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Old 03-16-2016, 01:44 PM   #21
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There is a TripAdvisor Yellowstone site with a lot of info. That site might help.
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Old 03-16-2016, 02:00 PM   #22
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We camped at Henry's Lake State Park in Idaho. It is very close to West Yellowstone and just made daily trips from there. We had a pull-through site that fit our supercrew cab F150 and our 29 ft. fifth wheel. It's a beautiful location on the lake, but the wind came up every night. No problem in the trailer with the awning retracted, but broke tent poles and the pole on a canopy. No sewer hookup, but had water and electric.
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Old 03-16-2016, 02:08 PM   #23
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We have the same truck and similar trailer. We are staying at Flagg Ranch then at Grizzly in W. Yellowstone in June. I tried to reserve at Colter Bay but they said they couldn't accommodate the trailer length. No problem at Flagg Ranch or Grizzly though. I didn't try the campgrounds inside Yellowstone.
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Old 03-16-2016, 02:26 PM   #24
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You can camp at West Yellowstone and avoid the problems.
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Old 03-16-2016, 02:36 PM   #25
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What is the distance/drive time from west yellowstone? It just kills me that I have to pay $70+ to stay further away and outside the park...but sometimes it is worth paying for less aggravation. We are also staying 2 days in Headwaters after YS so I guess I could look there also and just stay the week there and drive the 40+ miles each way, each day...
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Old 03-16-2016, 02:41 PM   #26
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From West Yellowstone to Fishing Bridge about 45 minutes. We have done all the park from there over the years.
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Old 03-16-2016, 02:44 PM   #27
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45 minutes is not terrible, besides it is pretty country to drive through...Thanks for the info...
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Old 03-16-2016, 02:51 PM   #28
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Thanks for the info everyone. Always nice to hear from people that have been there and done that...Hoping that a 40ft site will be enough. I will have to wait until the CG actually open to speak with someone there, well that is what the guy I spoke too told me. Still looking into other options but would like to stay within the park if possible...but sometimes things just aren't possible...such a beautiful place that is should a headache to stay at...
I was told the same thing.. wait till they open for the season and talk to someone on site. Trouble is after it opened and I tried that, some central rez guy told me they would not give me the number to the local CG office. It took pleading, threatening and a supervisor to finally get the number. These central rez people really only know how to take your credit card number.

Unfortunately, they don't pre-assign site numbers or you could google it and see if there are photos online.
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Old 03-16-2016, 02:53 PM   #29
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45 minutes is not terrible, besides it is pretty country to drive through...Thanks for the info...
If you stay at Grizzly RV park or Buffalo Crossing RV park you could walk to the West Entrance of Yellowstone NP. But as Herkerr said, it is a 45 minute drive to Fishing Bridge. Yes, Yellowstone NP park is HUGE!
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Old 03-16-2016, 03:01 PM   #30
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We stay at the KOA(s) in West Yellowstone.

Traffic delays will greatly increase the 45 minutes to Fishing Bridge. Plan when you will be traversing the park vs sightseeing.
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Old 03-16-2016, 03:03 PM   #31
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We are at Canyon Village in Yellowstone and are concerned with the same issue. 2014 Suburban and 32' TT. Our solution was to book an extra site for the Suburban. There are two TT going so both cars will be in the other site. If it's not an issue, we will give up the other site.
Big rules against reserving a spot just for your vehicle. I think the ranger will get involved. They are really picky about that since they are usually full and that makes them turn someone away. If they would put in overflow parking it would solve everything but that might take money away from building another souvenir shop.
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We have a hybrid and they are not allowed in Fishing Bridge. We planned to stay in Canyon Village, but when I read that you have to account for the length of both TV and TT, we were WAY over the limit for anything available. So very disappointed as we wanted to stay in the park, but we made a reservation at Grizzly and didn't look back. We are going in late Aug/early September. Hopefully a lot of the big crowds will be gone by then and we won't be sitting in long lines trying to get in or through the park. May be wishful thinking on my part ;-) We'll have fun no matter what!
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We have stayed twice in Yellowstone, once in Canyon and twice in Fishing Bridge. Fishing Bridge is tight, I booked 40ft sites there with a 36ft fifth wheel. I had a travel trailer that was 28ft for a 30ft spot and it was tight, it's like parking at Walmart. We could not put our awning out. Canyon was a lot better to get in but a little hard to get level. The Park Rangers told me if you booked a 40ft spot at Canyon or Madison your total length hooked up could not be more than 50ft, 50ft and you were good 51 you could not camp. If you reserved a 30ft spot your camper had better be 30ft or less. Now it could be the roads inside the campground. I took a travel trailer in 08 and they measured me. I also stayed at Grizzly RV Park in West Yellowstone and it was great. Yellowstone is one great place to go, I never worry about traffic in Yellowstone, we are all there for the same things, wildlife and sights. I am going back in June this year, DW and I love Yellowstone. I have been four times, twice without a camper


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Oh one other thing only hard sided campers in Fishing Bridge but you will see bears in any campground


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It has more to do with when those sites were put in. Back then big trailers were 20 feet long with no sildeouts and pulled by a car, not a crewcab pickup.
EXACTLY!
It's the RV industry change to longer, wider and more luxurious rigs, over the decades and the publics desire for such rigs.
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Oh one other thing only hard sided campers in Fishing Bridge but you will see bears in any campground


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Not necessarily true.

Hybrids can stay in Fishing Bridge IF you stay "turtled".

Meaning you don't deploy the tent ends and sleep on the sofa and dinette, like regular smaller TT.
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Going to talk with the wife tonight about either West Yellowstone or Flagg ranch, I do have family stay there during the same time. Thanks for the info everyone sorry to dust off an age old topic.
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Big rules against reserving a spot just for your vehicle. I think the ranger will get involved. They are really picky about that since they are usually full and that makes them turn someone away. If they would put in overflow parking it would solve everything but that might take money away from building another souvenir shop.
Well, if we bring a tent and set it up in the spot, would that work for them?
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Maybe they are being picky about length because of people booking a 35' site and showing up with a 45' combo?
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Old 03-16-2016, 05:43 PM   #40
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Maybe they are being picky about length because of people booking a 35' site and showing up with a 45' combo?
...Yes I can agree and fully admit that is one of the reason I wanted to get a site closer to my combo length. I have read on here in the past about people booking site with a similar setup and fitting without issue. I can also understand why that could make them start cracking down. That is also the same reason I am looking for advice on alternatives. I am more than willing to listen if you have any advice to offer, well besides the obvious...

And my apologies for seeming like a moron, I promise I am not, pulled the trigger a little quick, just excited about getting back to the park and sharing the experience with my wife and our new 5'er...
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