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Old 07-23-2019, 06:53 PM   #1
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Yellowstone in Mid September?

Looking at making a 2 week trip out to Yellowstone leaving Alabama September 14th and gutting our 3 days to arrive in Jackson WY on the 19th spend 8 days in the park and then gut it out back home. It will be just the wife and myself, (no kids) so we should be able to relax and just drive it out.

Anybody got info on going this time of year. (Gap Season)
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Hi

Assuming you are talking about this year, where do you plan to stay? A quick check on the internet suggests a bit of trouble booking anything at this point.

The fact that many of the campsites are shutting down as you are arriving does suggest that you are very much pushing into the end of their season.

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Yes this year. We will work out reservations. Loloho from YouTube travel there as late as mid October. Average temps look to be highs in the 60’s and lows in the 30’s. We are use to winter camping.
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As far as I can tell, anything inside either Yellowstone or Grand Teton that is legit for tow vehicle + 23' trailer is fully booked. ( = "single width site, listed length is for both trailer and vehicle"). Indeed there are options to stay outside the parks and spend a lot of time time driving back and forth.

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Im finding the same thing. I was going to call around tomorrow. This is kinda last minute. I’ve got Two weeks. Any other ideas.
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Should have no problem getting a site in Coulter Bay or Gros Ventre - the no service dry camp type. There is a KOA above Red Lodge that was not full when we were there last year. Check the commercial CGs above Gardiner.

Hope it works. We had a 23 degree night when we ran through to get South. Pat
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Hi GMFL,

We usually go to Yellowstone in September every other year. Jackson is about seven hours from here. We will book a site in Jackson at The Virginian for our first and possibly second night. Gros Ventre campground in Grand Teton, as mentioned, is a great campground right on the Gros Ventre river. It has a dump station and water hydrant, but check to make sure it has not been turned off for the winter. it has always been on when we have camped there in September. We woke up to moose walking through the campground.

Personally, we would rather stay in Gros Ventre than in YS. it is a lot less crowded. you can go over to Moose and there are several hiking trails at the base of the Tetons.

Then, we will head to West Yellowstone and stay at the Grizzly RV Park. Right and the West entrance to YS and easy for day trips into the park. Also, only two blocks from the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center; a must-see.

Hope this helps,
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Grizzly RV in West Yellowstone is certainly a great commercial RV park. We are there for much of September every year. For access to the north entrance of the park, Yellowstone's Edge RV park in Emigrant is very nice and is a good alternative if everything is full in Gardiner.

In the park and in West Yellowstone in September, temperatures at night can get far below freezing. The coldest we have experienced was 9° F.

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Just so you know, it is not unusual to get a storm or two in September that can drop several inches of snow and close all the passes in the park.

If it happens, take a nap, read a book and they will have the roads open before you know it.

If you can live with two-way, the Forest Service campground at Bakers Hole (just north of West Yellowstone) almost always has a few walk up sites if you show up about noon. Otherwise book able through recreation.gov.
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GMFL: consider Grand Teton instead. If you can’t book into Full service site at Colter Bay, there is a first come first serve (dry camping) campsite next door to Colter - right up a little hill from Colter. I got into it twice with no problem in June. Show up by noon for best chance. This location also puts you just 8 miles or so from south end of Yellowstone. Good luck and safe travels.
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Looking at making a 2 week trip out to Yellow Stone leaving Alabama September 14th and gutting our 3 days to arrive in Jackson WY on the 19th spend 8 days in the park and then gut it out back home. It will be just the wife and myself, (no kids) so we should be able to relax and just drive it out.

Anybody got info on going this time of year. (Gap Season)
Just was out in Yellowstone in early June. Didn’t take The Bean out then as I had all six members of my family. Saw a great looking KOA just south of West Yellowstone.that we are considering for our next trip next September. Be aware that you could have any kind of temperatures or prep though at that time. If you’re like us though, fall is the best time to camp regardless of location. Have fun!
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We too are going to Yellowstone in September. After checking the website & finding nothing available in the NP, I called the reservation site. Certainly glad I did. They found me a site for 6 nights during the last week in September in the Madison campground. Not sure whether or not someone canceled and the website had not been updated, but you should try giving them a call.

We are also going to spend a few days at Grand Teton NP. The Colter Bay RV Park with full hook-ups was full, but I spoke to someone at the park about the Colter Bay Campground, which does not offer full hook-ups. He was very confident we wouldn't have any problem securing a first come - first serve site during the second half of September. He suggested we arrive between 9 & 11.

Have a safe & fun trip.
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We stayed at the Bay Bridge CG in Yellowstone last year around the same time frame. I would call to see whats available. I don't think Bay Bridge was ever completely full while we were there. It does get cold at night so bring the Heater Buddy! As far as the weather, it could be anything. Last year was perfect however, I tent camped there in my younger days and woke up to half a foot of snow in mid September.
Alternative campgrounds for me would be Flagg Ranch or Coulter Bay at the north side of Grand Teton NP. Speaking of the Tetons, dont miss it!
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We go thru and stay in Yellowstone area each September on our way back to TX from MT. As others have said, many of the campgrounds close down so check that. We stay in West Yellowstone area (Bakers Hole ACOE campgrounds) a couple nights and then go to Signal Mountain in Tetons....there are several options in Tetons for "boondocking" also...Jackson Hole is not a far drive for day trips if you want the convivences of nice restaurants/shopping... It is a great time to visit and see the wildlife with fewer visitors and kids back in school. I still recommend any trips thru the park to leave early in the morning...less traffic and typically you see more wildlife.
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