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Old 04-18-2009, 02:12 PM   #29
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There's no perfect solution for everyone at Yellowstone. It's a really big place and with summer traffic, it takes a long time to go anywhere. Plus, it's not a place you want to speed through. So, it seems to me it's best to stay inside the Park because it's about the Park and not the campground.

We spent a week there three years ago at the beginning of the season and stayed at Mammoth and at the Lake Hotel (no trailer). We drove all over place, but didn't see everything. We hiked a fair amount too. Even with it still being slow in May, something of a crowd at Old Faithful. Can't imagine what it's like there and at the other hot springs and fumeroles in summer.

A compromise would be to park the trailer at the cheapest campground you can find where there is some security and stay in one or more of the hotels in the park. Some of them are historic and the food can be pretty good at the restaurants (surprisingly, since it's run by Xanterra). It may be too late to get reservations unless they have some last minute openings.


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Old 04-19-2009, 06:25 PM   #30
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Thanks again. I made the reservations for West Glacier (I'll be sure to have the Trout dinner, Airboss) . I'm going to look into the Big Pines in SD next. A few places there were already booked up. Thanks, Joel!

We were considering the whole tent and occasional hotel thing when we were first planning the trip but with 4 kids, and 2 adults, for 3 and a half weeks (plus the cost of having to board 2 dogs) the trailer just seems to make a lot more sense financially. But this will be our longest trip yet. It's looking good though and now we won't miss the dogs so we're all really happy. Thanks to everyone for the information, it's been a great help.

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Old 04-19-2009, 07:49 PM   #31
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Originally Posted by Pacerized View Post
. Since most trailers give their lengths for just the box and don't include the tongue, I think you'd be safe declaring your setup to be under 40'.

Last year we thought we would use this method to get our 29' in and claim it was only 26'...the folks at registration have caught on to our little trick, the question asked now isn't "how long is your trailer", it's "how long is your rig, front bumper of the truck to the back bumper of the trailer"
They did slot us into a spot at Bridge Bay that was exactly as long as out rig, saving the longer ones for the monster 5ers...
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Old 04-20-2009, 05:05 AM   #32
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I saw that posted too. I went out to measure and I'm about 42 feet. But we don't need hook-ups so I'm thinking we could stay at some of the other campgrounds and we may be OK. ??
Is the under 40 ft rule fairly new? It seems that most if not all of you have trailers as long or longer than mine. Are your tow vehicles that much shorter than mine? Or does it just matter which campground you go to?
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Old 04-24-2009, 09:56 AM   #33
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Thank you folks for the many ideas. My DW and two poodles will head out in late May to revisit that part of the country. We have three weeks, hope we can see most of it.
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Old 04-24-2009, 11:37 PM   #34
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Would appreciate your posting photos as well as some of the don't miss points on your trip. Thanks!
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Old 04-26-2009, 10:50 PM   #35
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Old 04-27-2009, 12:39 AM   #36
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We have reservations in August for Madison Campground inside Yellowstone. Cant wait!

FYI - here is a list of sites in the park that allow generators...
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2015 Update for Yellowstone and Grand Teton

I noticed this thread and the recommendations are great, but it was in 2009, we are heading to Yellowstone and Grand Teton this summer, thoughts on RV parks? I was looking at some of the private parks vs the RV parks under the National Park umbrella as they are about 20 dollars more per night.

Is Yellowstone's Edge RV Park still great? Is it close enough to Yellowstone and Grand Teton to visit those places daily? (35 miles to Yellowstone doesn't seem like much, but I have no how that road is, hwy, 35 mph speed limit etc)

We will be there two weeks, two dogs, teenage daughter, need full hookups and is our first time there. Any recommendations would be appreciated.

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Old 05-28-2015, 04:18 PM   #38
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I doubt you will get full hookups inside the Park. You should be able to find out on the Park Service website for Yellowstone or RV Park Reviews: RV Park Reviews - Trusted Reviews of Campgrounds & RV Parks

I can understand wanting to stay inside the Park, but maybe you can split your time between the commercial campgrounds outside the Park and the ones inside. When we tent camped at Yellowstone (more than 20 years ago) the tent campgrounds had nice bathrooms.

Travel at Yellowstone can be very slow, especially in summer. Bear jams, moose jams, buffalo jams, wolf jams and gawkers can bring you to a stop often. It is a very big place with lots to see. We've been their twice (once for a week) and we didn't see everything, but we came real close.

I don't think admission to the Park is for more than a week (again, check website) and the price keeps going up. Check to see if a yearly pass will cost less especially if you want to go to other parks or monuments during the year (or wait until you're 62 and get a senior pass).

It takes some thinking to figure out how to do it plus reservations.

I hope the giant Yellowstone dormant volcano doesn't erupt while you are there (or any time while we are alive because it will be a mess here too). Yellowstone Lake is the center of the caldera that is there from the last supervolcano eruption 640,000 years ago. More likely to happen in another half million years.

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Old 05-28-2015, 05:52 PM   #39
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Fishing Bridge RV Park in Yellowstone has full hookups but it is basically a parking lot with trees -- no fire rings, no picnic tables. It is centrally located.

There are several nice RV campgrounds in West Yellowstone, Grizzly is one of them.

Effective 1 June, admission to the park for a week is $30 and it no longer covers admission to Grand Teton. A combined admission for YNP and Grand Teton is $50. So the annual pass for all national parks at $80 starts looking pretty good.

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We also stayed at Fishing Bridge 2 years ago. Same reviews as above.....parking lot, tight spaces, no trees to speak of......BUT it was centrally located to all major sightseeing spots. Hint.....go to Old Faithful EARLY in the am.....we got there as soon as it opened and after seeing the blast, went into the lodge for breakfast. In just the time it took us to get seated, eat, and pay our bill, the park was noticeably more the time we left, around 11:30 ish, the place was PACKED. The old adage is true here....the early bird gets..... a better view!
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Flagg Ranch campground up north is nice, and inexpensive!
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Old 05-29-2015, 07:49 PM   #42
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We went to flag ranch but didn't like it at all. Left and stayed in grand Teton national park. It was much better.

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