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Old 01-02-2016, 01:55 PM   #11
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Another note is if you want to see what the campgrounds are like you can go to youtube & search for the specific campground & you can see videos of drive throughs that have been posted there.
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Old 01-02-2016, 02:44 PM   #12
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I agree with NoviBill. I live in the Mammoth Lakes area surrounded by campgrounds. The Bears know well to prowl the campgrounds and "dumpster dive" the condos in town, over the other areas. All the campgrounds have bear lockers to lock up your food. Don't leave any kind of food in your car/truck. I have friends whose cars have been broken into over dog treats or the smell of gum.
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Old 01-02-2016, 03:06 PM   #13
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From the national park site for Yellowstone:
Food At Your Campground

Please note that odors attract bears. The following items (new, clean, dirty, empty or full) may NOT be left outside, in tents, or in tent trailers at any time, day or night. Items listed below need to be stored in a hard sided vehicle or in shared food storage boxed located throughout our campgrounds when not in use. A violation of these rules may result in a citation and/or confiscation of these items. The bears’ future and the safety of others depend on you.
  • Water containers
  • Cooking utensils
  • Eating utensils
  • Drinking utensils
  • Stoves
  • Beverage containers
  • Grills
  • Coolers
  • Ice chests
  • Trash or trash bags (in the site or fire pit)
  • Food
  • Cosmetics
  • Toiletries
  • Pet food
  • Pet food bowls
  • Pet water bowls
  • Pails
  • Buckets
  • Wash basins
  • Any item with food odor
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Old 01-02-2016, 03:29 PM   #14
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Fishing Bridge at Yellowstone did not allow any "tent" type pop ups/outs when we were there. That was bout 4-5 years ago. Bison wandered in and out of our campground, and a bear did too but it wasn't close to our site.
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I know of campgrounds in Teton, next to Yellowstone, where no soft sides are allowed because of BEARS; Grizzly Bears. There are now 700+ Grizzly Bears in Northwest Wyoming. There are also a few less people because the bears ate them; so I guess it all evens out. You really should use Bear Bells, carry Bear spray when camping/hiking. A .44 magnum is not a bad idea either.
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I know of campgrounds in Teton, next to Yellowstone, where no soft sides are allowed because of BEARS; Grizzly Bears. There are now 700+ Grizzly Bears in Northwest Wyoming. There are also a few less people because the bears ate them; so I guess it all evens out. You really should use Bear Bells, carry Bear spray when camping/hiking. A .44 magnum is not a bad idea either.
Please name these campgrounds. And will they fit 20'+ RVs?
We stayed at Colter Bay CG, at the Tetons and there were hybrids, popups and tents there.
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It only took 1 day for this thread which started with a simple question, to turn into the dont feed the bears and what campground does not allow canvas heresay thread. Over the years in many other forums this same question has always developed into the same load of bull. Its not unlike diesel trucks and tires lol. Again I jumped into a thread I shouldn't have and now wish I ignored it lol. As you said Dan, many people say they know of all these campgrounds that limit people to hardsides due to bears, but I have yet to see them name the campground either. Fantasy Park maybe.
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I have tent camped over many years in the Sierras and Rockies where there were active bear populations. The only time I heard of bears attacking a tent was when the people kept food inside of it. Likewise the bears didn't stay in a campsite if they could not get easy access to food. There were bears that learned to look in vehicles for coolers and would break the windows in the saw them. If you kept your food in the provided steel food box or hidden in the car I never saw a bear spend much time trying to get it as there was easier fare elsewhere. I suspect the YS restriction has less to do with bears as being a more diplomatic way to restrict RV's that don't have or wouldn't utilize use full hookups. It's a lot easier and less offensive to say we are concerned about bears than to say your pop-up doesn't need all of the hookups and fully loaded RV will so go somewhere else. It also makes it easy from the management standpoint of not having to know which trailer models have hookups and which don't.
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Thanks for answering my question.
Though its location, only 13 sites and at 9200ft., I doubt many will include it in their camping plans.
Way different than than something like Yellowstone or Yosemite NPs.
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