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  • FredF
    FredF :
    Mon at 5:09 PM"
    the containers were stored next to a taxidermy exhibit, where children on tours sometimes stopped for presentations, sitting next to uranium for 30 minutes or more. By his calculation, those children could have received radiation dosages in excess of ...  more
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    • FredF
      David and Kim B Tue at 2:48 PM From what I am reading now it is safe to go. I hope so we are planning a visit mid April. :S
  • Steve and Donna Gordon
    Steve and Donna Gordon:
    February 4Planning a trip to see Old Faithful and other sites in Yellow Stone Park in June. Trying to find some ways to camp with reasonable prices or boondock. Any suggestions?
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    • Steve and Donna Gordon
      Mary Don Mon at 6:40 PM There is a lot of Public Land up there that you can boondock also check BLM and USFS for campgrounds.
    • Steve and Donna Gordon
      JBJordan Mon at 7:03 PM You may wish to check out freecampsites.net and then google the coordinates from a site of interest with satellite view to see if it works for you and your rig.  There are many places around the parks you can base from.  All the suggestions by o...  more
    • Steve and Donna Gordon
      Kevin & Lonnie at RVing.Website Tue at 4:10 AM We used Henry's Lake State Park and you will be a good hour from what you may want to see inside the park. Showed up in June and had no trouble getting a spot with electric. Their water set up is in a bad spot though right as you enter and pretty much b...  more
    • Steve and Donna Gordon
      Terry & Diane Tue at 5:27 AM check your weather up there.We were there last memorial day and stayed a week or two,and there was still lots of snow in areas
    • Steve and Donna Gordon
      Randal Phillips Tue at 8:45 AM I recommend Island Park Id. I stayed a a nice park there across from a huge lake. Couldn’t find any thing last June at West Yellowstone. It’s about 15 miles from West gate.
  • UnoMas
    UnoMas :
    February 2We planning on going to Yosemite around the end of March this year. Anyone have a campground recommendation? We have a 39’ fifth wheel. TIA
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    • UnoMas
      TerraGypsy (Phoebe) February 2 FYI...
      https://web.calpoly.edu/~dmaas/weather.htm
    • UnoMas
      TerraGypsy (Phoebe) February 2 Copy the whole link into google...
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      • UnoMas
        UnoMas February 2 Thanks, I knew it might be borderline weather wise, but I didn’t have this information. We will probably play it by ear and see how the weather is when we are ready to head that way. 
    • UnoMas
      Terry & Diane February 3 we stayed at the SKP Park Sierra in Coursegold and drove up to the park
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      • UnoMas
        UnoMas February 3 Thanks, we hadn’t seen the SKP Park, we’ll have to look into it. 
    • UnoMas
      Curt & Isabel February 3 Don't expect to find any campsites inside the park. They sell out as soon as they become available for specific dates.  Campground reservations are available in blocks of one month at a time,
      up to five months in advance, on the 15th of each m...  more
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      • UnoMas
        UnoMas February 3 I feel we have a low chance of getting into National Park campgrounds.  Between our size and the fact that we usually don’t know our plans far enjoin advance. We’ll settle for something outside of the park. 
    • UnoMas
      Steve and Donna Gordon February 4 We'll be going there too at around the same time probably the 26th to the 28th of March, but have decided to stay in the Fresno area so we can see both Sequoia and Yosemite. Has anyone done this before? Good/bad idea?
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      • UnoMas
        Steve and Donna Gordon February 4 planning a trip to Yellowstone this summer but leaving to head to California in a few weeks to visit family and see the same places you are going.  Think it will be really cold, but my husband calls them adventures.  LOL  I hope some reply ...  more
      • UnoMas
        Curt & Isabel February 4 Fresno is pretty much in the middle of Sequoia and Yosemite. But, plan on leaving early to drive to both. Approx. 2 hours + to get to the General Sherman Tree (via hwy 180). Approx. 1 1/2 - 2 hours to Yosemite Village (via hwy 41). Hope this helps.
  • Curtis
    Curtis:
    February 2Anyone worked in Yellowstone that have some good info for these folks?
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    • Curtis
      JerseyGirl Susan February 1 Wow!  This sounds like a really fun job.  Have a wonderful time.  Safe travels.
    • Curtis
      Tom & Phyllis February 2 We haven't worked there but stayed last year for a while.. met lots of workampers.. they loved the work, the people and the entire set up. .should be a great adventure for you folks...
    • Curtis
      CCB Movin'On2 February 2 Sounds like a good plan to us! Keep us informed as to how the travel and workkamping goes!
    • Curtis
      Kayo February 3 I worked as a seasonal Park Ranger for eight summers, 6 of which were at Canyon (my favorite). My wife worked for the OF Lodge store. Enjoy. But what will amaze you are the  number of people who show up to see OH erupt - than leave the park!
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    • Curtis
      Kayo February 3 Old Faithful. Sorry for the spelling error
  • Barb and Tom P
    Barb and Tom P :
    January 28My husband and I are in Southern California & planning to travel to Ohio in April. We are considering a stop at Yellowstone & the Grand Tetons. We have a 40 gasser w/tow and no specific timetable for arrival in OH. Any advice on making this stop? We have ...  more
    • Jack Huber and 3 others like this.
    • Barb and Tom P
      Rich and Mary Lederer January 28 We were in Yellowstone last May. What a fantastic Natl. Park. Hope to go back this year, motorhome with car in tow. We stayed at the KOA West, closest to W. Yellowstone entrance. Friends of ours stayed at W. Yellowstone Grizzly, right in town and loved it...  more
    • Barb and Tom P
      Curt & Isabel January 28 IMO, Colter Bay RV Park is a great place to "base camp" for visiting both Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons. It's a few miles south of the southern entrance to Yellowstone. You can make day trips to both NP's and you won't have to change campgrounds.
    • Barb and Tom P
      David and Kim B January 28 Most ski resorts close down in March and the transition months to Summer( April, May) are called Mud season. Yellowstone and the Tetons fall into this category where roads are closed, shops are closed, and the general climate is yucky. May I suggest a bea...  more
    • Barb and Tom P
      The Rolling Stones January 28 Yep, make sure to take your tire chains and snow shoes. Yellowstone in April has a lot of main roads closed. 
    • Barb and Tom P
      Pat and Alan Young February 2 We were in Yellowstone last May over Memorial Day week. Beartooth Highway was stilled closed due to snow--one day up in the high elevations we ran into sleet and snow. Had to pull over to let the squall pass. All other roads in the park were open. Maybe y...  more
  • Andy & Maureen T
    Andy & Maureen T :
    January 25What's the status on volunteer applications.
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    • Andy & Maureen T
      Kayo January 25 As a NPS Park Ranger, our rig is still parked on site but we, by direction, are not permitted to wear our uniform or work until called back. Fine with me as it may, just may bring this whole BS to the attention of the public
    • Andy & Maureen T
      Jersey-Exit 41 January 26 I have sent in applications to volunteer this coming season but haven’t been assigned.  I think it’s still to early to hear. And on top of that, the shutdown doesn’t help either.  
    • Andy & Maureen T
      Andy & Maureen T January 26 We did volunteer work in the past. Sites should be picking volunteers right about now.
  • David and Kim B
    David and Kim B:
    January 22David and I have been planning our 3 month summer trip. We plan on visiting Glacier, Crate Lake, Mt. Rainier, Lassen, Yosemite as well as Banff. Any hidden gems in these areas will be greatly appreciated.
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      • David and Kim B
        Andy & Maureen T January 23 BTW...a majority of western parks have snow up to the end of June. A few years back, we camped in the northern campground at yellowstone. This was the first week of August. We woke to 2-inches of snow and 30-degrees.
    • David and Kim B
      Bill & Cynthia January 23 Reservation for Yosemite is hard to get during the summer. You can start Feb 15 with a arrival date June 15- July 14 and Mar 15 for arrival date July 14 - Aug 14. I've been going to Yosemite for 46yrs once or twice a year the last 5 years it's been hard t...  more
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    • David and Kim B
      Clucky January 24 When in Banff be sure to check out Moraine Lake. Lake Louise is beautiful but is outdone by Moraine. Emerald & Bearclaw also gorgeous.
    • David and Kim B
      Hank & Shirleen January 24 You are so right about Moraine Lake! 
    • David and Kim B
      Jersey-Exit 41 January 26 Make your reservations EARLY.  It took us 3 years before we secured a reservation at Yosemite.  I suppose you can show up and hope for the best, but we travel from the East coast, and don’t want to get shut out and have to come up with Plan B in...  more
  • Curtis
    Curtis:
    January 22Does anyone have any good info for these folks? Go! :-)
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    • Curtis
      COmedlin (Steve & Karen) January 22 I have been there from I70 north on Hwy 139 from Grand Junction through Rangely. That was in a 40’ bus with a tour group and I had no problems.
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      • Curtis
        Debi & Phil Whiting January 22 Thank you for the info I was told that on Hyw 139 close to Dinosaur there are some pretty steep hills desending the hills. We have a 40’ Journey.
    • Curtis
      Hank & Shirleen January 22 Debi & Phil Whiting. We did it as well from Grand Junction. However we did it in one day out of Grand Junction! We left in the early morning and drove up 139 to the park. We did it in our toad. It does have what we would call a mountain pass to go over an...  more
  • Boots & Sandal Feet
    Boots & Sandal Feet:
    January 18Anyone have info on Organ Pipe NM? I know Twin Peaks campground is open but does it have water and dump??
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    • Boots & Sandal Feet
      Charlie & Dawn Boles January 18 Water and dump available but not at campsite. Strict generator hrs 8am-10am and 4-6 pm
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      • Boots & Sandal Feet
        Boots & Sandal Feet January 18 Thank you! Because of the NP shutdown we weren't sure we could get water and use the dump station
    • Boots & Sandal Feet
      Bruce & Linda (Omnibus) January 18 If you cannot stay at the campground in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, or choose not to, we found the Hickiwam Trails RV park near Why to be convenient and very accommodating.  It is Native American owned/operated.  Entrance is by the smal...  more
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    • Boots & Sandal Feet
      Ted&Sharon January 18 There is a small RV park right in Why, AZ.  Reasonably priced, with full hookups, and was a quiet place to stay.  Not too far from Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument.  We spend a couple of nights at this place when we were in the area, and...  more
  • K Hawke
    K Hawke:
    January 15So disappointed! I was planning on traveling west from Austin to visit big bend national park, Guadalupe national park and Carlsbad Canyon national Park this week. Last week during a hike around Georgetown lake I twisted my knee. There’s no sense in going...  more
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    • K Hawke
      John And Debbie Maxson January 16 😢. They are all beautiful areas a must see. Hope you heal fast
    • K Hawke
      Paul and Linda Ann January 16 Probably closed anyway because of the government shutdown. 
    • K Hawke
      Alway's Rolling January 18 Hope your feeling better, Heal then Hike again.