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Old 03-23-2016, 04:49 PM   #1
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Campground recommendations: Crater Lake, Yellowstone

Working on reservations for our first cross country trip in our (new to us) 32ft MH, class C, FR Sunseeker .We will be towing a car. Any suggestions of where to stay for 2-4 days in each location? Thanks!
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Crater Lake: The park itself has a campground. Also, Joseph H Stewart State Rec Area on Hwy 62 around Prospect is very nice. The other direction at Chiloquin is Collier Memorial State Park which is also very nice.

Yellowstone - The park has many campgrounds and Fishing Bridge RV if you need hookups. The east entrance at Cody makes for a very long drive daily to tour. Yellowstone is huge. At the west entrance is Baker's Hole national forest campground just north of the town of West Yellowstone but it doesn't accept reservations. This is our favorite outside the park. If you stay fairly close the previous night and arrive by mid-morning you can get a site. Henry's Lake State Park is another good option.

Don't forget Grand Teton Nat'l Park - hookups - Colter Bay RV in the park.
There are also 2 very large dry campgrounds but neither accepts reservations but they rarely fill. Arrive early and you get a spot. They are Colter Bay campground - right next door to the above-mentioned RV park and our favorite, Gros Ventre campground. Each has 300 sites. Staying anywhere else for Grand Teton is much too far.


Have fun planning!
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Crater Lake: The park itself has a campground. Also, Joseph H Stewart State Rec Area on Hwy 62 around Prospect is very nice. The other direction at Chiloquin is Collier Memorial State Park which is also very nice.

Yellowstone - The park has many campgrounds and Fishing Bridge RV if you need hookups. The east entrance at Cody makes for a very long drive daily to tour. Yellowstone is huge. At the west entrance is Baker's Hole national forest campground just north of the town of West Yellowstone but it doesn't accept reservations. This is our favorite outside the park. If you stay fairly close the previous night and arrive by mid-morning you can get a site. Henry's Lake State Park is another good option.

Don't forget Grand Teton Nat'l Park - hookups - Colter Bay RV in the park.
There are also 2 very large dry campgrounds but neither accepts reservations but they rarely fill. Arrive early and you get a spot. They are Colter Bay campground - right next door to the above-mentioned RV park and our favorite, Gros Ventre campground. Each has 300 sites. Staying anywhere else for Grand Teton is much too far.


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X2 On Bakers Hole and Gros Ventre. We love both campgrounds. Both have some sites with electrical hookups although they go fast. Gros Ventre is closer to Jackson Hole which is a fun place to visit. And if you are there don't miss Moose -Wilson road at dusk for the wildlife.
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Twogypsies, Thanks for suggestions, now on to more research. Thinking that we will stay 2 nights Crater Lake, one night Tetons, and 3 nights Yellowstone (west side) Still need to figure out which direction to take when leaving there and working our way back to Michigan. Wondering which route might be easiest with MH and toad. I did promise that we could get back to interstates once we left Yellowstone. We will have traveled about 6000 miles by the time we are home! Thanks again!
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Fisher99- Thanks for additional votes for campgrounds mentioned and for advice re: Jackson Hole/Tetons. We have been through that area before many years ago driving a van. Did not have time to stay in area, but it was beautiful!
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Crater Lake: The park itself has a campground. Also, Joseph H Stewart State Rec Area on Hwy 62 around Prospect is very nice. The other direction at Chiloquin is Collier Memorial State Park which is also very nice.
Great advice. I agree on all of these. Of course, I prefer Collier because I lived in Klamath Falls for 30 years and Klamath County is the "home" of Crater Lake. LOL Just depends on which side of the Cascades you are coming from if you want hook-ups.
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Collier state park, FHU spaces, get resverations on-line. Nice days trip to Crater lake.
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There is also Diamond Lake USFS and RV park near Crater Lake. Been a couple of years since we have been there but the Hotel Resort nearby used to have a pretty amazing restaurant. The Crater Lake Lodge also has a good restaurant and an incredible patio.

Diamond Lake is incredibly scenic being situated between Mt. Bailey, Mount Thielsen and Crater Lake park. The Lake has an 11 mile bike riding, walking trail around the perimeter. Of course, there are many great hikes in the area and at Crater Lake. We drive up sometimes weekly to go hiking in the park.

Be forewarned there is 10' of snow currently at Crater Lake. In years like this the early season mosquitos can be life threatening. I am not joking.

Not throwing any shade on the other suggestions just offering another option.
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ONE NIGHT in the Tetons? Ouch!
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Crater Lake: The park itself has a campground. Also, Joseph H Stewart State Rec Area on Hwy 62 around Prospect is very nice. The other direction at Chiloquin is Collier Memorial State Park which is also very nice.

Yellowstone - The park has many campgrounds and Fishing Bridge RV if you need hookups. The east entrance at Cody makes for a very long drive daily to tour. Yellowstone is huge. At the west entrance is Baker's Hole national forest campground just north of the town of West Yellowstone but it doesn't accept reservations. This is our favorite outside the park. If you stay fairly close the previous night and arrive by mid-morning you can get a site. Henry's Lake State Park is another good option.

Don't forget Grand Teton Nat'l Park - hookups - Colter Bay RV in the park.
There are also 2 very large dry campgrounds but neither accepts reservations but they rarely fill. Arrive early and you get a spot. They are Colter Bay campground - right next door to the above-mentioned RV park and our favorite, Gros Ventre campground. Each has 300 sites. Staying anywhere else for Grand Teton is much too far.


Have fun planning!

X's 2 on this input. And I'll toss in my suggestion of Madison within Yellowstone, as it is more centrally located for getting around the park.

If you go out East, or come in from the East, they Cody, we enjoyed the Cody State Park. Their are two of them, on on the side of the lake, the other a bit more West of town, on the West side of the lake (but not on the lake). We stayed in the West end, and waited out a storm dumping snow in the Tetons and Yellowstone. Great location, and Cody is for several days of enjoyment!

Have a blast, and take your time. Suggest doing fewer locations, staying longer, then trying to hit all on the first trip!

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Smitty77- Thanks for further input; so many good suggestions! Would be great if we could take more time; but, it is a long trip from Michigan and the other couple have not seen any of the areas we are going. Once we get out there trying to show them as much as we are able since they most likely won't be able to go again. Our one friend has fairly serious breathing issues and won't be able to do alot of activities, but has a "list" of what he would like to see. We will do our best to show him all the areas. Hoping to have future opportunities to go at a slower pace and spend more time in select areas....
We plan to not travel more than 300/400 miles any given day which is alot slower than we used to have to do getting out there and back in 2 wks vacation time.
Thanks again!
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Give the miles you will be traveling daily it will take at least two maybe three days to go from Yellowstone to Crater Lake and you will be traveling mostly through high desert. Not much to see in between. Crater Lake is beautiful, but is basically a one day sight; drive around the rim and stop at the lodge. If it were me I would take more time in Yellowstone and Grand Teton or go to Glacier National park from Yellowstone (only a long one day drive) instead of Crater Lake.
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Give the miles you will be traveling daily it will take at least two maybe three days to go from Yellowstone to Crater Lake and you will be traveling mostly through high desert. Not much to see in between. Crater Lake is beautiful, but is basically a one day sight; drive around the rim and stop at the lodge. If it were me I would take more time in Yellowstone and Grand Teton or go to Glacier National park from Yellowstone (only a long one day drive) instead of Crater Lake.
Agree with this. If one wants to see more than Yellowstone, the other locations listed nearby (Grand Teton, Cody, etc.) more than fill the bill for a week or more. Coming from Michigan, there's also the Black Hills and Devil's Tower.
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Also agreed; Crater Lake is exceptionally beautiful but one day will cover it nicely and it's a long haul from Yellowstone. I'd personally save it for when you have time to visit Bend, OR and of course all the sights on the OR coast. East side of Glacier is an easy day's drive from North Yellowstone (many nice RV spots going north out of the park) and Glacier is by far our favorite NP.
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