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Old 04-06-2015, 09:18 AM   #1
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Currently have reservations for Fishing Bridge and Headwaters RV Park for July. Was wondering if I could drop the FB reservation and just do Headwaters. We have 11 days at Headwaters. We have a tow car and it appears we could see what we want from one location with of course some driving. Any input,,thanks
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Hi, not sure if you've been to this area before, but don't underestimate how large Grand Teton and Yellowstone are when combined. That's especially true if you measure it in time to travel, because in the summer it can be very slow travelling on the park roads. It's like camping in New Jersey and trying to spend a day in Washington DC.

Personally, I'd take a look at Colter Bay and Fishing Bridge. You'll have a great time no matter what you decide.
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Hi, not sure if you've been to this area before, but don't underestimate how large Grand Teton and Yellowstone are when combined. That's especially true if you measure it in time to travel, because in the summer it can be very slow travelling on the park roads. It's like camping in New Jersey and trying to spend a day in Washington DC.

Personally, I'd take a look at Colter Bay and Fishing Bridge. You'll have a great time no matter what you decide.
X2... Colter Bay is ideal - for the Tetons and the South gate, lower half of lower loop. The upper loop is just too far away...

http://www.yellowstone.co/roads.htm

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"The total road mileage in the park is 251 miles, the Upper Loop is 70 miles around, the Lower Loop is 96 miles around, and the Grand Loop is 142 miles around. The park top speed limit is 45 miles per hour, with many areas with lower speeds. The speed limit is strictly enforced, you will not want to get a ticket while on vacation and most animal deaths in the park involve vehicle accidents. Be careful and enjoy your time in Yellowstone."

Double your times. Stopping to look... being forced to stop by wildlife in the road etc... and you won't want to miss it...
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X2... Colter Bay is ideal - for the Tetons and the South gate, lower half of lower loop. The upper loop is just too far away...

http://www.yellowstone.co/roads.htm

From above link...

"The total road mileage in the park is 251 miles, the Upper Loop is 70 miles around, the Lower Loop is 96 miles around, and the Grand Loop is 142 miles around. The park top speed limit is 45 miles per hour, with many areas with lower speeds. The speed limit is strictly enforced, you will not want to get a ticket while on vacation and most animal deaths in the park involve vehicle accidents. Be careful and enjoy your time in Yellowstone."

Double your times. Stopping to look... being forced to stop by wildlife in the road etc... and you won't want to miss it...

X2 X2 on Colter Bay and FB for all of the minutes mentioned... PLUS. .. Driving in the park after dark while heading back to your CG has its own issues. There is very little light (read that none), there are many small rolling hills (limiting forward line of site), and the Bison like to walk right smack down the center of the road at night!😱😱😱. Driving slow after dark is a must IMHO.




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Whatever time you think that you will need to see Y’stone NP you better double it!

Remember that Y’stone Park itself is about 50 miles E/W and 70 miles N/S (2.2 Mil Acres) and the Grand Loop (figure 8) road is about 140 miles around. With a 45mph speed limit (radar controlled) and the thermal attractions and the Bison think that they own the road they will sometimes back up traffic for 1/4 mile or more and the altitude (Canyon Area is 7918 ft, Old Faithful is 7365 ft and Mammoth Area is ONLY 6239 ft) it will take a full day for each loop. When walking take it easy, carry/drink lots of water as it can be very exhausting, then you will only see the highlights. If your luck is like mine I guarantee that Old Faithful will have gone off just minutes before you arrived and will have to wait about another hour and 10-15 minutes for it to go off again kill time by walking around the upper geyser basin. When you are at Old faithful be sure to go into the Old Faithful Inn and look up when inside. When in the visitor center, Inn, Snowlodge etc they will have a sign displaying approximately when the next eruption will occur (+ or – about 10/15 minutes)

We have lived about 110 miles from the West Y’stone entrance for 50 years and go there a couple of times each summer and I still haven’t seen everything yet.

We day trip it to Old Faithful a couple of times every summer just to have lunch in the Old Faithful Inn. (the O/F INN is highly recommended to see)
All the above information to one extent or another goes for GTNP also.

In Jackson The Bar J Chuckwagon dinner/show is high on our list. We see them 3-4 times every summer! Get RESERVATIONS and be there EARLY to pick up your tickets! Tim, their fiddle player has won the Idaho State fiddle championship 8 times and the US open championship 2 times!

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We are considering staying in West Yellowstone for about 8 days. Is this a good location to base out of or should we plan to move halfway through? It's been recommended to me to not stay in the NF campgrounds with an RV as they are much tighter.

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We are considering staying in West Yellowstone for about 8 days. Is this a good location to base out of or should we plan to move halfway through? It's been recommended to me to not stay in the NF campgrounds with an RV as they are much tighter.

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My view... split between West Yellowstone and Colter Bay. You don't want to go all that way and not see the The Tetons - Jenny Lake - Jackson lake etc. As stated above - Colter Bay is close enough do do the souther portions of the lower loop. JMHO.
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What NF campgrounds are you referring to? Normally, they are well-spaced with vegetation compared to RV parks. We've always stayed in Baker's Hole NF campground in West Yellowstone or IN Yellowstone at either Mammoth, Madison or Bridge Bay campgrounds with our 40' motorhome. Mammoth is our favorite but they don't accept reservations. You have to be there early morning when folks are moving out.
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We are considering staying in West Yellowstone for about 8 days. Is this a good location to base out of or should we plan to move halfway through? It's been recommended to me to not stay in the NF campgrounds with an RV as they are much tighter.

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Last May, we stayed for 10 nights in West Yellowstone at the Grizzly RV Park. The park is very nice and saying at West yellowstone makes it easy to get to most of the NP. It is a long haul down to the Grand Tetons NP, which we did in a day trip. May was busy but not as busy as the rest of the summer will be. You will need lots of time and patience, especially when the bison take to the roads.
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What NF campgrounds are you referring to? Normally, they are well-spaced with vegetation compared to RV parks. We've always stayed in Baker's Hole NF campground in West Yellowstone or IN Yellowstone at either Mammoth, Madison or Bridge Bay campgrounds with our 40' motorhome. Mammoth is our favorite but they don't accept reservations. You have to be there early morning when folks are moving out.
I'm not speaking of any specific NF campground. It was a general comment made to me by someone else.
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We've stayed at Headwaters at Flagg Ranch and we could comfortably visited both parks using our toad. I found it far more practical to park the RV between the two parks and travel by toad, than to move the RV from one side to the other.

There is no right or wrong choice, like most things it's mainly about preferences. Our toad's comfortable, and the drive through the parks is usually beautiful and relaxing. Obviously there are congested traffic areas at the points of interest, but that doesn't change no matter where you park your RV.

Next time we are visiting those two parks I will certainly choose to stay at Headwaters again.
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