Yellowstone – Day 1 – Arrival!

Map of the route from Colter Bay Campground to Fishing Bridge Campground.

The drive from Colter Bay RV Park to Fishing Bridge RV Park is sixty-one miles and takes about an hour and a half. We took our time leaving Colter Bay, so we would not arrive too early at our Yellowstone campground.

As we drove in Yellowstone’s south entrance, we saw road construction, forests that were recovering from a fire, and we saw Yellowstone Lake. There were a number of turnouts to allow cars to stop and take in the view, and my destination-focused husband did stop – at one.

Yellowstone Lake
Coming in from the South Entrance

It wasn’t long before we arrived at our campsite. The Fishing Bridge RV Park had been closed all of last year for remodeling which was well worth it. So much so, I almost put a picture of the sewer hookup in this post. But then I wasn’t sure how many of my readers would get as excited about it as I did. It’s just that the sewer hookup is smooth concrete with a gentle downhill slope to the drain which is at the center of a concrete square edged by a higher border on three sides. A simple but smart design. It’s the best I’ve ever seen.

For those of you who are still reading, thank you. I’ll continue. No more sewer talk, I promise.

We were lucky enough to be on the outside row of the campground which backs to the forest. Most of the sites in the campground were pull-through sites. A pull-through site feels like Christmas morning to Dan every time we have one.

How did we get to this point in life where we get so happy and excited about good sewer hook ups and pull through sites?

Our Campsite at Fishing Bridge RV Park

Before long, we were all set up. We decided to take a short hike on the Pelican Creek trail. This trail is rated easy, and it is only one mile long. We did drive to the trail which was about one and a half miles from our campsite. While the trail is short, it was very scenic.

Dan and Betty with trees in the background.
Selfie on the Trail
View of Yellowstone Lake
Pelican Creek Trail

In the evening, we drove to the Fishing Bridge amphitheater. The amphitheater is about one and a half miles from our campsite. It is right next to the Visitor Center which is closed right now because it is being remodeled.

Fishing Bridge
Visitor Center
Ranger is holding a wolf pelt.
Yellowstone Ranger
Reintroduction of Wolves Program

The ranger program was about the reintroduction of wolves to Yellowstone National Park. You know, sometimes I think I should take notes at these ranger programs. The information is so interesting, and I remember the general ideas and information from the program. But I do forget the details.

Does anyone out there take notes at programs such as these? I never have seen this, but if I started doing so, I just might be a trend setter. At the very least, I could provide a few more details for my readers. In any case, there are wolves in Yellowstone now.

We do like these ranger programs, but there is one comment I’d like to make. The Fishing Bridge amphitheater’s benches are the lowest to the ground I have ever seen. Did they think we’d all be kindergarteners?

I’m swallowing my pride to tell you that Dan had to help me up. With two hands, and thank heavens he is strong. It’s because of him, you are reading this now; otherwise I’d still be sitting there. The next time we went to a ranger program, we brought our own chairs. We’re not trying to be trend setters; I just want to be able to get back up after the program.

Before too long, we made it back to the camper as the next morning, we needed to rise and shine early. We had a tour bus to catch for an all day tour of Yellowstone. You are welcome to come along, too. And you don’t even have to get up from your chair.

Orange butterfly with purple flowers.


  1. I understand your excitement about a pull through site and a good sewer hookup design! We never camped at Fishing Bridge so I don’t know what it looked like before but the site looks great! Looking forward going on the bus tour with you.

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  2. When our kids were small, we would often attend the ranger programs. Now that it is just Grammi and I , we have forgotten about doing that. Thanks for reminding me of them. I think it helps to be camped at the national park instead of outside the gates like we have had to do the past couple years. We don’t usually book reservations far enough in advance to get in those. I will come along on that tour. Should I pack a lunch?

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    • We had the choice to buy lunch or to bring our own. Since our lunch stop was at a very popular place, we chose to bring our lunch. That way, we didn’t have to wait in line and could enjoy the stop more. It worked out great. So, I would suggest you pack a lunch. 🙂

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  3. I would have enjoyed the photograph of the sewer drain–infrastructure is awesome. Your descriptions are thorough so we can “see” it all anyway. A+ even without notes. You do get your money’s worth out of a visit! I am already buckled in for the tour.

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    • I actually had that picture in the post but took it out! LoL Should I ever see another star-studded sewer hook up, I will put it in just for you! Thanks for your kind words, and I am glad you are ready for the tour!

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  4. Wonderfully entertaining post, Betty and your photos are excellent! I smiled at your “destination-focused” husband. I have one of those too, but the past couple of years, he’s been very compliant with stopping so I can take photos “if” I give him enough notice. Sewer and pull-through sites are good reasons to get excited. When we had our motorhome, we’d get excited at these things too. As far as taking notes on tours, I’ve never done that. What I have done though, is to do an audio recording on a little hand-held recorder. This has been most valuable to trigger memories. When we took my parents on vacations, I recorded many of our conversations with each other and with total strangers like waiters bell-hops, etc. I also did a little voice recorded recap of each day just before I went to bed. When I listen to those recordings these many years later, it’s like being there all over again. I’m looking forward to the bus tour with you. Your writing style takes us along and I enjoy every trip!

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    • Thank you, Terry, for your very kind words. My husband has gotten used to waiting while I take a photo when we are taking a walk. He just isn’t one to pull off at scenic overlooks, but he would if I asked him. I usually don’t know I want to stop until we pass it by! I like your idea of the voice recordings. What a great way to bring back the memories. Sometimes it would be bittersweet. I appreciate you saying that you enjoy every trip! Hope you have a great day and week ahead!

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    • Thanks, Marty. The thing is we are laughing a lot which makes it even harder to pull me up! And I guess I’ll take a good laugh anytime – even if it is at myself. 🙂 Have a great week!

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    • Thank you for your kind words. The pictures are incredible because the land is just so incredible. All I do is click (a lot!) and then pick the best ones for the post. Hope you have a great week ahead!


    • You know, I am pretty frugal, and I would always book the back-in sites because they were cheaper. However, I guess I/we are at the point where we want the easier pull through even if it costs a bit more.


    • 🙂 The concrete was level on the camping pad and then had a gentle slope down to the drain. It was pure genius! Thanks for your comment, and enjoy your day!


  5. You made it! And what a fantastic site. Like you I get excited about a great pull-through site and a good sewer hookup design. Since I don’t know when, if ever, we’ll make it to Yellowstone I’m so looking forward to the bus tour. I do hope we have a window seat. Have a great day.

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    • You can have any seat in the bus you want! I’m glad you’ll be on the tour, but more than that, I do hope you make it to Yellowstone some day. Hope you enjoy your day, too!


  6. Not kidding…awesome sewer hook ups are definitely a thing to get excited about. And don’t get me started on how, like Dan says it is Christmas, pull-through sites are! See, I am right there with you, sitting in my camp chair, being all excited with you. Thank you for another great post.

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