On the edge of Yellowstone NP

Gardiner, MT

This morning (Saturday) we left Hardin, MT and headed west on I-90.  The trip was rolling grassland hills for much of the time, but as we crossed the center of the state the Rockies rose up in front of us.

After about 160 miles we turned south on US-89 and drove 50 miles to the little town of Gardiner, MT, right on the north entrance to Yellowstone National Park.  This is, of course, high tourist season so we didn’t think we would be able to find a spot near the park.  But two weeks ago Pam called Rocky Mountain RV Park here in Gardiner and, amazingly, they had a spot for the ten day stay we wanted.

We arrived at the park at about 2:00 in the afternoon and went to the office to register.  Imagine our shock when the registration clerk says they have no record of our reservation!   Another clerk checked more deeply and found that we had a reservation, but it had been cancelled earlier in the week.  It was obvious to them that they had made an error so, after about a half hour wait, they were able to accommodate us.  We now have a nice pull through site facing some hills.  The sites are very narrow, but who wants to sit outside your motorhome when Yellowstone National Park is literally at your door!

Close quarters at Rock Mountain RV Park

View to the north

View to the south

Gardiner, MT from the hill in front of the RV park

Tomorrow we will visit the park very early in the morning to hopefully see some wildlife.  Later in the day we will drive north to have lunch with our blog friends, Paul and Marsha Weaver.  The Weavers also full time and have a great blog that we have followed for a few years.  Marsha and Pam email all the time but we have never met, so it will be great to spend some time with them.

More on that later . . .

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One Response to On the edge of Yellowstone NP

  1. Colleen says:

    We were in Gardner two years ago. There is a great Barbecue Chicken restaurant down town. Don’t remember the name but it is rustic looking and I think right by a bridge.

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