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Old 01-20-2014, 09:20 PM   #1
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We are planning to stay 10 days in and/or around Yellowstone in July. We were wondering if we should stay in the Park at Fishing Bridge or outside at west Yellowstone. What are your thoughts.
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So, you must already know that Fishing Bridge has RV hook-up sites(?) So, unless you like to go out to eat or shop often, then inside the park is wonderful and saves a 15 min or more drive into and out the West Yellowstone gate to get to your RV.

You should already be working on getting reservations for inside park facilities.

If your dates are booked full, then West Yellowstone is very nice, close, clean, and has lots of stuff for your stay.

No matter where you stay, we recommmend a visit to the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center in West Yellowstone Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center

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We were in Fishing Bridge in July and it was crowded... be sure to get your reservations now if that's what you choose. There are other non hookup areas that you can camp at which looked less crowded. We spent most of our days there (1 week) in our vehicle touring the sites inside the park. Never made it over to west yellowstone....too much to see right where we were. if you camp in Fishing bridge, you get a certain amount of shower passes for your family for the shower house. The campground is within walking distance to the amphitheater where Rangers give talks and the 'store' and Ice place, however to go anywhere else you will want to drive...
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I stayed in fishing bridge in 2006 in a TT and this past sept in a 5er. On both stays we has wildlife walk thru and cross near the cg. Bison walked thru between the RVs and black bear crossed the road several times over 4 days.
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Been years (tto many) since we were there. Stayed at the KOA outside West Yellowstone. Have never been back, too expensive and poorly kept up. Went to Fishing Bridge and had a great time after that. Was early spring so lots of babies around to see. At that time we had a 31' Type C MH so we fit OK, now I think we'd have to stay outside the park.
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Fishing Bridge is the place to stay if you need hookups in the park.
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Can you get in and around with a 42-45 footer? We're looking at a larger coach and 2-3 week stay at Yellowstone is on our list. Want to spend some time being "Geyser Hounds".
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Can you get in and around with a 42-45 footer? We're looking at a larger coach and 2-3 week stay at Yellowstone is on our list. Want to spend some time being "Geyser Hounds".
Literature says up to 40'.

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We went the less expensive route and stayed at Red Rock RV Park in Island Park, Idaho. That added 25 miles each way to every Yellowstone day trip. Made for several 150-175 mile days in the towed, which were compounded by either road construction in the north loop, or an hour long elk jam coming in the west entrance. A bear jam on the road to Mammoth Hot Springs was definitely worth a delay.

Grizzly RV Park in West Yellowstone looks like the way to go for big rigs and more than a few nights stay. Pricey and booked way in advance though. Nothing about Yellowstone is easy or cheap. We were there last July and could not believe how crowded everything was with people, not wildlife. If we go again, it will be much earlier.
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X2 for grizzly. I have been going to Yellowstone every year for the past 5 years, and have really enjoyed the proximity and campground itself.

Fishing bridge is nice too, but I am unable to fit in with our 42ft coach. Our previous coach would have fit but was a very tight fit.

You should reserve now for the June-July season, it may be too late.
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We would recommend Yellowstone Grizzly RV park in West Yellowstone. It's less than 5 miles from the west entrance and it's a very nice well maintained park. The town of West Yellowstone is charming with lots to offer, restaurants, a very nice and informative museum, lots of fly fishing stores etc. Yellowstone is such a large park, that regardless of where you choose to park, you are going to have drive to get to somewhere to see or do something and it doesn't have the shuttle services many parks have adopted to reduce traffic, such as the Grand Canyon or Bryce Canyon so you have to drive. We checked out fishing bridge and thought it was too crowded with little room between rigs, so we were happy we chose to stay outside the park. It really depends on what you want.
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Fishing bridge is the ONLY camp that has full hook-ups, About $45.00 a night, and the golden age pass is not accepted.[private concession runs it now].
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A 42-45' rig will not be a good fit for anything in the park.

We drove through Grizzly, in West Yellowstone, and it is a very nice park, but it is in the city and the only thing you'll see from the park that is outside of it is the side of the neighboring businesses. We ended up at Yellowstone Holliday, about 10 miles out of town, and loved it. We had a great view across the lake of the mountains on the other side.
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We were at Fishing Bridge last June. The reservations are handled thorugh Xanterra, the concessioner in The NP. They have 2 types of sites, up to 30ft and over 30ft. Be sure you know your length because the 30ft site is 30ft! FB can accomodate diesel pushers, as I saw many there. We had a great time in June. The park was not crowded at all. Weather was good, got to 30* one night but no problem. You might need a jacket in the AM. Xanterra was good to work with and I would use them in the future. To reinforce other replys, you need to start now as the CGs fill fast and early. It was worth the higher fee (to me) to be able to have a reservation and know that I had a spot avilable. Otherwise you have to line up at the none reserve CGs and take your chances. I made the reservatons on the phone and found the agent very knowledgeable and polite. Start by going online to Xanterra.com and get acquainted. Good Luck.....
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