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My neighbor was telling me that when he traveled to Yellowstone some years back, one of the policies were no "soft sided" trailers or camp dwellings. This was obviously because of the bears in the area.

Does anyone know if this policy still stands? A friend of mine is in the market for a new trailer. He is on the fence about getting a hybrid. This may be something he'll need to consider if it is a standing rule.

Or for that matter if it is a policy anywhere in the CGs out west.....
Thanks in advance for the info.


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You might look on the Hybrid TT Forum. I read some posts there just recently stating that canvas sides are not allowed at Fishing Bridge.

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Skip is partly right. Fishing Bridge used to have a regular campground, as well as the RV Park, but they closed the CG entirely after too many bear issues. Fishing Bridge area is next to Pelican Creek, which for years has been a prime grizzly bear "highway" from the backcountry down to the lake. The RV park was allowed to remain as long as it housed only hard-sided campers. Virtually all the other CGs in the park allow soft-sided campers, tents, etc.

That said, bears can be an occasional problem in many of the other YNP CGs - or in some other parks, as well. Park rules, if followed, regarding food storage (no matter what kind of camper you're in), can help minimize problems. Trouble is, some folks just don't want to follow the rules. And if there have been some particularly troublesome grizzlies in a given CG area, park authorities have from time to time (rarely) closed that CG to soft-sided rigs & tents as a temporary safety measure.

There probably won't be too many CGs your friend will be keeping himself out of by getting a hybrid. It all comes down to personal preferences - and paying attention to the rules in bear country.

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Posted: 09/10/11 08:07pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Rule is for fishing bridge only. It's of tent camping in Yellowstone.


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Bears are an issue in many western, even some midwest camps. Research each location. Do not let uneducated fears influence your choice of rig. The places you are restricted to hard sided are few, other safe locations while maybe not as central or close to your interests are a better choice than purchasing a rig not suited to your grand plan
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The rule is for Fishing Bridge only and really has little to do with bear problems. It's more of an issue of keeping Fishing Bridge for a certain class of RV. They have NO way of knowing where bears may be roaming in the park and there are a LOT of folks camping in most of Yellowstones campgrounds in nylon tents to 5th wheels and everything in between.
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Skip's right. Fishing Bridge is the ONLY YNP campground with a permanent ban on soft-sided RVs. some say it's because they want all the hookups sites for the big rigs that need them and not really because of bear issues.

if you have a hybrid TT, you can "turtle" and stay at FB. that means not putting the canvas ends out and sleeping on the dinette or sofa.
that's a great feature of a hybrid TT. you can use it both ways. also comes in handy while traveling, for quick overnite stays.

you might want to have your friend visit the Hybrid forum here.
by the way, we spent a week at YNP, in 2009. stayed at Madison and Grant Village with our hybrid TT. no problems at all.


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Check with the park. I recall reading recently that some camp sites were restricted to hard sides. Bring your cold weather gear. It is getting down to the freezing point in the park these nights.

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I believe that if you seek info about Fishing Bridge(Yellowstone Forum)as an example, you would understand that certain area's in Yellowstone are more apt to have Bear's(especially Grizzlies)in proximity to area's of camping. Fishing Bridge happens to be one of these area's as I recall from my reading over there. Now certainly, none of us can predict where and when an actual sighting/confrontation may occur BUT I have NEVER heard that the exclusion of soft sided RV's at Fishing Bridge had anything to do with Class discrimination. Please enlighten me as to where this info came from?


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kknowlton wrote:

Skip is partly right. Fishing Bridge Fishing Bridge used to have a regular campground, as well as the RV Park, but they closed the CG entirely after too many bear issues. Fishing Bridge area is next to Pelican Creek, which for years has been a prime grizzly bear "highway" from the backcountry down to the lake. The RV park was allowed to remain as long as it housed only hard-sided campers. Virtually all the other CGs in the park allow soft-sided campers, tents, etc.

That said, bears can be an occasional problem in many of the other YNP CGs - or in some other parks, as well. Park rules, if followed, regarding food storage (no matter what kind of camper you're in), can help minimize problems. Trouble is, some folks just don't want to follow the rules. And if there have been some particularly troublesome grizzlies in a given CG area, park authorities have from time to time (rarely) closed that CG to soft-sided rigs & tents as a temporary safety measure.

There probably won't be too many CGs your friend will be keeping himself out of by getting a hybrid. It all comes down to personal preferences - and paying attention to the rules in bear country.


I can testify to the fact that there use to be a regular campground near Fishing Bridge besides the Fishing Bridge RV park that is still there because we have camped at both. The regular campground near Fishing Bridge was a hard sided unit only campground because of the bears.

Check the Yellowstone National Park Campground info. http://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/camping-in-yellowstone.htm


One thing your friends might want to keep in mind is, Yellowstone is now requiring food items or items that have an order to be kept in a hard-sided vehicle. Tent trailers have to move any food items or items that have a smell like toothpaste, deod, etc to their car or the bear containers at night! http://www.nps.gov/yell/parknews/08015.htm


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