Frequently Asked Questions About Our RV Park:
YELLOWSTONE GATE - How far are you from the west gate of Yellowstone Nat'l Park? What are the fees?
We are about 25 miles to the west gate of Yellowstone National Park. It is a pleasant and fast drive north on US20. With traffic it should take between 25 and 30 minutes. Click here for information about entrance fees. The Park Service has a great FAQ for the National Park here.
GRAND TETON NAT'L PARK - How far are you from the Grand Teton National Park?
We are 109 miles, about 2 hrs and 15 minutes from the entrance to the park. It is a beautiful drive from our park along the west side of the Tetons through Idaho farmlands. The National Park can easily be visited in one day unlike Yellowstone Nat'l Park.
GUIDED BUS TOURS
There are several companies in West Yellowstone that provide guided bus tours of Yellowstone. One such company is the Yellowstone Vacation Tours. They require reservations, so consider reserving as soon as possible. There is one stop per day across the street early in the morning to take you to West Yellowstone via the Salt Lake Express and one in the afternoon to come back. Check with the companies on schedules.
TOUR YELLOWSTONE WITH MOTORHOME- Can we use our class B or C motorhome to tour Yellowstone and park late at night?
Although we would recommend renting a car if you have a motorhome over 20 feet long to tour Yellowstone Park, there are no legal restrictions, just narrow roads and lots of traffic. See our section below on Car Rentals. Yes, you can tour in your motorhome during the day and come in to our park at night, EXCEPT the arrival day. You must be in our park prior to 7 PM on the day of arrival. However, because of the trees in the park, we'd recommend getting in every day prior to sunset. See Sunrise/Sunset information for our park here.
MAP OF OUR PARK - Can I view a detailed map of your park showing lengths?
We have a detailed map here showing each site along with their lengths (the white numbers inside the black boxes), and if you click on the rectangle for the site, we feature a 360 degree panorama image taken within the site. We also feature an interactive aerial map that you can view the sites from above if you click here.
VEHICLE PARKING - Does the length of your RV Sites allow for parking my vehicle?
The site lengths are generally meant to reflect the size of your RV only. Usually, if you just have one vehicle in addition to your RV, there is room in most sites to either park along side it or sideways in front of it or in a pull-through behind or in front of your RV. If you have two vehicles, we often can find a place next to your RV to park it, but in some rare cases you might have to park in one of our overflow spots. In any case, we do charge extra for more than one car and only two vehicles in addition to your RV are allowed in a site.
RV TEMPORARY PARKING - Can I park my RV in your park on the day of departure while I tour?
Unfortunately, we don't have space to accommodate storage of your RV on the day of your departure after 11 AM so that you can go rafting or exploring. Our park is very limited in extra parking space and this type of storage is not allowed. If you are using the services of the Marriott Suites for rafting, they have a large parking lot. There is also a large parking area at the corner of Red Rock Road and US20 north of us about 5 miles that might serve your purpose only 10 miles north of our park.
LATE ARRIVAL POLICY - can I arrive anytime and park myself?
No, unfortunately we have a heavily forested park with 5 entrances and for your safety and the safety of our equipment we require that we assist in parking you. We don't do that after 7 PM so you'll have to stay out of the park until the next morning after 9 AM to arrive and lose the first night's charge.
CANCELLATION POLICY - do you have a cancellation fee if I cancel my reservation?
If you notify us via e-mail and receive a confirmation in return you can cancel up to 7 days prior to your reservation. We will only charge you our reservation fee(s) and refund your deposit. HOWEVER, if you fail to notify us prior to the 7 days prior to your reservation, we do not refund the deposit as compensation to us for possible loss revenue. If you want to cancel, send email to [email protected] and be sure to contact us if you don't receive a confirmation within 24 hours.
PROPANE - Where can we buy Propane?
The nearest place to us is Island Park Builders (208-558-7552) next door. Ask us at the desk for the exact place to park and fill up. The next closest place is Robin's Roost Chevron station (208-558-7440), at 4150 N Big Springs Road in Island Park.
DUMP STATION -Do you have a dump station for public or park use?
We do NOT permit dumping sewer in our park for non-guests. We do not have a special site for dumping, but for our non-sewer guests, we will find an empty place in our park for you to dump if you request it from our office prior to leaving. There is also a public dump site in Last Chance, south of us about 10 miles. Click here for a Google Map view of it. The public dump stations at Henry's Lake State Park and the one at Mack's Inn is closed for 2021 summer.
FISHING - Where can I buy a license, bait and fishing gear?
There are several places in Island Park for fishing equipment and licenses. Next door is Builder's Supply (208-558-7552) , 3 mi north is Robin's Roost Grocery (208-558-7440), North about 8 miles is Drift Lodge (208-558-0152). Henry's Fork Anglers (208-558-7525) is in Last Chance, about 10 miles south. Remember that you need separate fishing licenses for Montana and Yellowstone Nat'l Park. Click here for a map of fishing guide locations on Google or here for a list of local guides. Here's a nice guide for catching trout.
PETS - Can we bring pets? Are there Restrictions?
Yes, pets are welcome, as long as they are well-behaved. We do have a leash requirement in the park. Also, we ask that you don't leave your dogs in your units for an extended period or outside alone at anytime. They tend to bark and disturb others.
You might ask at the office if anyone is available to walk them for a reasonable fee periodically if you do leave them. Of course, we ask that you pick up your dog’s poop. Anyone with dogs that threaten others or make a continuing nuisance of themselves will be warned and then will be asked to leave if no change happens. Here's the PET POLICY in Yellowstone Nat'l Park.
FIREWOOD and FIRES - Can we use our own firewood and build a fire?
We have fire rings. We require that you build only small fires and DO NOT leave them unattended at any time. Put them out completely before retiring. The US Forest Service requests that you use certified firewood free from pests and preferably from local sellers. Our forests are being threatened by several invasive beetle species. We sell certified local firewood at the office.
EMERGENCIES - Are emergency medical services available?
If you have a medical emergency that requires immediate care, dial 911 and tell them where you are (in Yellowstone RV Park at Mack's Inn, on the corner of US20 and South Big Springs Road, give your site #.) Our area is served by the Fremont County EMTs. There is an ambulance only about 3 miles from us and advanced EMTs respond very quickly. Patients are evaluated and either released, taken to either Rexburg or Idaho Falls Hospitals by ambulance or in critical cases a helicopter is dispatched for quick travel to the hospital. There is a local medical clinic (208-558-7766) at Pond's Lodge (about 5 miles south) but they have limited hours and days, so call first to find out the current hours.
EMERGENCIES - Are there any pharmacies in the area?
The closest pharmacies to us are the SilverTip Pharmacy (406) 646-7056 West Yellowstone (23 miles) and the Community Pharmacy (208) 652-3932 in Ashton, ID (32 miles). Walmart, Albertsons and Walgreens have pharmacies in Rexburg, about 60 miles south.
EMERGENCIES - How Do I contact the managers of the RV Park outside business hours?
If there is a crime that has been committed or is in progress, the Fremont County Sheriff will respond to 911 calls. The Sheriff's dispatcher's phone number for non-life-threatening emergencies is (208) 624-4482. Normally, someone will answer the RV Park's office phone (208-716-5959) until about 9 PM and after 7 AM. We discourage calls that could be handled during office hours. However, if there is a true emergency, the managers live in Site 39 (next to the office). Any in-park (non-life threatening) disturbances should be reported to the manager.
GROCERY STORE - Is there a grocery store nearby?
Our RV office has a very few snack items (ice cream, candy, soda, breakfast sandwiches, hot pockets), some RV items (water & sewer hoses and adapters), firewood, ice and souvenirs (hoodies, t-shirts, post cards, magnetic cards, books, mugs). Across the street at the Stage Stop fuel station they have more snacks. However, the only grocery store in Island Park is at Robin's Roost Chevron about 3.3 miles north on US20. They have a limited selection of quite a few items. If you are coming North to our park, you might stop at Dave's Jubilee Market in Ashton (35 miles south on US 20), right off the highway. If you are coming from West Yellowstone, we suggest one of the two grocery stores in town, the Market Place and Food Roundup. These are about 22 miles North on US20. There is a WalMart Supercenter in Rexburg, Idaho, about 55 miles south on US20.
WEATHER- What kind of weather can I expect at your park?
Our weather during the late spring and summer is relatively mild compared to the rest of the country. We are at 6500 feet and mountain weather prevails. While brief snows are possible in May, early June and late September, they rarely stick to the ground. High temperatures are usually in the mid-70's or 80's during the summer, with a rare excursion into the low 90's in early or mid August. Our campground is in the pines so there's plenty of shade to keep you cool. Freezing night-time weather occurs occasionally in May and September, but only lasts a couple hours. Visit our weather station on Weather Underground for current weather conditions at our park.
RESTAURANTS - Are there good Restaurants nearby?
Island Park has several good places to eat. Closest to us is Cafe Sabor. This is a great quality Mexican style Restaurant. At the SpringHill Suites Marriott next door is The Parlor serving great pizza, ice cream and candies. North on US20 near North Big Springs Loop road (on the left) is Connies. This is a more upscale Restaurant with American cuisine. Nearby is Subway and across the street is The Cafe at Island Park Lodge for more coffee shop food. Meadow Vue Ranch does a Rodeo Dinner and Rodeo entertainment from 6/23 to 8/7th. Further north in the forest is Meadow Creek. South of us are several Restaurants including Ponds Lodge, Angler's Lodge, Trout Hunter, Henry's Fork Lodge & Restaurant, Lakeside Lodge & Resort, The Pines, Elk Creek Ranch, Shotgun Grill and Grub Stake and Mountain Deli. Yellowstone Playhouse does a great dinner theater. Here's a list from Google on a separate tab of your browser. There are too many to mention here in West Yellowstone, 25 miles north of us.
CHURCHES - Are there any churches nearby?
A few steps away, walking distance from our park, are two churches, one (to the north) is an Interdenominational Christian Church called the Little Church in the Pines. The other is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (to the east). North on US20 a couple miles is the Mountain View Church (services Wednesdays only). Our Lady of the Pines Catholic Church in West Yellowstone: 437 Madison, West Yellowstone, MT (corner of Madison & Geyser). There are other Christian churches in West Yellowstone. We are not aware of churches of other faiths in our area.
MAIL DELIVERY- Can we pickup mail at your park?
For the safest handling of mail, consider sending it to General Delivery, right next door at Mack's Inn Post Office in the Island Park Builders Supply store (208-558-7070).
Address it this way:
Macks Inn, ID 83433-9999
PACKAGE DELIVERY - Can we address UPS or FEDEX packages to your park?
Yes. Address them as Your Name, c/o Yellowstone RV Park, 4270 Old Highway 191, #127, Island Park, Idaho 83429
We ask that you keep track of your packages and plan to pick them up from the office as soon as they are delivered for security sake. Please consider the timing of the delivery to coincide with your stay here. If you are NOT in the park, the package may be sent back to sender unless you have it redirected.
STORAGE - Can we bring our own UTVs/ATVs and trailer?
Yes, depending upon your site, you might have to park your trailer in a storage area away from your site. There is an extra daily charge if they are parked off your site. Please let us know when you reserve if you have a trailer and/or lot's of machines so we can help find the best site for you.
LAUNDRY - Is there a place to do our laundry while at your park?
Yes. We offer a change machine and a laundry soap dispenser for our guests only.
LODGING - Can you recommend a place for visitors without RV's to stay nearby?
We have 2 beautiful cabins with kitchenettes in 2022 that sleep 4 or 6 people on site. Reserve RV sites adjacent to the cabins for your reunion. We also have our own large reunion cabin that sleeps 20. More information about our Cabin Rental here. The Marriott Springhill Suites next door has hotel rooms available. The Mack's Inn Resort down the street has some rustic old cabins for rent. Sawtelle Mountain Resort is about 4 miles north. Drift Lodge (208-558-0152) is about 6 miles north and has a few cabins. There are a few others plus many vacation cabins. Use Google Maps to search for lodging in this area.
LOCAL ACTIVITIES: Are there nearby places to hire kayaks, canoes, rafts and horseback riding tours?
Kayaking/canoes/rafting and shuttles to drop-off point:
White Water Rafting the Gallatin River
CAR RENTAL - We would like a car to drive for touring Yellowstone
There are several rental car companies in Idaho Falls. There is one in Rexburg, ID which is closest. Reserve an Enterprise Car in Rexburg (208-356-8889) here. You can stop on your way to our RV Park (except Sundays) and pick it up. It's about a 60 mile drive to our park from Rexburg. If you are coming from the north, Budget Rental Car (406-646-7882) offers cars at the West Yellowstone Airport, only about 28 miles from us. Make sure you reserve far in advance.
Salt Lake City Express has two daily stops (7:20 AM and 4:20 PM) at the Stage Stop next door. They can take you to West Yellowstone Visitor Center or many points south (like the Salt Lake City Airport) for a modest fee. See their website for schedules and tickets.
There are no other scheduled shuttles between our RV Park and West Yellowstone. Yellowstone Road Runner is a taxi & charter service. They will take you almost anyplace for a fee. Call them at (406) 640-0631.
RV RENTAL - We want to join our friends at your RV Park but we don't have an RV. We'd like to rent one nearby.
There are RV rental places in Salt Lake City, but nearby is Trifecta Rental (208- 521-7533) in Idaho Falls and Smith RV (208-535-2500) in Idaho Falls. Austin Rentals will transport and setup your RV in our park. Call them at 208-680-1524. Check out Outdoorsy.com where individuals rent their RVs.
RV REPAIR - Who can I find to fix my RV?
There are a few mobile RV Repair companies within 25 miles that may come to our park. RV Fix-it Pro 801-831-8111, RV Repair Mobile 480-495-9579, Mobile RV Tech 406-682-4100, Mobile One RV Repair (509) 262-8284.
AUTO REPAIR - Who can fix my truck or replace my battery or fix my tire?
The Repair Shop is only a couple miles south of us. They offer battery, tire, minor engine repair and towing services except Sundays. They will come to the RV Park if you can't make it to their shop. (208) 558-9086
UTV Rentals - Where can I rent a UTV or ATV nearby?
There are several companies that rent UTVs for off-road travel. If you want to rent a UTV or side-by-side, click here for rental companies in our area.
ATV/UTV - Can I bring my own off-road vehicle(s)? What are requirements?
Yes, of course you can bring your ATV or other off-road vehicle. However there are various requirements you should be aware of to avoid getting fined. Out of state residents must register their OHV on-line here. Valid drivers license and approved vehicle for state and county roads. Children under the age of 18 must take a OHV Education test and carry the completion certificate with them. Helmets are required for children under 18, and an approved muffler. Children under 16 MUST be supervised by an adult over 18 within 300 feet of them.
Here's an Idaho Brochure that summarizes those requirements. Please ask at the office about places to park your ATV in our park. We appreciate you NOT riding the vehicles around in the park for fun.
ATV/UTV - Are there off-road trails I can take from your park?
Yes, there is a network of off-road trails accessible directly from our RV Park. Click here for a sample map of the trails. Ask in our office for a free trail map.
FACEBOOK - do you have a Facebook page?
We have a Facebook page and we often share photos of our park and surroundings. You can also review our site there and ask questions. Click here to load our Facebook page.