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Old 04-26-2013, 04:48 PM   #1
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Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Jackson in Early Spring

Looking for any information and opinions - Like RV parks, routes, things to avoid...

Going to the Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Jackson Wy area, arriving the first week of May.

We've been there in the past during Summer in a pop-top. But, I'm reading the first half of May there is still considered by many to be the end of winter. Some campgrounds are still closed and many attractions are not open yet.

We're in a 37' Class A (fully self contained with heated tanks and bins) with a SUV in tow and the fur babies (no kids). Looking to "camp" with at least shore power, but would like fresh water too.
We will use the SUV to explore the area.

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This is a minor snow on 6-1-12 at the W. Yellowstone KOA:

We had no problems with the main roads through the park from there down to Jackson, 37' and towing.

Also, you will beat the black flies and the summer congestion.

Roads were clear, but some snow remained. That year had about 45% of average snow pack, so it's probably quite a bit more this year.

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For Grand Teton Nat'l Park, try to get reservations at Colter Bay RV Park in the park. It has full hookups. The rest in the park are dry camping.

In Yellowstone, Fishing Bridge opens May 10 (full hookups) and Madison opens May 3 (dry camping). The rest open later.

We have friends there now in Yellowstone (workamping) and they keep telling us of all the animals they're seeing because of no people crowds and they're close to the roads. This is a great time to be there. Have fun!

P.S. If coming from the south to Jackson, WY, the route through the Tetons to Yellowstone is very easy. The above-mentioned friends sent pics and there's some snow on the ground in various areas, but not in all. The roadways are clear. Of course, this could either melt fast because of warmth or more snow could be added. This is April, afterall.
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We're in Yellowstone on our 3rd day in the area...and learning some very interesting things...

The "West Yellowstone" approach was the best idea, because it is a year around operation with all the little town stuff in place.

We found the South Park Entrance won't open for a few more weeks. So, going south to Grand Teton will be a bit of a drive around the closed part of the park.

The East Park Entrance just opened on the 3rd of May...BUT we are still surprised to find how much of the park is still closed.

We have seen Elk, Bison (LOTS OF BISON) and bear in the wild. It is beautiful and very uncrowded in the areas of the park that are open...

Next time, we may decide to wait until the end of May. But even that, according to the ranger does not guarentee that all the park will be open.

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