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I'm considering taking a solo trip to yellow stone within the next month, I'm in need and am due for a vacation. Ill be removing the back seat and sleeping in my jeep. Other than a fresh oil change, what other things would I need to square away on the jeep, and what kind if things should I bring with me? I'd plan on bear mace for safety, but anything other than that? I'd be departing from Dallas and would take 2 days to get there. I intend on sopending at least 3 nights there and would like to camp in the wilderness with preferably no one else around. Any suggested places to camp and visit? Also my jeep is basically stock so places I'd have to worry about getting stuck are out of the question.
 

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If I'm on the highway I always carry a jug of each fluid and a gallon of water, jumper cables and basic hand tools, if you have locking lug nuts make sure you have the key. It's not winter yet so survival gear isn't necessary. If your going through CO then you could do a tour of the Budweiser brewery in Fort Collins.

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If you're going to be car camping you better get a reservation at a campground. Yellowstone is very busy this time of year. If you are going to be going into the back country and staying over night, you wont be able to take your Jeep anywhere to do this, you probably need a wilderness permit...most NPs require this.
 

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Plenty of water & snacks & "personal items". All--or "MOST all" the areas you can drive in Yellowstone are paved already.

years ago we camped in a tent on the ground with a kit that fit in the back of a sports car with a trunk voloume about the size of a small suitcase....included cooking kit & plenty of changes of clothes.

Yellowstone gets cold at night, be sure to have an excellent bag of some kind. Our tent was hit by HUGE drenching downpour that bounced mud nearly waist high on the out side....still, it was REI top notch gear for the era, and we were dry & warm.....but the back pack tent was so wet it wouldn't fit back into the stuff bag for a couple days.

Take your camera & don't be in a hurry. Be sure to visit the 'main Lodge' near Old Faithful ....it's a classic design and sometimes you can score a room from someone who missed their reservation. Just be prepared to pay through the nose. Read up on the park in general.

One of the neatest displays was the "scat board" where they had samples of various park animals and how to ID what you just stepped in.

Do NOT try to play with the buffaloes, they are NOT your friend.
 

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One of the neatest displays was the "scat board" where they had samples of various park animals and how to ID what you just stepped in.
I was just there. When no one was looking, I liked to "drop a load" on the trails just to confuse people.
 

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read the book "Death in Yellowstone" before you go...interesting storied and info.
 

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In another month the park will be pretty quiet. Night time temps get pretty cool in Sept. As was said no where to off road in the park. I suppose it is because I have been to YS more times then I can remember (I live less then 4 hours away) I find there are a lot better places to go especially if you want to camp lol.
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In another month the park will be pretty quiet. Night time temps get pretty cool in Sept. As was said no where to off road in the park. I suppose it is because I have been to YS more times then I can remember (I live less then 4 hours away) I find there are a lot better places to go especially if you want to camp lol.
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This is so true, if you want to get away from it all think National Forest, not National Park. Take a day or two for Yellowstone then go get lost in Gallatin or even Lolo somewhere!
 

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Well My wife and I go out that way every year and we just got back from this years trip on Monday. If your going alone, make sure to check in daily with someone. Cell phones don't work in the high Mountain areas.

If your camping in the jeep get yourself a cheap air mattress, a little white gas/ propane stove, percolator if you drink coffee, bring appropriate clothing, give your jeep a fresh oil change, etc...

We find that fuel is cheaper in the small towns rather then filling up in the tourist trap areas. I would suggest going through Red Lodge up 212 Beartooth Hwy and stopping in at the Top of the World resort and saying hello to Bart (He also has fuel if needed). Keep traveling about 20+ miles to Cooke City and head into Silver Gate, then you can get into Yellowstone a few miles down the road.

Bears were pretty active the last 2 weeks in that area. We just did the Morrison and there was a ton of Grizzly sign in the area this year. Some folks use bear spray and I respect that but I wouldn't travel/ camp in the area without my Colt 44. I don't like being charged by Grizzly nor do I like the idea of playing dead.

Also, once in the park be really careful around the corners because folks seem to think parking in the road mid corner is acceptable. Also, lots of Buffalo in the Park so take it slow, enjoy and take a ton of pictures! Enjoy!!
 

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Well My wife and I go out that way every year and we just got back from this years trip on Monday. If your going alone, make sure to check in daily with someone. Cell phones don't work in the high Mountain areas.

If your camping in the jeep get yourself a cheap air mattress, a little white gas/ propane stove, percolator if you drink coffee, bring appropriate clothing, give your jeep a fresh oil change, etc...

We find that fuel is cheaper in the small towns rather then filling up in the tourist trap areas. I would suggest going through Red Lodge up 212 Beartooth Hwy and stopping in at the Top of the World resort and saying hello to Bart (He also has fuel if needed). Keep traveling about 20+ miles to Cooke City and head into Silver Gate, then you can get into Yellowstone a few miles down the road.

Bears were pretty active the last 2 weeks in that area. We just did the Morrison and there was a ton of Grizzly sign in the area this year. Some folks use bear spray and I respect that but I wouldn't travel/ camp in the area without my Colt 44. I don't like being charged by Grizzly nor do I like the idea of playing dead.

Also, once in the park be really careful around the corners because folks seem to think parking in the road mid corner is acceptable. Also, lots of Buffalo in the Park so take it slow, enjoy and take a ton of pictures! Enjoy!!
I like the Buffalo Bore 340 grain in a Redhawk .44 mag, but I agree with your general approach!
 

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x2 on driving the Beartooth hwy. it is the most beautiful stretch of hwy I have ever been on.. also binocs. for the elk on the road to W. Yellowstone in mornings and evenings.. also .357mag.
 

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look familiar lol. I was just there last week on my way back from Sturgis. As beautiful as the beartooth pass is I actually think Chief Joseph is cooler and as cool as they both are there are even better places off the beaten path in Montana and Idaho.
 

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look familiar lol. I was just there last week on my way back from Sturgis. As beautiful as the beartooth pass is I actually think Chief Joseph is cooler and as cool as they both are there are even better places off the beaten path in Montana and Idaho.
Small World, aint it...lol. We stayed in in cabin 2 this year for 2 days. Maybe you seen the black Rubicon full of mud if you were there Friday, Saturday or early Sunday morning? And Chief Joseph is amazing as well, we usually take the bikes ourselves and that's one of our favorite little stretches!
 

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Camping in Yellowstone

You don't need reservations for 7 of the campgrounds in Yellowstone, and several of those are very rustic, at the end of gravel roads.
Here is a link for all of them...

Campgrounds - Yellowstone National Park

Slough Creek and Pebble Creek (both pretty remote) are perfect for day trips to the Beartooth Plateau and other NE entrance destinations.

Norris CG has always been our family's favorite base for all day trips within the park- it is not remote, but is beautiful nonetheless, and you can walk to the best geyser basin in the whole park (Norris) right from your camp. Look at the map on the website to see why it is a good "base camp" on the ring road. Stay away from the camps closer to the lake, canyon and Old Faithful- they are crowded circuses until school starts in September!

NOTE- Some campgrounds (usually near the lake) require "hard-sided campers" where bear activity is high- a Jeep hard top would qualify when you are sleeping in it, but a soft top would not.
Have fun! It's a phenomenal place!
 

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I'm really disappointed that there is no offroading, even dirt roads to be found there. That's really what I was looking for. I think I'm gonna look into doing big bend instead. After the middle if December ill have more free time so I guess I'll just have to wait. Thanks for the info though, I'll definite be looking into a trip to yellowstone next season when it begins to warm back up!
 
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