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Old 04-13-2013, 12:29 AM   #15
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You've gotten some great advice!

If one of you is age 62 or older, you are eligible for a $10-for-life senior pass that is good for free admission and half-price camping in all National Park, National Forest, and BLM campgrounds. This bargain quickly changed our camping calculus!

Some National Parks (Monuments, Recreation Areas, whatnot) don't take campground reservations. Others do and there may be a slight additional fee for this service. It is probably worth it if you are camping during the high season as the popular park campgrounds do fill up. If you google each park of interest, you can usually find the page with camping info.

As others have stated, you have to plan on camping without hook-ups on most federal lands, but the NPS campgrounds generally have sani-dump stations and water that can be transported in a jerry can to your trailer if you run low.

Some BLM and US Forest Service campgrounds are on bumpy dirt roads where I wouldn't take a trailer, but others are fine. Actually, unless it's posted to the countrary, you can normally camp for free just about anywhere in a National Forest or BLM land, but unless you are familiar with the local area, it may not look inviting for an Airstream, from the highway. I think your best bet for unfamiliar country is just to find the district ranger office on-line, and phone ahead to ask about conditions. (Also snow in the high country persists late in the spring.)

If you go through western Colorado you will be close enough to visit Moab, Utah, with nearby Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, and Deadhorse Point state park. A nice and inexpensive BLM campground near Deadhorse Point is called Horse Thief, and they seldom fill up.

Ditto for Coulter Bay CG in the Tetons, from what we understand. We camped there one night, and it is huge.

If you go through Green River, Utah, there is a nice state park along the river.

We like to drop the trailer for a few days at a time, and go exploring in the truck.

Have a wonderful trip!

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Old 04-13-2013, 06:11 AM   #16
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Ditto on Coulter Bay. It's the only campground in the Tetons with full hookups. Easy for large TT. And close to Yellowstone too. Pricey, though. Something like $60 a day.

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Old 04-13-2013, 07:19 AM   #17
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Have done this trip several times and there are many ways to go. All of them good. Check out Allstays | Campgrounds | RV Parks , it is free on the computer and $10 as a smartphone app. It will help you find all the campgrounds, steep grades, and sights along your journey. Just pick what major sights you want to see and that will dictate your route.
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Old 04-14-2013, 04:44 PM   #18
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Must See Yellowstone NP

If you make it to the Tetons, don't miss Yellowstone. It's about 60/70 miles from Jackson, WY to the south entrance to Yellowstone. A day trip allows about enough time to drive the Grand Loop (140 miles), but not enough time to see all that can be seen in Yellowstone. There are several federal campgrounds inside Yellowstone, some than can accept reservations.

Remember its not the destination, but rather the journey.... its what's in the middle that matters the most!
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Old 04-15-2013, 08:00 AM   #19
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Thank you for all of the great advice, suggestions and comments. I have already looked up some of the places, downloaded the software and started to integrate the info you provided. I look forward to meeting some of you on the road.
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Old 04-18-2013, 12:49 PM   #20
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If you have the time, and want to get off the beaten path while in the Jackson/Yellowstone area there are two places I might suggest: Grassy Lake Road, which is by Flagg Ranch north of Grand Teton NP, has five or six very nice trailer spots. They just re-graded the road last fall so it is drivable. The second is past the Gros Ventre CG north of Jackson, Red Hills CG in the Bridger-Teton NF you can park your trailer right on the river. As noted above check the wildfire maps. It is forecasted to be a dry summer in eastern Idaho and western Wyoming and they will let the wilderness fires burn as they did last year... smoke was pretty bad.

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