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Old 10-04-2010, 10:03 AM   #1
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Yellowstone, Grand Teton and Rocky Mountain NP

Just back from three weeks covering Yellowstone, Grand Teton and Rocky Mountain NP. Elk, Bear, Bison, Big Horn Sheep all active in the parks. Aspens at their peak of color. Temps way above normal and dry but cold at night....just perfect. And Airstreams galore...vintage, new, long and short.
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Old 10-04-2010, 09:18 PM   #2
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My wife and I are thinking of Yellowstone in the fall,where did you stay and how were the crowds?

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Old 10-04-2010, 10:29 PM   #3
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we did 2 weeks yellowstone,tetons, glacier this past mo. I agree lots of animals out and not too many people! Next year fishing bridge in central yellowstone will be 1/2 50 amp sites,this year no power so should be good next year. We stayed at flag ranch (between yellostone and tetons) expensive and not too great of sites. Also long drives to northern part of park!
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We also were in the Big Horns, Yellowstone, etc and arrived home this week. Stayed at Madison campground in Yellowstone with reservations (thank goodness!). On our arrival, the campground was oversold and turning lots of folks away. Over the next few days, it appeared that there might have been one or two sites available. Still lots of folks in the Park in September, but not nearly as packed as we've experienced in previous summers.
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Old 10-05-2010, 09:02 AM   #5
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Gary we stayed at Fishing Bridge for three nights. Water and sewer but no electric. I purchased a Yamaha 2000 and it worked perfectly. Had enough battery to make it through the night with our furnace set at a very low temp. It was cold in the mornings but very nice during the day. Fishing Bridge is not pretty but very close to the east side of the park attractions Hayden Valley, Canyon of the Yellowstone and the North entrance.

My traveling companions were rookie renters and had battery issues which led to our skipping a planned three night stay at Madison Junction and moving to Grizzly RV in West Yellowstone for full hookups. Grizzly is the best RV park I've ever spent time in. Clean and friendly. The only excitment came when a sprinkler head came off at 3 am under the back of my trailer. The rear end was hung over the pad by about three feet and the noise was a bit unsettling! Cut off after about 10 minutes.

The crowds were very comfortable. Having been to Yellowstone in July I can tell you it was great to share the park with fewer people. The only exception was the weekend all NPs had free admission.

The one problem with visiting this area in the fall is closures. Fishing Bridge closed on the 26th. Just about everything was approaching the season end. We ended our trip in Jackson at the Virginian only because the Colter Bay, Flagg Ranch and the KOA nearby where closed for the season. Would give The Virginian a C-. Very friendly and helpful staff but unreasonably expensive and no WIFI.

Fall colors were at their peak, Elk rut in full swing, weather perfect (we where told it was unseasonably warm) and small crowds. Fall is a perfect time to visit!
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Charlie, We are planning our first Yellowstone visit Mid-June of next year. Do you have an idea of the crowds that time of the year? Is it definite that Fishing Bridge will have power hook-ups restored next year? I understand that they will not take a reservation until November of 2010 for Fishing Bridge next year? We have seen reviews of a Red Rock RV Park on the western side of park. Seems like a good place. Anyone have experience? We were planning on coming in at the northeast entrance and trying our luck with a getting a campsite at either Mammouth or Norris for a few days. Are there sites at Mammouth for a 19 ft Toyota Tundra pulling a 25 ft Safari? Would we be best served to reserve a spot at Norris to accomidate. Any and all advice is welcome.
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I found this website very helpful. You should be able to navigate to campground specifics from here. Yellowstone National Park - Plan Your Visit (U.S. National Park Service)

The electrical work at Fishing Bridge was on the front two loops only while we were there. It hard to tell but that looked to represent about 20 to 25% of the total spaces.

No info on the RV park you mentioned. We stayed at Grizzly RV in West Yellowstone MT and it was excellent. Tried to find Madison Arm RV but the gravel road was very rough so we turned back before reaching the park. I would not try to pull my trailer on a road that rough.

I assume the crowds will be bigger in June but with a little patience you will be rewarded with a great adventure no matter when you go!
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We, too, were in Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons in mid-September this year. Stayed at Fishing Bridge with no electricity but we had a small Honda generator that allowed us to charge up the battery to run the furnace at night (low around 30 every night). Stayed at Colter Bay RV Park in Grand Teton NP, which we liked so well that we put in our reservation request for next September. Can't wait to go back! Very few kids in the park, but lots of older folks. Evidently retirees make their own crowd there in September.
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