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enblethen

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Posted: 08/28/20 02:08pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Devil's Tower?


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wtmtnhiker wrote:

Hi all,
Planning a months long trip out west from NH starting in March next year. Looking to visit Yellowstone and Grand Tetons and giving that at least two weeks. Also we'd like to visit Custer State Park possibly Mount Rushmore. Planning to get to Yellowstone late May/Early June knowing that there might be weather issues with snow. Likely we'll be making our way up from Texas Panhandle. Any ideas on itinerary or places to make sure we see on the way from Texas would be appreciated. We'll have plenty of time. Also any recommendations on RV campgrounds near Grand Teton N.P. would be helpful.


A little more info on what your Mission is, would surely help. Sounds like you have done four Corners - San Juan's Too? - Maroon Bells - Utah RT 191 - Monument Valley - Mexican Hat - GooseNecks? - Moab - Grand Mesa - Dino - Flaming Gorge - Alpine - RT 26 Dubois - Victor - Island Park - Cody - .........Think you might be getting the Idea. Lot to see just depends on what you are after and what you may enjoy.

Just keep in mind that traditionally the biggest Snows come late in the season so April and May in the Rockies can generally be Just Beautiful - especially if you love those rocks covered in White [emoticon] - Passes tend to be the only real issue, keep the elevation in mind.

Let us know more and we may be able to provide more insight.

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Posted: 08/31/20 09:05pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

definitely go to Black Hills. Plan to stay several days. Custer St Prk is nice but there also RV Parks in the Hill City and Custer area and you can still visit the park and Mt Rushmore.

Yes, this a one of the places that you'll want to see.


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Posted: 09/01/20 08:22am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

bukhrn wrote:

if doing Custer State park, I would absolutely do Mount Rushmore, it's like right next door, I would also do the Badlands and the rest of the Black Hills area, then up for a quick tour of Devils Tower, then over to Cody, good for a few days, then on into the east entrance of Yellowstone.


Add in Crazyhorse Monument while you're there. A couple of hours is enough to check out the museum and see the status of the mounment.


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If you go out I-80,I would suggest a stop at the Harold Warp Pioneer Museum. if you like history,old cars, trucks, tractors,motorcycles or snow mobiles, this place has all that and more. They also have a campground within walking distance of the museum. If you camp at the campground,you get one free ticket to the museum. You can easily spend a day there.

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Sounds like a fun trip. We have been to Yellowstone and just went to Glacier this year. I would be concerned about the time of year. You might not be able to get in to much of Yellowstone and Glacier had only 15 miles of road open this year until June I believe. Based on where you are going and coming from, the east side of glacier is where you want to stay. It was closed this year so I can't say much. Definitely a place to get out and hike, plan on hiking up hill as it is just a mountain and all the trails are long and up hill...

In Yellowstone we stayed at Fishing Bridge. Not great, but not bad. But, a good location since most of the park is a drive between places to view. One year we had snow on the 4th of July when there. So, you never know. I would start booking camp spots as soon as they let you. It fills up fast. Same with Glacier.

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I would stay west of the Tetons. Sure to get snow this time of the year.

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Road Phantom wrote:

I would stay west of the Tetons. Sure to get snow this time of the year.


Or south.


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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.

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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


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