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Old 08-06-2016, 09:42 AM   #1
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Yellowstone May 2017

Looking for opinions on RV Park in West Yellowstone. Reading all blogs but would appreciate any and all info. I have figured out I need to book this fall due to availability.

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Old 08-06-2016, 11:19 AM   #2
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I cannot say enough good things about Yellowstone's Edge campground, south of Livingston, SD. It is very nice, accommodates big rigs, and is right on the Yellowstone River. It is north of the Northwest Entrance at Gardiner. Good luck with your planning.


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We stayed at the Yellowstone/West Entrance KOA last year. My daughter and I liked it, except for the mosquitoes, but they all seem to have them. It is 6 miles west of town.

Some here prefer the Grizzly RV park that's in town. We drove through it with a tour pick-up and my daughter thought it looked like a golf course. She preferred the more rustic KOA.

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We've stayed at Grizzly twice. Liked it a lot, but we're not the rustic type. Liked being able to walk to the small town. Would stay there again.
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I stayed in the Yellowstone Park on the east side....everything west was full. No hookups and your size would be a problem in the park campgrounds. However, with that said...you are picking a good time to go....May. Stay away from Memorial Weekend however...really fills up. I wouldn't be concerned about misquotes in May as you will probably have sleet, some rain and snow. Night time temps will drop to freezing or below. But...it's a great time to see animals. There so friendly there they will step out of the woods and greet you on the road....especially the Bison....100's of them. They have the right away so have your camera ready. And don't try to put a little one into your vehicle if it looks cold! So idiot tried that this year ....and they had to put it down because it's mother rejected it. And stay on the "boardwalks" when you visit guyers. Some idiot decided he wanted a closer look, left the boardwalk and fell into one....."he's still there"! Yellowstone is my "back yard" and I love it there! Enjoy!
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We were on a Newmar Caravan in 2012 and stayed at Grizzly. It was great. We did not check any others out as Grizzly was picked by the Wagonmasters. The Caravan was the greatest trip we have taken yet. Would love to do another one

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Grizzly is a really nice clean park but a little on the expensive side. But most everything around here is during 'the season'. It is just outside the west entrance of the park (maybe a mile) and you are within walking distance of town. Not a centrally located as something inside the park (will take an hour plus to drive to get to Old Faithful) and other areas are farther away. It is a huge place. May is a great time. We started our summer job here the middle of May and you will miss the heavy traffic and crowds. As already stated, stay away from Memorial Day, that's when the craziness starts. You can expect possible snow and definitely cold (20s) weather at night. Days could be 40 or 50. The only FHU location in the park is Fishing Bridge. It is several miles inside the East entrance. Anything over 38 ft may be pushing it there and it is much more rustic than Grizzly. You will still be an hour from Old Faithful but there are other things closer like the falls at Grand Canyon and Yellowstone Lake. Remember, do not approach any wild animals ( maybe chipmunks) and stay on the boardwalks in the thermal areas. That area is deadly. But other than that have a great time in Your First National Park; Americas greatest idea.
Edit: Fishing Bridge closes Sept 18
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We stayed at Grizzly and will again. 5 mikes to the west entrance, walking distance to town and restaurants, nice clean laundry. Friends have stayed at Yellowstone Holiday on Hegdon Lake. They prefer it and would stay there again.
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WE also stayed at the Yellowstone Edge as well as the Fishing Bridge CG in the park itself. While Yellowstone edge is 45 minute drive from the north entrance it was well worth the drive for a clean peaceful FHU campground with friendly neighbors and owners. In May you will not have problems with Mosquitos as we did not see them until late June - early July. May will still be cold but the wildlife (bears) will be just out of hibernation, hungry and close to the road. Wish I was going with you.
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We usually stay at Baker's Hole Forest Service campground 3 miles north of West Yellowstone. Great place, some sites with electricity, no reservations. If you need full hookups, Grizzly RV Park is the place to go in West Yellowstone. We stayed there a week the third week of May this year, and it was a good experience. If you go in the east side by Cooke City, you have to drive either the Chief Joseph or Beartooth Highways, not for the faint of heart. There are a number of Forest Service campgrounds just outside the park that don't fill up though. The advantage of the east side is your are closer to the Lamar Valley and the animals. The advantage of West Yellowstone is you are closer to the thermal features. As for the north entrance by Gardiner, we like Mammoth Hot Springs campground in the park. No reservations, but you will have elk walking through your campsite most mornings.
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Been to Yellowstone many times and with our 40' motorhome we've stayed in the park at Mammoth, Madison and Bridge Bay. Outside the park about 2 mi. north of W. Yellowstone, we love Baker's Hole national forest campground.
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Also looking at Yellowstone in May
We have been to Yellowstone 3 times in September but will be doing our final journey in our Motorhome before we sell it next April May.
Understand earliest is around 6th of May after the roads are ploughed.
So combining Grand Tetons and Yellowstone from around 10th of May is doable???
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Also looking at Yellowstone in May
We have been to Yellowstone 3 times in September but will be doing our final journey in our Motorhome before we sell it next April May.
Understand earliest is around 6th of May after the roads are ploughed.
So combining Grand Tetons and Yellowstone from around 10th of May is doable???
Some local advice would be very much appreciated.


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Having been to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks twice, I would say yes. It depends upon the weather, of course. It probably would be best to check with the National Park Service websites for both parks.
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