Madison Campground, Yellowstone, Wyoming

The first thing I noticed about Yellowstone National Park (besides the traffic) was the condition of the road. There was absolutely no litter, the wildlife directly began on either side of the road. The effect this created was almost surreal. It was as if the road had been hacked through the forest hours earlier. Unfortunately, the RV traffic was dense, and the shoulder at times was narrow. Our campsite is huge, containing several hundred sites, but we are in a secluded area with a only a few bicyclists.

Last night we stayed at an RV park on Hebgen Lake, 18 miles short of Yellowstone. We had planned to arrive at West Yellowstone, directly outside the park’s west border, but camping was about $35 there. The place we stayed instead, which had a wonderful view of the lake, was $12. We ended up sleeping in for the second time this trip, so arrival into the park was during “rush hour.” It seems traffic picks up in the afternoon–not to worry now that we are in our campground.