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Old 07-03-2021, 06:42 PM   #1
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Where is a cool place to stay in August

I'm currently in So Oregon in the mountains about 5,000 ft. I'd like to find a cool place to stay during August. Oregon will be too smoky, so looking for high elevation elsewhere. I'm full time and can easily boondock for 12 days.
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Campgrounds north of Stanley Idaho. Some are on small lakes. Elevation around 7,000 feet. It was 47 degrees up there this morning. Canít guarantee no smoke but there was a pretty bad fire up there several years ago that burned some areas and spared quite a few.
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Yup, western Montana, Idaho is your place. Bitterroot valley south of Missoula is about 3500 ft. We found that quite comfortable in summer about 5 years ago. And it all climbs as you go north and west from there.
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I'd also recommend Stanley, Idaho. Many very nice and easy to get to national forest campgrounds around Stanley and on to Salmon. A favorite place of ours. Nighttime temps can drop low so you'll need a blanket. Days are warm and very nice.
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ANYWHERE in the west is liable to be full of smoke come August. Both Idaho and Montana will have fires. To be really cool, try the Oregon or Washington coasts or the Olympic Peninsula. And even then, you may encounter some smoke.
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No smoke here in Texas but a bit hot....
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From Oregon the drive would be a tad lengthy but Cody, Wyoming has a couple of nice RV parks -- Cody KOA Holiday RV Park and Absaroka Bay RV Park. Between Cody and the east entrance of Yellowstone is the Yellowstone Valley Inn & RV Park located on the bank of the Shoshone River. August temps are usually upper 70s to low 80s during the day and 50's at night. Staying near Cody brings several adventures including Yellowstone National Park, Buffalo Bill Dam, great trout fishing, Buffalo Bill Center, Old Trail Town, etc.

A day trip away is Teton Village / Jackson Hole Ski Area which has the typically summer time activities for a ski course.

Hope this info is helpful. Enjoy the August "dog days of summer"!
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CINDY IN CDA: Did any of this help you decide? Let us know your 'cool' place!
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Take a trip out Hwy 2 from Spokane east to the Glacier NP area and beyond into central Montana. I did this specifically to beat the heat a couple years ago and was not disappointed. Lots of nice areas to camp, lakes, rivers, small towns, pleasant temps and good people. And you’ll be in good position to pop into Canada if they actually re-open.
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Thanks for all of the suggestions. I'm still in Oregon; we'll see how the smoke goes. I'm mobile so heading north to Idaho is definitely an option.
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My favorite place to get away from the heat is Red River, NM.
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