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This year we are planning to head west on I-90 in mid to late Sept to Yellowstone, Glacier, Grand Tetons, Bryce, & Zion National Parks. Then to Lower Antelope Canyon in NV. Then head back east along rte40. ( we have already been to Arches, Monument Valley, and Grand Canyon). Only campground we know we want to stay in so far is Grizzly RV Park. But dont know how close it is to Yellowstone. We will be in our 31Ft Class C with a Motorcycle on the back for transportation. So... We are looking for helpful hints and places to stay, best routes etc...

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Grizzly RV Park is in West Yellowstone, right outside the west entrance to the NP.


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It might be getting a bit late in the year to motorcycle in Yellowstone (and Glacier) comfortably by the time you get there. I remember as a kid tent camping in Yellowstone in mid-October. It was in the 50's during the day...and got down to 6 degrees the first night. The second night, we sprang for a motel room.

I'd suggest also stopping at Theodore Roosevelt NP; it's beautiful badlands, a bit different beauty than the other parks you've listed but still magnificent.





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September may be a little late to visit Glacier. Two years ago when we were there, the St Mary KOA closed September 25. The higher elevations are already getting snow by that time.

Grizzly is about a mile from the West Yellowstone entrance to the park. That will put you about the middle of Yellowstone on the west side. The northern part may be starting to close by late September, especially the higher elevations around Mt Washburn between Canyon Village and Tower Junction.

I don't think there would be a problem with Bryce, Zion or Grand Tetons as they are at a lower elevation though you may have to watch your route in order to get to them.


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We were in Yellowstone NP in the last week of August a few years ago. Overnight temps were in the freezing range, had to scrape the frost of the cars windows, before going sightseeing. The day time temps were comfortable.

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Lower Antelope Canyon is in Page, AZ...unless there is another one in NV.

By "rte40" I assume you mean I-40.

In Page, you can stay the night at Wahweap campground overlooking Lake Powell, or boondock at Lone Rock beach right at the lake, or stay in town at Page Lake Powell campground. After Page, you could drive down 89 to I-40. When you get closer to Flagstaff, take the loop road off 89 to visit Wupatki Nat'l Monument and Sunset Crater NM. Bonito is a nice Forest Service campground just outside the Sunset Crater entrance. Or from Page, head over to 191 and go south to I-40. Along 191 is Canyon de Chelly NM in Chinle. There is a campground there. Also in nearby Ganado is Hubbell Trading Post Nat'l Historic Site.


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Janss wrote:

Lower Antelope Canyon is in Page, AZ...unless there is another one in NV.

By "rte40" I assume you mean I-40.

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Oops! Yes i meant AZ. And. I-40

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I'd suggest also stopping at Theodore Roosevelt NP; it's beautiful badlands, a bit different beauty than the other parks you've listed but still magnificent.


I love Badlands! We have been to the Badlands NP in SD, so i wouldn't mind seeing more

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Beverley&Ken wrote:

We were in Yellowstone NP in the last week of August a few years ago. Overnight temps were in the freezing range, had to scrape the frost of the cars windows, before going sightseeing. The day time temps were comfortable.

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On the Grizzly Rv Park website, it mentions rental cars. We may have to get a car for a day or two instead of using the motorcycle

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Be prepared for snow in both the northern Parks. In '16 I was in West for about two weeks and the Park was closed twice due to snow. Also watch for fires, in'16 the west entrance was closed and last year portions of GNP were closed due to fires, be flexible in your planning.

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