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Old 08-18-2013, 02:31 PM   #1
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Can I fit in Yellowstone NP campsites

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Newbie here. We've been camping all my life (popups and tents) but only ~3 years with our 26' TT (TT+tow vehicle ~49'). We're looking to hit Yellowstone with the kids next summer. We really prefer to camp in NP/SP/NF type campgrounds and don't care so much about the hookups. We would also prefer to be in the park to minimize drive times and get the full experience of yellowstone.

It looks like all of the reservable campgrounds but Fishing Bridge have 40' and smaller campsites. We really don't want to camp there as it sounds fairly non-NP-like.

How easy will it be to find a first-come first-serve site large enough for our set up? Which NP managed campgrounds would be our best bet?

Thanks!
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My 2 cents.... It will be tight of course, but I would go for it. The roads in the park are narrow with lots of turns. Tour buses make it but often need more than their lane.
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Old 08-18-2013, 02:55 PM   #3
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We just returned from a trip to Yellowstone in our 37' Class A MH. There are several campgrounds that will accomodate your rig (though not all).

Fishing Bridge is the only campground with full hook-ups. See the list below for all of the campgrounds in the park.

In order of openingDates*Nightly Fee/**SitesElev (ft)
FeaturesRV Sites
MammothAll year
$2085 6,200A,F,GMost are pull-through
Madison ΔΩ5/3-10/20$212786,800A,F,NS,DS,GCall for availability & reservations
Fishing Bridge RV ΔΩ‡5/10-9/22$45>3257,800F,S/L,DS,G, hookups
Call for availability & reservations
Norris 5/17-9/30$20>1007,500A,F,G2 @ 50' (signed); 5 @30'
Tower Fall5/24-9/30$15316,600 VAll @ 30' or less; has hairpin curve
Bridge Bay ΔΩ5/24-9/2$214327,800A,F,NS,DS,GCall for availability & reservationsCanyon ΔΩ5/31-9/8$25.502737,900A,F,S/L,DS,Gcall for availability & reservations
Indian Creek
6/14-9/9$15757,300A, V10@ 35'; 35@30'-pull-throughPebble
Creek
6/15-9/30$1527
6,900VSome long pull-throughsSlough
Creek
6/15-10/31$15236,250V14 @ 30', walk through first to assess sitesLewis Lake6/15-11/3$15857,800VAll @ 25' or less
Grant Village ΔΩ6/21-9/22$25.504307,800A,F,S/L,2S,DS,GCall for availability & reservations*Campgrounds close for the season at 11 am of the last date listedΔ Sites you can reserveΩ Rate does not include tax or utility pass-through Site with full hook upsA Accessible sites availableF Flush toiletsV Vault toiletsS/L Pay showers/laundry onsiteNS Showers not included2S Two showers included each nightDS Dump stationG Generators OK 8 am-8pm
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Hello all,

Newbie here. We've been camping all my life (popups and tents) but only ~3 years with our 26' TT (TT+tow vehicle ~49'). We're looking to hit Yellowstone with the kids next summer. We really prefer to camp in NP/SP/NF type campgrounds and don't care so much about the hookups. We would also prefer to be in the park to minimize drive times and get the full experience of yellowstone.

It looks like all of the reservable campgrounds but Fishing Bridge have 40' and smaller campsites. We really don't want to camp there as it sounds fairly non-NP-like.

How easy will it be to find a first-come first-serve site large enough for our set up? Which NP managed campgrounds would be our best bet?

Thanks!
Bridge Bay is just a few miles from Fishing Bridge and very centrally located. We stayed there a couple of years ago in out 40' motorhome.
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We were in grand Teton visitor center about a month ago where they had a board listing all the campgrounds in Yellowstone and grand Teton and the times those campgrounds filled up on the previous day. The more popular ones in Yellowstone filled at 7:15 am.
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You will have no problem with your 26' travel trailer. We don't with our 40' motorhome. The sizes given are for your RV. If you're going in summer you might want to consider reservations at Madison c.g. in the park. It's centrally located and very nice - no hookups. Have fun planning!!
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I think the point was ... 26' TT (TT+tow vehicle ~49') ...

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I think the point IS (as twogypsies is trying to point out) you rent spaces based on length of the vehicle that STAYS in the park. In this case 26 ft. The towing vehicle or toad in the case of a motorhome is disconnected and can be parked elsewhere or along side the trailer, etc, etc...A 40' MH does not ask for a 63' space (MH+hitch+toad)
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Canyon and Bridge Bay would both be good choices. However, don't expect to be able to get in during the summer without reservations at least 3 or 4 days in advance. A few of the campgrounds there don't take reservations, but most of those will only handle very small RVs. Pebble Creek has some large sites, but up in the NE corner of the park, it is not very conveniently located. If I remember correctly, generators are not allowed there.

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I think the point was ... 26' TT (TT+tow vehicle ~49') ...

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Yep...a 26' trailer would definitely fit into a 30', 35' or 40' RV site. That's how they're rented out....not by the 49' needed. They allow for parking. That's why our 40' motorhome fits into a 40' space. Our towed car always seems to fit, too.
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Yep...a 26' trailer would definitely fit into a 30', 35' or 40' RV site. That's how they're rented out....not by the 49' needed. They allow for parking. That's why our 40' motorhome fits into a 40' space. Our towed car always seems to fit, too.
Very good to know! I wish they were more clear in these definitions or better yet list an overall length x width of the site. Sounds like we should be comfortable reserving a 35-40' site. Thanks!
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Every campground across the country is stated differently, unfortunately. I wish they were uniform. Some give the RV size as does Yellowstone and some the total site size. That's why sometimes you might see in a description 65'-75' length sizes. That would mean the whole parking space. It is confusing. After full-timing for 17 years and having a 40' motorhome we have learned to investigate each one thoroughly.

We have also volunteered at national parks and state parks and we know that many times the stated length is a length of most of the campsites. There will also be some larger but if they put that larger size in literature, folks will think that ALL the sites are that big.

We once pulled into Bridge Bay c.g. in Yellowstone and ask if any sites available. We were told to drive through and if there was one we could fit into, have at it. We found a lovely extremely long site that worked out perfectly. Of course, this was in September, not prime season.

This is why we try not to reserve campsites. You just never know what you're getting. We're not in any hurry, being retired, so if one campground doesn't work we just try another. No big deal.

On that note, you stated you're going to rent a 35-40' site. If you're only 26', how about a 30' site and let the fewer big ones for bigger RVs? Enjoy Yellowstone!! We've been there often and never tire of it.
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