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Old 05-21-2014, 10:29 AM   #11
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When arriving at the NP, check with the rangers about when Campgrounds usually fill up and Bear status. Esp in bear country. If you have internet access, there is a page on each Np's camping site that tells when each camground usually fills up by

At Glacier in August last year every campground was full by 8am in the morning. Rising sun was completely closed to camping unless you were in fully hardsided camper (no hybrids or pop ups)

Sounds like you have some amazing trips planned though

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Old 05-21-2014, 10:36 AM   #12
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Yellowstone is the same way, get there before 10 and you can usually get a spot. We did the same thing with Yellowstone and stayed in a place outside the north entrance. Headed in in the morning and got an excellent site at the mammoth hot springs campground on the 6th of July. We drove around the places and found that many of the campgrounds you reserved were stacked in like cord wood. and didn't have a great view. I almost forgot; while driving down the road to exit Yellowstone out mammoth hot springs gate, there is a pull off parking area on both sides of the road near the bottom of the hill. Then you can walk down the trail along the river about 1/4 mile walk, to the secret location That spot in the river as you will see is a favorite for the locals and those who know that the hot springs come out of the ground into the river at that spot. yes wear a suit and take a towel with you and most important enjoy.

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Old 05-21-2014, 12:06 PM   #13
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Originally Posted by Mountndream View Post
At Glacier in August last year every campground was full by 8am in the morning. Rising sun was completely closed to camping unless you were in fully hardsided camper (no hybrids or pop ups)
lots of misinformation on camping at National Parks, with a popup or hybrid.

the Rising Sun campground was TEMPORARILY closed August of last year, due to bear activity.
there is no such ban exists currently, but it hasn't opened up yet for this season.

and all the major campgrounds in Yellowstone are open to popups and hybrids, except only one campground, Fishing Bridge, which has a permanent ban on any soft-sided camping(popups, tents, hybrids).

BUT if you have a hybrid, you can "turtle" if you want to stay at Fishing Bridge CG.

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