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Old 01-12-2013, 08:20 AM   #1
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West Yellowstone or Fishing Bridge CG

I am finalizing reservations for our August trip to Yellowstone and Grand Tetons National Park. My question is does anyone have any experience or recommendations for the West Yellowstone KOA or the Fishing Bridge CG inside Yellowstone?
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Old 01-12-2013, 08:50 AM   #2
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Fishing Bridge will save 45 minutes (each way) while driving into or out of the park. Probably closer to an hour+ when school is out.
34' is no problem - we were in a 40' MH
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Old 01-12-2013, 08:59 AM   #3
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We stayed in W Yellowstone while waiting for our reservation date at FB this past August. Only problem with WY is the drive into the park.

Was worried about fitting my 39' fiver in FB but it wasn't a real problem. Slides on one side pushed against a tree slightly but was doable. The staff knows which sites will accommodate big rigs. Only problem with FB is no cell at all.
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Old 01-12-2013, 09:09 AM   #4
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Only problem with WY is the drive into the park.
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Could you expand on what you mean, are the roads in bad shape?
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The biggest issue is site size. Fishing Bridge is centrally located but the sites are short and narrow without much room to park a second vehicle. We have stayed there several times and just put up with it. We have stayed at Yellowstone Grizzly RV Park in West Yellowstone and loved it. The sites are much larger and nicer. The tradeoff is that you have to drive into the park but it is only 10 - 15 miles to the park and you can go north or south along the loop highways. The advantage is that there is stuff to do in West Yellowstone that you might miss if you stay in the park. We love the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center.
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Old 01-12-2013, 09:26 AM   #6
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Could you expand on what you mean, are the roads in bad shape?
Roads are fine. They are hilly/mountainous, curvy, two lane 45mph roads with nothing but sightseers on them and there is unlimited things to "see". Lots of people drive slow and it is hard to pass. If animals are in view, which is routine, then traffic can well stop dead until they leave the area.

Suggest you look at a map of the park to get a feel for what you are dealing with. I would not recommend taking the NE loop (forget what the area is called) with a TT/RV especially in the morning and evening. It is routine for the road to be blocked to large vehicles by all the traffic stopped everywhere. Wasn't easy to get thru with just my TV at times for the people stopped to watch the buffalo.
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Grizzly for us to. Real nice. It's a short drive to the park just use your car.
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Old 01-12-2013, 09:39 AM   #8
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I see you are toad-less. Like said above driving MH inside park might not be to fun lots of cars narrow roads and everybody stops if a animal is seen. Maybe rent a car for a day in west yellowstone if you stay there.
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Could you expand on what you mean, are the roads in bad shape?
We stayed at Yellowstone Grizzly in West Yellowstone last summer. We will go back and stay there again. That CG is terrific, I don't know about the KOA. We drove thru fishing bridge during our stay and were very happy we decided to stay in West Yellowstone. Fishing Bridge seemed a bit cramped and funky for our taste.

The town is cute with some good restaurants, fly fishing supplies and a great museum. The west entrance is less than a mile. The drive into the center of the park is just long. It took us about 45 minutes to get to Old Faithful. It's about 20 minutes to Norris geyser. The park is huge and it depends on where in the park you plan to spend your time. That said, the scenery on the drive is gorgeous and it gave us lots of opportunity to see the wildlife and lots of places to take the dog in the morning.
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John:
We couldn’t get in to any of the parks in West Yellowstone last summer, so we took a chance about 20 miles South of West Yellowstone off Hiway 20 and stayed at Red Rock RV in Island Park for three days. It’s a little out of the way, but nice park and great owners. We didn’t have our toad, so we rented a car in West Yellowstone, then dropped it off the day we entered the park. Get one in town, not at the airport and save $$$. The owners at Red Rock pointed us to sites we would have never seen if we just drove through on our way to Yellowstone. Earthquake Lake, Henry’s Lake, Mesa Falls, and the headwaters for the Snake River are awesome sites and no crowds. It was well worth the detour and will definitely stop there on our next trip to Yellowstone.
When we finally got into the park we stayed at Grants Village. Dry camping, but right on Lake Yellowstone. We’ll try Fishing Bridge next trip. Stayed at Coulter Bay RV in Gran d Tetons. The fires were raging in Idaho at that time so smoke filled the air, but we will spend more time at Coulter next trip.
We are only 36’, but no problems with campsites or roads. Our trip was two weeks from CA and too short. We’ll take at least three or four weeks next time and bring our toad. It was a challenge finding parking spots at pull-offs with the coach. Would have been MUCH easier with the toad.
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We too stayed a Grizzley, the KOA did not impress us, it is west of town with not much to do around it. You can walk to all the shops and attractions in West Yellowstone from Grizzley. Staying at the KOA would add 14 miles round trip to an already long trip each time you went into the park.

Personally I would stay at Fishing Bridge if you can get in, yes it is tight but it saves lots of driving, with all there is to see and do we were only in campground to sleep. We decided to not stay there as the electric did not work in 2010

Coulter Bay campground in Grand Teton was wonderful - we stayed in the full hook up sites
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Lots to think about. We will definitely have a new "toad" in the coming weeks. Thanks for all of the tips, they are great...
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Grizzly RV Park!!!!!!!!!
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One last comment from us, we have learned to use google earth to check out the CGs we are considering. As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words.
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