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Old 01-03-2012, 12:29 PM   #51
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Would we need to rent a car for Yellowstone or can we get around in Solera motorhome. Looks like we will be leaving Louisana last weekend in June. So we will make it to Yellowstone mid July.
While some people do tour the park in Class C’s I personally wouldn’t do it. Driving the roads in the park will be no problem, the challenge will be finding a place to park in the parking lots at the major attractions in the park. You are going at the peak tourist season so I fear you will find yourself circling the parking lots with your Class C as you wait for a parking space to open that is large enough for your rig.

I would rent a car for touring Yellowstone Park. My opinion of course.
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Old 01-03-2012, 12:32 PM   #52
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We're would be the best place to pickup rental. We will be coming in from Mount Rushmoore.
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Old 01-04-2012, 10:34 AM   #53
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I can't really tell you the best place to rent a car in that area. The two closest towns that might have car rentals are West Yellowstone, MT on the west side of the park or Gardiner, MT on the north side. Other than that I would think that Cody, Wy or Jackson Hole, WY would have car rentals available.
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Old 01-04-2012, 11:03 AM   #54
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If you are arriving from the Blackhills, I would think Rapid City, SD; Billings, MT; Bozeman, MT; and Cody, WY could be described as "on the way". But, you could drive through YS and pick up a car in West Yellowstone and/or from the south in Jackson.

Obviously if you pick up the car on the way from the Black Hills you'll need a one-way rental. Whereas if you pick it up in West Yellowstone or Jackson you could return it to the same location.
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Old 01-04-2012, 11:11 AM   #55
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X2 on the car rental.

You will be there in the busy season and Yellowstone can get pretty crowded. When we were there (in a car) we took a bus tour but they limit the time you can spend at a stop so the next day, we took the car and looked on our own.

Considering gas prices, you will pay for a lot of the rental with gas savings.

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I tried to respond earlier but it didn't go through so here we go again...

We spent two weeks in Tetons\Yellowstone last summer (5th time up there) in a 29' MH and drove it everywhere with not a single problem... No CG issues, no road issues, no parking to site see issues.... All-in-all - no problems.... We even pulled a 5X8 cargo trailer....

Some suggestions: would definitely recommend you stay one night (if not more) at Flagg Ranch just outside South entrance to Yellowstone... Great CG without the CG feel... We loved it!!

Also - strongly recommend you stay in the park at park CG's(Grant Village, Madison, Bay Bridge and Fishing Bridge). We stayed in each so my grandsons could experience the differences of each one... They loved them all.... Make reservations NOW!!!

In addition - drive up north in the park to Lamar Valley... Largest bison herd in the park lives there as well as elk and wolves... Great drive up there and yes, we did it in the MH... And we also drove to (and parked) at Old Faithful...

We went by way of Raton Pass (NM) and then to Denver and through the Eisenhower Tunnel (highest tunnel in elevation in the US) then through Rocky Mountain NP then to Jackson Hole, WY then to the parks....

In my humble (but correct) opinion, you don't need a rent car... Extra expense, extra hassle, etc. We like having the kitchen and restroom with us at all times... (also all out stuff - fishing rods, cameras, etc.)

Number one priority - have a blast... If I can offer any other help just let me know.... Have my total itinerary if you're interested....
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Also - forgot to mention.... There's an app for Yellowstone for your smart phone that we found really helpful....
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Is it called Yellwstone? Thanks for the info
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It's an app that is a map of the park that shows all CG's, sights, hiking trails, etc... Can't remember if it was free or not but it's worth it....
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I downloaded a free one and paid $4 for upgrade. It says official guide to Yellowstone.
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