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Old 06-03-2015, 04:10 PM   #1
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Yellowstone & Rushmore on a Budget

I am a full-timer on a limit budget (disability) and the prices of RV parks in YS and MtR are quite high for me. Other than bookdocking does anyone know good places to stay...up to an hour away from each of these?
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Old 06-03-2015, 04:29 PM   #2
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Just north of Rapid City SD is the Lazy JD and Little Jon RV parks.

Lots of national forest campgrounds throughout the hills. All bets are off in early August.


I can't help with Yellowstone.
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Old 06-03-2015, 06:30 PM   #3
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Couple places to read.
Tetons/Yellowstone & or Glacier NP Boondocking - Day's End - Escapees Discussion Forum
Good Sam Club Open Roads Forum: Boondocking West Yellowstone

Just read a bit and follow links, looks like some good data.
I have use a few of the places mentioned.

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Old 06-03-2015, 06:57 PM   #4
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Mt. Rushmore is almost surrounded by the Black Hills National Forest, with lots of inexpensive campgrounds. I have used Pactola, Roubaix, Horsethief Lake, and Hanna. All were quite nice.

At Yellowstone. There are several N.F. campgrounds just west of West Yellowstone (west entrance) and also just east of Cooke City (northeast entrance). On the Cooke City side, I like Chief Joseph, Fox Creek, and Crezy Creek. Fox Creek has electric hookups. The last that I heard, Chief Joseph. Colter, and Soda Butte were restricted to Hard sided campers, due to bear activity. I have not tried the camp grounds on the West side.

You can find a directory at Campground Directory and National Forest Campgrounds . Check S. Dakota, Wyoming, and Montana. They are mostly all less than $15 per night except Fox Creek.

If you have a senior pass, they are all half price.

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A numbers of the Forest Service campsites outside of West Yellowstone have electricity at some of the sites, and they will cost you very little with a disability. We love Baker's Hole, 3 miles north of West Yellowstone.
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If you're disabled you can get the national park pass for the disabled which will give you free entrance to the parks and 1/2 on camp fees. They also have one for 62+ folks. It's a great thing. It also works at most national forest campgrounds and other public campgrounds such as BLM and Corp of Engineers. Check it out. Go to a national park visitor center and you can get one there. For 62+ it's $10 for lifetime. Not sure if there's a charge for the disabled one.
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If you're disabled you can get the national park pass for the disabled which will give you free entrance to the parks and 1/2 on camp fees. They also have one for 62+ folks. It's a great thing. It also works at most national forest campgrounds and other public campgrounds such as BLM and Corp of Engineers. Check it out. Go to a national park visitor center and you can get one there. For 62+ it's $10 for lifetime. Not sure if there's a charge for the disabled one.
I already have it...but thanks for your post.
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Thanks for all the input. I'll refer back to this when it gets closer to going.
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