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Old 12-28-2014, 01:11 PM   #15
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Just an FYI the Yellowstone CG's don't even open until June, and sometimes the park doesn't either depending on the snow. There are alot of places in the Grand Canyon/Sedona area where you can park your MH and spend several weeks exploring in your Jeep.

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Old 12-28-2014, 03:26 PM   #16
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Even here in the "lowlands" (Minnesota) between the Black Hills and Wisc. we anticipate getting the worst blizzards in March, and the lakes are just beginning to melt. Even late April sees snow (although not much or for very long).
It wan't clear how long you would like to take to make this grand circle, but I wouldn't even think of getting to any high country places before the beginning of June - and mid to late June would be better. Sorry about all the other people, but the season is real short in the mountains.

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Old 12-28-2014, 03:52 PM   #17
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Yellowstone is really beautiful in the winter. Maybe ever prettier than in the summer. The only way to view it in the winter now days is by guided snowmobiles or snow coaches (vehicles with tracks on back & skies on front). To get near most of the places you have mentioned in Feb. & March it will be difficult in an RV. (Probably impossible )

The Grand Canyon South Rim is doable year round. The Trailer Village campground there is open year around. Now we were there 2-1-14 and it was 3 degree. So be aware.

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Old 12-28-2014, 10:18 PM   #18
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Out west trip

Ok so May to June would be doable? If I start heading across Texas in late April? I have a wedding in New Orleans mid April, and I was going to head that way, taking our time. We are full time, but have engagements through the year in the southern US. I will do my research and take your advise. We have camped in Wisconsin when we got snow, but I don't want to be snowed in. So I guess I will research it and see if I need to put the trip off for awhile.

We were planing on staying on the outside of Yellowstone and exploring by jeep.
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Old 12-29-2014, 09:05 AM   #19
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Old 12-29-2014, 08:26 PM   #20
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For us, your route is "back East". Most folks out here don't consider that "The West" starts until you're over the crest of the Rockies.
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Old 12-29-2014, 11:33 PM   #21
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Campgrounds - Yellowstone National Park (U.S. National Park Service)

This official site for Yellowstone will give you an idea of when the campgrounds open. Mammoth is open year-round. Others open in May and June.

Each year is different with the weather and road openings fluctuate so it's hard to give you a definite answer. I will say that if you get to the Yellowstone area you will not need reservations. So as you're heading that direction you could adjust your time, accordingly. We've been to Grand Teton Nat'l Park and Yellowstone the end of May. The roads were just fine and there was plenty of snow on the upper mountains so it was absolutely beautiful. We got to see many newborn animals by being there early. In Yellowstone the geyser areas were equally gorgeous without the crowds. So it could be a great time for visiting.

The only reservations that I would suggest would be for Grand Canyon's Trailer Village RV which is in the park and which is the best place to stay for seeing the canyon.

May and June is still early for vacationers to those parks so you won't have to worry about crowds like in July and August.

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Old 12-30-2014, 11:21 PM   #22
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Thanks, I just found out that my plans need to be after mid May because of a high school graduation around mid May. So it looks like the earliest we will be heading that way will be around the 21st of May. Ok, should we head to Yellowstone first and work our way down to the Grand Canyon or do our original plan for Grand Canyon first and working our way north to Yellowstone?

Thanks for all the suggestions and information.
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Go with your original plans. Grand Canyon first. Still be snow in the high parts of Yellowstone.

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Old 12-31-2014, 06:57 AM   #24
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As others have said, later is better. We've done the Black Hills in May, it was beautiful, and Yellowstone in early June (you're pretty safe from the crowds until at least mid June, just about anywhere). We had good weather in Yellowstone until the day we went to leave, the pass we wanted to use on our exit was closed for a few hours that morning due to snow. We delayed our departure by a day.

I'd not plan a driving trip to any of the destinations you mention before May and the higher elevation areas not before June, just too likely to run into very bad weather.

Our last trip to Yellowstone was in early August, and you're right, the crowds were something we'll look to avoid for any future visits. One of our favorite times to visit all of those areas is September. Maybe you could flip your trip around and do those parks after the wedding?
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Old 12-31-2014, 09:12 AM   #25
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The southern part of your trip is great in April and May. Grand Canyon, Vegas and Zion are wonderful in April as is Arches. There might be a few restrictions, but you can feel comfortable in the toad. Bryce is iffy that time of year due to the elevation, but if you can handle upper 20s/low 30s in your rig with full hookups at Ruby's Inn campground, you can take the toad or the park bus for sightseeing. I have camped in a popup in Grand Teton in late May, and I was thrilled with the wild animal young. The campground at the north end of the park is a good electric hookup site to do day trips into Yellowstone. There probably will be snow in late May, but most of the park is open to cars by then. I have also been in the Black Hills in late May/early June. It is cold at night but lovely.

Obviously I have more tolerance for cold weather camping than most of the other folks who gave you advice. It really comes down to what you and your rig are comfortable with. I gladly put up with some snow possibilities to see the area without as many people. You do have to be comfortable with a flexible schedule to work around any late storms, but just keep an eye on the forecast and head to lower elevations of cold weather or significant snow is forecast. Keep the propane tanks full for heating if needed.
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The video about Beartooth Pass was like on another planet.
I had white knuckles holding on my mouse... The few times the camera moved I thought we were going over the edge!!!!
Never seen anything like that, I drove semi up and over a lot of mountain passes. Was that pass just open after the blowers went thru?
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We go to jackson hole every year snowmobiling in late feb or early march seems like that's the best snow conditions
I wouldn't take my coach near there that time of year

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