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Camping and RVing in Yellowstone
If camping or RVing in Yellowstone National Park is not on your Bucket List, you need a new bucket master. Yellowstone, the nations’ first national park, which Congress established into law on March 1, 1872, is one of the country’s most visited natural attractions, even with its isolated location in the northwestern corner of Wyoming.
Yellowstone (as the cliché goes) has it all, except urban congestion and smog. The Rocky Mountain scenery is some of the most spectacular in the entire world, from lofty mountain peaks to thundering rivers roaring through deep mountain canyons. Vast forests of Engelmann Spruce, Lodgepole, Whitebark pine and Douglas Fir cover 80% of the park, with geysers, hot springs, fumaroles and bubbling mud pots are scattered about.
In fact, half of the earth’s geothermal features lie within Yellowstone, whose volcanic and seismic processes are not only a huge fan favorite, but also provide valuable scientific data. You will also find grasslands, alpine meadows, sage, and riparian stream-side vegetation. And then there’s the wildlife, often viewable right from your RV windows. Bears, both black and grizzly, are found throughout the park, as are deer, elk, and American bison–that commonly block roads for several minutes as the herd crosses.
Several wolf packs live in the park and if you are lucky, you may get to see these elusive predators in the Lamar Valley. Note that even though the animals of Yellowstone seem tame they are still wild. Feeding the animals is not permitted in any way and all visitors must keep 100 yards away from wolves and bears and 25 yards from other animals. If animals are found in or by the side of the road, stay in your vehicle and watch safely–and remember to keep your camera ready at all times.
While camping and RVing in Yellowstone, you can visit the majestic landscape easily from the full hook-up RV Park just outside the actual national park. Some Good Sam RV Parks you can stay at include: Redrock RV and Camping park, Yellowstone Grizzly RV Park, Yellowstone Holiday RV Campground & Marina, Buffalo Crossing RV Park, and Sawtelle Mountain Resort and lie just outside the West Yellowstone entrance.