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Old 10-27-2013, 12:14 PM   #1
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Yellowstone in the spring of '14

Looking at travelling from Portland, OR to Yellowstone in mid/late May and wanted to get some input from others regarding best routes & campgrounds.

We are wanting to stay where there are full hookups and don't mind up to an hour or so drive from the campground/RV park to Yellowstone.

Your input, advice, counsel, etc. would be most appreciated!
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Old 10-27-2013, 01:23 PM   #2
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We stayed in West Yellowstone at just about the nicest RV park that we have ever encountered. Just a mile or so to the west entrance. We would use that park again if we ever return.

There is a place about 2 blocks away that has wolves and grizzly bears. Don't miss feeding time there.
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Old 10-27-2013, 01:26 PM   #3
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Do you recall the name of the RV Park?
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Old 10-27-2013, 01:32 PM   #4
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Do you recall the name of the RV Park?
Yellowstone Grizzly RV Park They have a nice website
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Old 10-28-2013, 11:23 AM   #5
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You might want to check up on what is open or not before you go. Yellowstone is a high, cold sort of place. Most facilities in Yellowstone open by late May but it is hard to say what will happen in 2014 with government funding for the parks.

The Fishing Bridge CG within the park has hookups, but the RVs are packed in so tightly that you might not get a a real park experience there.

Opening & Closing Dates of Facilities - Yellowstone National Park (U.S. National Park Service)
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Hi from AZ. . . We hit YENP on June 5,'11 & it snowed the next morning ! Temps were 60's day & 30's night. Everything was open Except road from Canyon to Mammoth. Crowds were manageable....And yes, Fishing Bridge IS a parking lot, but so convenient to all. We spent 12 days there, doing loops out each day. We're planning on getting there this year about the same time (on the way to AK) & I'm going to check on Grizzly RV for a change. regards, Craig
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Old 10-28-2013, 12:28 PM   #7
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There is one RV campground in the middle Yellowstone with hookups. Fishing Bridge RV Park. However, sites are small and the campground is crowded and you need to make reservations very early.
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Old 10-28-2013, 04:58 PM   #8
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Mid-May in YNP is spectacular! The bison and elk are dropping calves all over the place, the bears are out and about, long, long days. The weather can be exciting--you get the odd blizzard now and then and the next day you get sunburned. Pack for arctic, hope for sub-tropical, either way count on precip.

Even though I work in the park, I have to agree with previous posters about Fishing Bridge -- it is a parking lot with a few trees. No fire rings, no picnic tables... We have stayed in Grizzly RV park in West Yellowstone waiting for our report date and really liked it.

Mammoth Hot Springs' Visitor Center as well as the one at Old Faithful and, probably, Canyon, should be open. The other three don't open until Memorial Day.

Jump in, you should have a great time!

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We went to Yellowstone and the grand Tetons this summer. Stayed at fishing bridge...it is what they say.......but we weren't there to "camp." we were there to see things........AS was just a place to sleep and eat. We really enjoyed the grand Tetons. We stayed at coulter bay which was a little better than fishing bridge....but still packed in . Best camping was on the way out and the way home in parks we found along the way. You will have a great time!
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Yellowstone Grizzly RV Park They have a nice website
I will second this recommendation. It is a very nice park in an excellent convenient location for shopping and other tourist activities in West Yellowstone as well as great access to the Parks West entrance.

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In 2011, we found a RV park a bit north of West Yellowstone that was really nice, had good facilities, and only a few miles to the park entrance. Sorry, but I am on the road, and don't have materials to get the name. As I recall, it was on the road that leads back over to Rexburg. PM me in a couple of days, and I will get my memory unit (aka my bride) to see if she remembers, or we can look in the Good Sam book.
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