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Old 08-05-2012, 05:05 AM   #127
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Here is what I don't understand about Yellowstone. They could have a Great rv park in the woods with electric and water but don't. With say 200-300 sites. But no, They have a great big parking lot with you stacked in like cans. Or you have smaller camp grounds with no hook ups what so ever??? Which I don't mind, but are of on the outskirts.

Who is in charge of this place? Oh that's right. The Feds.
Please, don't tell me it's the same ones that want to take over our health care system. Sal.
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Old 08-05-2012, 07:49 AM   #128
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Hebgen Holiday Lakeside is my current favorite place to stay up near West Yellowstone. We don't stay in the park anymore, just was not worth it in our 37' MH. Rocky Mountain was nice too at the north entrance, but not near as nice as sitting on a lake every evening.

When we have a smaller towable it may change everything and we may find a place in the park we like. So tell me about any great places
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Old 08-05-2012, 10:42 AM   #129
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Just my 2c-worth about Yellowstone.... and just coming off that "best practices"/SOP thread ..... for people from long distances away.

If it were me, I would make a reservation for Yellowstone. We were last there in early June, which was supposedly still their off-season, and stayed at the Bay Bridge campground. It was full-up one night; and then the nights when it wasn't full (but mostly so), some of the sites were not suitable for RVs, at least not large ones.

We were meeting up with some neighbours who are seat-of-the-pants RVers, and although they did get in with no reservations, their sites were so slanted, even with boards under their down-slope wheels, that one couple couldn't get their fridge to operate.

A couple of years ago we made a reservation in May for high-season camping at Grant Village, and there weren't a lot of sites left by then.

I just feel that it would be frustrating to travel such a long distance and then not be able to get in.

Some of the non-reservation campgrounds fill up early; and then not all sites are suitable for "the long, long, trailer."

The NPS has a major mandate to protect their resources in the face of budget cuts, so I don't know that they will add additional campgrounds any time soon.

Coulter Bay at the Tetons is not too far off and apparently seldom fills up, however. We've stayed there: it's a big campground in the woods. Apparently Mammoth Hot Springs in YNP at the north entrance is also a good bet. But the distances in YNP are long and the speed limit is low (at or under 40 mph), not counting traffic jams when people spot wildlife.

Most of the thermal features are on the west side of the loop roads, so it can just take a lot of extra driving to get to them from other parts. West Yellowstone RV parks would be a reasonable option.

It is a very special place, though, despite the crowds.
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Old 08-05-2012, 11:05 AM   #130
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Oh don't get me started my wife a doctor. You wouldn't even believe what is coming. !!!!!
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Old 08-05-2012, 12:08 PM   #131
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Just my 2c-worth about Yellowstone.... and just coming off that "best practices"/SOP thread ..... for people from long distances away.

If it were me, I would make a reservation for Yellowstone. We were last there in early June, which was supposedly still their off-season, and stayed at the Bay Bridge campground. It was full-up one night; and then the nights when it wasn't full (but mostly so), some of the sites were not suitable for RVs, at least not large ones.

We were meeting up with some neighbours who are seat-of-the-pants RVers, and although they did get in with no reservations, their sites were so slanted, even with boards under their down-slope wheels, that one couple couldn't get their fridge to operate.

A couple of years ago we made a reservation in May for high-season camping at Grant Village, and there weren't a lot of sites left by then.

I just feel that it would be frustrating to travel such a long distance and then not be able to get in.

Some of the non-reservation campgrounds fill up early; and then not all sites are suitable for "the long, long, trailer."
I agree.

Really, in some situations, advanced planning is the only sane way to go, especially for your first few nights stay. If you are of a size and inclination to then look at first come, first serve sites, go for it.


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Old 08-05-2012, 01:04 PM   #132
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I agree too. We have already made reservations at Fishing Bridge for 2013. We were kind of seat of the pants this year our first with the trailer. Lots more planning goes into this type of camping than with a tent and a sleeping bag. But oh so worth it. We're learning....... We did get space easily at Mammoth in the park, with no hookups. We had the gen and learned about boondocking for two nights.

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Old 08-06-2012, 06:32 PM   #133
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Just spent 3 Wonderful nights at Custer State Park. Saw buffalo, prong horn, deer, burros, a gazillion prairie dogs, and thousands of motorcycles! Went to see all the sights in the area and we're tired.

Tonight and for the next few nights we wanted "town camping" since the dog needs a groom (Bichon) and I need a haircut. And dang it, we wanted Internet so we could communicate & plan.

Re: Seat of the pants: we stopped at a hot, dusty, noisy truckstop outside Casper & started trying to find an urban campsite...lol. One was full, one was exorbitant, finally found one that said it was near SAMs, Walmart, mall, etc. & had one space left. We told them to hold it, we were 3 or 4 miles away. Seat of the pants is not fun for me. Especially in the heat!

It is quite possibly the ugliest RV park I've seen. We are next to a fenced mini storage, no trees, a dumpster for dinner view! It's almost under a highway ramp! LOL Noisy! And it really is full. When I think of what $28 gets me in Branson...

I kept telling Ray, "don't unhook", but I shut all window blinds and turned on loud AC, got television, ready for a news fix, got Internet. So it's ok, if we don't look outside!

We're trying to decide whether to head to Cody or down to Tetons and then come up.

Custer was great! So was Wind Cave, Crazy, Hot Springs, Horse, Rushmore, etc.
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Old 08-06-2012, 08:27 PM   #134
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Just spent 3 Wonderful nights at Custer State Park. Saw buffalo, prong horn, deer, burros, a gazillion prairie dogs, and thousands of motorcycles! Went to see all the sights in the area and we're tired.

Tonight and for the next few nights we wanted "town camping" since the dog needs a groom (Bichon) and I need a haircut. And dang it, we wanted Internet so we could communicate & plan.

Re: Seat of the pants: we stopped at a hot, dusty, noisy truckstop outside Casper & started trying to find an urban campsite...lol. One was full, one was exorbitant, finally found one that said it was near SAMs, Walmart, mall, etc. & had one space left. We told them to hold it, we were 3 or 4 miles away. Seat of the pants is not fun for me. Especially in the heat!

It is quite possibly the ugliest RV park I've seen. We are next to a fenced mini storage, no trees, a dumpster for dinner view! It's almost under a highway ramp! LOL Noisy! And it really is full. When I think of what $28 gets me in Branson...

I kept telling Ray, "don't unhook", but I shut all window blinds and turned on loud AC, got television, ready for a news fix, got Internet. So it's ok, if we don't look outside!

We're trying to decide whether to head to Cody or down to Tetons and then come up.

Custer was great! So was Wind Cave, Crazy, Hot Springs, Horse, Rushmore, etc.
we were just in Teton and Cody. Signal Mt. at Grand Teton was fantastic! Nice private sites, lake, marina, lodge with good food and free wifi. Need to be under 30ft and there are no hookups or showers, still awesome. Location is central for all of the great hikes and fishing. Cody was a cute small town clearly trying to hang onto some onto the tourist passing through. We loved Custer also and plan to go back. When we were up against it traveling seat of the pants we resorted to Walmart, which actually was quieter and more pleasant than what it sounds you experienced at $28. We pulled in late, left early, did not un-hook, left our area spotless and spent $38 at the store. So despite the flack I've gotten for staying at Walmart, in a pinch it is a big help.
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Old 08-06-2012, 09:23 PM   #135
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Since I work here, a word about Yellowstone.

The Organic Act that established the park specifically requires that the Park be both made available to the "people" as a "pleasuring ground" and have all of the beauty and natural features protected. Hard to do both.

You add an RV Park with say 300 sites, all providing 50 amp service and water/sewer and you are talking about a major upgrade to our power grid and utilities. This in an era where no one wants to pay any taxes and we already catch major grief over entrance and camping fees.

Why stop at 300? Why not 1000? we could fill every site every night. While we are at it, why not get rid of the bison, after all they cause a lot of inconvenient traffic jams... And those geysers -- what a waste of energy. Why not a power plant next to Old Faithful?

We can't win.

If you simply must have full hook-ups, there are fine RV parks minutes outside of the West Gate.

Why on earth would you want to see more power lines in the Park?

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Old 08-07-2012, 11:52 AM   #136
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Mike, it's simple supply and demand. Since there is more than enough demand for what the park can sustain, there's no need for additional supply. Thanks for taking care of our national treasure for us.
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Mike, I hear you and understand what you're saying. I also appreciate it that you work to preserve our national treasures.

Having said that, it doesn't seem to be a problem to provide power, water, etc., to the huge lodges/hotels, the concessions, stores, etc., or to provide power to the many dwellings required to house park staff and administration.

I don't think anyone is asking that the park alter to suit RV owners. It just seems there could be some improvement and that the park could benefit from the revenue.

Airstreamers are generally very eco-conscious, and of course we wouldn't want bison or any wildlife to suffer so we could camp there.

As for the difficulty of the job of pleasing everyone, I certainly understand. I was in public jobs most of my life. But, they paid me for it, and I choose to do it. It's like every other job. Good and bad. I never found one that was all good.

Just because some of us wish for better accomodations for RVs in any national park doesn't mean we are criticizing the people who work there.
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HOLLY, thanks. I think we should have gone to Walmart last night, but it was HOT! How did you handle that? Do you have a generator.

Anyway, we moved to a better full-hook up sit here and it isn't too bad. We're staying a couple more nights to get things done that require a town.

Love your suggestions, and thanks so much for steering us toward Custer. It was a wonderful experience in every way! Next time we'll try for Legion Lake or one of the more secluded campgrounds, but we did fine.

We've decided to head south from here to enter through the Tetons.
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Old 08-07-2012, 01:01 PM   #138
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Back on thread - dumb question from someone who has never been where there are grizzly bears - is is ok to cook in your trailer or is it dangerous because of the odors? We have no experience with grizzlies.

I don't want to start a bear thread here. (I already did that somewhere else! LOL) I just want to know if you cook in your trailers while camped in Yellowstone or Glacier?

Some stuff says don't. What say you?
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Of course we cook in our campers, also outside.

Just clean up well and dispose of things when you're done. Your campground will have instructions, too.


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Just got back from 5 days at bridge bay, there are much easier pickings than your AS. We cooked outside and inside both, not too scared of grizzlies. If u see one, I suggest you buy a lottery ticket that same day. There is a dead elk about a mile off the road in the Lamar Valley, there where some bear and wolves up there.
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