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Old 01-26-2013, 04:34 PM   #11
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We haven't had many problems in the Black Hills, Mt. Rushmore and Custer SP finding campsites. We even got a Saturday night campsite in Custer SP during the Bison roundup in late September but it was the last site in the whole park system. We were naive and didn't know about the annual roundup when we went there.

Our last campsite was last August at Horsethief Lake National Forest campground in the Black Hills a couple miles west of Mt. Rushmore. It doesn't get any better.

You do stand a much better chance of getting a drive up if you don't need electricity. We tend to go for a week or two, so we do want power. A couple of days, no big deal, unless it was during the hot time of the year, which can be very hot.
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Old 01-26-2013, 06:59 PM   #12
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We're thinking of going to Rocky Mountain, Yellowstone, Glacier, North Cascades, and Crater Lake National Parks sometime in the August to October time frame. We don't necessarily have to go in that particular order, although that is the easiest mileage-wise. We've never made reservations ahead of time, and would like to keep it that way (hence our motto "no more deadlines"), and would prefer to keep our schedule flexible. Will we find "no room at the inn" at some of these spots? Generally we can live without full hookups; just need a place to park, so to speak. Would appreciate any recommendations as to campgounds (including adjoining National Forest ones) and timing/weather. [Davydd: "Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks are iffy after Labor Day. Glacier generally closes down mid September. I was caught in 18F and snow the weekend after Labor Day in Yellowstone." --- Mike: "...we started at GNP. It was a mix of sun/cloud but no rain/snow on October 3, temps were moderate, but there was snow visible higher up on the slopes. Yellowstone/Grand Teton were the same, above freezing temps overnight, and no precip to speak of."]

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Old 01-28-2013, 01:52 PM   #13
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I BET WE ALL KNOW SOMEONE WHO MAY WANT TO GO HEEEEERE!!!!!

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:P :P :P :P

I should make a reservation someday ..... That would be a fun phone call last name: Polo, first name Marko!
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We're thinking of going to Rocky Mountain, Yellowstone, Glacier, North Cascades, and Crater Lake National Parks sometime in the August to October time frame. We don't necessarily have to go in that particular order, although that is the easiest mileage-wise. We've never made reservations ahead of time, and would like to keep it that way (hence our motto "no more deadlines"), and would prefer to keep our schedule flexible. Will we find "no room at the inn" at some of these spots? Generally we can live without full hookups; just need a place to park, so to speak. Would appreciate any recommendations as to campgounds (including adjoining National Forest ones) and timing/weather. [Davydd: "Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks are iffy after Labor Day. Glacier generally closes down mid September. I was caught in 18F and snow the weekend after Labor Day in Yellowstone." --- Mike: "...we started at GNP. It was a mix of sun/cloud but no rain/snow on October 3, temps were moderate, but there was snow visible higher up on the slopes. Yellowstone/Grand Teton were the same, above freezing temps overnight, and no precip to speak of."]

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We agree with the "no more deadlines" tenet. We rarely reserve anywhere, preferring pot luck to possibly scrambling to make a sign in time or lose a deposit/payment. So far, it has been pretty successful.
Davydd and our weather results show you, you can't depend on the weather. Our results were between September 30 and October 21 2011.
We google the places we might want to visit before we head out, and check the official NPS websites for "park alerts". There's usually good info as to what they have for amenities and what's open and closed. Camping pricing also.
I would recommend getting the "America the Beautiful" annual park pass. It'll save you money and time getting in and out of the park, since a class B usually goes with you if you want to leave the NPS park to explore, returning later. Available at most park entrances, when they are manned, or just get them the next morning. They are very trusting, and it's largely an honor system after hours, but you may already know that.
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If all goes as planned will be heading to South Padre Island in April, then to the RV.net B Rally in Michigan in May. Have a few weekend plans for local Wisconsin campgrounds during the summer. We always do a two month or so fall trip but so far nothing planned on where we will go.
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We agree with the "no more deadlines" tenet. We rarely reserve anywhere, preferring pot luck to possibly scrambling to make a sign in time or lose a deposit/payment. So far, it has been pretty successful.
Davydd and our weather results show you, you can't depend on the weather. Our results were between September 30 and October 21 2011.
We google the places we might want to visit before we head out, and check the official NPS websites for "park alerts". There's usually good info as to what they have for amenities and what's open and closed. Camping pricing also.
I would recommend getting the "America the Beautiful" annual park pass. It'll save you money and time getting in and out of the park, since a class B usually goes with you if you want to leave the NPS park to explore, returning later. Available at most park entrances, when they are manned, or just get them the next morning. They are very trusting, and it's largely an honor system after hours, but you may already know that.
Thanks Mike. We already have our "Senior Passes", not that we're really that old, or anything. : )

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The permanent, not just annual, "Senior Pass" for American citizens age 62 and older is one of the best bargains there is. For a one time fee of $10 you get a plastic card that gets you into national parks and monuments for free and generally half off campground fees in all Federal campgrounds. If we head west and camp and visit national parks, monuments and forests we save a lot of money. Both husband and wife should invest in and carry the card as there are some tours such as Mammoth Cave that require each individual to carry a card to get in free.
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For $10, that has to be one of the best investments a qualifying traveler can make.
If we had US citizenship, we'd absolutely have a pair of senior passes in a few years, when we'd qualify.
Alas, the basic annual $80 pass will have to do for us non-resident alien (that always sounds so weird to me) visitors forever. However, with the amount of places we go, it pays for itself pretty quickly. It's just so much more convenient, too.
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For $10, that has to be one of the best investments a qualifying traveler can make.
...yeah, but in a sense it is "a return on investment"; Marti and I (and Davydd) paid a lot of income taxes over the years ... : )

Seriously, it is a great thing that our government is doing for us.

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