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Old 05-09-2009, 09:13 PM   #1
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Yellowstone CG recomendations

We will be coming from The Badlands and can either come into Yellowstone from the east or north side. Actualy, coming in thru Billings is the first choice...I think. Driving a 38 ft MH with a toad. Any suggestions?
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Old 05-10-2009, 12:44 AM   #2
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First of all tuck your mirrors in before you go through the East entrance gate. The gates are very, very narrow.
There is only 1 CG in the park with hook ups - Fishing Bridge. Last I heard the rate was about $35 per night. We prefer to go on to West Yellowstone where there are several campgrounds.
If you enjoy live theater, West Yellowstone has an intimate live theater with about 4 rotating shows. The performers are mostly students in BYU's theater arts program. They are young, talented and gave us one of the most enjoyable shows we have seen in several years.
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Fishing Bridge is the best. All the rest have limitations on sewer if they even offer them, camp fires or even showers depending on how much work is being done in the park. If you have a toad the offering of tours, plays and such are not that big a deal.
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Angry be forewarned ..

Entering from Montana on US 212 is NOT recommended ... you will be challenged by Beartooth Pass ...

You can make it ... it will not be pretty as there are a multitude of switchbacks between Red Lodge, MT and the summit ... it is a beautiful drive ... but very challenging ...

I suggest that you consult "Moutain Directory West" before choosing this route.
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If you are looking for a convenient place outside the park Grizzly RV Resort in West Yellowstone is very nice. Also convenient to park, entrance is about 6 blocks from park. Centrally located so getting around the park is fairly easy in a Toad.

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Only two suggestions from a native. Avoid the Beartooth hiway unless you want to test your extreme mountain driving skills and what brake fade feels like. And stay at the Grizzly RV Park in West Yellowstone, it's top drawer.
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You may be too late for Fishing Bridge reservations. Also make sure they can fit your 38-footer as not all sites are that big. I had better luck dealing directly with the Fishing Bridge campground office instead of the 1-800 reservation number. You can call the visitor center at 307-242-2450 and they will give you the direct campground number.
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Jim, Judy & Roxie!!

Ya might want to consider setting up a base camp SOUTH of Yellowstone toward Jackson Hole. Somewhere such as Colter Bay Campground or Jenny Lake. Getting to THAT area from the Badlands is much easier, and touring Yellowstone from there with your 'Jimmy' would be perfect. Additionally, there are more campgrounds to choose from that will accommodate your outfit and the location under the Tetons is FANTASTIC!! Just a suggestion. Have a great visit!!

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We visited Yellowstone and the Tetons for the first time last fall. We stayed at Grizzly RV Resort in West Yellowstone and that was great. Very convenient to re-enter the park and lot's to do and see in West Yellowstone. We did drive from Red Lodge, MT to the Northeast entrance of YS via the Beartooth Highway in our Journey pulling a Ford Explorer with no problems. It is a challenging drive in a motorhome but the scenery was worth the effort....the Beartooth is certainly one of the most scenic drives in America!
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We've been to Yellowstone several times. On separate visits we have stayed in West Yellowstone Mt., Fishingbridge, Cody KOA, and Absaroka Campground in Cody.

Fishingbridge was the one I liked least. We had a 29 foot RV with no slides back then and it was a tight fit. I don't think we would fit now. We'll be going back again this year and trying a new (to us) place. Green Creek Inn and RV park. I prefer the Cody area as a base camp. Easier access to some incredible places, bigger city ammenities with that small western town atmosphere. Being motorcyclists, many of our trips to Yellowstone started or ended with a trip to Sturgis, SD and the Badlands. We drive a 41' MH with a 24' cargo trailer. DO NOT DO BEARTOOTH PASS IN AN RV!

Our preferred route between the Badlands and Cody is to take I-90 to US 14 just north of Sheridan, WY. Follow it to Cody. Then US 14/16/20 will take you to Yellowstone N.P. or West Yellowstone, MT. We have had no problem getting in or out of either the East or West gates of Yellowstone in our rig. US 14 from Sheridan can be challenging but not nearly as difficult as Beartooth. On an RV difficulty scale of 1 to 10, US 14 is about a 4. Beartooth is off the chart! Plus you'll have to stop at every pull out to let all the vehicles you've stacked up behind you get by. US 14 is a beautiful drive, with almost no traffic. Relax and enjoy the ride.
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We went to Yellowstone last year and stayed in West Yellowstone. We would definitely stay there again. Nice campground, nice town, convenient to west entrance.

We have a 37' motorhome and, unless you make reservations well in advance, you will likely not find a site at Fishing Bridge.

We drove the toad through the Beartooth Mts. I would NOT take the motorhome that way!
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We went to Yellowstone last year and stayed in West Yellowstone. We would definitely stay there again. Nice campground, nice town, convenient to west entrance.

We have a 37' motorhome and, unless you make reservations well in advance, you will likely not find a site at Fishing Bridge.

We drove the toad through the Beartooth Mts. I would NOT take the motorhome that way!
How far in advance do you need to make the reservation at Fishing Bridge?
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If they'll let you, make them now for next year. I'm not sure what their policy is regarding how far in advance they will take a reservation.
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here's something kinda cool: Google street view covers US 212 going through the mountains here

It looks like an exciting drive to this flatlander!
( I hope the link works)
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