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Old 10-09-2018, 01:58 PM   #1
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Yellowstone (again...........)

I realize this topic has probably been beat in the ground, and I've searched the site and read a LOT of threads already about visiting Yellowstone.

We will be making our way from just NW of Atlanta Ga to Yellowstone and back in May-June of 2019. We have 3 weeks reserved at the West Yellowstone KOA. We'll likely take a week to a week and a half to get out there and then the same time frame to return home. A 6 week or so total trip mainly because we can and we don't want to feel rushed.

So now I'm hoping y'all can "reader's digest" it for us.
What are your top tips for visiting Yellowstone?




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I realize this topic has probably been beat in the ground, and I've searched the site and read a LOT of threads already about visiting Yellowstone.

We will be making our way from just NW of Atlanta Ga to Yellowstone and back in May-June of 2019. We have 3 weeks reserved at the West Yellowstone KOA. We'll likely take a week to a week and a half to get out there and then the same time frame to return home. A 6 week or so total trip mainly because we can and we don't want to feel rushed.

So now I'm hoping y'all can "reader's digest" it for us.
What are your top tips for visiting Yellowstone?
Have you been here? https://www.nps.gov/yell/index.htm
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checking it out now. Thanks!
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With 3 weeks, get out of your car and do some hikes. You'll be amazed that even a 1/2 mile off the road, you will find absolutely NO ONE. I did a Lamar Valley backpack trip across Yellowstone and we didn't see anyone for a week.

Beware that entering Yellowstone via the west entrance can have a ton of traffic so you want to set out early to beat the rush.

You can also join the Yellowstone Institute and hire a private guide who will drive you around for the day and show you MANY out of the way places that you can go back and explore further. He took us to Artist's Point which is one of the most crowded areas of the park. While the masses of people went left, we went right and saw a totally unimproved thermal site that looked just like it was when John Colter came through - and no one else was there.

If you have a toad, you can also explore areas outside Yellowstone like Quake Lake and Craters of the Moon NM.
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We're scheduled to be there about that same time. Have reservations at Bridge Bay from June 4th through 13th. It's our 4th trip to YS. If you will tell us what you like to do - day hike, just sit and watch the geysers, stroll the boardwalks, take photos, etc. - we can help you better. Also, since you have 3 weeks for Yellowstone, I'd suggest you take at least a few days of that time and spend it down in the Tetons. They are beautiful, too. But really too far for day tripping, IMHO.
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Just my opinion BUT you can do much better then the koa's . both are out of town 5 and 8 miles. Grizzly rv park or yellowstoe holiday (on the lake) are nicer for the amount of time you will be here. No I don't own either. Just the opinion of someone who lives here.
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Wow. Three weeks. You will be able to explore ALL sorts of spots there. We've been a few times and now 2 or 3 days are fine.

A few thoughts/ideas....
> Don't worry about how close or far from the entrance you are; with 3 weeks you have no need to rush. So pick the campground you like best.
> We've stayed as far away as Yellowstone Holiday RV Campground & Marina; but, admittedly, it's pretty far away.
> Beside Yellowstone try:
Bear Tooth pass - out the tower junction entrance and maybe a long day's drive
Mesa Falls Scenic Highway
Mack's Inn Playhouse (4111 S Big Springs Loop Rd, Island Park, ID 83429)
Targhee Trail (and others in the area)
> Absolutely get the "Gypsy Guide" app with the Yellowstone guide. It will be the best money you spend (maybe $4.99) and you won't need to pay any guide.

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Three weeks is a long time in one place if that's your only planned destination. You're traveling a long distance to do one park. At least move down to Grand Teton Nat'l Park for some of that time. Trying to do Grand Teton from West Yellowstone is much too far to make it worthwhile.
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We are also planning the same trip next Sept. We are coming in from the East. (from Fla.) Should we travel all the way around to the West entrance to get in the best area to explore YSNP (grizzly cg) or is there good campgrounds on the East side to set up a base camp?
Also, any recommendations for campgrounds near the Tetons? We will be in a 43' DP needing FHU's.
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We are also planning the same trip next Sept. We are coming in from the East. (from Fla.) Should we travel all the way around to the West entrance to get in the best area to explore YSNP (grizzly cg) or is there good campgrounds on the East side to set up a base camp?
Also, any recommendations for campgrounds near the Tetons? We will be in a 43' DP needing FHU's.
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David we are also from Florida and traveled there this summer. We entered the Tetons from the south. Stayed in Alpine at Wapiti Village Campground with FHUs, ATV rentals and great owners. Then stayed at Headwaters Campgrounds between Tetons and YSNP. They have FHUs, large sites and we were able to get a site with only a 2 week notice. Our plan was to get a non reservable site in Gros Ventre and depend on generator but were very lucky to get a site in the employee campground at the marina due to friends working there.

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Three weeks is a long time in one place if that's your only planned destination. You're traveling a long distance to do one park. At least move down to Grand Teton Nat'l Park for some of that time. Trying to do Grand Teton from West Yellowstone is much too far to make it worthwhile.
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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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This app is fantastic

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Just my opinion BUT you can do much better then the koa's . both are out of town 5 and 8 miles. Grizzly rv park or yellowstoe holiday (on the lake) are nicer for the amount of time you will be here. No I don't own either. Just the opinion of someone who lives here.
Grizzley was booked solid. No availability for a 45' coach towing. :(
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Three weeks is a long time in one place if that's your only planned destination. You're traveling a long distance to do one park. At least move down to Grand Teton Nat'l Park for some of that time. Trying to do Grand Teton from West Yellowstone is much too far to make it worthwhile.
We do plan to see the Tetons and other attractions near and around Yellowstone too.
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