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Old 01-22-2021, 09:58 AM   #1
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Yellowstone and Teton

We are planning a trip to Yellowstone and Grand Teton this summer. We plan to either stay at one campground in-between for a couple of weeks or a week near one park then a week near the other. As I recall it is a pretty long drive to try to see both parks from one campground, especially if there is a lot of traffic, but it would also be nice not to have to move from one campground to another. Any suggestions or recommendations?
Is it possible to stay in Yellowstone campsites with a 37 ft camper ?
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There is a lot of great detailed information on this subject on youtube. Many youtube RV channels go into all the in's and out's of going to these two areas. I highly recommend you search them out.

Here's a great place to start:
https://www.youtube.com/c/GrandAdven...%20and%20Teton
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Consider Grant Village campground in Yellowstone. Itís near the south end and a good spot for seeing both parks.
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We are planning a trip to Yellowstone and Grand Teton this summer.

Super - We were there early last year - Mid June till July between the two parks - Couple notes on the parks themselves - Yellowstone is BIG, no Really BIG - Fishing Bridge will not be open again next year - The upper road from the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone north is also Closed - Big Deal - luckily for us we have been going to YNP for over 50 years so we have enjoyed it in all seasons and in all sorts of Weather - best trip was late October early November - spoiled us as no Crowds and easy to get a spot - if you could get into Madison you would be happy - then head down to Jackson Lake for the Tetons - Traffic is real - Crowds are real and Parking is limited.

We plan to either stay at one campground in-between for a couple of weeks or a week near one park then a week near the other.

As said above - split it if possible - we Used Island Park, ID - West Yellowstone - In the Parks without hook ups - Victor, ID - we were with young kids and they Enjoyed the Activities outside the park as much, if not more, than the park itself, they are Young and Active - not loving riding in the Car.
One more note - as we had two who were still working from home we needed to be connected - not going to happen in the Park. Last note is that we are in the no reservations group and we did fine.


As I recall it is a pretty long drive to try to see both parks from one campground, especially if there is a lot of traffic, but it would also be nice not to have to move from one campground to another.

Just does not work, JMHO - Traffic is Real - Crowds are real and Driving is long as the Park is bigger than the state of Delaware.

Any suggestions or recommendations?

Good luck as likely everything is already reserved - reality is there are Lot's of Cancellations so places are available all the time - West Yellowstone if the Likely spot if FHU's are needed - if you are not early you are not going to get a Parking Spot and Will be in a Long Line of Traffic. I will also suggest you read and understand your options in the park - pick you locations every day so as to get to them Early - most are fairly slow to get on the road - so if you are there early you will see it and enjoy it. It is Beautiful but it is Spread out so you really Need a Plan!

Is it possible to stay in Yellowstone campsites with a 37 ft camper ?
I'm in a 43'er and we stayed in the park - just had to be early to get a spot - they are there but not for long - get a plan - learn all your options then Just Do It!

Again because we were with our Grands and they were active they loved the stops along the way To and From the Parks - For Us Water is the key to an active good time. Leaving we also enjoyed Flaming Gorge and Dino - so much to See and Never Enough Time!


Hope this is of some help,

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We too did that as part of a 6 week, 6 state trip late August-Sept in 2019 ! What a trip ! our group of rv's had real arguments about what was best Milky Way @ Grand Canyon, East side of Jenny Lake in the afternoon sunset, Zion, Bryce Canyon, etc... etc...


We made a fast run up to YS first, then worked our way down south to beat the weather, but had ONE, just ONE, rainy day and everything else was perfect !


Avoid Rawlins KOA and Fireside Buffalo Valley campgrounds... first was a gravel parking lot in a not so nice area and second should have been named Mosquito valley !!! we RAN to the toad to go visit the parks they were so bad !

A moat around the park and a 'covey' of swallows on the barn didn't help the mosquitos !


During planning we named the spreadsheet Yellowstone, but YS got NO first place votes in our polls - even though we spent 3 days touring and it was fabulous idling along the road with Bison bigger than our Jeep Wrangler
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I volunteer at the Scout camp by the East entrance so I'm in the park multiple times per summer giving tours to the Scouts.

1. As a previous poster said, 'REALLY BIG' for Yellowstone.
2. Parks are not really that close. My son was a NPS ranger living at the south entrance and it took him 75 minutes to get to the grocery in Jackson - with no traffic.
3. Go early, real early. The entrance stations back up and will waste an hour of your day if you go too late.
4. Old Faithful is crowded but there's plenty of parking. The hotel, visitor center and most everything else was closed last summer.
5. Grand Prismatic Spring has limited parking and often you can't even drive in.
6. Break the park into sections. You can do Old Faithful, Grand Prismatic, paint pots, Norris on one day. Come back the next to do West Thumb, Fishing Bridge, Hayden Valley,and up to Yellowstone Falls (another crowded spot).
7. Drive slow and be aware of bison and bear jambs. Don't be that guy who stops in the middle of the road to take pics because they're too lazy to pull over and get out of their car!
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What do you consider early? my early maybe to early
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What do you consider early? my early maybe to early
Sunrise is what is early, not too early, for the entrance - web cam helps - https://www.nps.gov/media/webcam/vie...FE5983E4D2E421

https://www.nps.gov/yell/learn/photo...ia/webcams.htm

Does not make any sense, to Me, to drive when you cannot see anything - Dark - JMHO.
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Thanks Busskipper, since my normal everyday starts at daylight or a little before this works out perfect. no sense wasting the day laying in bed. More animals out too.
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Here are a couple of sites to help with your planning:

For all roads leading into Yellowstone:

http://www.rvcruzer.com/ystonervroutes.php




https://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/campgrounds.htm

http://www.yellowstone.co/maps/campgroundmap.htm

https://www.nps.gov/grte/index.htm

I don't recommend you stay in one place to see both parks. It's way too much driving and wasted time.

Madison campground in Yellowstone is an excellent one as a base. We've stayed there with our 40' motorhome. We've also stayed at Bridge Bay and Mammoth (our favorite). All campgrounds in the park are dry camping but there's water available and dump stations at each. The one full hookup won't be open in 2021 as it's being renovated.

In Grand Teton there are two full hookup RV parks - Colter Bay and Headwaters. There are two large dry campgrounds with water/dump station - Colter Bay (next to the RV park) and Gros Ventre towards the town of Jackson. Both have 300 sites and are very pleasant. We like Gros Ventre.

You will only find a small grocery in West Yellowstone or the park's camp stores.

The town of Jackson has large grocery stores for replenishing and better fuel prices than Yellowstone. Jackson makes a nice day outing - lots of stores, museums and a rodeo.

Both parks are completely different in looks and things to do. In the Tetons you can take a calm float trip on the Snake River and you just might see a moose in the water with you. We did! The hiking in the Tetons is fabulous for all levels leading you to pretty little lakes.

Yellowstone is geared to the water features and animals in the road. It's very slow-going for driving.

Definitely partake in some ranger programs if you can.

You'll be busy, for sure! Start out touring early morning - by 7am. That's when the animals are out. Pack your lunch. Return to camp at 3-4pm for dinner and rest and head out again for the evening animals when traffic is much better. We've been there often and never tire of the parks.
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Here are a couple of sites to help with your planning:

For all roads leading into Yellowstone:

http://www.rvcruzer.com/ystonervroutes.php




https://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/campgrounds.htm

http://www.yellowstone.co/maps/campgroundmap.htm

https://www.nps.gov/grte/index.htm

I don't recommend you stay in one place to see both parks. It's way too much driving and wasted time.

Madison campground in Yellowstone is an excellent one as a base. We've stayed there with our 40' motorhome. We've also stayed at Bridge Bay and Mammoth (our favorite). All campgrounds in the park are dry camping but there's water available and dump stations at each. The one full hookup won't be open in 2021 as it's being renovated.

In Grand Teton there are two full hookup RV parks - Colter Bay and Headwaters. There are two large dry campgrounds with water/dump station - Colter Bay (next to the RV park) and Gros Ventre towards the town of Jackson. Both have 300 sites and are very pleasant. We like Gros Ventre.

You will only find a small grocery in West Yellowstone or the park's camp stores.

The town of Jackson has large grocery stores for replenishing and better fuel prices than Yellowstone. Jackson makes a nice day outing - lots of stores, museums and a rodeo.

Both parks are completely different in looks and things to do. In the Tetons you can take a calm float trip on the Snake River and you just might see a moose in the water with you. We did! The hiking in the Tetons is fabulous for all levels leading you to pretty little lakes.

Yellowstone is geared to the water features and animals in the road. It's very slow-going for driving.

Definitely partake in some ranger programs if you can.

You'll be busy, for sure! Start out touring early morning - by 7am. That's when the animals are out. Pack your lunch. Return to camp at 3-4pm for dinner and rest and head out again for the evening animals when traffic is much better. We've been there often and never tire of the parks.

Nobody says it better - ^^^^^^^^^^^^^ - Good Info!
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Thanks everyone for all of the great information
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We stayed here a couple of years ago. It's in-between the parks.
https://yellowstonerv.com/lodging/
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We went back in 2009 so I'm sure things are different. But we drove our ~40 ft DP and did not have a toad so we spread our stay over 3 different campground. One in the Tetons, Fishing Bridge & Mammoth Hot Springs at the north entrance. We drove our coach to get to the different sites and really didn't have any problem getting around.



That trip also included Glacier, Alaska, and the West Coast to Napa Valley. ~15K miles total. After we got back home the first thing I did was find a car we could tow. Won't take another long trip without a toad.
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