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Old 01-06-2014, 06:44 PM   #1
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From Florida to Yellowstone/Tetons to Black Hills, to Badlands, to Minnesota

From Florida to Yelowstone/Tetons to Black Hills, to Badlands, to Minnesota

My wife and I are newbees and will doing this route starting mid-May thru mid-June. We'd love to hear suggestions for nice boondocking camps or national/state RV parks. If you know of a "well worth the money" RV park, we might even consider that for a night or two.

Our coach is a 40 ft Phaeton with a Ford pickup toad.

We'd greatly appreciated any thoughts and suggestions.
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Old 01-06-2014, 09:35 PM   #2
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I would recommend a look see at the temp range for the areas you are visiting. It is a good time to miss the heavy crowds. We were in Yellowstone about June 21 & it was not crowded. We stayed in Cody, WY at Walmart .
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Old 01-08-2014, 08:52 AM   #3
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NW Wyoming can be absolutely, fantastically, beautiful in early June, but it can also quickly become ""winter" so be ready. It is a terrific time to view. Wildlife as the new borns are out and about.
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Old 01-08-2014, 12:33 PM   #4
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I posted yesterday and then lost it before I could post... So I will try again today.
Minnesota part from Mpls go North on 35 W. There is a nice rv/camp ground @ Hinckley and its at a casino its about 1/2 way between Mpls and Duluth. Its cheap too but well maintained asphalt drive way with a asphalt area with picnic table, S-Thursday its like $23.00 a night then Friday & Sat its $25.00. Includes Cable TV, water, sewer, wifi, elec 30 amp & 50 amp hook ups. They have a shuttle (free) runs every 20 min from your driveway to the casino great food and great Buffet and the slots are pretty fun too. You can walk too its with in sight of the park.There's a nice golf course there also & a pool. Use as a Home base if you want. Gated also with Security, (We have never seen or heard of any problems) .A few miles South of Duluth is Black Bear another casino no hook ups but they say you can spend the night in a area you can use. In Duluth go to the Pier watch the freighters coming into port Heading North, Two Harbors has a nice light house tour. Then stop @ Gooseberry Falls (a must) very nice you can hop rock to rock before the falls bring a camera but don't fall in...Then up to Grand Marray (sp) they have a few rv spots and some of them are right on the beach of Lake Superior. Then up the Gun Flint trail boon-docking areas. Then come back thru Wisconsin maybe someone from there can tell you the sites.
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Go up Hwy 169 to Mallics(sp) sister casino to the one in Hinckley then up to Grand Rapids to Ely to Grand Marray(sp) then back down thru Wisconsin.
Either way its Beautiful country you won't be disappointed. Ges I might just follow you...
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Old 01-08-2014, 06:08 PM   #5
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From Florida to Yelowstone/Tetons to Black Hills, to Badlands, to Minnesota

My wife and I are newbees and will doing this route starting mid-May thru mid-June. We'd love to hear suggestions for nice boondocking camps or national/state RV parks. If you know of a "well worth the money" RV park, we might even consider that for a night or two.

Our coach is a 40 ft Phaeton with a Ford pickup toad.

We'd greatly appreciated any thoughts and suggestions.
Depending on your final route, we found the Minn Dakota County fairgrounds a comfortable place to stay. it is near Farmington, on the south side of the twin cities. We found public transportation within 4-5 miles.
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Custer State Park just south of Rapid City, SD is well worth the visit for animal sightings.

You may want to reconsider going a little later in the summer as someone else suggested too.
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Don't forget to hike to Harney Peak the high point of SD. The trailhead is in Custer State Park. It is a beautiful hike if done on a sunny day. The mica flecks in the granite rock glimmers and makes a great hike even better.
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Definitely stay IN Badlands - Cedar Pass Campground is $10 a night and you have power (50 amp). We were able to fill our water tank with extra hoses that we'd been warned to bring. Shower were pay (we'd never seen that before and didn't use them, although they were clean). We were there in late August and it was pretty empty. We had our choice of spots. Also a dump station for I think $1 or maybe $2.

It was very windy (normal for that time) so we wouldn't leave any awnings out. Bring more water than you think you need - that wind draws it right out of you! Plus it was 110 degrees at the hottest part of the day!!!! We went out at 5 am one day, came back about noon and cooled off, then went back out around 4 pm - awesome sunrises/sunsets and tons of wildlife!

Custer State Park had power and water and we loved our site (Stockade North 24E) - we were there leading up to and part of Labor Day Weekend $30 a night. Bath house was EXCELLENT with plenty of hot water and very clean! There were BLM/NPS lands right around it as well.

For Yellowstone, we stayed IN Fishing Bridge. I know it's more expensive, but we found it well worth it. Yellowstone was MUCH larger than it looked. Since we require power, those weren't much of an option. I believe some one told me that there were BLM/NPS lands in the area, but there's not really anyplace to boondock around there.

Also, google this site for Yellowstone - you'll find many recent threads that may provide more info for you.
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