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Tent camping in the Tetons & Yellowstone

Postby DurangoJenn » Thu Jul 19, 2012 12:40 pm

For those of you who have camped at either or both parks, what are your favorite campgrounds? I've researched quite a bit as I'm heading there in a couple of weeks with my boys and at the Tetons, I know Jenny Lake is a popular choice, but I think Signal Mountain actually appeals to me a little bit more. I'm sure I'd be happy with either one and I do plan to get there early in the hopes of getting a site. At Yellowstone, I think Norris is where I want to go. If you have opinions, I'd love to hear them. :D

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Re: Tent camping in the Tetons & Yellowstone

Postby peter303 » Thu Jul 19, 2012 12:48 pm

Probably whatever you can get a space at. Everything is booked solid in August.

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Re: Tent camping in the Tetons & Yellowstone

Postby DurangoJenn » Thu Jul 19, 2012 1:08 pm

peter303 wrote:Probably whatever you can get a space at. Everything is booked solid in August.


Actually, it's not booked solid, but I don't want to stay at any of the campgrounds that can be booked ahead of time. They don't appeal to me. None of the campgrounds in the Tetons can be reserved ahead of time and only five at Yellowstone can.

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Re: Tent camping in the Tetons & Yellowstone

Postby SeracZack » Thu Jul 19, 2012 1:14 pm

DurangoJenn wrote:
peter303 wrote:Probably whatever you can get a space at. Everything is booked solid in August.


Actually, it's not booked solid, but I don't want to stay at any of the campgrounds that can be booked ahead of time. They don't appeal to me. None of the campgrounds in the Tetons can be reserved ahead of time and only five at Yellowstone can.


Not true. Some campgrounds allow 1/3 of the spots to be pre-booked January through May. Otherwise it is a first come first serve backcountry permit for camping spots. As they only allow so many people camping in the backcountry. I am not too sure about the drive up spots though.

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Re: Tent camping in the Tetons & Yellowstone

Postby DurangoJenn » Thu Jul 19, 2012 1:34 pm

SeracZack wrote:
DurangoJenn wrote:
peter303 wrote:Probably whatever you can get a space at. Everything is booked solid in August.


Actually, it's not booked solid, but I don't want to stay at any of the campgrounds that can be booked ahead of time. They don't appeal to me. None of the campgrounds in the Tetons can be reserved ahead of time and only five at Yellowstone can.


Not true. Some campgrounds allow 1/3 of the spots to be pre-booked January through May. Otherwise it is a first come first serve backcountry permit for camping spots. As they only allow so many people camping in the backcountry. I am not too sure about the drive up spots though.

http://www.nps.gov/grte/planyourvisit/bcres.htm


Sorry, I wasn't clear. I meant drive-up spots, not backcountry.

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Re: Tent camping in the Tetons & Yellowstone

Postby ccolgan32 » Thu Jul 19, 2012 4:29 pm

I love Signal Mountain! Stay there for sure! It has great access to Jackson Lake and beautiful sunrise/sunsets. As far as Yellowstone...everywhere I've always stayed has been really packed (Probably my favorite being West Yellowstone).

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Re: Tent camping in the Tetons & Yellowstone

Postby nyker » Fri Jul 20, 2012 9:27 am

Wherever you camp, be "bear aware" ... and make you those around you also keep a clean campsite.
Have fun! Some beautiful country up there.

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Re: Tent camping in the Tetons & Yellowstone

Postby DurangoJenn » Fri Jul 20, 2012 12:53 pm

ccolgan32 wrote:I love Signal Mountain! Stay there for sure! It has great access to Jackson Lake and beautiful sunrise/sunsets. As far as Yellowstone...everywhere I've always stayed has been really packed (Probably my favorite being West Yellowstone).


Thanks for the feedback on Signal. Glad to hear you love it! Yeah, I'm expecting Yellowstone to be super busy and crowded, but I'm mentally prepared for it.

nyker wrote:Wherever you camp, be "bear aware" ... and make you those around you also keep a clean campsite.
Have fun! Some beautiful country up there.


Thanks. I am definitely bear aware (or as I call myself, "bearanoid"). Got the bear spray with holster, got bear bells, got two boys who know how to make a lot of noise, LOL. Bear country is probably the only place I'd not tell them to stop arguing and making so much noise. :wink: We were at Yosemite last month and EVERYTHING had to go in a bear locker there, nothing allowed to be left in the vehicle, no lip balm, no lotion, no anything. I never realized I had so much stuff like that in the compartments in my van until I had to put it all in a bear locker.

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