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troubledwaters

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Posted: 06/20/18 07:59am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

When I went to Yellowstone it was approx. 1800 miles one way. We drove it in 3 days, 12 hours per day, 36 hours total, 2 drivers, 1 pre-teen. The way out we stopped after the second day at Custer State park for a few days. The way home was one shot, 3 days straight.

We've done 12 hour day trips many times. We do all of our long day travels by travelling 3 a.m. to 3 p.m., don't unhook at the stops; just plug in.

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Half of your vacation will be driving at least.

kknowlton

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Be aware that reservations for lodging within the park (and for those campgrounds that take reservations, which are the bigger ones in the park) opened on May 1 of this year for NEXT summer. The sooner you can plan your trip, the better. If you can't get a campsite inside the park (which is best), your best bets for just outside the park are in West Yellowstone. In addition to the "parking lot" style one mentioned previously, there are a few more, ranging from the very manicured Grizzly RV Park to a (non-reservable) NFS campground a few miles north of the town of West Yellowstone. Several other reasonably decent private CGs in town as well. It does add about 30-45 minutes to your day to reach the main loop road in the park from "West," but it's a good alternative if you can't find space in the park, or if you need hookups. (Fishing Bridge, as noted, will be under construction next year, and is cheek-to-jowl anyway.)

As for cellphone service, with Verizon it's spotty, but ok at the major "villages" (Old Faithful, Canyon, Lake), and really good in West Yellowstone. Otherwise, don't count on it.

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terry,

Not everybody travels the same way. Only you know how many hours a day your family can handle. And how many of those days in row you can do before you'll have a rebellion on your hands if you don't stop and see the sights for a day or two.

When we first started RVing 8 years ago, my husband and I would drive 2 1/2 to 3 days, for 10 to 12 hours to get to the "good stuff." Now we're both retired so don't go more than 2 days, before stopping for at least 2. But we still make those 2 days long ones - 8, 10, 12 hours - depending on time of year. We leave early but prefer to be somewhere before full dark. We also both drive, breaking the day into 4 alternating shifts of 2 to 3 hours. In my opinion, that makes a big difference with long days.

kknowlton is absolutely correct about the reservations for 2019 opening on May 1. I was on the phone that morning making our reservations for the beginning of June. We're only 31', pulling a 4 door Wrangler but finding a space inside the Park was not easy. I recommend calling - and enduring the inevitable hold - rather than trying to reserve online. The human you'll talk to has the most up-to-date info, whereas the online info isn't always.

Yellowstone is our favorite Park. This will be our 4th trip and we'll have covered every season. This time we'll be flying out our oldest grandson to join us for 7-10 days. We'll start in West Yellowstone for a few days, then move to Bay Bridge CG for a few more. Right now not sure what we'll do after that.

If you haven't already, talk this over with your family and see how they feel about it. If the consensus is let's go, then go. If you wait for all the conditions to be perfect before taking a trip you may well never go much of anywhere.

Safe travels.


Frances & Tom with 3 rescue cats - Peaches, Snippet,and BP. And in spirit Aja (Dec 2014) and Tipper (Oct 2016).
2011 Winnebago Vista 30W
2008 4 door Hardtop Wrangler Unlimited 4X4

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