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Old 08-13-2016, 08:34 PM   #1
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Suggestion for Yellowstone campground

Would you recommend Bridge Bay or another campground to stay at while visiting Yellowstone. We like trees!!!

Also recommend a route between Yellowstone & Yosemite?


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Old 08-13-2016, 08:53 PM   #2
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Just came back from across US and back east across Canada. Was at West Yellowstone KOA last week and it was great for us.
No trees around large MH sites. We are in 40ft MH. Some on the outside where smaller RVs are. However site is surrounded by trees.

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Old 08-13-2016, 08:56 PM   #3
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Would help to know what size/type of rig you have . That campground also closes the 5th of sept as most of the inter park campgrounds so your dates are critical too.
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Bridge Bay is a nice campground across the road from Yellowstone Lake. It has no hook ups but does have a dump station. It's one of 5 campgrounds (Madison, Fishing Bridge RV Park, Bridge Bay, Canyon, and Grant Village) you can reserve a spot through Xanterra Parks and Resorts. I like Norris Campground, again no hook ups, but lots of large lodgepole pine trees. Norris, like the other 7 campgrounds in the park are first come first serve. If you get to the campground entrance at about 8 am, you can grab a site as someone leaves. I've never not found a spot in over 20 seasons of camping -- I've never made a reservation ahead yet.

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+1 for west Yellowstone koa. Stayed there last year and really enjoyed the stay.
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Suggestion for Yellowstone campground

We stayed at Grizzly RV Resort in West Yellowstone. Expensive but loved being walking distance to the town and the Grizzly and Wolf Discover Center. The entrance fee was good all week. We also thought the location was good for driving into the park.

As for route, we took I-80 to through CA and Utah and headed north on 93 to Twin Falls. We then took 84 and 86 through Idaho and headed north on 15 to Idaho Falls. We then took 20 to West Yellowstone. It was a good fast route, but as I said, 80, 84, and 86 are all interstate freeways. Still it was beautiful country and I'd encourage you to stop at both Twin Falls and Idaho Falls for a day.

Here's a link to our trip report from about 2 years ago: https://mobilemosers.com/2014/08/11/...stone-rv-trip/
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Old 08-13-2016, 11:05 PM   #7
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Grizzly RV Park in West Yellowstone is where we stayed on our first visit. Plusses of being in town, IF that is important to you. MINUS of being another 25-30 minutes outside of the park, without backup's at the gate (Which happen.). And potential back up on the road into the stop sign from Buffalo and or tourists.

We found Madison to be a good compromise between South and North Yellowstone. Still close enough to make the run into West Yellowstone if needed.

But, also admit the we've not stayed in Norris, which also looks like a good 'in park' place to be.

Madison you can make reservations for...

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Old 08-13-2016, 11:53 PM   #8
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Yellowstone to Yosemite: No route is very fast, getting to Yosemite Park from the East is via US Hwy 395 from the North or South or US 6 from the East. The Eastern entrance is at the top of Tioga Pass at about 10,000 feet. Beautiful country. Good camping and fishing. The road up Tioga is very scenic, and somewhat steep. I would go South on US 20 to I-15 at Idaho Falls. Stop in Rexburg, ID; home of Philo Farnsworth, the inventor of TV. Idaho Falls is worth a day, too. Nice place. South on I-15 to I-86 in Pocatello, West on I-86 to Twin Falls. South on US 93 to Nevada. Jackpot, just over the Nevada border has gas, food, small casinos and RV parks. The next "big" place, (read three gas stations or more) is Wells, on I-80/93. After that is Ely, a nice little town in the middle of nowhere. There was a hugh open pit copper mine near there, in Ruth, NV, I think Ely has a train museum. Nice RV park South of town about 3 miles. I would stay there again. From Ely take US 6 to Tonopah. Gas in Ely, honest, because there isn't a lot until Tonopah. Even jackrabbits carry canteens. Go North on US 6/95 to Coaldale Junction (nothing there, honest) and then go West on US 6 over Montgomery Pass toward Bishop, CA. After you drop down Montgomery you will come to Benton Crossing. Leave US 6 for CA 120 West. This is a nice road that will go between the Mono Craters and Mono Lake when you approach US 395. Go North on 395 to Tioga Pass, or a mile farther on to the town of Lee Vining. Gas at Lee Vining if you have to, it won't be cheap, but cheaper than the park. Lots of great camping on all of the East Side of the Sierras, hope you have a good time.
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Fishing Bridge is the only full hoop up site within Yellowstone. That being said it fills up fast. It is probably booked for the entire season this year. We were in Yellowstone this June and got a site at Grants Village. There were no hookups but the campground did have lots of trees. The down site is you cannot rum your generator before 8 am. So coffee was the old fashion percolator on the stove. Other than that it was a good site. We did not spend much time in the campground, to busy seeing all the sites there is to see. Another hitch we ran into was that they said that the site we rented was only long enough for our 37' MH. No room for the TOAD. Well that's what they said so we ended up reserving a tent site so we would have room to park the toad. When we go to our site there was ample room to squeeze the toad behind the MH. The reservation I made were done 6 months in advance. If you are thinking of staying in the park book as soon as you can. It was a great 6 days. 7 wolves, 5 grizzly bears, 7 black bears and all the other assorted wildlife that is there. Only thing we did not get to see is a moose. Rangers said since the reintroduction of the wolves the moose have been scares. If I can recommend a couple of not to miss places they are, take the trail through Pelican valley. A group is recommended due to the high grizzly bear population. The other which is driving destination is the Lamar Valley. Lots of bears and wolves because this is where most of the buffalo are.
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Old 08-14-2016, 06:40 AM   #10
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West Yellowstone KOA was a great place for us. Not cheap, but to us it was well worth the price!
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If you want to stay a few miles south of Yellowstone, The Colter Bay Village RV Park in the Tetons is nice. It is inside the Grand Teton National Park and is run by the National Park Service. There are LOTS of trees and the park is right on Lake Jackson. Below is a photo taken about a hundred yards from our camp site.
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Just stayed at grizzly in west Yellowstone. Nices camp we stayed in. About a or so out of west entrance
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Old 08-14-2016, 05:43 PM   #13
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Yellowstone campgrounds are full of trees. However, Bridge Bay probably has the least depending on the campsite.


If you want reservations, Madison is very nice. We enjoy Mammoth but no reservations.
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Mammoth campground has some of the tallest sage brush I've ever seen, but very few trees.


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