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Old 06-02-2012, 03:51 AM   #21
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...still undecided about Yellowstone, I will be entering from north via Mammoth, but do like Grizzly.
That was the worst drive I've ever had in my Georgetown. The road from the entrance of Yellowstone at Gardner (through the arch) to Mammoth is tiny, winding, narrow and very busy. That was no fun at all!

On the other hand at Mammoth there were a bunch of parking spaces for big vehicles. So we explored that area on foot. Which was fun.

Then we drove through to West Yellowstone. Interestingly the road was pretty good from Mammoth through to West Yellowstone (via the shortest route on the west side of the park)

Near Gardner we stayed at Yellowstone's Edge RV Park. It's not fancy, but very clean and new and all the parking spots are a stones throw from the Yellowstone river. It was really neat at night to sleep with the windows open listening to the river all night.
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Near West Yellowstone we stayed at the West Yellowstone KOA. Nice indoor pool, which my daughter liked. Good food there too, pretty cool guy running the burger stand.

In West Yellowstone be sure to see The Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center. Plenty of parking for RV's and nice inside. It's basically a not-for-profit zoo type environment. Don't expect a road-side animal show type of place. It's a very processional environment dedicated to taking care of the animals first and showing them off second. Make sure to catch one of the Park Ranger led talks, you'll learn a lot about Yellowstone.
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Also plan some time to walk around downtown west Yellowstone. There is an imax theater there. Plenty of places to eat and plenty of fun shops to wander through. And the most un-McDonalds looking McDonalds you've ever seen.
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Old 06-06-2012, 11:50 AM   #22
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A few years ago we stayed at Rafter J Bar Ranch near Hill City. Huge place with 5 different camping areas surrounded by hills, trees & meadows. Beautiful ! About 15 minutes from Mt Rushmore.
May be tough to get a site tho without a reservation.
We stayed at the Rafter J Bar Ranch 30 years ago when our kids were little. We liked to stay at campgrounds that had swimming pools then so the kids had something to do. They just loved the place and its in a central location for attractions in the area. If its anything like it was then I highly recommend it. I would advise reservations also. We made reservations back then.
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Old 06-11-2012, 11:31 AM   #23
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UPDATE, We are at Rafter J Bar and it is beautiful and nice campground. I recommend it strongly. We have done Mt. Rushmore and Custer State Park and will be visiting Deadwood, Sturgis and other points prior to leaving for Yellowstone. I appreciate all input from everyone and would not be her without that input. Thank you.
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Awesome! Have a great time.
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Old 06-11-2012, 02:23 PM   #25
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UPDATE, We are at Rafter J Bar and it is beautiful and nice campground. I recommend it strongly. We have done Mt. Rushmore and Custer State Park and will be visiting Deadwood, Sturgis and other points prior to leaving for Yellowstone. I appreciate all input from everyone and would not be her without that input. Thank you.
The cemetery in deadwood is pretty neat. Also in deadwood one of the casino's has a model railroad in the basement. The people at the visitor center can tell you which casino that is. I don't remember off the top of my head.
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UPDATE, We are at Rafter J Bar and it is beautiful and nice campground. I recommend it strongly. We have done Mt. Rushmore and Custer State Park and will be visiting Deadwood, Sturgis and other points prior to leaving for Yellowstone. I appreciate all input from everyone and would not be her without that input. Thank you.
Oh yea and the South Dakota Air and Space Museum in Rapid City is pretty cool. Not a fancy place but they have a B1 bomber outside, which is pretty rare. Also a B52 in great shape outside, both of which you can walk right under and even touch. You're also likely to see B1's taking off and landing all day long at the air force base next door.
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The model trains are in the Badlands Casino in Deadwood.

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Ya just gotta love this forum, any thing you need to know its here, or will be by the time you post. Again great job guys. BTW I am rerouting myself on us 16 and will be entering Yellowstone from Cody and not the north. Thanks again.
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In the passport America book there is heartland rv park in Hermosa. I stayed there about 7 or 8 years ago and it was nice. Stay down on the flat lands with the motorhome run to the monument with your toad.
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Ya just gotta love this forum, any thing you need to know its here, or will be by the time you post. Again great job guys. BTW I am rerouting myself on us 16 and will be entering Yellowstone from Cody and not the north. Thanks again.
Hi Copsuno, headed to Yellowstone from Illinois on Friday. We are staying at fishing bridge and was told by my brother in law that last year the Cody entrance was a tough haul to fishing bridge, something about road being out. How was the road in from the east entrance?
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