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Old 10-10-2018, 10:01 AM   #15
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IMHO 1 week in One Location is Plenty - if you are staying in the Area - Yellowstone Tetons - for three or four weeks look at doing North - South - East and West, we would tend to Boondock but there are CampGrounds in all those areas that are available - Day trips for the Beartooth - Chief Joseph - Cody - Red Lodge - Thermopolis - Wind River - Madison River - Horseback - Rafting/Floats - Fishing/Fly Fishing - Tetons - The Lodge, maybe a night there, IMHO it is/was as big a memory for our kids and Yes, Me as the Park was/is - (Granted, I did it as a Kid and again with my Kids , made it even more special) - Hikes - Ranger Interaction, can just be Special, so reach out..........

What are you plans? What are your Likes? I'm sure you have some Ideas of what YOU want to See and Do, share them and we can add things or share our thoughts, we are all so different.

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Well, we aren't hikers so we'll do a lot of driving to see the area and of course we want to hit all the big spots, old faithful, etc.
We'll also be driving down to the Tetons and out to Lamar and Hayden valley.
We will have our lab with us, so she'll be joining along on some of the driving trips when we know we will be gone for a majority of the day.
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Grizzley was booked solid. No availability for a 45' coach towing. :(
Are you sure? I see lots of availability. We just booked for 4th of July last week, so know they just opened up their 2019 reservation system last week and have a new provider. Grizzly is by far the best RV park for Yellowstone.

I do suggest looking at Colter Bay RV in Grand Teton (full hookups, other is Gros Ventre which is first come, first served and at most electricity), and perhaps look around for someplace in Cody. 3 weeks is quite a bit of time in West Yellowstone. Cody is a nice place to visit, great (world class) museum, and good jumping off point for the fantastic Chief Joseph Highway.
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Some general information about YNP (some general items apply to GTNP also)

YNP is about 45 miles E/W and about 65 miles N/S (2.2 mil. Acres total). The figure 8 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 all stop 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 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 holes) 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 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 dinning room are “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 CoulterBay 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 for 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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I have stayed in West Yellowstone, Canyon Village, Lake Village, Old Faithful, Cody, and Coulter Bay at various times for both work and play and with and without children. Those trips have been over nearly 50 years, but not all were in an RV. Our last RV trip to Yellowstone was three weeks ago.

As others have said, Yellowstone is nearly the size of Connecticut, but the fastest speed limit is 45 mph. Now add summer tourist traffic, bear and buffalo jams, winding two-lane mountain and canyon roads, and you can see that driving around the park on day trips will require considerable time.

I would highly recommend stopping for at least a day in Cody at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West on your way to West Yellowstone and at least drive through Grand Teton NP on your way home. The Buffalo Bill Center is the best Western history, art, wildlife, and native culture museum in the nation and Grand Teton vistas are more impressive for me than any in Yellowstone. I never tire of being in either park, even if it is just driving through them on my way to someplace else. But if you are driving that far, don't miss any of those amazing sights!
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Grand Teton Nat'l Park has two dry campgrounds each with 300 sites and rarely fills. No reservations accepted. We love Gros Ventre campground. The other is Colter Bay campground right next door to Colter Bay RV with hookups and reservations needed.
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Are you sure? I see lots of availability. We just booked for 4th of July last week, so know they just opened up their 2019 reservation system last week and have a new provider. Grizzly is by far the best RV park for Yellowstone.

I do suggest looking at Colter Bay RV in Grand Teton (full hookups, other is Gros Ventre which is first come, first served and at most electricity), and perhaps look around for someplace in Cody. 3 weeks is quite a bit of time in West Yellowstone. Cody is a nice place to visit, great (world class) museum, and good jumping off point for the fantastic Chief Joseph Highway.
We called and we're told they had no sites big enough to accommodate us for our dates. :(
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We called and we're told they had no sites big enough to accommodate us for our dates. :(
Do it online. There are 80' sites for motorhomes in the pet area. I just now checked. Wow! They're expensive!!
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Yep, $61-71/night for a FHU RV space is very expensive, but it's ONLY $49-59/night with the Senior Pass! But if you think that is expensive, check out the nightly rates at the nearby Jackson Lake Lodge.

Good thing you only need to spend a night or two there to experience the spectacular views at Jackson Lake!
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RE: my above post..... I check for Grizzly, not Colter Bay. Grizzly has sites to fit you.
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Yep, $61-71/night for a FHU RV space is very expensive, but it's ONLY $49-59/night with the Senior Pass! But if you think that is expensive, check out the nightly rates at the nearby Jackson Lake Lodge.

Good thing you only need to spend a night or two there to experience the spectacular views at Jackson Lake!
that's not too bad of a price, I think we paid a little more in Ouray Co. this year.
were thinking of Yellowstone next july 4th week as well and maybe a few days in grand teton.
anyone have the website for grizzly?
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that's not too bad of a price, I think we paid a little more in Ouray Co. this year.
were thinking of Yellowstone next july 4th week as well and maybe a few days in grand teton.
anyone have the website for grizzly?
sorry for the hijack
https://grizzlyrv.com/ we stayed in June of this year
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https://grizzlyrv.com/ we stayed in June of this year
http://www.co.bonneville.id.us/index...er-recreationd we stayed here on the way to west Yellowstone Juniper Campground drove over to the Tetons at 25.00 a night fullhookups 50 amp !! About 2.5 hours from west entrance.
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that's not too bad of a price, I think we paid a little more in Ouray Co. this year.
. Makes me think our $33 nightly rates 15 miles away at Ridgway State Park aren't so bad!
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