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Old 07-13-2014, 07:12 AM   #1
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Need some advice on some Rv camp grounds that are PA & GS , near YS, we have a 35ft 5th wheel , either 30 or 50 amp , water, sewer, hookups and wifi, tv , will be camping for 5 days to take in the sites.
Does anyone know anything about Idaho campgrounds or Montana ?

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Our favorite campground is in West Yellowstone Montana which is just 5 minutes west of the Yellowstone gate. The campground we like is Grizzly RV campground. It is located just on the very edge of down on the west side
on the south part of the town. Very clean and lots of room in your camp sites.

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Old 07-13-2014, 09:51 AM   #3
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There is a nice GS camp ground in Gardiner Mt. which is right on north gate of YS. the camp ground sits on a hill that over looks the YS river where you can watch the Elk graze in the valley below. small but nice camp ground. Name is Rocky Mountain Rv, We have stayed therein the past.

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Grizzly is a beautiful park, but while in the park that's all you will see - the RV park.

We lucked into Yellowstone Holliday a couple of years ago when we couldn't get into the highly recommended Grizzly, and we loved it. When in camp you're looking across the lake at mountains, just the type of scenery we went there to experience. It is gravel interior roads and pads, vs the paved streets and pads at Grizzly, and it is about 15 minutes from the Yellowstone entrance gate vs the 5 or less from Grizzly.
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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 all the thermal attractions, the Bison think that they own the road and will back up traffic for ˝ 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 or the Inn 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.
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when is on ave the best START time to motorhome in, I mean what month or middle month would you think best. We want to be get a early start like April - May, gone by end of school. Sad to say we travel (2) when families don't
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OP: There aren't any Passport America parks in Montana or Idaho near Yellowstone.

There are two in Wyoming west of Cody near the east entrance of the park.
Both are in Wapiti.

1) Yellowstone Valley Inn & RV - we stayed one night in order to get an early start in the park for a non-reservation site in Yellowstone. The RV park was o.k. and at that time had a nice little restaurant. It's close enough to Cody to do some things there - mainly the Cody Museum - awesome. The park is in a nice setting.

2) Green Creek Inn and RV Park - I know nothing about this one.

There are plenty of Good Sam parks in the three areas. We stay in Yellowstone itself or at Baker's Hole national forest campground just north of West Yellowstone.

If you're going in Sept. of this year be sure to look on Yellowstone's web site for road construction information.

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Park roads close by mid Oct. and don't get plowed open until late April, sometimes into May, according to conditions. The park is open year round, but many facilities are closed and travel in winter is limited to snow coaches and snowmobile tours. (No more private unescorted snowmobiles allowed in the park)

Opening & Closing Dates of Facilities - Yellowstone National Park (U.S. National Park Service)

There are campgrounds near every entrance, but West Yellowstone and Gardiner provide the closest facilities to the park. The only RV park with utilities in YNP is at Fishing Bridge, you'd need to make reservations as soon as they allow for next summer to get in. The other campgrounds are nice for self-contained RVs or tent campers, they are first come first serve. (Arrive at the campground early morning and wait for a vacancy.)

In a world famous place like YNP, I don't think visiting while school is in session is going to make that much difference. The great thing about the place is the parking lots can be crowded, but if you walk out of sight of the cars you will have the park to yourself. I've been visiting for over 30 years and taught classes there for 20, and better than 95% of the visitors never get out of sight of their vehicle. It's still a wonderful place for wilderness hiking!


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