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Old 01-12-2013, 10:54 AM   #15
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One last comment from us, we have learned to use google earth to check out the CGs we are considering. As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words.
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Old 01-12-2013, 11:15 AM   #16
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We stayed in West Yellowstone last August (2012) at Rustic Wagon RV Park. Rustic Wagon RV Park and campground with tenting and cabins,Yellowstone camping and lodging Just wanted to have a smaller family owned park with a bit more privacy and without the crowds. (we visited Grizzly while we were there to also check it out) Another benefit is that I noticed there were folks able to arrive 'last minute' to 'wagon without reservations, so it is a good backup option. Grizzly RV park is most certainly nicer, but the sites at 'wagon were decent sized, less expensive, some are back in and some are pull-through, full hookups, a friendly staff, WiFi, cable, etc. and there is a good family restaurant next door. The trees shown are planted; there isn't much grass; the laundry and bathrooms are clean. Doing it again, I'd still consider 'wagon, but I'd also be quite happy with Grizzly.

Like you, we didn't bring a toad. Instead I saved on the fuel and vehicle stress of pulling our toad over several mountain passes and rented a compact car for $49 per day from a family owned rental shop in West Yellowstone that will both pick you up and drop you off right from your campsite. West Yellowstone Tours and Lodging- Steps from Yellowstone National Park We found the rental to be VERY useful at Yellowstone. There were several places and wildlife we went to/saw that we otherwise would have missed due to parking issues.

We also stayed at Colter Bay in the Tetons and enjoyed that campground and the lake.

Tip: if you can get up early and enter the park early, you will have many more chances to see active wildlife and see the popular spots without the crowds. Most folks have the "hey - I'm on vacation" and don't enter the park until 11 or later and miss out on a lot! I did that on several days and it was well worth it. Photos are much better during the morning light anyway.

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Best of both worlds would be to stay at Coulter Bay and do the southern end inc Jackson Hole and the Grand Tetons then go to Grizzly RV park and do the northern end
We stayed at Grizzly in September/Oct and covered 1000 fantastic miles completely within the park in the Subaru.
Tip 2 Go when the crowds are gone after the internal campgrounds are closed.
I'm sure we couldn't cover that much territory in peak time.
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Old 01-14-2013, 07:08 AM   #18
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Yellowstone CGs

Check carefully the max sizes if you stay in the park. I had a 40footer in a 40 foot designated spot and it was probably 40 foot 6 inches....Meaning some of those spots are tight. A lot of spots in the park are dry camping only. If it's cool, then it's no problem, but sometimes Wyoming is hot in the summer. You can run a genny during the day but the tent people will give you the evil eye. If you done out often vs cook consider the driving distances,from Yellowstone into Jackson is quite a haul every day.
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Old 01-14-2013, 07:19 AM   #19
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We stayed at Grizzly, awesome park.
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Old 01-14-2013, 07:22 AM   #20
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I really appreciate all of the feedback. So far, I have rerouted my trip based on very good suggestions, we have opted to stay at Grizzly while at Yellowstone, again based on the experience of others, and we will then wrap up our trip at Colter Bay, WY via the South entrance to Yellowstone.
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