My husband and I will be visiting Rushmore, Grand Tetons, and Yellowstone this fall. We will have a 30 foot camper that we will be towing. Our hopes are to have smaller crowds, nice fall colors, and hear/see some wildlife.
First question: Our original plan was to visit Colorado and then to go Rushmore/GT/Yellowstone, but I am concerned about weather in September. If we go to Colorado first, then we won't get to R/GT/Yell until around the 10th of September. We could switch it around and go to R/GT/Yell first, arriving around the 3rd of September, and go to Colorado at the end of our trip. Will this one week earlier/later arrival make much difference with regards to weather? We would love to see some fall colors, but are concerned about icy roads, etc.
If we do R/GT/Yell first, then our entrance would be the east entrance, correct? And if we went to Colorado first, our entrance would be the south entrance. Any suggestions for commercial campgrounds close to the park entrances? We aren't planning on camping in the park as we need electric/water hookups.
Also, how are the roads? Two lane paved, four lane? We just purchased our camper and aren't used to towing a camper this big. We will camp with it this summer, but the trip west will be our first major trip and we will still be a little nervous pulling something bigger than we are used to.
Any suggestions are greatly appreciated. We are retired and aren't on a huge time constraint, but we can't leave home (Illinois) prior to September 1st due to an unbreakable commitment. We just don't want to get caught in bad weather conditions if possible.
Thanks - this seems more complicated than when I planned a 3 week trip to Europe, so I appreciate any help!