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Posted: 05/06/10 08:28pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Will be traveling west this summer on 90 and would like to stop at Yellowstone for a few days. Since we'll be on the North side where would you recommend we stay. We plan to camp outside the park and drive our toad through. Any recommendations would be appreciated. Thanks Rick


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Rocky Mountain Campground in Gardiner, MT. They are located about a mile from the North entrance to the park.

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Totally agree on the Rocky Mountain Campground in Gardiner. We go there every spring and fall and are there now. Absolutely beautiful location overlooking Yellowstone and the town. (though its cold and snowy right now). Be sure to drive the Beartooth highway one of the days you are in the Yellowstone area.

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X3. Haven't stayed there, but it looked nice while passing. If I planned to stay on the north side, that would be my first choice.


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Mamouth Hot Springs Campground is located just inside the north entrance to the park, if you don't mind dry camping. That is where we like to stay for the north end of the park. Very nice natural spots.

I second the Beartooth highway drive! Truly spectacular.

Keep in mind, from the north end of the park, you will have LONG drives to get to anything south of you so be prepared. I would suggest a minimum of 4 or 5 days.

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We stayed at a CG just across the Idaho border at Henry's Lake. Loved the CG and the drive into Yellowstone


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We stayed a week at Rocky Mountain Campground in Gardiner, MT. The only mistake we made was that we should have stayed there two weeks, or more. Elk passing through the campground only 75 feet from the motorhome. Fishing, Rafting, seeing so much of Yellowstone but still missed a lot. Walking distance to town, restaurants, etc.

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I have looked at what I would do if you go to Yellowstone pulling our trailer and I think I90 and south to Gardiner looks to be the least difficult route too. We came in through the east years ago but we only had a van.


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The following link is a great read when considering a RV trip to Yellowstone.

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Last August (2009), we did a quick visit to Yellowstone from the MammothArea. Maybe our account will help you plan your visit. On a Sunday, we drove from Minot, ND to Theodore Roosevelt Nat’l Park South Unit. We had a good drive. We just got into one of the last 3 spots, very small, just as you get into the campground and next to some garbage cans. But it proved a nice spot, because a small herd of Bison came through the upper campground & exited by our site. It was very neat seeing them up close. Also 3 horses came by as well.

The next morning, Monday, we drove to the north entrance to Yellowstone near Gardner, Montana. We got there around 5 pm. All campgrounds were full. A nice lady gave us a paper where one could find a place to camp outside of the park. We looked around, stopped at one commercial campground, full. But the man was friendly and gave some advice. I mentioned boon docking in leaving. He called to me & told me the town would not say anything if we just boon docked along the main road to the park. We did, but the small parking lot to the Forest Ranger Station was just there. We did an over night in it. A little traffic nose, but not too bad.

[image] Our Mammoth Campground Site

We got up at 6 am Tuesday, dressed & headed to Mammoth Campground. We got there by 6:30. We were the first in line. Linda cooked breakfast & made coffee. We took the man’s advice on a nice sit. It was very nice, at the end of the campground, two nice trees. Very quite. After setting up & showering, we went on a drive to see the sights. We decided to drive the upper loop with a side trip toward the northeast entrance.

From Mammoth Campground we drove through Mammoth Hot Springs to Norris without stopping to visit anything. At Norris junction we turned toward Canyon Village area. We saw one lone bull Bison beside the road. He was in poor shape. We started visiting the over looks and did some hiking to see the Canyon & Falls. Then we did a U turn & went north toward Tower-Roosevelt Area. At Tower we hiked to see the falls there. Then we went into the large store & got ice cream, yum. It was good. It also rained very hard while we were there & was raining as we left. At Roosevelt we made a hard right turn to do the road out to the NE entrance. We began to see some Bison alone this route all out at a distance. Then we notice a black bear right off the road. It was raining again, the bear was wet, but he was very close. He was eating berries off bushes beside the road. It was a neat drive. After getting to a sign warning of road construction coming up, we turned around. At Roosevelt junction we turn north again, heading back to Mammoth Hot Springs. It is a very curvy road, goes up high, very pretty country. This Loop took us 7 hrs 19 min, we drove 141.5 miles, 4 hrs 48 min moving, 2 hrs 31 min stopped. 20.8 mpg on the trucks computer. Top speed in the park is 45 mph, some 35 mph and some 25 mph or slower.

[image] Looking down onto Mammoth Hot Springs

After a good night sleeping, we did the lower loop on Wednesday. From Mammoth we drove to Norris stopping at a few attractions after getting past Norris, mainly geysers as we worked our way to the Old Faithful area. We lucked out, after a long search for a parking spot, as we walked up to the Old Faithful viewing area, it was going. After walking just a little we left. All the geysers & things just did not seem as active as we remember them from years ago. From there, we headed to West Thumb area, stopping to see some of the attractions. West Thumb is on Yellowstone Lake. Very pretty area. From there we headed north again toward the Canyon area. Very neat along the lake, then the road follows the Yellowstone River & through the Hayden Valley to the Canyon area & the Falls. There were a few Bison in the Hayden Valley, not as many as we remember from the other times we have been there. Five Bison along the road created a 5 miles traffic jam for the cars heading down, but not for us. At the Canyon area we turned west to Norris. We stopped at some of the attractions, mainly geysers around Norris, took a side tour to see a falls. At Norris, we turned north to Mammoth, taking a tour by the Upper Terraces. We also spotted a bear along the way, across a valley. A very large grizzly. This Loop took us 9 hrs 5 min, we drove 153.7 miles, 5 hrs 7 min moving, 3 hrs 58 stopped.

[image] West Thumb Area, Yellowstone Lake

The next day, Thursday, we drove from Mammoth, to Norris to Canon to Fishing Bridge and on out of the park to Cody, WY. We had entered from there the last time, but I did not remember how steep and high one goes to do so. In Cody we stopped at a visitor center to get a WY map then after eating a late lunch we went to the Buffalo Bill Museums. There are five different one there. We did 3 of them before it closed. We spent the night in a very nice Wal-Mart parking lot with a great view of the mountains. Also spent cash getting supplies there.

[image] Camp Cody Wal-Mart

Friday, we finished the other 2 Museums. Then drove to Thermopolis, plus a few miles to the first campground along the Wind River, after setting up the camper, we went for a soak in the free hot spring pool at Thermopolis Hot Springs State Park. We found out why the river is called the Wind. We had a good blow from a small thunderstorm during the night. Very nice night over all.

[image]Lower Wind River Site
Wind River Canyon

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