Yellowstone NP - Itineraries
Replies: 5 - Last Post: Apr 21, 2013 6:58 PM Last Post By: hermosajoe
Apr 21, 2013 2:52 AM
Yellowstone NP - ItinerariesHi TT,
My girlfriend and I are planning to spend 5-7 days in Yellowstone NP. We arrive in an Escape campervan through the south entrance and are going to Glacier NP afterwards.
Can anyone please help with itineraries and suggestions on what / which campsite to stay on.?
We intend to book 2 nights, via the internet, at Canyon Village campground and then drive out from there and experience things around there. The 2-3 following day we will spend the nights at Indian Creek and drive out from there to experience things around. But is it possible? or is our campsite free as soon we leave it with the van? Should we buy at tent to put up when we are not there?
The last night/nights we will stay on Slough Creek, and then leave the park via the Beartooth Highway and through Red Lodge to Glacier NP.
Can anyone please help!
Apr 21, 2013 6:22 AM
1I havent been camping at Yellowstone in ages, so cant help with where to camp or what to see. But most campsites I have been to in National Parks and on national forests have a wooden post at the front of the site where its posted/you'll post whether the spot is occupied or not and for how long (dates). So no need to buy a tent, though if your concerned, you can just string up a clothes line and hang up your dirty clothes to dry to signal that the site is taken,.
Apr 21, 2013 8:12 AM
Apr 21, 2013 12:10 PM
3I've always had a tent so didn't have to worry about this, but I just found this suggestion on the Glacier National Park website: "Saving your site: A paper plate strung across the entrance to your site with your name and date will show the site is taken. Remove all markings when vacating the site." This, along with the receipt/hang tag from the registration envelope should be fine.
There is a Canyon campground and a Grant Village campground - not sure which one you mean. I highly recommend spending a night at West Thumb/Grant Village for some wonderful sunset/sunrise photography. The West Thumb Geyser Basin is just 3 miles from Grant Village and has wonderful, eerie fog-filled vistas taking in Yellowstone Lake - here's an example: West Thumb." I haven't stayed in the other campgrounds you mention so can't give advice.
Apr 21, 2013 5:56 PM
4Keep in mind you need to be aware of the precautions campers need to take against bears. If you plan to leave the van and hike in remote areas and camp in the designated areas, you need to take the camping/hiking course prior in order to be allowed to go camp. These are at the north entrance main visitors center.
You dont mention what time of year? Be aware of the extreme weather conditions in the mountains, it cam snow in YSNP almost year round, or drop below freezing at night...
Apr 21, 2013 6:58 PM
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