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    Yellowstone/Tetons Campgrounds in September without reservations

    We are going to do a Yellowstone/Tetons run from Portland, OR in September. Does anyone have experience with campgrounds in the parks after Labor Day? Will we need reservations or are sites usually available with kids back in school - we'd be looking for tent spots only.

    We have three camp reservations in the Park, but will be looking for a home a couple days ahead and behind of our reservations.

    Thanks.

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    I don't think you'll have any issue. I've camped there several times in the September time frame (a great time to go, BTW) and never had any issues with finding a tent spot. Trailers can sometime be a challenge, but tent spots are usually no problem.
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    That's Great! I'd like to kind of poke around and stop early in the day versus all reservations and be stuck to a timetable.

    We took a long trip in late April and May only to find almost all the federal campgrounds were closed across the whole of the western US.........Don't go on a trip and expect campgrounds until May 15th and after......
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    There is a KOA just a couple of miles west of West Yellowstone - very comfortable with a large pool & jacuzzi! Of course it costs a little more than a more primitive site, and buy your food in town.
    Also, in West Yellowstone, if the weather is not cooperating, the Madison Hotel (roadhouse) is quite decent.
    There used to be another campground a little east of Moran Junction, but I don't know if it's still there.

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    The Madison Hotel looks kind of cool - the rooms look like they are "lost in time" but neat and clean. Thanks for the referral. Will keep the KOA in mind as well, just have had bad Ju-Ju from other KOA's........
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    The Ponderosa campground in Cody Wy is quite nice too. There is a “lower” are that shields you from traffic noise and is a tent area only. I have stayed there a few times and had a great experience. The Cody museum is absolutely worth a day to visit as well. YMMV
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    Yes I enjoyed the Madison. re the Ponderosa - I don't know if this was the one, but I've also stayed in a campground a block or two due south of the Remington museum - perfect stays, easy walking distance to anything in town (including the nightly cowboy "shoot-out"!).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pauls1150 View Post
    Yes I enjoyed the Madison. re the Ponderosa - I don't know if this was the one, but I've also stayed in a campground a block or two due south of the Remington museum - perfect stays, easy walking distance to anything in town (including the nightly cowboy "shoot-out"!).
    Yes that would be the Ponderosa. There is a Sierra trading post across the street iirc...
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    Well, I just did a Google Maps check... and no, I wasn't at the Ponderosa , I was at a smaller place just north of that. Seems that one isn't there anymore, unless the pics on the Google Maps site aren't accurate (may be the Best Western now). I do recall seeing the Ponderosa, though, and decided the other placed looked more thrifty, so that's where I stayed.

    Ther's also a KOA in Cody (by the airport), the first one in the country if memory serves...

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    Check out this site http://codyponderosa.com
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    Just came through Yellowstone 2 weeks ago. RV trip pulling a Jeep. No motorcycle this time.

    Stayed at the Grizzly RV Park in west Yellowstone. I bring it up because they have small cabins to stay in. The facilities are pretty nice. Bathrooms, showers etc. I took note of this place for future rides.

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