Seriously, the first month of RVing seemed to take forever. It was like time was standing still, but at the same time we were seeing and doing so many amazing things. However, as we have started our second month of RVing time seems to be flying by. We made our way out of Utah a few weeks ago and I haven’t had a chance to update on the amazing places we have been.
Grand Teton National Park
A hidden gem – seriously Grand Teton is amazing! I think because Grand Teton is located so close to Yellowstone it goes under most people’s radars. The views were beyond amazing and the outdoor activities did not disappoint. We were able to hike and kayak while at Grand Teton. If you are looking for your next vacation, I would recommend adding this to your list!
Colter Bay Village Campground ($52/night): This has by far been our favorite campground, and we ended up staying here the longest so far. The campground was actually located in Grand Teton National Park so we were just steps away from hiking and kayaking. The sites here are first come-first serve and while they have over 300 sites only 13 have electricity. We were a bit nervous about getting an electric site, but luckily I think we are a little bit ahead of most of the tourist. Each site was extremely wooded and they did warn us that one of the campers had seen a bear walking around the sites – we didn’t see any.
Yellowstone National Park
All I have to say is I am glad we arrived at Old Faithful about 10 minutes before it went off. While it was neat, there were far too many people for our liking. The major tourist attractions were extremely busy (Old Faithful, Grand Prismatic Spring, and Mammoth Hot Springs), which makes sense because that is what Yellowstone is known for. Derek and I enjoy nature when very few other people are around, so we enjoyed hiking near the North entrance of Yellowstone more than the major sites. While we will add this to our “visit again” list, we will stick more to the areas off the beaten path.
Yellowstone RV Park ($59/night): Maybe it was because Colter Bay was so amazing, but this campsite wasn’t ideal. We have found that RV parks near National Parks have one idea in mind – to pack the RVs as close together as possible to make the most money. Which I get, the majority of people are there to see that National Parks and to just sleep in the RVs. The downfall with this is that there is minimal space to sit outside.
Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park ($34/night): We have come to learn that we are a big fan of state parks. They seems to be set up for camping and not just about trying to make the money money. You are actually able to sit outside without your neighbor being two steps away. This park also offered tours of a cave, which was totally worth the money.
Butte KOA Journey ($45/night): The truck started making a funny noise while we were staying in Yellowstone so we knew we need to get to a bigger town to get it looked at. Butte didn’t have many campground options, so we opted to stay at a KOA right off the interstate and very close to the Chevy dealership. It was an okay layover stop, but I’m glad we only needed to stay two days at this location. Our breaks ended up being completely shot (hence the horrible noise) so we were able to get those replaced. I have a feeling driving up and down all the mountains pulling a large trailer puts a little stress on them.
Glacier National Park
This is our last MAJOR stop before starting our journey home. We decided it was necessary to add this stop, so we are able to see the glaciers before they melt. We are making this our longest stop because we are staying on both the west and east side of Glacier. Yesterday morning we went for a hike and it was so quite and peaceful. I think we are a little early for Glacier because the well known Going-to-the-Sun Road is still closed.
Glacier Campgrounds ($35/night): I was starting to believe we had this whole setting up the site thing down until we got to this site. It took us FOREVER to get the RV in a decent location – we have learned we are a big fan of back in sites and not so much curved pull through sites. When we finally got the RV in a spot we were okay with it took again forever to get the camper level. Needless to say, we are not moving the camper until we have to leave. The campground is pretty decent, except because there are so many trees it is nothing but shade so we have pretty much just been hanging out inside the camper.
This afternoon we are hoping to kayak and then one more hike tomorrow before heading to the east side. It has been a bit chilly so far (they were actually supposed to get some snow on the east side). And then we will be starting our journey back to Iowa – making a few stops in Wyoming and South Dakota on the way.