2020 NATIONAL PARKS AND MORE
This circuit will go forward only if someone volunteers to lead the circuit.
This circuit was scheduled to start in Twin Falls, ID in late May 2020 and loop around to Oregon, Montana and Wyoming before ending back in Idaho. Once a circuit leader volunteers, any adjustments needed to the gatherings as circumstances dictate will be reflected on the website. Highlights of the circuit are set to include visits to three spectacular national parks; Glacier, Grand Tetons, and Yellowstone. At these parks there will be lots of opportunities for hiking and viewing wildlife. Biking on several great trails including the Trail of the Hiawatha, the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes, and the Wood River Trail in Sun Valley. Attend July 4th celebrations in Coeur d’Alene and Labor Day during Wagon Days in Sun Valley. Other activities will include kayaking, hiking, boat tours, rafting, and of course sightseeing. This circuit will go forward only if someone volunteers to lead the circuit.
Hike at Hell’s Gate SP, take a walking tour of downtown Lewiston to see the amazing artworks, visit Hell’s Gate Canyon south of town, Salmon River, Nez Perce museum, wineries, jet boat up the canyon. Visit Rocking Chair Fire Lookout.
Lewiston Elks Lodge #896, 3444 Country Club Dr. Lewiston, ID 83501, (208) 743-5591. If small group, Nisqually John Landing (on Corps of Eng) is possible, located 16 miles north-free.
US-12 W, take Dike Bypass and Snake River Ave to Country Club Dr. The RV parking overlooks the beautiful Snake River. There are 10 parking spaces available with water and electricity only. Register at the office. $7/night for dry camping; $12/night for electricity. Free dump at Hells Gate State Park; and free dump at Nez Perce County Fairgrounds.
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Take your bicycles to downtown Coeur d’Alene for a scenic ride to Harris Point on Lake Coeur d’Alene. Kayak and hike at Hayden Lake (English Point Yellow Loop trail is highly recommended). Take a walking tour of Couer d’ Alene, including the floating boardwalk, and follow the trail of Mudgy the Moose and hike Tubbs Hill. Visit the Seven Stars Alpaca Ranch. Be kids again at the Triple Play Family Fun Park Indoor Raptor Reef Water Park. For those with dogs, McEuen Park and Dog Park is a lakeside park with recreation trails and an off-leash dog park for a fun romp. Listen to music in the evening at Hayden Lake City Park. Take a day trip to Farragut State Park to hike, swim in and around Lake Pend Orielle and visit the Naval Museum. Attend July 4th parade in CDA and watch fireworks.
Coeur d’Alene Elks Lodge,1170 W Prairie Ave, Coeur d’Alene, ID 83815. (208) 772-4049
Dry camping in the overflow area is $5/night, electric hookups for $20/night. Thursday night is pizza and salad, all you can eat for $7 at the Lodge. The Eagle’s Lodge in Hayden Lake is an alternative Park:.
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Hiawatha bike trail, Crystal Gold Mine near Kellog. Visit the historic town of Wallace and bike the Trail of Coeur d’Alene.
Lookout Pass Ski & Recreation Area.
Exit 0 off I-90, turn right toward Northern Pacific Trail, then right on Northern Pacific Trail for .2 miles to Snow Park. Possible to stay at the lots near the Wallace High School, contact the City Hall for permission.
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Visit Glacier Nat. Park, a great opportunity to see Grizzly Bears, Big Horn Sheep, Mountain Goats, Marmots, Columbia Ground Squirrels and maybe an elusive Moose. The rivers and lakes are spectacular, and the hiking opportunities are endless. Not to mention the glaciers, of course! Travel to Whitefish to souvenir shop, ride the zip line or barrel down the slope in an alpine sled. There is dancing in Columbia Falls and other locations around the area. Walk the downtown area of Kalispell for some great Montana history, good food, great coffee, and the best ice cream ever!
Flathead County Fairgrounds, 265 N Meridian Rd, Kalispell, MT 406-758-5810
From US-93, take the ramp to US Hwy 2 W, then turn left onto N Meridian Rd to arrive at the Fairgrounds. Dry $15, Elec. $20. For closer parking to Glacier, there are National Forests outside and east of the park and if reservations are made, group site EME2 at Emery Bay Campground, which can hold 15 motorhomes and 75 people. Emery Bay Campground is just 15 miles southwest of the West Glacier entrance into Glacier National Park.
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Missoula has an incredible Farmers’ Market that is a must do. There is also a carousel, ice cream, the Aerial Fire Depot and the Smokejumper Center that you can’t miss. Missoula is also home to the Osprey, an AAA baseball team, whose games are fun to attend. Visit Lolo Hot Springs, Travelers Rest Visitors Center, and kayak Bitterroot River and bike the many trails in Missoula and visit the Adventure Cycling Association in downtown.
Speeds Towing, 4805 US Hwy 93S, Missoula, MT
Use address or GPS. $10/night for drycamping. Dump, water and propane are available at Bretz RV & Marine.
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Canyon Ferry Dam boat tour, fishing, Visit Helena, Montana State Capitol to see the Charlie Russell gallery, the Historical Society and the Cathedral of St Helena and ride the Great Northern Carousel.
Canyon Ferry Lake, Silos CG., 7700 Canyon Ferry Rd, Helena, MT 406-475-3310
Campground is 7 miles north of Townsend on US-287. Turn right on Silos Road. Go 1 mile, turn right (across from Canyon Ferry Airport, just past Cactus Ln. CG is 400’ on left. $5 w/senior pass.
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Hiking, site see Beartooth Highway, visit town of Red Lodge
National Forest – primitive site will accommodate only 10-15 rigs.
US-212 ~10 mi S Red Lodge to MM 59. Turn is marked as Lions Camp & Lake Fork Trail. After turning, you can see FR-2346 sign, go over a bridge, go ~200′, TL across creek bridge. Other possible parking closer to Livingston are the Park County Fairgrounds or the Loch Leven CG, 9miles south of Livingston on Hwy 540.
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The biggest attraction in Cody is the Buffalo Bill Historic Center, which contains five world-class museums. Checkout gunfights in town and the Buffalo Bill Dam. Visit Heart Mountain WWII National Historic Site, where 14,000 Japanese Americans were confined during the war. Dancing at Cassie’s in town.
Mountain View Community Church, 2926 Big Horn Ave. Cody, WY
Circuit Leader needs to call the church at (307) 587-5437 to confirm availability. Arrive with empty holding tanks and full water tank. Dump and water at Municipal Public RV Dump., 2301 26th St. (just north of highway 14). Dump is free. Water is coin operated for RV’s. Propane at V1, 92 Belfry “highway 120”. DO NOT TAKE HIGHWAY 14A TO CODY !!!!! VERY STEEP GRADE
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Visit Hot Springs at Thermopolis. Bike the Wyoming Heritage Trail, a 22-mile rail trail from Riverton to Shoshoni, WY. Visit the Riverton Museum with exhibits on the Wild, Wild West and Mining. See artifacts and artwork of the Northern Arapaho at the Casino. Visit St. Stephens Mission or take a Hot Air Balloon ride.
Wind River Casino, 10269 Wyoming 789, Riverton, WY 82501 307 856-3964
From Riverton, go 2miles south on WY-789, arrive at Casino on the right. Dry camping free in parking lot, Electric available in Campground for $25.
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Teton hiking, kayaking, sightseeing and shopping and eating in Jackson. Great biking from the campground to Jackson and to Jenny Lake.
Gros Ventre Campground, 100 Gros Ventre Campground Rd, Kelly, WY
From Moran, take US Hwy 191S, go 23 miles, at the traffic circle take the 3rd exit onto Gros Ventre Rd, go 4.6mi and turn right onto Gros Ventre CG Rd. Try for last loop to left. Dump & water available. $29 or $14.50 with Senior Pass per night for dry camping. This campground is first come, first served, and fills early
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Explore and enjoy all the wonders that Yellowstone has to offer; there are too many to name. Take a walking tour of West Yellowstone and visit the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center and the West Yellowstone Visitor Center for information on the Park and Ranger talks. Visit Earthquake Lake, kayak in Hebgen Lake and on the Madison River.
Bakers Hole Campground, (406)823-6961, West Yellowstone, MT
Three miles northwest of West Yellowstone on US 191. $16/night; some sites have electric (30 and 50 amp); senior discount applies. First come, first served.
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Visit the Museum of Idaho, the Idaho Potato Museum and the Japanese Pavilion on a Island in the Snake River that honors Idaho Fall’s sister city of Tokai-Mura. Walk or bike the Snake River Greenbelt. Take a ride on a llama at the Wilderness Ridge Trail Llamas. Take in a minor league baseball game with the Chukars. Check out the Art Museum of Eastern Idaho and the ARTitorium on Broadway.
Elks Lodge #1087, 640 E Elva St, Idaho Falls, ID (208) 522-6371
$10/night for 4 sites with 20AMP, need to verify is drycamping is permitted. City dump available nearby. Additional RV Parking at the South Tourist Park, 2800 S Yellowstone, Idaho Falls. 16sites at $15/night.
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Spend Labor Day in Sun Valley and experience Wagon Days. Explore Craters of the Moon National Monument. Visit the Silver Creek Preserve and take a free audio walking tour. Kayak Silver Creek. Tour the fish hatchery and go fishing. Bike the trails from Bellevue to Sun Valley. Check out the Bow and Arrow walking bridge near the Lions Park in Hailey. Visit Sawtooth National Recreation Area and take a drive up Hwy 75 to visit the quaint town of Stanley ID.
Hayspur Fish Hatchery, Carey, ID. Manager is Greg Anderson -Phone (208) 788-2847.
From Carey, junction of Hwy 20 and 26, go West on US 20 about 11 miles and turn right on Fish Hatchery Road. Donation.
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