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Old 11-19-2019, 03:55 PM   #1
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Yellowstone first part of June- suggestions?

We are looking at going to Yellowstone the first week of June next year.
We have a 40' fifth wheel so I know spots in the park are almost non-existent for us. Looking for suggestions for places to camp just outside of the park and possibly places in the park. (Hook-ups or no hook-ups doesn't matter) WE will be there for 4-5 days and want to see as much as possible. Also any advice in general for the park that time of year. We also may be going to Mount Rushmore so any suggestions for that area would be welcome too. Thanks

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Old 11-19-2019, 06:26 PM   #2
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You're not likely to find a spot at any of the big campgrounds in Yellowstone where you can make a reservation. But you may be able to shoehorn your fiver into one of the Forest Service campgrounds inside the park, but there are no services so you'll be boondocking.

Otherwise, there are lots of campgrounds outside the park in or near Gardiner, West Yellowstone, Cody, etc. There is also a place between the South Entrance and Grand Teton (don't miss Grand Teton!) called Flagg Ranch. There's also a great Forest Service campground about 20 miles east of the East Entrance called Wapati that has electric.

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Old 11-19-2019, 06:28 PM   #3
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We stayed at Yellowstone Valley Inn, about halfway between Cody and the East entrance, 30 miles each way. About a day to make either of the loops in Yellowstone but a decent place if you want to see Cody and the park from one spot. I see you have a Toyhauler so it’s a nice bike ride as well. Many of the in park and state campgrounds are tight for larger rv’s so check carefully.

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Old 11-20-2019, 08:10 AM   #4
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We've not camped on the east side of YS park, so can't help much there. You mentioned Rushmore as a possibility and we did take an extended trip there. I'd recommend staying in the Custer State Park Stockade Lake North campground. We had a spot (and there were several others) that would easily have handled your TH. While Mt Rushmore is a very inspiring patriotic memorial, there is much more to see in the Park and surrounding area than just the memorial.
Here are some photos from our stay there:http://www.keystoneforums.com/forums...hp?albumid=775
Yellowstone is a great place with many wonderfully unique sights that shouldn't be missed. That said, we've seen more wildlife in Custer SP and Teton NP than we have in YS. http://www.keystoneforums.com/forums...p?albumid=1142
Feel free to PM me if I can help with any specific questions.
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Old 11-20-2019, 05:48 PM   #5
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As far as Rushmore, lots of places there. We stayed at KOA Rapid City.
If I had the choice of Black Hills area of Yellowstone well, I'd go over Beartooth pass again though.
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Old 11-27-2019, 09:17 AM   #6
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In early June, there can be some freak snow storms in the Yellowstone area, just be prepared.
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Old 12-05-2019, 03:23 PM   #7
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We go to Rainbow Point campground in West Yellowstone when we're down that way. Electric hookups, no water/sewer. There is a water fill up on the way into the campground. It's a state park campground. Way cheaper than the RV parks and just a few miles from West Yellowstone.

If you make it to West Yellowstone I recommend visiting the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center. It's well worth the price of admission.
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Old 12-05-2019, 04:02 PM   #8
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We go to Rainbow Point campground in West Yellowstone when we're down that way...
We also like Rainbow Point. Usually have no problem reserving online or showing up mid-week and getting an on-call spot.

Have plenty of DEET bug spray on hand. Hebgen mosquitoes don't flinch at anything else.

If you hear what sounds like someone frantically banging on pots & pans, they're trying to scare a bear away from their campsite

Also- keep an eye on the rubber bumper plugs on the rear of your trailer. I had a hitch-hiking squirrel chew it's way inside the bumper and dart out when I stopped in Bozeman on the way
home a couple years ago.
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Old 12-05-2019, 04:15 PM   #9
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If you stay at the Grand Teton's you will find it close to Yellowstone and even more majestic. There are three RV spots that can be found at:


They do have room for a 40 foot RV too.

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