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Old 02-18-2019, 07:51 PM   #1
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Planning a trip to yellowstone in sept,Anybody have any tips,traveling from va,2100 miles,Do we need a toad in yellowstone? we have a 26 ft motorhome,easy to get around like we want with the motorhome?We have 2 golden retrievers traveling with us.New to this ,just bought it in january,26 ft intent,thanks for any input
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Old 02-18-2019, 09:25 PM   #2
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We include Yellowstone in our spring trip every other year. We stay outside, in the West Yellowstone area. We believe our 34SE uncomfortably pushes the campsite lengths in the park.

We would recommend a toad. We see rigs the size of yours driving from place to place, and most attractions (right word??) have a few or several rv parking spots, but it can often get to be pretty competitive to get one. I guess your tolerance for parking frustration can be your guide. You must park in designated parking areas - not on the side of the road.

There's really only one road in the park, a large figure 8 with exits east, south and west. It is a relatively narrow, two lane paved road. There are some steep, curvy grades to negotiate. Your rig can, a toad likely easier.

Our favored time is May. Still on the cold side, but visitor load is a lot smaller. Biggest plus is that all the animals have just birthed, and concentrate along the Madison for easy viewing. Mid-June, they disperse and the tour buses and crowds multiply.

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Agree with Oldchinahand, and adding that there is a lot of driving involved when trying to see the sights and wildlife areas through Yellowstone. We have a small RV now, and still wouldn’t use it to try and get around the massive area. For one, there are parking lots in the tourists areas but very few pull offs for stopping and observing, hiking or photography. We rent a car about 100 miles out. Plan on alot of mileage, and if you can make the trip include the Tetons you will love that also.

Also, the dogs must be leashed and not allowed on the trails other than your RV site, because of the wildlife sensitivity to their territory .
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Old 03-12-2019, 07:15 AM   #4
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FYI, dogs are not allowed at Old Faithful. Also I read the Fishcamp CG is closed for renovation this year. Safe travels!
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Old 03-12-2019, 08:22 AM   #5
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Please bring a toad or rent a car outside of the park. Parking is a mess at many sites and they tend to be plugged by rental Class C motorhomes. Plan to be up early to get to the main attractions and find parking. It really is "you snooze, you lose".

The only RV park in Yellowstone with hookups, Fishing Bridge, is supposed to be closed for renovations in 2019. There are other, dry camping only spots, but they also fill very quickly. Your best bet might be to stay in West Yellowstone and drive in to the areas you want to seel
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Old 03-12-2019, 09:32 AM   #6
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We stay at Grizzly RV park in West Yellowstone. Sometimes we take a toad if we are making other places in our trip. If we are going just to Yellowstone we rent a car. They will bring it to the campground and pick it up there. But yes you really need a car
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Old 03-12-2019, 11:05 AM   #7
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You definitely need a car and you'll need to be extremely careful with your dogs. Bison and other animals are everywhere and, if one of your dogs were to get loose, it could be a fatal encounter.
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Old 03-12-2019, 04:27 PM   #8
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You definitely need a car and you'll need to be extremely careful with your dogs. Bison and other animals are everywhere and, if one of your dogs were to get loose, it could be a fatal encounter.
I didn't read all of this but it looks like it might be helpful:

https://blog.gopetfriendly.com/achie...n-yellowstone/
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Old 03-13-2019, 06:32 PM   #9
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Thanks for everybodys input so far,were new to this ,just picked up our motorhome in january,looking forward to traveling this year.
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Old 03-20-2019, 02:05 PM   #10
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I will point out, there are camping sites and public land in the area of Yellowstone that have the same plants, land, animals... but no people to get in the way. :-)
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This is my favorite place to stay near yellowstone - a few miles outside the west gate:

http://www.redrockrvpark.com You'll need reservations.
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Old 03-26-2019, 09:53 AM   #12
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We were there in September with our dog and stayed inside the park (highly recommended). Yellowstone is HUGE! Get a TOAD. We stayed 5 days getting up and out of camp by 7 am and returning to camp by 3 or 4 in the afternoon every day. We packed our lunches and had a different destination each day. We felt the park was fairly busy but not bad as most schools are in session. We did notice that by noon the parking lots start to fill. We took in as many ranger talks and walks as possible and all the visitor centers. We even drove into Montana thru Lamar Valley as the Buffalo are there by the herds and in Rut in August and early Sept. We felt we did a pretty good job of taking in Yellowstone in just 5 days but we were very busy. Next time we will spend two weeks or more. If you can live without hookups stay at Bridge Bay, Madison, or Grant Village. You will be in the middle of the park at Bridge Bay or Grant Village, very convenient to sight see from there and reservations are available if you plan early!
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