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Old 06-20-2011, 11:58 AM   #1
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Yellowstone without toad/car


Planning a trip to Yellowstone in July and am wondering if one can do this trip without a toad and still see/visit most of the sights, etc. We're driving our Winniebago Sightseer 35 ft (gas).

Also, be interested if anyone has experience with renting a car just outside Yellowstone.

Any thoughts are greatly appreciated.


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Old 06-20-2011, 01:43 PM   #2
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If you camp at Fishing Bridge, you can take a tour bus right from the office. One day you do the Lower loop and the next day you can do the Upper loop.

The Yellowstone Institute offers a private tour where they will pick you up in a minivan and drive you around Yellowstone for the day. About $500 per day but we saw more that day than we ever would have seen on our own.

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Old 06-22-2011, 09:13 AM   #3
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Look up RV CRuzers web site as he has some great info on routes into and about yellowstone np
There are many small rvs touring the park but not many big uns.
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The simple answer is yes. Right now it is a little difficult because many of the turn outs are still blocked by snow but that should be gone in a few weeks. The reason why I say yes is because many people are doing it now. You will see lots of rental class c's going from one spot to another. The biggest inconvenience will be hooking up at night and unhooking in the morning. Just don't be in a hurry to get anywhere.
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Old 06-22-2011, 02:13 PM   #5
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I'm not sure what you will do at a bear sighting. Cars will be stopped and it will be difficult for you to do the same. We were lucky when we could find a place to park our Toyota Avalon and its a lot shorter than 35 feet. The driver will not get to enjoy the beauty of Yellowstone as much as the co-pilot will. The roads are great and the speed limit is low but they are narrow and the shoulder can have a significant drop-off. I would plan to rent a car or take one of the tour buses.

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Old 06-22-2011, 02:20 PM   #6
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Make campground reservations NOW if you plan to stay overnight in Yellowstone. They book up fast and you cannot stay in an RV overnight anywhere but a campground.

We were there 3weeks ago and the west entrance was closed during daytime hours due to avalanche risk. Check the website for current info. I drove thru a blinding snowstorm and horrid road construction on Hwy 19 getting to the park entrance so check the WY DOT website, too.
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I have done that with a 35'DP but it was mid/late September so not near as many folk on the roads. Even then it was sometimes difficult to find parking. The roads and entrance gates are indeed narrow. The ranger at the gate joked that the log entrance gate was a drivers test....if you scrapped the logs on either side you would not be able to handle the roads in Yellowstone.

Yes, the driver misses a lot of the surroundings. My late husband got to experience a "bucket list" trip just before his death so it was well worth my missing a few sights.

I'd see about renting a car.

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I recommend renting a car at least for part of your stay and reserving it now.
There are two auto rental firms in West Yellowstone, Budget and Big Sky.
Several more in the Belgrade/Bozeman area that claim to service West, but at least 1 hour away.
Do yourself and everyone near you a favor and do not try to negotiate the Park in your coach for site seeing. You'll be so busy trying to avoid traffic, cars that wander into your lane or stop fast for that "once in a lifetime" photo you'll never enjoy the beauty.
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I wouldn't do it. Park it in West Yell and rent a car.

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