We are planning on our first trip to Yellowstone. We or traveling north on I-25. Would it be best to enter on the south side or the east. What campgrounds do you recommend and what tours or sites do you recommened.
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The only campground in Yellowstone with hookups is at Fishing Bridge, so with a Class A rig, that will be where you want to go. Do be aware, however, that you MUST have reservations, and the more advance notice you can generate, the more likely you'll be able to get in. Wait until the month before, and you'll have to chance somebody else canceling at the last minute. Since sites at Fishing Bridge are varied in length, you'll only be able to use some of them.
July and August find Yellowstone completely packed, BTW. It is, after all, the most popular National Park in the US.
We were just there a couple weeks ago, and since I didn't use the east entrance at all, cannot speak about access via that route. The south entrance, up through the Grand Tetons, however, is beautiful, and I can recommend it highly. The campground at Flagg Ranch, 2 miles south of the Yellowstone south entrance is under new management, and when we were there, was relatively deserted. There are full hookups there, and if you can't get into Fishing Bridge, you may find Flagg Ranch an acceptable alternative, although it is more expensive. It also has more mosquitos.
entering yellowstone from the south will take you through the Grand Teton Nat'l park, which is spectacular. Colter Bay has an RV park with hookups and another campground with water and dump station.. Reservations as far ahead as possible are advised for summer campging.
entering from the east will take you through Cody which is worth a couple days of your time. Cody has a very good western museum and there is a scenic byway drive that is one of the best you'll ever see..takes a whole day to do it. There are two or three RV parks in Cody, early reservations advised for them, too.
As stated, Fishing Bridge in Yellowstone is the only full hookup campground, but if you opt for one of the water/dump station campgrounds instead, reserve as early as possible. Bridge Bay is fairly central to the park.
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I would suggest angling off at Casper and enter through Grand Tetons and the south entrance.
You are going to find full hook ups mostly at West Yellowstone as Fishing Bridge fills months in advance and chances of getting a cancelation is nearly impossible. Coming in from the south you may try to stay at Flagg Ranch, then proceed into the park next day. Expect nearly a day to get to West Yellowstone as traffic can be heavy during the summer.
I would get the park map as you enter, plan your trip yourself. The park is nice for doing loops around various areas. Commercial tours don't allow much time for your own choices of things to see.
Just got back from Yellowstone Sunday after entering from the south entrance and exiting the East entrance into Cody. Stayed at fishing bridge and there were lots of empty spaces each night. It might be getting busier by now, but not a lot of traffic at that time. Lots of construction at the Yellowstone lodge, did not recognise it since last time we were there. New roads, buildings, entrances etc. There was still a lot of snow off the road comming down the East entrance. Wildlife was just comming out and weather was great.
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Whatever you do, don't make the mistake I did, entering through the NorthEast entrance. That is no place to go with a motorhome or a big 5er or trailer. It is called the "Beartooth Highway", A beautiful and specatacular drive to be sure, and we made it OK, even towing our toad, but it was pretty strenuous. If I were to go back I'd take the car through there after the motorhome was parked at the campground.
I was little surprised at the run down condition of some of the facilities in Yellowstone, including the poor pavement, etc. at Fishing Bridge, but then again we didn't go there to see the campground.
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We stayed at "Yellowstone Grizzly RV Park and Cabins" in West Yellowstone. Used our tow to travel to south and east entrances....took lots of pics and no stress driving through the park with the car rather than the motorhome.
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