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Old 07-06-2013, 06:55 AM   #1
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Hi to all friends, we will be heading from Maine to CA starting Aug 6. We want to stop at Yellow Stone NP for a week or so. Could you please recommend where to stay? Montana, Wyoming, Idaho? In the park or outside Private park? We have a Jeep with us so no issues with exploring the area with car.
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Hi to all friends, we will be heading from Maine to CA starting Aug 6. We want to stop at Yellow Stone NP for a week or so. Could you please recommend where to stay? Montana, Wyoming, Idaho? In the park or outside Private park? We have a Jeep with us so no issues with exploring the area with car.
If you are open to dry camping then you will have more options. Fishing Bridge is the only campground inside Yellowstone with electric hookups. There are several other campgrounds inside the park that are good options if you will dry camp. West Yellowstone is the closest town and has several campgrounds. Grizzly is the best known and gets good reviews. Yellowstone is a very large park and if you stay outside the park your daily drive to sightsee will be long.
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We stayed inside the park at Fishing Bridge. You will need resesrvations before you go. It is a crowded CG but we just used it as a home base. If you see the lines trying to get into the park everyday from the various entrances, you will be glad you are not going to have to do that on a daily basis. Fishing Bridge is somewhat central to the entire park. As stated, YP is a very large land area so plan on at least 3-4 days to take in all the sights. There are also several dry camp areas but may be limited to size of your rig.
If I was to stay outside the park, I would probably try the MT (Gardiner) area as the north entrance seems to be less busy.
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We were up there in June. Stayed at Ponderosa in Cody WY for a few days and Grizzly RV Park in West Yellowstone for a week. Explored lots of the area through out this time. Did a lot of driving, but we were there to see the sights and indeed we did! Great time. Be sure to do Beartooth Highway, but only in the Jeep.
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we are staying outside the park at Yellowstone Valley Inn....take our toad regularly...we fish and sight see and stay as long as we please....very conveniently...we are also 20 miles from Cody another easy drive from here...
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West Yellowstone is the closest town and has several campgrounds. Grizzly is the best known and gets good reviews. Yellowstone is a very large park and if you stay outside the park your daily drive to sightsee will be long.

Grizzly is a nice park
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There are some Yellow Stones in the desert outside of Yuma also, but it's not a National Park, just BLM land. Ed
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Grizzly is a nice park
I'll second Grizzly. Its about 1 mile more or less from the west entrance.

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Hi to all friends, we will be heading from Maine to CA starting Aug 6. We want to stop at Yellow Stone NP for a week or so. Could you please recommend where to stay? Montana, Wyoming, Idaho? In the park or outside Private park? We have a Jeep with us so no issues with exploring the area with car.
We are here at Valley View RV Park about 14 miles from W. Yellowstone........ It is in Island Park, Idaho. We are leaving on Monday. We are across from Henry Lake. We liked it here and the Drive to the Park was an easy drive We have been here for 3 weeks. We have Passport America and i think the Rate is 27.00. The Camp Hosts are vary Nice. We heard Grizzley RV was real nice just outside of Yellowstone. We looked up the Rate and it was around 69.00 per day. It all depends what you want. If you need to be near to town with shopping and resturants then Grizzley would be your best bet. Have a safe trip.
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Recommend a visit either before the spring holiday (Memorial Day) or after the fall holiday (Labor Day). Just too crowded during the summer. My best trips to Yellowstone were between the first week of September and when they shutdown the high passes - usually by the beginning to middle of October.
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We stayed at the West YS KOA. Easy in and out of the park. Did the north one day, south next.
Drove through the park to the east exit to Cody. Great ride.
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Stayed in West Yellowstone. Grizzly is the nicest; I chose a less expensive option and it was fine.

Consider including Grand Teton and Jackson Hole on your trip. We really enjoyed Teton for a change of pace. I wish I had more time there.

Tip: travel in the park early each day as you will see both more animal activity and less crowds, even in the summer. We were at Yellowstone falls alone at 7 AM for example. Far better photos are to be had early or late. You can always go to bed early. .

More on our trip is here:

http://www.andersonadventures.com/ad...es/Images.html
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I believe Fishing Bridge CG is full up until September. I was only able to get 3 days there (August 17, 18, 19) a month ago. Not wanting to hijack the thread, but can anyone recommend a good camp in the park to dry camp for another couple of days? I'm in a 40' Class A.
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Fishing Bridge is full for anything bigger than 35 ft - we have reservations Sept 14-19 and tried to extend them 2 days either side of that - no luck.
According to the staff I talked to, they re-measured their sites and found that several that were marked 40 ft were actually 35 or less.

You'd need to make reservations at Fishing Bridge a year out or hope that someone cancels. The number to call is 866-439-7375 and they are staffed 8-5 Mountain Time daily. Maybe they'll have a cancellation when you want to stay there?
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