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Old 04-17-2019, 11:48 AM   #1
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Boondocking Gallatin?

Anyone know if you can boondock along the Gallatin river north of YNP? I see pull offs on Google earth but not sure if you can spend the night in them.



Looks like most campgrounds are closed until May 15. Sometimes that means you can sleep there but there are no services.
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A little bit to the S of there and N of YNP, find the "Gravelee Road"...some members had a thread on this a few years back, which of course meant we HAD to go and try it, proved to be a great run with some great rockhounding at Ruby Reservoir and Quartz NP...it goes through some altitude but it may be all clear...AND if you REALLY want a GREAT tool to help you identify boondocking areas try the "Ultimate Campground" app...only 4
$4.99 and well worth the variety of spots it shows....boat in to walk in, BLM land toPrivate campgrounds, City, County, State parks...the BEST $ you will spend on an App
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Old 04-17-2019, 04:27 PM   #3
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You can generally just turn off on a forest service road from US Hwy 191, and camp along these forest service roads. Much quieter than official camp sites along the highway. Just check potential regulations on signs when you get on the forest service roads. Make sure you don't pull off on private land. Having a gazateer is handy.
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THX!!!! Big thanks for the directions and the information my friend! Will use it and think of how another member helped us have a fun adventure!!!!
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Another resource for good camping/boondocking is iOverlander

I have yet to use it personally but intend too in the near future, and have seen a few youtube van lifers use it all over the US as well as South America
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Old 06-04-2019, 08:39 AM   #6
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Geez, not sure how I missed this after my initial post. Sorry for the late reply.



Thx all for the input. Very high snow year made for some tough access to forest service roads.
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A little bit to the S of there and N of YNP, find the "Gravelee Road"...some members had a thread on this a few years back, which of course meant we HAD to go and try it, proved to be a great run with some great rockhounding at Ruby Reservoir and Quartz NP...it goes through some altitude but it may be all clear...AND if you REALLY want a GREAT tool to help you identify boondocking areas try the "Ultimate Campground" app...only 4
$4.99 and well worth the variety of spots it shows....boat in to walk in, BLM land toPrivate campgrounds, City, County, State parks...the BEST $ you will spend on an App

Not sure how I missed this post, along with the pic of the nice gemstones you found. Are those topaz?

If everything goes right, I'll be heading to Topaz Mountain in Utah this Summer to dig for some gems myself. I don't think I'll find anything as nice as what you found.


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