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Old 06-10-2019, 07:29 PM   #1
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have you driven your motor home through Yellowstone NP? I have a 38 footer.



Wondering if I should to it with the grand kids or rent a car, toad not going to be ready.
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rent a car, suv, etc. it will be much easier to get in and out of the turn-outs and parking areas.
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Old 06-10-2019, 07:56 PM   #3
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i have driven my 42 with toad, but just passing through. Not sightseeing. Rent a car.
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Old 06-10-2019, 09:01 PM   #4
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I have had my 41 foot DP in Yellowstone several times. It is very difficult to get it in any of the parking areas. There are almost no places to park anything bigger than a car or van in the tourist spots. Getting back out of Old Faithful’s parking lot was an experience in itself.

Leave the RV somewhere convenient and use the toad or rent a car.

Even better - book one of the Red Bus tours. (Might be Yellow Bus).
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I have had my 41 foot DP in Yellowstone several times. It is very difficult to get it in any of the parking areas. There are almost no places to park anything bigger than a car or van in the tourist spots. Getting back out of Old Faithful’s parking lot was an experience in itself.

Leave the RV somewhere convenient and use the toad or rent a car.

Even better - book one of the Red Bus tours. (Might be Yellow Bus).
Unless you go at the Right Time .

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We stayed in Island Park, ID and rented a car in West Yellowstone. We put 750 miles on the rental car in a week with our four trips into the park. I wouldn't put too much thought into driving a big RV in and out of all the places in the park you will want to stop and see. Rent a car. Yep.
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Unless you go at the Right Time .

Grand Teton NP is a lot easier than Yellowstone. Nice pic!
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Grand Teton NP is a lot easier than Yellowstone. Nice pic!
Oh it was the same..............just don't have the computer that has all the Yellowstone Pic's with empty lots.......

I, like you, have learned that ....Timing is Critical....and while I love to meet and greet .... hard to beat any of these areas when you have them to yourself.

Seldom Make Reservations.... and Love being on the Road,.... Sound familiar.





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As already noted, Teton has plenty of room but drive the road through Yellowstone

Several roads are in construction which makes it even slower

No issues with 43 foot and KR going through
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If you are talking about using your rv for site seeing DONT. Use a car it will be less stressful. There is not an area in the park to leave an rv parked while using a towed car for running around in park. The best would be if you had a camping spot in park to leave rig while driving car around.

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Old 06-11-2019, 10:47 PM   #11
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Some general information about YNP (some general items apply to GTNP also)

YNP is BIG!, about 45 miles E/W and about 65 miles N/S (2.2 mil. Acres total). The “figure 8 grand loop” road inside the park is about 140 miles around. The lower loop is 96 miles and the upper loop is 70 miles around and yes, it is bigger than the states of Rhode Island and Delaware combined.

Whatever time that you think you will need to see YNP you better double it, or to say it another way is that you will see one half as much as you planned on in the allotted time. The Bison think that they own the road (they do!) and will slow down the traffic to walking speed or stop all traffic for 1/4 mile or more blocking both directions of travel, the thermal attractions also tie up traffic and with a 5 month long summer tourist season that coincides with a 5 month long road construction season and a 45 MPH radar controlled speed limit it will take about a full day to see each loop and then you will only see the main attractions. In addition to the occasional construction delays they will also sometimes close whole sections of road (for uninterrupted night construction) between 10 PM and 8 AM in the morning, if you are running late and get caught at night in the wrong area it CAN be a LONG way around to your CG! (The entrance stations will have current construction information or go on line to check it out)

Then there is the elevation- YNP ranges from a low at Mammoth- 6239 ft to 7784 ft at Fishing Bridge or higher if you go hiking and there are passes on the grand loop road that are close to 8000 ft or so! Drink plenty of liquids and pace yourself when walking.

I recommend that you get up EARLY, leave the CG and be back by 4 or 6 PM have dinner and be sitting in your recliner drinking a cool one when your neighbor drags himself back to the CG at 8-10 PM. Remember that from mid May to mid July in YNP the sun doesn't set until about 9:30- 9:45 PM then there is a long twilight.

Cell Phone Service- Only at the major visitor centers, otherwise non-existent!

Clothing- Especially in the early or late season it is not unusual to have a 30 or even the occasional 40 degree temperature change throughout the day. Dress with easily shed layers of clothing. Also dress in bright easily seen clothing. I am sure that we all have been to a sporting event, parade or Disney World etc. and we blink our eyes and our partner/child has disappeared. My DIL was born and raised in HI, you guessed it, every Xmas, b-day or Father's Day I receive a Hawaiian shirt. One of them is shiny black with 4-5 inch dia. bright flowers. Not many of them in Wyoming and in YSNP, that is what I wear. If your partner has on a Violet blouse and a Orange scarf with a Pink hat I guarantee that she will be the only one within the boundaries of either NP. It can save you a few anxious moments.

Water- Now I will have to contradict myself, at the altitude of YNP yes, drink lots of water! HOWEVER, be aware that the flush toilet restrooms are in the major tourist areas- Mammoth, Canyon, Fishing Bridge, Lake Hotel, Bridge Bay, Grant Village, Old Faithful, Madison Junction etc. The geyser basins and other thermal attractions areas only have pit toilets. I have seen the pit toilet line at the lower Geyser Basin (2 R/Rs) 25 or more feet long (bless the tour buses) So be smart about drinking your water and use the major tourist area R/Rs before leaving the area! I.e. “Never pass up a flush toilet!”

Sun- At YSNP altitude the Sun is intense (uv)have and apply sunscreen, wear that old floppy wide brim sun hat, wear Sunglasses!

If your luck is like mine Old Faithful will have just erupted when you get there and you will have up to a hour and 10 to 15 minutes wait for the next one. Tour the O/F Geyser basin while waiting. O/F INN is a must see, reportedly the largest LOG building in the U.S. (Meals in the O/F Inn dinning room are “A OK” also.

We have lived about 110 miles from West Yellowstone, MT since 1964, go to YSNP 3-4 times a summer (normally before Memorial Day and after Labor Day) and haven't seen it all yet! So don’t be discouraged that you didn’t have the time to see all of it. Just plan on coming back another time!

I honestly don’t mean to scare or discourage you but to give you a heads up as to what to expect! After all there was 4.1 million visitors in 2015! As far as I know we didn’t lose one of them. Except those who by their own stupidity step off the board walks into BOILING HOT water and ignoring the warnings about the WILD ANIMALS! That is called purifying the gene pool!

Note I have seen on this blog and others about folks “day tripping” from YSNP to GTNP, it is done all the time (myself included) however remember this is BIG country and with the speed limits, animals and thermal attractions you will be doing a LOT of driving. From Grant Village Visitor Center (extreme S/E corner of the lower loop road) to Jackson, WY is about 80 miles with Coulter Bay being about 1/2 way then from Grant Village you have to add the distance to your CG it will be a Long days trip!

A point of Coulter Bay (GTNP) clarification- there are two (2) CG’s at Coulter Bay, One the “Coulter Bay RV Park” a full service “RV Park” with FHU’S that takes reservations. The other is the “Coulter Bay Campground “ has no hookups and doesn’t take reservations. Both have about 300 sites and are basically across the road from each other.

When in the Jackson area I highly recommend seeing the Bar J Chuckwagon dinner show! If you go, MAKE RESERVATIONS and BE THERE EARLY TO PICK UP YOUR MEAL TICKETS/ TABLE SEATING ASSIGNMENTS! They seat you by when you show up to get your tickets NOT by your reservation number. Tim, their fiddle player has won the "Idaho state old time fiddle contest 7 times and the US open fiddle championship twice". If you decide to go you will sit at picnic type of bench seats/table, they get pretty hard, I recommend that you take along a blanket/pads to sit on. We day trip it there 2-4 times every summer just to see them! Disclaimer- We have no financial or other interest in the Bar J only that it will be the best $$ value for your money on your trip! Check out their website.

Bar J Chuckwagon

Also in Jackson check out the “COWBOY” bar, the bar stools are saddles and the # of Silver Dollars in the bar. The Wort Hotel Bar (just around the corner from the Cowboy Bar) also has Silver Dollars imbedded in the Bar
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and while in Jackson if you've never done white water rafting consider taking a guided trip on the snake river. last time there we had two varieties from which to choose: go for the ride or participate in the paddling. either will be a thrill.
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I forgot to mention that while it is true that COMMERCIAL TRUCKS are PROHIBITED to travel thru the Park, with the # of visitors, fuel sold, restaurants, motel rooms, grocery stores, souvenir stores, fuel stations etc. LOCAL DELIVERY TRUCKS and GAS TANKERS to make all the deliveries you won’t have any trouble on the Grand Loop Road, as said before the problem with a large rig is parking at the major attractions. Rent a car.
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Stay in W Yellowstone, and rent a vehicle or take a tour bus.
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