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Old 01-04-2015, 08:48 AM   #29
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we saw kids skiing on the Bearpass this pass July...late July!!
and it is not only about the snow in Montana...the winds are incredible!
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Old 01-20-2015, 12:34 AM   #30
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Can we expect full campgrounds and slow traffic in Yellowstone in June?

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Old 01-20-2015, 10:39 AM   #31
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Remember there are campgrounds that don't even take reservations. Drive in early morning to get the sites. There won't be as much actual driving traffic as July/August but folks will be stopping to see the baby critters. Enjoy!
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Old 01-20-2015, 10:46 AM   #32
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Can we expect full campgrounds and slow traffic in Yellowstone in June?

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We were there May 26- Jun 3, and I would say the traffic was light compared to pics I've seen of later in the summer. There would still be traffic jams when bears or elk were near the road, bison were everywhere so not too many cars stopped to gawk at them.
We stayed at Fishing Bridge CG and it was beginning to fill up when we left, but we did talk with the owner of a 40' Phaeton who had just driven in and they had a site to fit him. Usually those sites are booked up 6+ months ahead.
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Old 01-21-2015, 09:31 AM   #33
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We generally try to go just after Memorial Day. Some places are open, some aren't, but we have been able to find a place for a smaller trailer. We generally dry camp, but sometimes we can find a spot with electricity which makes dealing with the cool/cold temps easier. The advantage is that the nursery herds are still in the valleys, so you see all the babies. The traffic is bearable unless, of course, there is a bear :-) By mid June the rest of the campgrounds are open and traffic is picking up. By late June things get crowded and stay that way until around Labor Day. September is a lovely time with the high country turning gold, but the campgrounds start shutting down.

For those with smaller setups, we really like to stay at Bakers Hole Forest Service campground, 5 miles north of West Yellowstone. Many sites with electric, no dump, central water.
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For those with smaller setups, we really like to stay at Bakers Hole Forest Service campground, 5 miles north of West Yellowstone. Many sites with electric, no dump, central water.
You don't have to have a small RV to stay at Bakers Hole. We stayed there numerous times with our 40' motorhome. It's a great alternative as they don't take reservations.
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Ok, looks like we leave for our out west trip near the end of May. My question is, should we head to the Grand Canyon first, stopping at locations along the way, leaving (Huntsville, Al. Area.) Or should we head first to Yellow Stone and work our way down to the Grand Canyon. I feel I can't make reservations at the campgrounds because we like to stop along the way and hate having to be anywhere at a set time.
I want to avoid the crowds of summer. I worry about the heat in the southwest in June and July. And then I was thinking of going over to the Oregon coast, ( is it worth it)?

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Leaving that late (late May), I would head for Yellowstone first to minimize the crowds. It gets much more crowded than the GC as the summer progresses, IMO. And although the southwest can get hot in the summer, if you stick to the higher elevations of the southwest, the temperatures are usually bearable.
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You're going to get different views on your last questions....like mine.

I would do the Grand Canyon first as it DOES get very hot there and it DOES get busy in the summer, just like Yellowstone. From Alabama that would be your logical driving choice.


Then head to Yellowstone and you'll still be there in June sometime. July & August are the busiest times for Yellowstone. Then head to the Oregon coast (yes, it's worth it). It is always cool on the coast.
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we saw kids skiing on the Bearpass this pass July...late July!!
and it is not only about the snow in Montana...the winds are incredible!
One can ski Beartooth pass almost year-round. Except in the winter time, access is more difficult!!

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Can we expect full campgrounds and slow traffic in Yellowstone in June?

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Moderate. It really gets busy in July.

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I would do the Grand Canyon first as it DOES get very hot there and it DOES get busy in the summer, just like Yellowstone. From Alabama that would be your logical driving choice.

Then head to Yellowstone and you'll still be there in June sometime. July & August are the busiest times for Yellowstone. Then head to the Oregon coast (yes, it's worth it). It is always cool on the coast.
I would agree and for all the same reasons.


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So what is the best way to drive a large diesel pusher to Yellowstone from Utah, I want to visit jack hole and the grand Tetons. I don't want to drive any bad mountain roads.

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Utah in May and June is good time

We did 6 weeks last year in May and June and spent most of that time in Utah. It was hot even in May at Zion and Bryce was nice during the day, but cold at night. At Zion we had to park in Springdale and walk in only one day, other days we were able to park at the Visitor's Center. That was May13-20th last year. Torrey was busy but we were there on Memorial weekend...the park, Capital Reef, was not overly crowded though. Moab for Arches and Canyonlands was lovely that time of year. Parks were not too crowded in May but as you get close to June they do start to get crowded. I highly recommend May.

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Tom, Utah to Grand Teton Nat'l Park:


Guess it depends where in Utah you'd be starting. With our 40' MH we've driven 191 from the AZ border but you'll hit a steep uphill out of Vernal but it's doable.


We've also taken 191 to 40 and west on 40 toward Heber City, continuing north to I-80 at Evanston to 189/89 into Jackson, WY.


From I-70 we've also taken 10 to 191 or 89 north through Mt. Pleasant.


These are all scenic drives. We're fine with some hills and turns .


If you want interstate, then take I-15 north into Idaho and pick up Hwy 26 at Idaho Falls. Take 26 east to 89 at Alpine and north from there. 26 runs along the river so it's flat.


Fill with fuel for best price close to Idaho Falls or there is a big rig station (or two) in Alpine. Just south of Jackson on the left is a Smith's Grocery which also has fuel. In the same complex is a laundry and liquor store next to Smith's. The fuel station is usually very busy but if you hit it at the right time - o.k.


A little further on 89 just before Jackson on the right is another large grocery - Albertson's, I think.


We prefer staying in the national park itself - either at Gros Ventre or Colter campgrounds (both dry camping). There's also Colter RV Park if you want hookups.


Have a good trip.
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