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RE: Western US Itinerary Help

Another question. In planning I see some campgrounds around Yellowstone are first come first serve. Am I likely to have problems getting a site that way and is there a viable backup option if I get turned away? Thanks Best way to get one of those first-come, first-served sites is to show up at the campground about 9:30 AM and wait. Kind of a hassle. You can make reservations at Yellowstone campgrounds, though if there are no sites showing available now for your timeframe, you may have to call back periodically to see if there are cancellations. You can also reserve a site at a West Yellowstone or Gardiner RV park (private, outside the park).
kknowlton 10/10/20 09:55pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Utah to Idaho

I forgot to mention in my previous post, a handy set of websites to know about is the 511 series; each state (at least in the west) seems to have one. It gives road conditions, and if you look under travel information you can get updated info on road closures, construction areas, weather affecting roads, etc. Very handy!
kknowlton 09/26/20 09:18pm Roads and Routes
RE: Hell's Canyon and region

Hells Gate SP is great - but be aware, many Idaho state parks stop taking reservations after Labor Day & sites become first-come first-served only. If you get there between 11 AM-1 PM you may have the best chance of getting a site. Good luck!
kknowlton 09/26/20 09:12pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Scenic Routes/Places to See in WY, ID, MT, SD & E. CO

Good to know! Thanks for checking in!
kknowlton 09/10/20 09:53pm Roads and Routes
RE: Utah to Idaho

Those winds the other day were not a seasonal-typical thing, but a very strong backdoor cold front, its strength being unusual even for here. Agree with others that indicate that going north thru Utah is usually preferable to crossing Wyoming on 80, which is always windy (and sometimes dangerously so). Watch out for TRAFFIC between Provo and Ogden, UT. By the time you get to Brigham City, it thins out enough to be tolerable again. :) In October some of the areas you are going in central Idaho can get wintery - just keep on top of the weather forecasts as much as possible and wait it out if you need to. Be aware that a lot of campgrounds close down or go to very limited service after about October 10, certainly after the 15th, so be sure you have some alternates in mind. Good luck & safe travels!
kknowlton 09/10/20 09:52pm Roads and Routes
RE: Western US Itinerary Help

Since we need to use hookups, our favorite CG for the Tetons is Colter Bay RV Park. For that one and for anything inside Yellowstone, you will need to make reservations as far ahead as possible (up to 2 years in advance for Yellowstone). Fishing Bridge CG is the only one inside Yellowstone with any hookups at all, and they are still closed through all of next year, to my knowledge (getting a major redo). West Yellowstone is a good base camp for Yellowstone - several good private CGs and a 1st-come NFS CG there, and much closer to the entry gate than CGs south and east of the park. Late May/early June is do-able, though not all CGs may be open if there is too much snow. I believe the private CGs in West Yellowstone will be open by then, however. I like the Colorado suggestions you've been getting. Not sure where you have been, if you said you have been to 4 Corners area, but there is a ton to see in sw Colorado and se Utah - if you have missed either of those areas, it would be worth your while to catch up with it this time.
kknowlton 09/03/20 03:16pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Members who have had by-pass surgery.

My father had a quad bypass in his mid-60s, and probably took about 7-9 months to fully recover. He was a good boy and followed doctor's orders about eating, smoking (he quit) and exercising, even walking every day a week or less after the operation, even though he said his leg hurt. (He had more pain in the leg where the vein had been taken from than he did in the chest, interestingly.) The surgery was probably the best thing he ever did, and he continued with an exercise regimen for years afterward. He always thought he would die in his 60s, but he lived almost to 91, and the bypass never had to be repeated or "fixed." :) Best of luck to you - I hope your results are at least as good as his were!
kknowlton 08/20/20 10:24pm RVing with Disabilities and General Health Issues
RE: Scenic Routes/Places to See in WY, ID, MT, SD & E. CO

Island Park, ID can be a good base camp for at least some of Yellowstone (about 15-25 miles from the west gate of the park, depending where in Island Park you land). From there you can also spend 1/2 day or so at Mesa Falls (beautiful)! and even head up to Virginia City MT - old mining town - or Hebgen Lake area (Quake Lake, etc.) Or south from there to the Tetons, via either ID 33 or (better route for RVs) US 26 - longer drive but pretty. Definitely you'd need reservations in the Tetons unless you can dry camp. Craters of the Moon NP is a neat little park, and very different. You can camp there (hot & you have to dry camp) or base camp in Arco ID, about 20 miles east of the park; on US 20.
kknowlton 08/18/20 02:41pm Roads and Routes
RE: Hwy 95 though Idaho November

Make sure 95 is open. It probably will be by November, but it has needed major surgery this year - there was a HUGE rockslide about a month ago which closed the entire road for a week or so. They have been working on it, as it's the only way to get from some towns to other places in Idaho.
kknowlton 08/02/20 11:15pm Roads and Routes
RE: Glenwood Springs, CO

The Carbondale KOA is great - BUT no FHUs that I am aware of. We had a riverside site, which may have made the difference (it was water & electric only). Dump station is tricky to use. But we loved the place!
kknowlton 08/02/20 11:08pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Camping in Rock Springs, Wy--Twin Falls Idaho--Bend Oregon

East of Twin there's a decent overnighter called Village of Trees RV Park, in Declo. Grassy spots, a few with a bit of shade. Gas station next door (convenient) and it has a little restaurant attached, takeout for campers. (Not sure, with COVID, if the restaurant is open, but I believe the CG is.) We've been a couple times. West of Twin - someone mentioned Three Island Crossing SP, which is nice. Electric & water sites only; not sure if there's a dump station. It could be full w/o an advance reservation. Not sure if the visitor center is open - pretty interesting spot if so. Also we liked Hagerman RV Park in Hagerman - big shade trees (but probably not enough to block satellite signals). Decent overnighter. Rock Springs KOA is ok (have been a couple times) but we like Lyman KOA, a bit west of there. A mile or so off the interstate so less road noise, rural atmosphere, can fit almost any size rig. Not too many FHUs but friendly owners & quiet place.
kknowlton 08/02/20 11:02pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Wilford Brimley - RIP

He's missed. I sure liked him (as an actor anyway - never met him personally.)
kknowlton 08/02/20 10:52pm Around the Campfire
RE: heated mattress on forest river flagstaff

That heated mattress is like a rock, but with an eggcrate foam topper plus a thick mattress pad (cover) on it, ours is pretty comfy for me. I'm a back sleeper, though. Hubby is having some issues with it. The heat is really nice, but you could swap out the mattress and get a heated mattress pad for it & be ahead. Good luck!
kknowlton 08/02/20 10:51pm Travel Trailers
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