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PostPosted: Sun Aug 27, 2017 8:19 pm 
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Thinking about a family trip next summer to some national parks. Not even close to a decision on which ones, Yellowstone for sure and possibly glacier in montana. It's a long trip from new Orleans but I am thinking about a 3 week loop. What campground in yellowstone would you recommend with the best scenery.


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There are some nice ones in the park but you'll have to check your length as they can be very small. Go to www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/campgrounds. Get your reservations in as soon as possible as we have been here 5 days and been in the park 3 times and all the campgrounds have been full every day. We are staying in the Yellowstone Grizzly RV Park in West Yellowstone. It is near the west entrance and is within walking distance of downtown. Also only 3 blocks from the wolf/grizzly exhibit where there are live grizzly's and wolf's that have had to be removed from the wilds. They have them in an exhibit close to the wilds. Any other questions, ask away and I'll try to answer.Dave

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If you are on the east side..we always stay at Ponderosa in Cody (19 nights this year). It's well run and pretty good in most ways..as long as you are not right on the road...we've stayed in the sites 89 and 121. it has all the amenities but no pool. Cody is a fun western town with lots to do and an amazing museum. The campground is a beautiful 50 mile drive outside the east gate. Each day we go to the park is typically 8-12 hours long, but Cody provides lots of fun activities. If a pool is more important than being able to walk to town, the KOA is an alternative.

At Glacier we stayed at Eagle's Nest just south of Flathead Lake, a very nice campground is a gorgeous setting. The drive to Glacier is about 45 minutes as I recall. We went the last week of June, before anyone could guarantee the road in Glacier would be open. It was and there were far less tourists...it matters. If you are up to a few mile hike, take the hike up to Avalanche Lake. At the end of the beautiful trail is a lake surrounded by many waterfalls...the view is almost a religious experience, my favorite. When people arrive at the end of the trail, they fall silent when they see such a prestige setting...truly memorable.

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We stayed at campground by the marina (inside the park) no hookups but we were able to fit our Outback 32ft trailer without too much trouble. We also stayed in Grizzly and enjoyed that area. If I was going again I would try to stay longer inside the park.
We drove over to the full hookup campgrounds by the fishing bridge and they looked more like a parking lot than a campground. This was in 2010

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Agree with MikeandPeg. We stayed at the KOA down the road from Ponderosa, not bad but not as nice as others we had. Lots of good things to see and do in Cody.They even have a nice tire store, ask me how I know.

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Best night we spent coming into Yellowstone was the Walmart in town. Nicer and quieter than the KOA in Cody.....

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We stayed at the Blackfeet "Chewing Blackbones" (Chewing Blackbones was the last war chief of the Blackfeet and died at age of 108 in 1963. It is primitive but gorgeous on St. Marie Lake. You will most likely see a Grizzly.

Yellowstone has some fairly primitive CGs (no services) but they are not large. Fishing Bridge is the most accessible. It has a great no generator section which worked well for us (we have solar). We stayed in a KOA 9 years ago and said never again.
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If you make it to the west side of Yellowstone, check Henry's Lake State park. Sites on the lake with the mountains behind the lake, prettiest campground I ever used.

https://parksandrecreation.idaho.gov/parks/henrys-lake

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We just finished a week in the park at Fishing Bridge. My advice is to be inside the park if you can. That gives you the advantage of getting out before the crowds. If you're up and going at 6 or so it almost like having it to yourself. By mid morning attractions are getting crowded and roads and pullouts are full. August 22 both Madison Jct. and West Thumb were closed to traffic into Old Faithful because of gridlock there. If you're 35 and under you'll have a better chance at getting into Fishing Bridge as there are a very few longer sites. It may be too late to reserve there for next year already. As we drove around the park we saw full signs as early as 9:00 a.m.

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Noted earlier that there is (or was) a non-generator section at Fishing Bridge that seemed to have open spots every day that we were there (for a week). The area with hookups was always filled. Lewis Lake CG is beautiful. it is first come-first served, limited to 25', with no facilities. We had a 28' TT at the time which would have fit but we were happy with Fishing Bridge which had enough open spots for solar to operate.
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