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Old 04-10-21, 10:07 AM
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Yosemite, Glacier, Rocky Mountain

Reservations required from May 21 to Sept. 30 for day trips to Yosemite, Glacier, and Rocky Mountain National Parks this summer due to Covid crowds.
https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-...e-to-covid-19/

If you had planned a trip out west, grab a reservation now.
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Old 04-10-21, 10:12 AM
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Reservations can be made at www.recreation.gov beginning at 8 a.m. on April 21
I wonder what Zion will be like without shuttle busses? Maybe it should be bikes-only.

I am hoping to visit Yellowstone for the first time this summer.
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Summer 2021 is shot. If you can get a reservation and there will be a reduced crowd it would probably be a better experience. Not being over run might be a good thing, Some parks are bumper to bumper which to me is no good.
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And rental cars are kinda expensive right now...
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Originally Posted by wgscott View Post
I wonder what Zion will be like without shuttle busses? Maybe it should be bikes-only.

I am hoping to visit Yellowstone for the first time this summer.
try to save some time for adjacent grand teton np. yellowstone is justifiably awesome but i enjoyed gtnp more and itís less crowded.
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Thanks for the heads up. I DID have camping reservations Glacier and Grand Tetons in August, but the girlfriend broke it off, so I was thinking about Yosemite or Yellowstone.

If the park reservations are anything like the camping ones... the reservations will fill up literally in a split second after they are released. I've heard people code "bots" to make reservations as soon as they become available, like people do with PC graphics cards.
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Originally Posted by BenzFanatic View Post
Thanks for the heads up. I DID have camping reservations Glacier and Grand Tetons in August, but the girlfriend broke it off, so I was thinking about Yosemite or Yellowstone.
Can you transfer them? They might be a valuable commodity (assuming she didn't get custody.)

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[QUOTE=wgscott;22008980]
Originally Posted by BenzFanatic View Post
Thanks for the heads up. I DID have camping reservations Glacier and Grand Tetons in August, but the girlfriend broke it off, so I was thinking about Yosemite or Yellowstone./QUOTE]

Can you transfer them? They might be a valuable commodity (assuming she didn't get custody.)
She made the reservations. She was trying for 2 weeks every morning when they released sites. I tried 2 days. She deserves them and she'll totally go solo or not.
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Maybe she will get eaten by a bear J/K
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I've unfortunately have not made Yosemite so I can't speak to that. All of them are worth visiting but if the awe factor is what you are looking for, no need to go beyond GTNP IMHO. Many Glaciers on the east side of GNP is a must especially if you've traveled to the Sun.
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I highly suggest visiting Yosemite NP (Yosemite Valley for most) in the fall. Far fewer people, animals will start coming back into the Valley, the only negative is the waterfalls won't be flowing as hard (if they have not dried up in this low-rainfall year) as they do with the spring runoff. If you've got a car You can also drive around to Tuolomoe Meadows (sp), and check out the scenery in that area, plus drive out the east side to the Mono Lake/Mammoth Lakes area.
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Ride your bike in. No reservation needed. Iíve ridden the west slope of GTS three times and the east slope once. (Down to St. Mary). Canít be beat.
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Camped at St.Mary’s KOA in a pop up camper back in 2002. Awesome area especially the GTS road. Used a local Indian tribe’s tours to see the GTS so I didn’t have to drive and I could actually see the sights.
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I did a couple short hikes off Going to the Sun on my way across. Beautiful country. Amazing wildlife. Faeries dancing with dwarfs.
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I did a couple short hikes off Going to the Sun on my way across. Beautiful country. Amazing wildlife. Faeries dancing with dwarfs.
Very possible.
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Originally Posted by ooga-booga View Post
try to save some time for adjacent grand teton np. yellowstone is justifiably awesome but i enjoyed gtnp more and itís less crowded.
I totally agree with you, friend!
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Reading over this thread I need to take a friking vacation! A car camping trip throw out the tent and go from park to park. Take along bike and hiking stuff both interchangeable. I have a trailer travel but it’s a PITA and 8 mpg gets too $$ plus if you are going to haul a house around you might as well stay home. I can see retired married couples enjoying traveling the country in a RV. Boil ramen noodles then put in canned chicken let it cool and there you go dinner. Visit the unpopular undiscovered places to stay isolated and safe. Just speculating at this point.
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Originally Posted by Hondo Gravel View Post
Reading over this thread I need to take a friking vacation! A car camping trip throw out the tent and go from park to park. Take along bike and hiking stuff both interchangeable. I have a trailer travel but itís a PITA and 8 mpg gets too $$ plus if you are going to haul a house around you might as well stay home. I can see retired married couples enjoying traveling the country in a RV. Boil ramen noodles then put in canned chicken let it cool and there you go dinner. Visit the unpopular undiscovered places to stay isolated and safe. Just speculating at this point.
from tx, north central mew mexico (forests/mtns just north of santa fe...both taos. and los alamos areas have plenty to offer), colorado or utah.
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Old 04-27-21, 02:03 PM
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Been there too many times .. I’m thinking Oregon were I can stay stoned the whole time lol. Was thinking Katy Trail but cruised that twice already. Heck I don’t know..
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Originally Posted by Hondo Gravel View Post
Camped at St.Maryís KOA in a pop up camper back in 2002. Awesome area especially the GTS road. Used a local Indian tribeís tours to see the GTS so I didnít have to drive and I could actually see the sights.
Blackfoot Nation. Part of the park on the St. Mary side is on reservation land.

I stayed at that KOA riding across the country in 1999. The thing I remember most about it were all the ground squirrel holes.
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A few NPs that are not quite as popular but our family liked really well are...
  • Theodore Roosevelt NP in North Dakota (you can also bike the Maah Dah Hey trail while you're there)
  • Badlands NP in South Dakota (also near Mt. Rushmore and Wind Cave NP)
  • North Cascades NP in Washington
Also, the national forests in northeast Washington, Idaho panhandle and western Montana provide some great hiking/backpacking dispersed camping opportunities. There aren't a lot of services in those areas but there also isn't a lot of people either.
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When I toured the Black Hills in 2015 I rode through Wind Cave on my way from Hot Springs to Custer. Nice find. Lots of bison. Stopped at the visitor center and took the long tour of one of the caves. Well worth the relatively cheap cost, especially since there is no park entrance fee.

Rode across the North Cascades Highway twice (Ď99 and Ď00). Started from Colonial Creek Campground both times. Big place, but in late May there were few people. Saw an osprey snag a fish from the lake the first year.
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new western regional (la-based) airline that could be a game-changer for a few peeps. dunno about bike transportation fees tho.

https://www.aveloair.com
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Originally Posted by ooga-booga View Post
new western regional (la-based) airline that could be a game-changer for a few peeps. dunno about bike transportation fees tho.

https://www.aveloair.com
Holy cow, I priced flights from LA to Yellowstone and they were $29 and $39. What on earth kind of black magic is this?

I'm still majorly bummed travel is going to be so crazy this summer. For me, vacation means getting away from most people.
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Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
Rode across the North Cascades Highway twice (Ď99 and Ď00). Started from Colonial Creek Campground both times. Big place, but in late May there were few people. Saw an osprey snag a fish from the lake the first year.
You can't drive up on a Thursday or Friday and find an empty site anymore, at Colonial Creek all summer or any of the other NPS campground on a nice weekend. That's become true over the last five years or so, covid is driving a lot more use too. NoCas will never be as crowded as Rainier but it's getting discovered and it wasn't set up to have very many people so it's crowded in the easy to get to places.
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