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Old 03-23-2017, 01:04 PM   #15
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Yellowstone is not a good place to tour in a RV. Many parts of the roads are 9' wide lanes with virtually no shoulder, the pull offs and parking is narrow, short, and tight space . If your wheels on the right side go off the road it is difficult to get back into the lane with much speed and trees are next to the road. The park will have many IDIOTS who abruptly hit the brakes hard because they may have glimpsed a critter in the field or woods and the whole world must stop until they have the picture the want. They seem too dumb to just snap a photo as you drive by, they want to get close but Yellowstone is not a petting zoo. The resulting bison jambs can take 10 to 60 minutes to move a mile or two. No wonder the flatlanders in DC think citizens must be herded like sheep and the government knows what is best for them and how to best spend their money.

Yellowstone is at its best in late September when the crowds are less.
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Yellowstone is not a good place to tour in a RV. Many parts of the roads are 9' wide lanes with virtually no shoulder, the pull offs and parking is narrow, short, and tight space . If your wheels on the right side go off the road it is difficult to get back into the lane with much speed and trees are next to the road. The park will have many IDIOTS who abruptly hit the brakes hard because they may have glimpsed a critter in the field or woods and the whole world must stop until they have the picture the want. They seem too dumb to just snap a photo as you drive by, they want to get close but Yellowstone is not a petting zoo. The resulting bison jambs can take 10 to 60 minutes to move a mile or two. No wonder the flatlanders in DC think citizens must be herded like sheep and the government knows what is best for them and how to best spend their money.

Yellowstone is at its best in late September when the crowds are less.
That's the way the roads used to be, but many of the most narrow roads have been widened and straightened. No longer is a trip over Dunraven Pass, the road between Canyon and Tower, a twisty, narrow road cut into the side of Mt. Washburn. It's been widened and rerouted in some areas, making it much easier to traverse. Same with roads near Madison, Lake. etc. many now have space for bikes to share the road. Wide charter buses and RVs have little trouble on any of the roads in the park. If you're really afraid of driving and parking in YNP, you can always buy a ticket for the buses that Xanterra operates. They include historic 1936 rebuilt buses, large vans, and charter bus type buses.
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I appreciate all the comments, while I do not like narrow roads, it sounds like the roads should not be worse than our last weekend outing in south Louisiana about 35 miles south of I-10, in this case about 80 miles of narrow, rough roads with no shoulders and narrow ditches that are 8+ ft deep, just more traffic and lower speed limit
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If coming from the north or northwest into Yellowstone NP, avoid the north entrance.
From mammoth hot springs for about 20 miles very narrow road with little to no shoulder.
Drop south northwest of Yellowstone and come in on the west entrance.
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The north entrance, from Gardiner, is the historic entrance used by millions of folks over the years that came to YNP by railroad (Livinston) The road from Gardiner to Cooke City is the only road open year round since Cooke City would be cut off from access when the Beartooth Highway is shut down for winter.

I've driven a bus and our RV on that road and the road from Mammoth to Norris that goes through the HooDoos on the road to Norris Geyser Basin. Never felt I was on a "narrow road" It's standard width for any older 2 lane road. Yes, there are no shoulders on those older roads, but there's too much beautiful and unique features to miss on either road. The Hoodoos, Obsidian Cliff, Sheepeater Cliff, Petrified Tree, Bunsen Peak, the Mammoth Hot Springs and the Terraces, Roaring Mountain, and much more. The road from Roosevelt to Cooke City is through Lamar Valley, considered to be the "Serengeti of Yellowstone" for the wide views affording sightings of wolves, grizzlies, elk, and much of the wildlife of YNP. Remember, the speed limit is 45 MPH in the park, so it's not like roaring down country roads in any other part of the U.S. (I grew up in Pennsylvania, I know narrow, twisty, hilly roads, YNP is nothing to fear!)
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Leave the rv in the campsite. Drive the mammoth hot springs to Norris part of the loop in your toad.
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Leave the rv in the campsite. Drive the mammoth hot springs to Norris part of the loop in your toad.
The title of this thread is, "Yellowstone visit without TOAD"

While a car rental could be arranged, according to where the RV is located, the drive from a rental agency to campsite could be over 70 miles.
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