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Old 11-04-2012, 07:43 AM   #1
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... planning a trip to Yellowstone NP next summer, and I would appreciate your input.

We (2 adults, no kids, no pets) will probably be entering and leaving Yellowstone NP through the East Entrance. We will do mostly the touristy stuff. No remote hiking, or that kind of thing.

So, for those of you who have been there, if you are willing to share your thoughts, comments, and opinions, I would be glad to have them.

I have already started downloading maps and other park information from their wesite so I should be able to follow along with any information you provide. (We have already decided it would be a bad idea to try and ride a bison or tickle a grissley bear.)

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Old 11-04-2012, 11:08 AM   #2
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There is so much to see and it is a huge park so leave yourself a LOT of time. I have been up there several times and there is so much to see and do (particularly if you fish). I have been coming in through the west entrance and the north entrance. Until recently I had a tent trailer and stayed outside the park at KOA’s in the west and north as well as on the Gallatin river ( Where a River Runs Through It was partially filmed). Been up there three times in the last five years ad am planning a multi week treck up there for next September.
Slow driving in the park mostly due to folks stopping and looking at animals ( AKA bear jams). It is worth it to see herds ( at time over a thousand) of buffalo crossing in the Lamar valley.
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Old 11-04-2012, 12:45 PM   #3
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Dale,
A couple of things you may want to consider, what time of the summer you will be going. We went early Aug. very crowded, during Sturgis Rally, lots of lookers stopping in the road to view the wildlife. fly fishing in the Yellowstone River and temps were warm and muggy. We had a PUP at the time.

You need to decide if you want to stay within the park and if you want hookups or not. There is only one campground within the park that offers hookups, Fishing Bridge campground. We camped at Grants Village, very large campground, no hookups, site was a pull through but small. Only restrooms in center of each section. Showers and laundry are located at the Village. We chose that location because it was closer to Old Faithful and we would be heading south through the Grand Tetons. We ended up not making it there due to the fires that year. All south roads were closed.

If you make it to Yellowstone. Try to make it to the Grand Tetons. They are absolutely beautiful. I would suggest Colter Bay campground if you do make it there. We went to the Tetons this past summer and spent 4 days there. We just loved it there.

Enjoy your planning.

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Old 11-06-2012, 09:15 AM   #4
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Coming from the East will take you through Cody, Wyoming and over Sylvan Pass, very steep on both sides, but very beautiful. Drops you right down to Fishing Bridge Campground. Might want to see if you can get reservations. It is a big place, but if you are not in a hurry and have a couple of days, you can see the easily viewed sights by just taking all the loops and getting out of your vehicle and walking to and around the sights. If you have more time, you can take a fishing trip on Yellowstone Lake if you are going to be there when fishing is open. I second the idea of trying to get down to Grand Teton National Park. I believe that Teton is prettier than Yellowstone but doesn't have as many features to see. The Colter Bay campground has both full hook-ups and "dry" camping. Full hook-ups have to be reserved quite some time in advance and cost over $50 per night. The "dry" camping was $21 per night, $11.50 if you have the Golden Age Passport for national parks. The campground is just a short walk or drive from Jackson Lake. There is also great wildlife viewing in Teton, boat trips on Jackson, including a dinner cruise in the evening with steak on an island right below Mount Moran. Jenny Lake is a wonderful site with either an easy hike to Hidden Falls or a boat ride. Fishing in the lakes or on the rivers; bears, moose, elk, deer, Bald eagles, buffalo, etc. We spend a good portion of the summer in Grand Teton with side trips to Yellowstone. Both are not to be missed. Hope you are planning on quite a bit of time in the park, it is way too big to see, and enjoy, in one day. If you would like to see some pictures, taken by a rank amateur, send me a note at jalichty@bresnannet and I'll send you some.
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Old 11-06-2012, 02:41 PM   #5
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Yellowstone is one of my favorite places in the world. It's one of those places that make you realize how small you are in the grand scheme of things. When we go (since we live in Southern California) we enter from the south, and that also gives us opportunity to see the Grand Tetons, which are in my opinion even more magnificent than Yellowstone! I can't put into words how breathtakingly gorgeous the Tetons are. So much to see and do . . . Lamar Valley, Jenny Lake, Old Faithful (if you go see it, stop in at the Old Faithful Inn and just walk around. What a beautiful old building with some cool gift shops as well. Again coming from the south we stay at the Jackson Hole KOA. It's just below the town of Jackson Hole and it's literally right on the Snake River. You can do float trips all the way up to major rapids on the Snake River. Oh, and if you do happen to make it through to the south and find yourself in Jackson Hole (a very cool town) stop in for lunch at Bubba's. Really good BBQ! :hihi:
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Old 01-04-2013, 02:52 PM   #6
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We (wife and 4 pugs) are also planning to go to Yellowstone in 2013, just after Labor Day (Sept 3-7) on our way to visit our children in Poulsbo,Washington. We plan to stay in the Fishing Bridge RV park. My wife has a thing about having to have full hookups. We still haven't figured out the sight seeing part yet (No tow vehicle).
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I used to live in Boise, Idaho. I would recommend, if possible, to wait until after Labor Day. We went the week after and had the Park to ourselves. Still warm and everything was still open. As everyone has suggested, don't pass up the Tetons, they are magnificent! Yellowstone is incredible with things that are found no where else in the world. Enjoy
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Old 01-04-2013, 06:33 PM   #8
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Thanks, everybody. It's all good information. We would like to wait until later in the summer or early fall, but that doesn't work for us. So we will be part of the summer crowd (ugh). We have scheduled the 3rd week in July to arrive at Grant Village and after 5 nights going to Colter Bay for another 5. Looks pretty much like a standard itinerary. We can't stay at Fishing Bridge because we have a hybrid. We are early risers and will try to stick to a morning routine. I've heard that's the only way to beat the crowds.

When we told the family about our plans, DMIL told me it's good luck to take a midnight hike with a salmon in my pocket. That's not true is it?
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It is if your Dr. Doolittle and are fluent in bear/wolf lingo, or else you'll be runnin' your butt off! lol !!!
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MIL must have insurance on your life, huh?
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