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  1. Default Yellowstone - Badlands trip advice

    Planning a 2-family RV trip for Summer 2016 - all help/suggestions/advice gratefully received.
    Flying from UK so may arrive into Denver or Salt Lake City. Definitely want to take in Yellowstone and surrounding area, then head East to Blackhills and Badlands. We'll have roughly 17 days. First big decision is whether to a) do circular route, say in and out of Denver, or b) keep heading East or SE after Badlands and finish the trip somewhere around Kansas. Major factor may be the cost of return flight compared to the cost of in one airport out the other - although it's still a bit early to get flight prices. We would also seriously consider dropping RV for the last 2/3 nts and getting a nice hotel, as long as our 'exit city' was interesting enough to explore for a few days. We'll be 4 adults and 2 kids, and having RVd before, we are happy to squeeze into the biggest rental available.
    Like I said, any suggestions gratefully received. Justin.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Southern California


    Renting anything, car or RV, you're almost always better off doing a loop trip of some sort. If you pick up in one city and drop off in another, the company charges you a one-way-drop-off fee to try to recover some of their costs in getting the rig/vehicle back to its original spot. This can result in $500-1000 extra out of your pocket.

    That said, Denver would be a great place to use as a loop, as it would meet that criteria of "exit city was interesting enough to explore for a few days". There's a lot to see and do in Denver or a day trip down to Colorado Springs (70 mi).


  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    South of England.

    Default A nice loop.

    I agree that a loop would work better overall, you won't have to do any back tracking and in an RV it will make a significant difference on rental costs. If you started and ended in Denver you could visit Rocky mountain NP before heading to the Badlands and then after Yellowstone head south through the Tetons and possibly past Flaming Gorge Res into Southern Utah where you will find the likes of Arches and Canyonlands NP's before returning on I70. You really need to be thinking of 3 or 4 days in the Yellowstone area to get around the main areas of this huge park and booking RV sites early will be essential. You could look at booking 2 different sites in Yellowstone, one to the north of the park and one further south to save a lot of 'out and back' travelling.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Melbourne, Australia

    Default So much to pack into your days.

    As already mentioned, a loop trip is the way to go, especially in that area, where there is so much to see. You could spend a couple of months there, and still only scratch the surface. When booking your NP sites, be sure to also check out the web page for the junior ranger program, from which you will all benefit, especially the children. They will have some nice souvenirs to take home.

    Do you have any detailed maps of the areas you are planning to tour? If not, and if you cannot get them locally, I highly recommend that you get a Rand McNally road atlas of the US. It will have maps of every State, and all the details of what there is to see/do, as well as all the routes at your disposal. The atlas can be ordered from the RTA store on the blue panel at the bottom of this page. You will have it in a couple of weeks, and have the best part of a year to study it, with the children.

    There is nothing like having all the information which is on those maps to assist in planning a trip, and of course, maps are essential when on the road. If you are a member of your local automobile club, be sure to bring your membership with you. It will give you access to maps and tourism information from the AAA all over North America.

    Denver is a good place to spend a couple of days, but so is SLC. Either place would be great to fly in and out of, and spend a few days at the end of the trip.


  5. Default Yellowstone RV trip

    As part of a much longer trip, we'll be in Yellowstone for approx 3 nts, arriving via Jackson and heading out East via Cody. We are after RV park suggestions in or just outside Yellowstone, suitable for C30, full hookup on perhaps one of the nights. Any suggestions gratefully received. Justin.

    {Justin: Please, keep all posts about the same planned trip in one thread, it makes it easier for us to keep track of everything!}
    Last edited by Mark Sedenquist; 11-24-2015 at 01:48 PM.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    South of England.


    Your best bet is to go straight to the Yellowstone NPS website to check out the campgrounds within the park. Take a note of when the booking window opens for your dates and then get booking as soon as it opens to secure a spot. It's so important to be on the ball as you can't beat staying inside the park and sites can sell out in no time at all.

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