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Old 11-10-2013, 05:58 PM   #1
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Yellowstone and Tetons in a 45 ft motorhome

Hello everyone,

We are planning a trip to Yellowstone and the Tetons sometime in July or August of 2014. We would like to make reservations as soon as possible. I have read many posts however we have a 45 foot motorhome and would like some suggestions for where we can make reservations that can accommodate our rig. We would prefer full hook ups but if necessary we could dry camp. We are planning to stay in the area 3 to 4 weeks.

We do not mind moving around in order to have the best access to hiking and attractions.

Thank you all for your input,

Stuart & Leslie
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Old 11-10-2013, 08:16 PM   #2
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We approached Yellowstone from the western entrance. We were traveling form our Alaska trip and decided to spend 3 days in the area. The first night we stayed in the KOA several miles outside the Western entrance. Keep in mind that wherever you stay you will need to travel many miles to take in all of the Park. It is huge. We tried to get a camp sight in the park but we had no reservations and were fortunate to have one night at Fishing Bridge. This is the only campgrounds in the park that has hookups for RVs. It has a 40 foot length limit. The other campgrounds have no hookups. One of the days we spent traveling to the Grand Teton National Park with our car. We exited by way of the Eastern side where we traveled to Cody, WY. Don't miss this very interesting city especially the William Cody Museum.

You can see our blog of the Yellowstone area at: RVGR8escape .

You can find information about the area on the following web sight: Yellowstone National Park - Wyoming Travel and Tourism

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Old 11-10-2013, 08:27 PM   #3
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Thank you RV735,

Also, we will be towing a car with us.

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Old 11-10-2013, 08:48 PM   #4
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We too visited Yellowstone on our way back from Alaska. We stayed at http://www.grizzlyrv.com/. This is a real nice park just 4 blocks from the entrance to the park. You won't be disappointed. We went to Salt Lake City from Yellowstone. I was told by many you could drive through the park to the Tetons.
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S-n-L, We enjoyed our trip and are always interested in seeing other RVers highlights of the area. Hope you set up a blog. Will be looking forward to following your adventures.

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We've stayed in Yellowstone with our 40' motorhome at Mammoth, Madison and Bridge Bay - all without reservations. You wouldn't fit into the only full hookup in Yellowstone - Fishing Bridge. We love staying inside the national parks or any nearby public park rather than private parks. However, there are those who stay outside in private parks and West Yellowstone would be best for that. Cody is wonderful to visit - especially for the Muesum - but it's a long drive to the main points of Yellowstone. We've also stayed at Henry Lake State Park just west of West Yellowstone. Another one we've stayed is Baker's Hole Gallatin Nat'l Forest campground a couple miles north of West Yellowstone. There are a couple parks in Gardiner, on the north side of Yellowstone but we haven't stayed there.

For the Tetons we stay at either Gros Ventre campground in the park or Colter Bay campground. For hookups you might try Colter Bay RV Park which is right next door to Colter Bay campground. Choices are few for ease of visiting this park and it's too far to do from the Yellowstone area. The Tetons are all together different in looks from Yellowstone so definitely take time to explore it. The hiking trails are awesome and for all abilities. A gentle float trip down the Snake River in the park is a wonderful thing to do and you might even see a moose in the water with you. There's a RV park at Moran but it gets terrible reviews. The town of Jackson also has a couple RV park but they're barren parking lots if that doesn't bother you. We wouldn't stay any further than the abovementioned because there's just too much driving once you even get into the parks. Have a great trip!

For major groceries there are two nice stores just south of Jackson. Good fuel prices and good access in Alpine or Thayne on Hwy 89 south of Jackson if your coming or leaving from that direction. Also along Hwy 20 in Idaho outside of West Yellowstone. West Yellowstone is expensive for a motorhome fill but o.k. to refuel your toad. West Yellowstone also has a couple small mom & pop groceries for staples.
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We stayed at Fishing Bridge in June 2013. Made reservations through Xantarra. We saw many 40 footers in this park. You must be truthful about your length so they can get you into the proper site. All entrance and loop roads can accommodate 40+, but not all side roads and tour roads. Best to use the toad for exploring. I believe Xantarra operates 4 or 5 of the campgrounds in the park. Park Service runs the rest on a first come first serve basis.
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We stayed at Grizzly RV Park in West Yellowstone. Very convenient for access to the park. We have a 45' coach too and the next time I'll visit with them about getting a site with less trees. It was quite a trick to park without branches scraping the sides. However, on the North side (I believe) the park didn't have the trees. Just my two cents.
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We stayed at Fishing Bridge for a week this past July. Even tho we had full hook ups, we had no cell nor wifi service (and boy did we hear about that from the adult kids!!) And the nearest emergency phone (if needed) was a mile away. Some of the lodges have wifi for a price, which we used. If I could do it all over again, I would stay outside the park, and take the toad in everyday with chairs, cooler, etc. In our campground, we were so close to our neighbor that it was scary to back in. We really didn't care about the closeness as we were busy in the park all day, but watching people back into slots was a youtube moment! Your 45 ft MH might be a problem in the campgrounds in YS.
Whatever you decide, you will have a wonderful time. If you get to Dubois, WY, stay at the KOA and don't miss the Cowboy Cafe….pie is out of this world.
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Thank you all for the information. This will give us what we need to make a decision on this unit.

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Grizzly RV Park in West Yellowstone...
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This link is a must read:

Yellowstone, Grand Teton, and the Beartooths

The northeast entrance is out of the question for your 45 footer. The 19 mile stretch from Tower Falls to Canyon is under major construction. Do not go this way, even with your toad...unless you want to cover it in mud and waste half a day.

Make reservations now for Grizzly RV Park in West Yellowstone, and Colter Bay in the Grand Tetons. We stayed at Red Rock RV Park in Island Park, Idaho. Less expensive, but 25 miles further away, which adds 50 miles every day to your 100-125 miles loops in the park.

If you are going to spend 3-4 weeks there next summer, you will get awfully tired of driving around in your toad. Might as well get as close to the action as you can.

I was disappointed in Yellowstone this past July. Way too many tourists and traffic jams, not enough wildlife. We sat in one elk jam for over an hour. There are supposedly 25,000 elk in Yellowstone. What is the big deal? In my opinion, Glacier National Park is way more spectacular and far less trampled.
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