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Old 08-07-2013, 12:49 AM   #1
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yellowstone park - i want to set up camp in one place....where should I?

i will be making a trip to yellowstone park later this month. i will be coming in from livingson and heading south down into the park. my plan is to unhook the 5th wheel at a campsite, leave it there for my 3-4 day visit at the park, sight see numerous places, and return to my site every evening. i am looking for advice as to which camp site i should chose. i will mostly be around the southern loop and will drive out to beartooth pass and cheif joseph highway one of the days as well.

1. i would prefer something i can call ahead and reserve
2. i dont need full hookups, but electricity would be nice (not a necessity though) (if no electricity, i would need to be able to run the generator to recharge)
3. i will have a dog with me (im not sure if some areas have a "no pet" policy or not...??
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Old 08-07-2013, 10:35 AM   #2
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Not sure if your an apple guy or not but ITunes U has a great info video for camping under field trips/Yellowstone.
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Old 08-07-2013, 11:16 AM   #3
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We stayed for a week at the Livingston Paradise Valley KOA, which is about 50 miles north of the park. The KOA was fine and we had a gorgeous view of the mountains. We toured the north loop of Yellowstone pretty thoroughly during that time. The drive back and forth was a little longer than I would like though. Somewhat closer is the Yellowstone's Edge RV park. We drove past this campground on the way to Yellowstone. It looked fine and had big rigs. That would cut the drive down by about half. Otherwise, there is a big rig suitable RV park in West Yellowstone but I haven't used it. Fishing Bridge campground in the park takes large RVs but you need reservations pretty far in advance.
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Old 08-07-2013, 11:19 AM   #4
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Oh, by the way, I wouldn't drag a large 5W into Yellowstone! I'm sure some do it but I always find the safer ways to avoid those small roads and steep grades.
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Old 08-07-2013, 11:52 AM   #5
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We just completed a week at Yellowstone. We had difficulty locating the 3 spots we needed in Wyoming and we were finding spots for $90 a night, so we went to West Yellowstone and stayed in Island Park, Idaho. We were 20 minutes from the West gate. We were surprised how nice Idaho is and we are glad we went there instead. I think our spots were like $30 a night with full hook ups.

Day trips to the park were easy.

We really enjoyed the park and now we plan on returning to Idaho since we like it so much.
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Old 08-07-2013, 03:19 PM   #6
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thanks for the tips guys. i definitely wont be going as far as west yellowstone. maybe to sight see, but not with the camper... i probably should have mentioned i am coming from north dakota. if i an unable to find a place in the park, i will be staying on the north side by livingson, like someone above mensioned, OR i will go down to the east entrance by cody, wy. those two routes are within 50 miles diving distance for me. like i mentioned, i am mainly going to be spending my time in the lower loop of the park with the exception of a one day trip to the north east to drive through bear tooth pass and chief joseph highway.
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Fishing Bridge - Full Hookups
Bridge Bay - Generator/Dump station

Since you are planning to be in the lower loop, I would try to stay in one of these two spots. Staying in Cody, WY makes the trip to the park kind of long each day - Same with North of the park. You could also stay just south of the park in Flagg Ranch or even in Colter Bay (Teton National Park). Enjoy!
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Inside the park, Canyon is the most centrally located. Bridge Bay is also convenient and closer to the south loop. Neither have hookups, but both allow generators. There are several nice national forest campgrounds along the Beartooth highway. All of them allow genertors, and one of them (Fox Creek) has electric hookups. I would make reservations at either Canyon or Bridge Bay, but I have never needed them at Fox Creek. Fishibg Bridge has full hookups, but always seems rather cramped. I avoid it.

Contrary to a previous comment, you should not have any trouble towing your 5er into Yellowstone. Dunraven pass is steep, so take it easy going down. There is nothing else in the park that I would call steep. I have also towed across both the Beartooth and Chief Joseph with no problems.

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Inside the park, Canyon is the most centrally located. Bridge Bay is also convenient and closer to the south loop. Neither have hookups, but both allow generators. There are several nice national forest campgrounds along the Beartooth highway. All of them allow genertors, and one of them (Fox Creek) has electric hookups. I would make reservations at either Canyon or Bridge Bay, but I have never needed them at Fox Creek. Fishibg Bridge has full hookups, but always seems rather cramped. I avoid it.

Contrary to a previous comment, you should not have any trouble towing your 5er into Yellowstone. Dunraven pass is steep, so take it easy going down. There is nothing else in the park that I would call steep. I have also towed across both the Beartooth and Chief Joseph with no problems.

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joel, having towed across both beartooth and joseph, which one would you recommend? i have NEVER been on beartooth, but i have been on joseph 30+ times. we always go snowmobiling in cooke city in the winter, and joseph is our route to get there. i have pulled a 25' enclosed trailer through it with half ton gas pickups and 3/4 ton diesels. from what i have heard, beartooth is worse, especially right now as they are doing road construction in places through the pass. if you had to chose one or the other, id imagine you would pick chief joe....??? thanks
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The Beartooth is higher and more scenic. It is probably not any steeper that Chief Joseph and the turns are no tighter. I always try to do both, st least once on each trip.

For the last few years, there were short construction delays on the Beartooth, but nothing serious.

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