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first rv trip

We are headed to yellowstone from ky in a rented rv for two weeks in less than a month. Plan to stay in west yellowstone for 3-4 nights and rent a car for sight seeing. I like the suggestion of coming in thru Gardiner on our way to west yellowstone as we plan to come in from the north and return home a more southern route. Will that work in a 27" rv in late Sept? Do you recommend a specific campground? our last night in the area will be 9/30 or 10/1. It appears many of them close on 9/30. I would love a good intinery for our stay in yellowstone. It will be my husband,19 yr old daughter, and me.

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1. Re: first rv trip

Sounds like a great trip!

First things first - there is ongoing road construction between Mammoth Hot Springs and Norris Junction and the road will be closed completely from September 14-30. http://www.nps.gov/yell/parknews/14057.htm I'm not clear on your dates, but given the construction delays, and the constriction of the roadway with the construction vehicles, etc. I'd hesitate to take an RV through, especially as someone who's not experienced in driving one. I'd probably suggest, instead, to drive down highway 191 from Bozeman (you'll be in a portion of the park during this pretty drive, anyway!), straight to West Yellowstone. The drive will take approximately 90-120 minutes, depending on speed and stops.

I don't have an RV and have never traveled with one, but if I was coming in to West Yellowstone to camp, I"d choose the Grizzly RV Park. It's very clean and seems to have nice amenities. Everything in West Yellowstone is within walking distance, so location is really not an issue as long as you're within the borders of the town, which Grizzly is.

Pam is our detailed itinerary goddess. I'd defer to her. But if you don't hear from her right away, perhaps you can tell us mere mortals more about what types of sights you're most interested in (historical, thermal activity, waterfalls, hikes, etc.) and where you plan to head after visiting Yellowstone and I'll try to craft something for you.

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Thanks for the information. We will take your advice. While I love to hike, my husband prefers to sight see from the car. We like historical tours, natural wonders, shows, and adventurous thrills. We are always looking for something new to do. We are heading to gtnp and then thru the Rockies.

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Pam is out of town right now so if you can tell us some more info then we will be glad to help.

The main road closures and work are from Gardiner to Madison with possible 30 minute delays and then the road between Old Faithful and the south entrance of the park is closed after September 2.

You will have to travel from West Yellowstone to Madison to Fishing Bridge and down by Lake on the east side of the park to reach the GTNP and Jackson Hole.

Just suggestions-

Make one day your geyser, thermal day and devote all your time to the Old Faithful area

Make another day your Mammoth, Lamar Valley, Artist Point day

Make this day as you travel toward GTNP the day you cover Fishing Bridge, Lake Yellowstone, etc.

Here is a link to some of the more popular sights in the park-

http://yellowstone.net/intro/top-10/

Just go and enjoy this beautiful park- and hope the weather is good for you!!

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4. Re: first rv trip

Some short hikes that may please both of you:

Wraith Falls (on the Mammoth - Tower Road - http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g60999-d3335800-Reviews-Wraith_Falls-Yellowstone_National_Park_Wyoming.html)

Mystic Falls (just off of Biscuit Basin's boardwalk - http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g60999-d2324530-Reviews-Mystic_Falls_Trail-Yellowstone_National_Park_Wyoming.html)

Lonestar Geyser (although this one is 5 miles RT, it's along an old road bed, so it feels less like hiking - you could even ride a bike on this one - http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g60999-d140533-Reviews-Lone_Star_Geyser-Yellowstone_National_Park_Wyoming.html)

And in the Canyon area, Artist Point to Point Sublime will get you away from the crowds and afford some beautiful views of the canyon (http://www.trailguidesyellowstone.com/yellowstone_hikes/yellowstone_day_hikes.php, about half-way down the page).

I believe the road closure from Old Faithful extends only to the Grand Village/West Thumb junction. The south entrance road will remain open.

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5. Re: first rv trip

Yes Adventuris is correct about the south entrance. It will be open. Sorry for the confusion!!

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