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Old 11-10-2013, 08:52 AM   #1
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We are starting to plan a trip to Yellowstone with our 37LS Outlaw Class A toy hauler for next spring/summer. We plan on brining out Motorcycles to use as our touring vehicles once we set up camp. We are looking for campground recommendations, best time to go and general recommendations for the trip.

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We are starting to plan a trip to Yellowstone with our 37LS Outlaw Class A toy hauler for next spring/summer. We plan on brining out Motorcycles to use as our touring vehicles once we set up camp. We are looking for campground recommendations, best time to go and general recommendations for the trip.
Do not go on summer school vacation time. Traffic is terrible. Backups are long. We go in Sept. and no problems. We like to stay at Cody. It is a 52 mile drive into the east entrance. If you want to stay in the park, Fishing bridge campground has hookups.

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Old 11-10-2013, 09:37 AM   #3
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West Yellowstone, MT has a number of nice campgrounds, and is adjacent to the park. Likewise Gardiner, MT and Cook City, MT. There are also campgrounds along the Roosevelt Parkway, the road between YNP and GTNP. Fishing Bridge is the only campground in YNP with hookups and a long waiting list. (Check now if planning for next summer.) Traffic in the park isn't that big of an issue, speed limit is 45 mph and if there's a back up, it's because someone's spotted a BHM. (big hairy mammal) I worked and drove throughout the area for 20 years while teaching a science course for teachers. Enjoy the visit and explore away from the roads for a real visit.

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Old 11-10-2013, 09:48 AM   #4
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Suggest Grizzley campground in West Yellowstone. About 3 blocks from the west entrance to the park. IMAX theatre and a wolf preserve are adjacent to the park.

They can handle any size rig without any problems.

Motorcycles in the park are not a problem. Make sure your raingear is with you. Do not get to close to the large critters with you bikes and watch for tourists that stop in the middle of the road to get a picture. They can be hazardous to your paint.
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I've stayed in Grizzly RV park in West for many years and feel it's the best park for the money. If you go in the fall expect fewer people but much colder temps. I always go right after the 4th of July and just enjoy the leisurely pace at 45 MPH. Some traffic backups are unavoidable no matter when you visit the park, that's what it's there for. Don't miss going up to Cook City on the Beartooth and the Top of The World above Cook City/Silver Gate.
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We stayed at Grizzly a few years ago, very good value. If you don't have a "Golden Geezer" pass, get one before you go. It cost lots of $$$ to get into the park, GG pass is free entry.
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We stayed in West Yellowstone this past spring. It's a very cute town with lots of places to eat and shop.
(EDIT: Forgot to mention - not all of the park is open year around - even into late May. Only the North gate is year-around. This year the West gate opened in early May and the South gate only opened after Mid-May).
See: http://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/ocd_locale.htm

There are Gov't run campgrounds inside the park - many don't have hook-ups and they fill up early, so plan ahead. See:
Plan Your Visit - Yellowstone National Park (U.S. National Park Service)

We walked around Grizzly and found it was a very nice park and very convenient to the West gate...
But, if they are booked, the IMAX theater owner has set-up a simple CG - it's really just a large area with BIG pull-through spots, water, sewer, and 50amp service. We were always inside the park, so campground facilities were not a priority for us.

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Here's our Outlaw in our spot...that is the Park's western fence-line and the Bear and Wolf Sanctuary in the background.

But coming from Colorado, you might want to stay near the Grand Teton's and Jackson...there are some campgrounds near there too.

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I would love to be planning this trip with you. I have only heard good things about Grizzly but I have not stayed there. Colter Bay RV Park is excellent. It is in the Teton NP with full hook ups, shaded spots and great views within walking distance. Do not miss Cody. I thought the drive out the east entrance to Cody was some of the best sceneic hwys I had seen to that point. We stayed at the Ponderosa and loved it. Two great scenic highways can be found there as well. Lots of bikers do it. The Beartooth and the Chief Joseph scenic highways are not to be missed.
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Just got our confirmation for Grizzly RV park. We will be there in early June for four nights. Our plan is to ride our motorcycles during the day and then enjoy the town in the evenings.

In just the past two years, we have managed to see the Grand Canyon, Lake Michigan Circle Tour, Frisco Texas, Upstate NY and a few other places. Not bad considering I still work full time.
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In 1958 we were snowed in for 3 days around June 28, in 2009 it snowed every day for a week around Memorial Day.
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