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A July 2012 trip to Wyoming by MilwVon

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Quote: In addition to Yellowstone National Park, I spent some time in Grand Teton National Park. My drives to and from the parks were also very enjoyable and scenic.

Cody, Wyoming

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Cody Rodeo Grounds Photo, Cody, Wyoming
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For many visitors to Yellowstone National Park, Cody is the last main town before finally arriving at the park. It is about 50 miles east of Yellowstone and makes for a nice spot to start or end your Yellowstone vacation. For me, it was another drive-through location, as I had left Yellowstone around 4:00pm on a Saturday afternoon.Heading out of the East Entrance area, the drive is actually quite beautiful. I think even better than the route I took to get to the park, coming up from the south and into Grand Teton National Park. There were huge rock and cliff formations as well as rivers and swiftly moving creeks. The waterfalls streaming down the hillside along the road were worth a s...Read More

Grand Teton National Park

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Attraction | "Enjoyable Drive-Through Visit"

Grand Teton National Park Photo, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
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Because I was primarily looking to spend my time in Yellowstone National Park, I did want to check out Grand Teton National Park (GTNP) as well. Connected by the John D. Rockefeller Parkway, the two parks almost feel like one. I do like to mountain beauty of Grand Teton and Lake Jackson, plus for those who enjoy biking, it would seem the bike paths and roads are flatter and more conducive for a leisurely ride through the park.There are three entrances into the park; the northern one that connects with Yellowstone, the Moran Junction Entrance from the east and the Moose Junction from the Jackson Hole (southern) area. Park admission to GTNP is included in the fee you pay for Yellowstone ...Read More

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Grand Teton National Park
Po Drawer 170
Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming 83012
(307) 739-3300

KOA Twin Creeks Campground

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Hotel | "Comfortable & Convenient Campground"

KOA Twin Creeks Campground Photo, Buffalo, Wyoming
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My original plan was to "boondock" in the Gillette, WY Walmart parking lot, but when I arrived to Gillette it was still daylight and it just didn't feel right to sleep in my van in a open parking lot. Boondocking is a widely practiced camping experience among the RV set and with more privacy, it works. For me, however, I needed an alternative. When I stopped for gas I asked the clerk about my route to Yellowstone as well as possible campgrounds a couple of hours down the road. She suggested the KOA in Buffalo, commenting "After that, it's pretty sparse for hours and it will be too dark to find somewhere to just pull off the road." That convinced me to set the KOA as my target for the ...Read More

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KOA Twin Creeks Campground
87 Highway 16 East
Buffalo, Wyoming
307-684-5423

Yellowstone National Park

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Attraction | "One of America's Finest National Parks"

Yellowstone National Park Photo, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
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Yellowstone National Park was created as our first US National Park by Ulysses S. Grant in 1872. Today it receives more than two million visitors annually, with July being the busiest month. Like many other National Park Service (NPS) designated parks, Yellowstone offers a plethora of tourist convenience services including hotels, campgrounds, restaurants and lots tour activities. With five entrances into the park and nine visitor center throughout, there are a lot of opportunities to meet with rangers and learn about the park's diverse features and attractions.Perhaps most famous are the geothermal areas that include geysers, boiling pots and hot springs. Old Faithful is the most well...Read More

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Yellowstone National Park
Headwaters of the Yellowstone River
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming 82190
(307) 344-7381

Moulton Barn Photo, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
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Tuesday July 10thAfter a good night's sleep, I was up and ready for a nice hot shower in the KOA campground. It's probably been over 25 years since my last KOA stay; this reminded me of just how nice their locations are. This particular campground only recently affiliated with KOA having been an independent for many years operating as Twin Creek Campground.In addition to the great showers and restrooms, they offer a children's playground and decent size swimming pool. Hook-ups are available for RVs and there is complimentary WiFi (which I took advantage of the night before to contact home and post a few photos on Facebook).After showering and getting dressed, I w...Read More

Yellowstone & Grand Teton (part 1)

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My Breakfast View Photo, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
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Saturday July 14thI woke up early (5:30am) and was ready to hit the road after my good-byes with Nanc. She was actually up before me and ready to get moving first, so it worked out just about perfectly. As I did my last check of our cabin, I pondered what I would do with my day. Originally, my plan was to stay in the parks through the weekend and head home Monday in order to be home Tuesday night.I felt as though I had already had several great days of wildlife viewing, even if I had not seen the illusive wolves in either Hayden or Lamar. I had also not yet seen a moose, but I had what I thought was a good lead on locating them, down in Grand Teton NP which was my initial p...Read More

Yellowstone & Grand Teton (part 2)

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Moose in GTNP Photo,
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Saturday July 14th (con't)Earlier in the week, I met a couple from Portage, Wisconsin. In talking about the wildlife we'd seen, I was envious that he had seen moose. He told me that he had been told of a marsh area just beyond Colter Bay down the Pilgrim Creek Road. Sure enough, when I made the left-hand turn, I could see a number of cars pulled to the shoulder, and several people out walking into the willows. There was also a tour company with guests watching. Their driver/guide was explaining to folks about the moose habitat and that the bull moose in this area were getting ready for rut season next month.From the vantage point that I had, I could barely see the moose th...Read More