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Post Info TOPIC: Need advice from the well traveled about Yellowstone/Glacier trip.


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Need advice from the well traveled about Yellowstone/Glacier trip.


Planning on picking up my better half in Idaho falls, Id around the 3rd week of June for 3 weeks of travel. Want to spend time around Yellowstone (week to 10 days). Afterwards head toward Glacier NP for a week to 10 days. Questions are can this be done without making reservations or would it be a bust? Another question is it better to stay on the east or west side of Glacier? 

Any sugestions as to places to stay or places to see would be appreiciated.

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Jim , possible but I would make reservation at Madison then travel to mammoth is first come first serve get there early. Possible but I would make reservation at Madison then travel to mammoth is first come first serve get there early ,as far glacier we always stay west there is pretty big campground can't remember the name off hand but usually There are opening.

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Reservations in Yellowstone are absolutely necessary. Also be aware of size limitations in the park. The sites were laid out long ago and don't fit longer fifth wheels or MH easily. Also, last year and again this year there will be some sections of the road in the park under construction. We usually stay outside the park either in Gardiner or West Yellowstone. Campgrounds are expensive in the area, unless you stay out further in the National Forest campgrounds.

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I think you definitely want to have some reservations in place. Summer is a high visitor time of year. It would be a stressful trip if you can't get a spot upon arrival.

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Thanks for the replies. I hope to get reservations made in the next few days. So many choices, my 5er is 32' so that may limit the possibilities. Will be taking a generator to help when not in campgrounds with electric. Also hope to do some boondocking in areas where that is an option.
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Hi Jim,

We did those areas last summer.  We chose to stay at Atherton Creek NF which is just a few miles outside of Jackson.  We didn't have a reservation.  It's on a beautiful lake.  Poor cell, some of the road out there is dirt, but we had no problems with our 40' 5er on the road or in the smallish campground.  No hookups.  Get there early if you don't have a reservation.  Nice a quiet area in Gros Ventre.  Only $15 I think.

I'd stay 1/2 time on the West side and 1/2 on the East side.  We stayed in Apgar (West) and in St. Mary's on the East.  Too much to do on both sides and you don't want to drive back and forth over that road all the time.  And yes, reservations are preferred, but we saw many open spots too.  While it may be cooler in Glacier, you'll have a better time at missing the wildfires that seem to kick in mid summer.

 



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I know you posted this a while back but just read and thought we mention a few things we found. We stayed at Hungry Horse, Mt. to travel around East Glacier. mountainmeadowrv.com/ Very small park with gravel roads but very friendly people. One of our adventures out was to Lake Bowman. We took off and found the route via IPad. Did no research and when we got to Park entrance road turned into a gravel path that was barely wider than our dually. Well our truck was less than a month old too. Its around 9 mile back into the lake and we meet people going and coming. Long story short we had to pull into bushes to let people by and to let the speeder ones by. It was well worth the scraps and scratches after getting there. Now on the way there just short of entrance is the Mercantile Store of Pole Bridge. Its a must. They have a bakery that operates off propane and solar power. They have a huckleberry bearclaw that is as Emeril would say BAM. Back in Hungry Horse check out Huckelberry Haven. Go around to Hungry Horse Dam its a pretty drive. It came a forest Fire while we were on the west side so we ran away, but not before going over to Canada and Many Glaciers just west of St. Mary, Mt. We stayed at St. Mary's rv park and they have a restaurant which serves Huckelberry Ice Cream Pie, BAM. Well have fun and safe travels.

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