jalichty - WOW, Lander Wyoming. My wife and I spent a couple of nights there back in 1975 on our second trip to the Tetons. We stayed at the Maverick Motel and drove out to the Sinks and continued on through the mountains to South Pass City. A fond memory. More recently, we spent a night in 2009 at the Sinks campground and were lulled to sleep listening to the Popo Agie. In 2010 we spent a night at Sleeping Bear RV on the hill overlooking the town.
We were there last summer in late June. We stayed at Grizzly's in West Yellowstone. It's a nice park but it was loaded with mosquitoes when we were there. The big issue we had was driving into the park every day. There was always a huge back-up a few miles into the park where a herd of bison were grazing. Took 30 or 45 minutes to go a couple miles. Next time we'll try to get a spot inside the park, hook-ups or no. The other thing is that Yellowstone is so big and several of the main attractions are a considerable distance apart. We spent a lot of time driving inside the park. All that aside, It's a great place and you shouldn't miss it. Try to get down to the Tetons too. Then head up to Glacier and see some more incredible scenery.
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Moved from 5th wheels to RV Parks, Nat'l Parks, State CGs and more..
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Okay Tim, it's time someone said "Welcome to the Forums". Yellowstone is a fantastic place, surrounded by fantastic places. We always try to stay in the park, because it's faster getting started in the morning. We don't worry much about power and we an dump every three or four days. We have a 40 gal fresh water tank and most campgrounds have water available. As far as Fishing Bridge being a parking lot, so what, we're there to see the park not the campground. Once in a while the DGKs(Darling Grand Kids) get out and play with other kids they met there and we futz around in the rig while they socialize but most of the time it's pan fried toast, cold cereal or sticky gooyes(sweet rolls) and off to sightsee and home in time for a quick dinner and the Ranger program and bed. For us the CG is a parking lot, got to have some place to park the MoHo.
Seeing as how you're a newbe, you will get a lot of "did you do a search?", good idea to learn how that works. Great tutorial somewhere on doing searches. You will need thick skin off and on. Some folks who have read the same question over and over get real testy and mouth off, ignore them. Visit every forum, even if it doesn't effect you or interest you, it's good to know whats here. There is a great tutorial on posting pictures in the body of your posts and in adding a picture to your signature, read them now because some time soon you'll want to put a picture of that perfect site or really weird RV or RVer.
There is a wealth of information in our accumulated experiences, there are olks from all walks of life and you'll find most of us don't say much about that, we just talk about how cheap the broken plastic part is or how wonderful The Great Smokey Mountains were, where the best breakfast is near where you're camped or where the coldest beer can be found. And if something breaks, be careful, you will be innundated with help fixing it.
Once again, "Welcome" and "Hele On Down the Road". Just showing off, that's Hawaiian for safe travels.
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Colter Bay CG is a great place to see Grand Teton NP, but its a 20 mile drive to the edge of YNP and another 20 miles to the southernmost point on the Grand Loop road. And another 65 miles to the northernmost point of the loop road.
I've stayed at Grizzly in West Yellowstone 3 times for a week each. 2 blocks from the west gate and 12 miles to the Grand Loop road. I've never been held up at the gate. I have been caught in a "Buffalo Jam" a couple of times, but that is, after all, what I came to see.
Here's a link to the park web site with lots of information for things to see and do. You're gonna love it. Welcome to the forums.
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We've been twice and stayed at Grizzly both times. Best place for our money. Close to town, restaurants, gas, groceries, sites and things to do. And it's only a couple of minutes to the west entrance to the park. If you need to rent a car like us, there is a rental office in the middle of town.
I have the great benefit of living only about two hours from the west entrance of YNP. I LOVE it up there. I have yet to stay in the park, however it is on my to do list. Whenever we go we stay at Grizzly RV in West Yellowstone MT. Its a great place. Friendly people at the front desk, its clean and well kept. Has nice showers too incase you'd like to take advantage of more hot water and a larger shower.
I've driven through Quake Lake and I'd recommend poking around up there a little bit too, its a neat area.
If you want to stay North of the park there is also a park about 35 miles from the North entrance but the name escapes me right now. Its right on the river and one of these days I'd like to check that CG out as well.
Yellowstone is on of the places which one should be planning well in advance of travels there if one is looking for an RV site. As some have mentioned, there is one campground in the park which has hookups, but if you're planning on going this summer, you are too late to reserve now, unless you get really lucky and happen on a cancellation within minutes of it happening. There are several RV parks outside of each Yellowstone entrance.
Be prepared to drive, a lot, if you stay outside the park.