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Old 01-07-2020, 02:25 PM   #1
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Yellowstone route from Portland, returning to WA state coast

This June, we are wanting to visit Yellowstone again (my favorite!).
We would leave from Portland, Oregon and then return home to the Washington coast, just east of Olympia. Please comment on possible routes to and from. I am familiar with Highway 84 in Oregon through the Gorge and "Cabbage Hill", so maybe going through Mt. Hood, down to Bend and over to Idaho on Hwy. 20?
We would also include Grand Tetons and would not mind going out to Cody.
I am searching for CG options which would include our preferences of no "RV Parks" which is not our thing. I realize this concern will go on the Camping location forum.
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Others with local knowledge are better able to advise you on the route. But if you want non-rv park campsites then use https://freecampsites.net/#!(39.79258,+-106.21108)
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Do you need hookups?
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No hook ups needed.
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Excellent. Unlimited free camping opportunities between GTNP & Yellowstone. Google Pacific, Sheffield and Spread Creek. FS roads that allow dispersed camping. Also Headwaters campground and the Ashton - Flagg road. That area is just a few miles before the south entrance and gives you a jump on the folks coming up from Jackson.
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Make sure you plan a day at Craters of the Moon National Monument. Another cool and interesting stop is EBR1, experimental breeder reactor, the first atomic reactor to produce electricity. https://inl.gov/experimental-breeder-reactor-i/
Idaho Falls has awesome public art along the river and in town.
Try Campendium https://www.campendium.com for camping sites.
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Your planned route is good.

Yellowstone - Baker's Hole national forest campground just a few miles north of West Yellowstone. In the park itself I wouldn't consider the campgrounds as 'rv parks'. No hookups in them.

Grand Teton NP - our favorite is in the park - Gros Ventre campground. There's also Colter Bay campground. Neither has hookups and don't accept reservations but we've always gotten a site with our 40' motorhome.
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Take US12 to US93 at Lolo, MT. Down 93 to MT43 to Wisdom, MT. From there you can take 43 east to I15, or go down MT278 to I15. Either way is great driving, wonderful views!! If you have the time take the Pioneer Mountains Scenic ByWay, MT73. Beautiful, and lots of NF CGs. Then head to Dillon, MT on I15 and then take MT41 to MT287 through to Ennis, MT. Then down US287 to US191 and south to W Jellystone. Almost all 2 lane good roads, no gravel, just a few miles on interstate!!

Many, many NF campgrounds along the way!! US12 to Lolo is a great drive and has many choices for stops. On 93 the same; Rombo on MT473, Indian Trees, and a few others. On 43 a nice one is May Creek CG, should be open by June!! One decent "RV" campground with a neat restaurant and folksy bar is at Cameron, MT south of Ennis. The Blue Moon Saloon and RV park!! Small, but good park. Bakers Hole is great, but need to get to it in the AM for a spot, depending on day of week!!! Return trip optional!!
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