Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 07-31-2012, 10:02 PM   #99
Moderator
 
HiHoAgRV's Avatar

 
1991 34' Excella
1963 26' Overlander
1961 26' Overlander
Central , Mississippi
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 5,326
Images: 29
Blog Entries: 49
Rapid City and headed to Yellowstone, hummm...don't ignore a little green spot on the map called Bighorn National Forest...it's really steep. Not that its a bad thing...it's just a whole bunch of UP...followed by a huge amount of DOWN...followed by the entrance to Yellowstone, where at times, its closer to the other side of the canyon than it is to the BOTTOM of the canyon...

oops...I hope I didn't freak ya out...

save the freak out for the ride...
__________________

__________________
Hi Ho Silver RV! Vernon, Sarah, Mac the Border Collie -
A honkin' long 34' named AlumaTherapy http://www.airforums.com/forums/f205...num-54749.html
and a 26' '63 Overlander, Dolly http://www.airforums.com/forums/f109...ome-71609.html
HiHoAgRV is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-31-2012, 10:35 PM   #100
Looking for Adventure
 
KrazyKelleys's Avatar
 
2007 34' Classic
Social Circle , Georgia
Join Date: Jan 2012
Posts: 36
We stayed last week for a night at a lodge on top of the Big Horn National Forest. Water and Electric for $15.00 / night. Pull Through to boot!! A lot of guys there on 4 wheelers. Not a bad drive to Yellowstone from there. We are currently in Missoula and will be heading to Glacier on Monday. Then off to Seattle!!
__________________

__________________
KrazyKelleys is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-01-2012, 12:55 AM   #101
4 Rivet Member
 
OilnH2o's Avatar
 
1976 27' Overlander
Missoula , Montana
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 374
Quote:
Originally Posted by LawChick View Post
Question: We were planning to go in through Cody, but that puts us way north of Teton. Is there a good road we could go SW off 90 at some point and start thru the Tetons before Yellowstone? After we go through Badlands?

Also, once we go in from south, can our rig handle the roads inside the parks until we find a place to drop it? Plan is to drop it somewhere & explore in our TV...
To answer your questions - depending on how close to Rapid you want to get (like, going to Mt. Rushmore or Crazy Horse Monument) you could head south from there toward Hot Springs, SD, and Wind Cave National Park. From there, west toward Douglas, WY and Casper, then you're headed to Jackson via Riverton. Pretty drive the closer you get to Jackson.

As for the roads - you'll have absolutely no problem with your TV or towing your AS on any of the roads in either Yellowstone or the Tetons.

As for the pups... sorry, can't answer that one!
(oh, and Kelly's - isn't it just a beautiful evening in Missoula!)
__________________
OilnH2o is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-01-2012, 01:19 AM   #102
Rivet Master
 
LawChick's Avatar
 
1992 29' Excella
1987 32' Excella
Morrilton , Arkansas
Join Date: Oct 2010
Posts: 591
Images: 55
Blog Entries: 10
Unhappy Now you skeered me!

Lawdie mercie, Vernon....now you really HAVE freaked me out! You're as bad as ole Brad.
As it is, I feel like I'm in a foreign country, being a little ole arkie who usually stays close to, or east of, the Mississippi River. Mt. Mitchell and Clingman's Dome are the biggest mountains I've seen - so I'm a little nervous. But if you folks are yanking 34 footers around, we should be ok in our little 29', won't we? Well, won't we? I'm thinking about hot brakes....hot transmissions...hot diesel....oh, me.....I'll be wanting tranquilizers, or liquor, or something!
__________________
Carol
2004 Dodge Ram 2500 Cummins HD
1987 Excella 32'


"Besides, I'm a gypsy at heart
and I like to travel around."
Reba McEntire



LawChick is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-01-2012, 08:19 AM   #103
3 Rivet Member
Commercial Member
 
hollyhunter's Avatar
 
1956 22' Caravanner
Mayto , Jalisco
Join Date: Jan 2010
Posts: 119
Images: 5
Blog Entries: 9
Quote:
Originally Posted by LawChick
Lawdie mercie, Vernon....now you really HAVE freaked me out! You're as bad as ole Brad.
As it is, I feel like I'm in a foreign country, being a little ole arkie who usually stays close to, or east of, the Mississippi River. Mt. Mitchell and Clingman's Dome are the biggest mountains I've seen - so I'm a little nervous. But if you folks are yanking 34 footers around, we should be ok in our little 29', won't we? Well, won't we? I'm thinking about hot brakes....hot transmissions...hot diesel....oh, me.....I'll be wanting tranquilizers, or liquor, or something!
We absolutely loved the Black Hills and Custer State Park in particular. I can recommend Center Lake campground, quiet and peaceful. We had #28 right on the creek and walked 3 minutes to the lake every morning and then hiked Harney Peak connecting to Cathedral Spires-Amazing!
Our plan was to overnight in Cody on enroute to Yellowstone, but we received a great tip in Shell City from one of the 63 locals. Free camping at the Dinosaur track park about 5 miles off of the main road. We were in a stunning valley surrounded by buttes, the place was empty-I mean no one. There were super clean toilets and covered picnic tables, and of course the tracks. It put us a bit closer than staying at Big Horn and cheaper and more pleasant than Cody.
Grant at Yellowstone has several sites on the lake 305-315 I believe, check the online map. You may be able to reserve specific spots in Sept. We did see Old Faithful erupt twice and more exciting Bee Hive which only goes every 16 hours. The Grand Canyon of Yellowstone was really something. We saw bison and a black bear. It was a long day to cover from Grant north to Mammoth and then back south, but I felt it was worth it. I felt like I was being processed and wanted to move on. I have been much happier here at Grand Teton. I live the campground at Signal Mt., right on Jackson Lake overlooking the range. The lodge is 5 minute walk away with free WiFi, coffee, boat ramp, restaurant, gas, stores, etc., but feels small and manageable. We are in the no generator loop #78. Many sites have lake and mountain views. Catch is to be here by 10am for the turnover as it is 1st come. Rigs under 30 ft only. We've had 2 awesome hikes and hubby caught a trout, oh and you are allowed to collect wood and to have a fire here, not in YS. btw there was a fire last week in WindCave, SD so make sure it's open now. Enjoy!
__________________
Holly Hunter
goat wrangler
www.ranchosolymar.com
hollyhunter is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-01-2012, 10:42 AM   #104
Len and Jeanne
 
Len n Jeanne's Avatar
 
2005 16' International CCD
2015 19' Flying Cloud
Creston Valley , British Columbia
Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 1,466
Quote:
Originally Posted by BAB View Post
Really want to plan a trip to Yellowstone in September. What kind of crowd would I find around the third week of September? I don't want to do this if it's going to be bumper to bumper. Anyone give me their experience for a visit this time of the year??
We drove through Yellowstone last September, but didn't camp there-- en route from Colorado to BC. The roads weren't crowded (although you can always expect delays if people spot wildlife near the road) but parking areas at the thermal features were surprisingly crowded: apparently all of the people without children (or with grandparents to look after them) decided September was the time to beat the rush!

Then during the real off-season a lot of the park campgrounds are closed and you can count on frosty nights. The nps.gov site for Yellowstone indicates their open dates.

www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/open_closedates.htm#CP_JUMP_127510

If you want to plug in, it looks like Fishing Bridge closes Sept. 23. You might consider one of the RV parks in West Yellowstone. They are fairly close to the thermal features (mostly on the west side) and would allow you to plug in.
__________________
Len n Jeanne is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-01-2012, 11:21 AM   #105
1 Rivet Member
 
earlwalker's Avatar
 
1993 21' Sovereign
Scaly Mountain , North Carolina
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 9
Images: 1
Quote:
Originally Posted by BAB View Post
Really want to plan a trip to Yellowstone in September. What kind of crowd would I find around the third week of September? I don't want to do this if it's going to be bumper to bumper. Anyone give me their experience for a visit this time of the year??
We were there in late Sept just before the park closes and there were no crowds.
__________________
earlwalker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-01-2012, 10:06 PM   #106
Moderator
 
HiHoAgRV's Avatar

 
1991 34' Excella
1963 26' Overlander
1961 26' Overlander
Central , Mississippi
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 5,326
Images: 29
Blog Entries: 49
Quote:
Originally Posted by LawChick View Post
Lawdie mercie, Vernon........oh, me.....I'll be wanting tranquilizers, or liquor, or something!
All of those work...like a previous post, we felt like YellerStone was a 'take a number' park...you stand in line and take your turn...

GTNP didn't seem to have an agenda.

Don't worry about the roads..as long as there is a GIANT 5th wheel or diesel pusher coming from the other direction, you can make it with no problem. I know, you are thinkin' "what if they just turned around and were tryin' to get out"...no worries...there are no turn around spots...
__________________
Hi Ho Silver RV! Vernon, Sarah, Mac the Border Collie -
A honkin' long 34' named AlumaTherapy http://www.airforums.com/forums/f205...num-54749.html
and a 26' '63 Overlander, Dolly http://www.airforums.com/forums/f109...ome-71609.html
HiHoAgRV is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-01-2012, 11:00 PM   #107
3 Rivet Member
 
wheelerimage's Avatar
 
1965 20' Globetrotter
1955 22' Safari
Butte , Montana
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 145
Images: 8
Blog Entries: 2
Bab,
September is possibly the best time to visit Yellowstone because that is the elk rut. Aka mating season. Everyone needs to hear a bull elk bugle at least once. Wildlife are more active in Sept, and look great in their new winter coats. There are fewer tourists in the park in sept.
__________________
wheelerimage is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-01-2012, 11:06 PM   #108
3 Rivet Member
 
wheelerimage's Avatar
 
1965 20' Globetrotter
1955 22' Safari
Butte , Montana
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 145
Images: 8
Blog Entries: 2
Best camping locations for sept elk season are mammoth or madison
__________________
wheelerimage is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-02-2012, 12:02 AM   #109
Rivet Master
 
LawChick's Avatar
 
1992 29' Excella
1987 32' Excella
Morrilton , Arkansas
Join Date: Oct 2010
Posts: 591
Images: 55
Blog Entries: 10
Mitchell SD to Interior then Custer SP

Thanks everyone!
I was trying to put some photos in to share and lost my whole message. Grrrrrr
Tomorrow we leave Mitchell, SD where we've been hanging out on the side of I-90 while doing shopping, seeing a quirky little thing called "Corn Palace," which was really pretty cool, and preparing to move on. This campground is kind of like a Walmart parking lot with hookups, but it was cheap with Passport. (R & R CG) It's behind a motel, but the people are super nice and it suited our needs.

We are reserved for two nights - tomorrow and Friday - at Badlands Ranch and RV Resort near Interior SD. Hope it's good. Using it for a base to see Badlands.


Holly, I'm so glad to hear Custer State Park is good. We are in there for Saturday and Sunday while we see Rushmore and Crazy Horse. Ray thinks we should. I guess it's obligatory since we're in the area. We could only get the two nights, and it is in Game Lodge campground there. We were happy to get anything with Sturgis starting Monday.

We don't do much more than 200 or so miles a day before stopping for a couple of nights at least. Our dog is old, too, and needs to rest up after every trip since he's not a great traveler.

After Custer SP we'll start heading further west. It's 364 miles from Custer to Cody, so I know we won't do that in one day, especially with great scenery! I've been looking at the roads around Big Horn...but we're going in! LOL So, I appreciate the information about betwixt and between. At the rate we move, we may end up being around YS in September! But we hope to make it up to Glacier before it gets too late in the season. I'm excited about Grand Teton, too.

Had a rainstorm this afternoon. The wind blew gale force. Of course, the AS didn't care. The rain was wonderful, and there was a big ole rainbow afterwards. I'll post photos when I figure out how. I have a new computer we bought in Sioux Falls, too, so I'm doubly challenged.

Thanks so much! What would we do without the forum?
__________________
Carol
2004 Dodge Ram 2500 Cummins HD
1987 Excella 32'


"Besides, I'm a gypsy at heart
and I like to travel around."
Reba McEntire



LawChick is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-02-2012, 12:49 AM   #110
Rivet Master
 
Smartstream's Avatar

 
1982 28' Airstream 280
Port Angeles , Washington
Join Date: Aug 2008
Posts: 1,371
Carol as long as you are in the area take a few minutes to see the Minuteman Missile Site. It's at I think exit 110 on I-90. Go south about 1/2 mile and you will see a chain link fence. It's free and you can take a cell phone tour to explain what you are looking at. It only takes a few minutes and it will send a shiver up your spine. When you leave cross the highway and you are at Wall Drug, another tourist thing to do as long as you are right there.

Enjoy, Dan
__________________
Smartstream is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-02-2012, 01:08 AM   #111
Rivet Master
 
Smartstream's Avatar

 
1982 28' Airstream 280
Port Angeles , Washington
Join Date: Aug 2008
Posts: 1,371
While I think of it if you want to revisit the fifties stop at Boondocks. It's on US 385 just a couple of miles east of Deadwood, SD. Have an ice cream cone and enjoy the old cars and yes they have a flamingo flock.

Click image for larger version

Name:	DSCN3721.jpg
Views:	91
Size:	257.9 KB
ID:	164490 Click image for larger version

Name:	DSCN3722.jpg
Views:	86
Size:	515.1 KB
ID:	164491

Cheers, Dan
__________________
Smartstream is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-02-2012, 06:15 AM   #112
Rivet Master
 
Lily&Me's Avatar

 
2006 22' Interstate
Normal , Illinois
Join Date: Jan 2009
Posts: 13,565
Be aware that there are burro herds that roam Custer state park. They are very friendly, will come right up to you and like to be fed carrots.

They are, however, WILD ANIMALS! We had a too-close encounter in 2002 with a large male burro there, who reacted suddenly to something we believe he thought was a snake. We were in his way, and I still have a scar on my leg from being scraped (through jeans) by his hoof.

Stay in your vehicle, is my advice, and give them carrots through the window.


Maggie
__________________

__________________
🏡 🚐 Cherish and appreciate those you love. This moment could be your last.🌹🐚❤️
Lily&Me is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 11:17 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.