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travelling from Texas to Yellowstone this summer

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We're taking an RV (our first time) from Texas to Yellowstone Park. It looks like it will be 1,500 miles--about 4 days. Need some suggestions for stopping points or areas of interest along the way. We have no certain route from central Texas yet--flexible! Please help!

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    Lacey

    Three other forums you might want to check out for RV specific info are: www.irv2.com www.rv.net and www.rvforum.net

    The first 2 seem to have more active posters and, to me, are better organized for finding things but all 3 have useful info. It's easy to sign=up for any of them so you can post your question there if you don't find what you need doing a search for older threads.

    We bought our first RV last September and will be taking it from the Florida panhandle to the Badlands, Glacier, Yellowstone, southwest Colorado then back home. We may be returning through part of Texas so I'll be watching this thread to see what info you get here.

    Fran

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    Honestly, I'd just try to make as much time as possible. There's so much to see and do in Colorado, but if I were driving from Dallas to Jackson, WY (for Grand Tetons before Yellowstone) I'd stop in Amarillo and then in Fort Collins, CO. That would break the drive into three approximately 8 hour days and will get you into camp in time to settle in, maybe go for a swim and be ready for an early start the next day.

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    I'm with starrs on dead heading it to Yellowstone. I could give you several different routes with great places to stop, but it would take at least one or two days to see each place.

    One route I would consider taking is I-25 north from I-40. You will have the Rocky Mountains to your left as you travel north instead of just plains in OK & Kansas. Not sure where in Texas you are starting from but the Pike's Peak area which is just outside of Colorado Springs, CO has some national forest campgrounds that we enjoyed for one night.

    I would also consider taking Hwy 287 from Rawlings, WY to Lander, WY. Just outside of Lander is Sink Canyon State Park and then drive though the scenic Wind River Range into the Grand Tetons. If you can make some time, spend it at the Grand Tetons.

    For the drive home if you want to enjoy the most beautiful section of interstate, I'd recommend driving south past Salt Lake City on I-15 to I-70 and drive I-70 either to Grand Junction or all the way back to Denver. At Grand Junction you might consider taking Hwy 50 south to Montrose, CO and then pick up the Million Dollar Highway, Hwy 550 to Durango, CO.

    Please make reservations for camping in Yellowstone especially if you want to camp at the full hook up campground in the park. There is only one campground that has full hook ups which is Fishing Bridge Campground on the east side of the park. You are literally camping on top of each other. People with slides have to be careful not to bump into the RV next to them!

    Even the dry campsites in the major areas require reservations to make sure you get a spot especially if your RV is 28 ft or longer. Our favorite campground is Madison on the West side. Since we pull a tow vehicle now, it's easy to make that our base camp and just travel around the park. Other nice campground is Mammoth where it's first come, first serve so you will want to get there early in the morning. Bridge Bay campground on the east side isn't bad either, but it's more hilly ground so we found we had a hard time getting our 30ft motorhome level. Canyon campground is in a mountain/forest type setting and we couldn't stay in because we couldn't get level! The only showers are at Old Faithful and near the full hook up Fishing Bridge Campground. There are smaller campgrounds that are on first come, first serve basis, but I'd recommend making at least one nights reservation and then moving to one of those campgrounds if you want. If you want a full hook up RV park, then I'd recommend finding one in East Yellowstone, Montana.

    I agree with Fran that RV.net is a more active forum for RV'ers.

    Utahtea

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