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Old 12-10-2015, 11:45 AM   #11
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Buffalo Bills park is a mosquito jungle when we were there and no cell /WiFi etc. Fishing Bridge sites are super small but very convenient. Best place we stayed was KOA in west Yellowstone.
Keep in mind the traffic is terrible, but the scenery is wonderful. Tetons are not to be missed.

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Old 12-10-2015, 11:45 AM   #12
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When you get back, Please let us know how the trip went! I am retiring in 2016 and that trip is on my "bucket list"! I want to put my feet in the Pacific ocean and see everything between KY and there. Also I have basically the same set up as you. a 2008 Yukon Denali and a Forest River 21FBRS. Let me know how it goes!

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Old 12-10-2015, 11:48 AM   #13
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I'm understanding that you want to stay in the park, in one of the NPS campgrounds.

Fishing Village is the only campground with hookups. It is also basically a paved parking lot, with no desirable ambience. It's only qualities are that it is located centrally and has hookups, nothing else.

Mammouth is at the north end, but is a nice campground. You can easily fit big rigs into many of the spots. Also good satellite capability in many spots. It is just down the hill from the headquarters and if you go up there you can also get cellphone reception.

Grant Village is at the southern end. More trees than Mammouth, very large, but tighter for big rigs. I did get my 39 footer in there OK.

Most of the others are smaller and more tent oriented. However, if your rig is small, you may fit in.

Always take a look at RV park reviews to get a good idea of any particular campground.

South of Yellowstone, Gros Vente is a great campground for touting the Grand Teton NP.

I'm headed to Yellowstone again next spring and plan to stay at Mammouth.


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Old 12-10-2015, 11:48 AM   #14
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I envy your proposed trip... want to do the same in the next couple of years after I upgrade my TV. I live down the road from Cold Spring in Alexandria.

I have not been out west since early 80's but I loved the Badlands area just off the Interstate. I drove down one of those back roads thru that area and was just amazed at the scenery.

Good luck and Happy travels...

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Old 12-10-2015, 12:17 PM   #15
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I stayed at West Yellowstone KOA both times i've been there, pricy but nice. Getting there, DesMoines is mostly owned by John Deere. There are free factory tours that are outstanding. The KOA in Minnesota , Albert Lea, in 2014, was the worst ive ever stayed at. You need to watch the weather, as the tornado's in the mid west will dictate which direction you will go. Be flexible, one of the nice things about camping and having time.
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Old 12-10-2015, 01:23 PM   #16
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The Yellowstone Association is really helpful.

Contact the Yellowstone Association, a non-profit org that supports the Park. They offer many services, including guided tours of the park. In 2011, we retained their naturalist for two days: one day for wild life spotting and another day for geophysical sites. The Assoc provided a small bus (not a mini-van...), a guide for our party of 8, 6 adults and 2 children and binoculars and telescopes for up close viewing. Most memorable.

The park is huge, so the guide was invaluable to expediently get from one location to the next, not to mention the depth of knowledge at each destination and observations along the way. Plus, I didn't have to watch the road and we never missed a turn.

The Assoc. may have RV facilities of their own; we became members (nominal fee) to rent one of their cabins (pre-RV days) in Gardner. Google: "Yellowstone Association" to get their website and contact information.
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Old 12-10-2015, 01:25 PM   #17
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We stayed at Grants Village at the south of the park. Good place to exit from heading to the Tetons. Custer State Park and the Badlands in South Dakota is worth the stop. Custer is the best state park I have ever been to. Make sure to coordinate your visit with the Sturgis Week as there will be many motorcycles there then. Make sure you bring warm clothes to Yellowstone. We were wearing our winter coats at night in July! The strategic air museum Nebraska is worth the stop on the way back on I-80
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Old 12-10-2015, 06:24 PM   #18
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If possible try the Bear Tooth hwy. NW of park.AWESOME trip
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Old 12-10-2015, 07:11 PM   #19
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When in Yellowstone, operate on your home time(eastern?). This puts you way ahead of the crowds so parking and travel is easier.
If you can, spend a night or two at old faithful cabins. There are places in the lot to leave the trailer. You will enjoy the geysers at sunrise and sunset with no traffic.
I think it is radio channel 12 that announces upcoming geyser eruptions. Check with a ranger or an info desk on that channel number.
The last 2 times we were at Mammoth, it was not impressive, had dried up, dead. May have changed, check on this.
If you have time on your return, flaming gorge is pretty.
Fishing Bridge is the only camp within the park with hookups. It is cramped and just meant for sleeping. The park service camps are for units under 25 ft. The concessionaire camps are roomier but no hookups. The park is huge, allow for this.
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Old 12-10-2015, 07:52 PM   #20
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When we visited Yellowstone in 2013, we camped at Henry's Lake State Park in Idaho. It is only about 10 miles west of West Yellowstone. We drove into the park everyday. My husband and I both have a Senior Pass, so we didn't have to pay an entry fee. Henry's Lake has water and electric hookups and a dump station. The only drawback for the park is that the wind blew rather hard every afternoon. The rates are very reasonable.

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