground and how remote or not it is from the cities. In 1972, my parents and I were camped in a pop up at Massasoit State Park, not more than a half hour from Boston MA. During the night, while we slept, the cooler on the picnic table was taken by (most likely) young teens causing mischief. They left a snotty note onthe windshield about how crappy the food was. Dad discoverered it when he got up to start coffee, and it was gone. A ranger notice him looking for something, came over and asked if our cooler was missing. It was ours, bent and dinged up, and empty. The ranger said they had a lot of trouble with kids tresspassing in the park in the wee hours, pulling this stuff.
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Not only that, but campsites within the park are at a premium, at least during the high season. This CG gets very full with RVers who come from all over the US and Europe who actually want to live/camp in the park for a few days. People would surely love to camp in your site while you're not using it. Why not arrange for RV storage at a gateway community RV park, and let the folks who truly want to spend time in the CG use your site?
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