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Old 03-17-2016, 10:07 PM   #1
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So on with my planning...

I emailed Grizzly RV Park tonight in West Yellowstone to see if they had any availability for the dates listed above. "Nope. All sites are booked."

Another option we would be happy with (although it's a long drive to the Yellowstone sights) is Gros Ventre Campground. I have heard that Gros Ventre, even though they don't take reservations, is rarely full. However, that may not be on pre-holiday weekend.

Have any of you stayed there at any point in the summer or peak season, where it might be busy, and if so, do we stand a chance?

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The KOA at the west entrance is showing available for those dates. One piece of advice you can do with what you wish. When traveling through a major holiday weekend, we always book through the Holiday night and sit tight. 4th of July is a brutal weekend to attain camping reservations and if you can leave on the 5th for your next destination we found it is much less stressful all around.
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The KOA at the west entrance is showing available for those dates. One piece of advice you can do with what you wish. When traveling through a major holiday weekend, we always book through the Holiday night and sit tight. 4th of July is a brutal weekend to attain camping reservations and if you can leave on the 5th for your next destination we found it is much less stressful all around.
Greg, that's real good advice especially for those who have not camped around or in the National Parks recently. We always do this on the three major holidays in the summer and sometimes just nice weekends in late June, July and August. Mid fall camping in leaf peeping area can be iffy too.
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Wow, they certainly have a lot of sites there .
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We stayed at this campground in middle of July in 2014. Is very big and quite easy to get a spot at night. Fairly close to Jackson, WY if you want to go into town for supper or shopping. Facilities in the campground are fairly basic, I don't believe they had any electrical or water services at that time. No showers either, but there was flush toilets in the washrooms. For us, it was ok as a one night stopping point on our way to somewhere, but definitely not a destination spot nor a place we would have wanted to stay for more than one night.
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We have stayed at Gros Ventre several times. Very convenient for the Jackson Hole Grand Tetons area. This picture taken early September.
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Thanks eveyone!

We actually are going to be in South Dakota for the Fourth of July. I reserved a campsite at Big Pines Campground there last night. I took the last site they had. So in that respect we were fortunate!

I will call some places this weekend and hopefully get a site reserved somewhere. I was hoping for a NP site, as it's the holiday weekend so I won't be needing to be near WIFI in case something goes wrong at work that needs fixing. However, if I'm unsuccessful there I would like to be able to spend some time relatively close to Yellowstone. I'm sure there will be a spot somewhere...
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It is still worth checking out Gros Ventre - I've been there in late June & didn't have a problem finding a spot. It is large enough that the daily turn over always leaves some empty sites. I would try to arrive early. Pulling in at 6:00PM might prove difficult...
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Ok, I called the reservation number for Yellowstone Parks and reserved the 4 nights at Fishing Bridge RV Park, and got one of the 2 sites left. I had read prior to, that it wasn't great, and even watched some YouTubes. However, desperate times call for desperate measures. We had wanted to be off the grid at least SOME of our trip, just to see what its like, but the lady said every other campsite in all the other campgrounds were full.

She also said there isn't much to do around Gros Ventre unless a person likes to hike, which we are still in the baby stages of trying to contemplate.

I then called Rustic Wagon RV Park in West Yellowstone, based on the good ratings on both Trip Advisor and RV Park Reviews and they have a couple of sites available.

Does anyone have any personal experience with Fishing Bridge or Rustic Wagon, or even West Yellowstone? I have no problem canceling fishing bridge if its not that great....

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Fishing Bridge is one of the few with hookups. Not bad and the location is pretty central. You will be in Yellowstone, where there is so much to see and do. We were never in our trailer much at all and it definitely is a better experience to be staying inside the park. You were fortunate to get anything in the park at this point.
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