(Closed) Has anyone gone to Yellowstone?

posted 5 years ago in Wyoming
Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

@Jw1724:  yup, feel free to PM me. I live in Wyoming! What kinds of activities / sights are you looking for? Short hikes, wildlife, camping, local history, fancy lodges, backpacking, scenic drives, etc?

Post # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

@Jw1724:  sweet, we definitely have all that! I’ll write more when I’m at work tmrw and not on my phone 🙂

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@Jw1724:  I have been there many times.  I’m only 3.5 hours away from West Yellowstone, MT.  I have also planned many a vacation for my friends and family who visit us first then go up to Yellowstone for a few nights.

 

First off all, which month do you plan to visit?  This is important.  Let me know if you’d also like help!

Post # 7
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

@Jw1724:  Oops I forgot to come back to this!

As @sienna76:  said, when to go is definitely crucial.  The park kind of shuts down in the winter except for some snowmobiling and snowcoach access.  In the summer (May through early September), the popular areas are an absolute zoo.  Campsites reserved 9 months in advance, stop and go traffic, etc.  Of course, the weather is perfect then, etc.

I’d say the best time to visit is September – it’s not nearly as busy, but with any luck it’s still really nice weather.

Campsites range from first-come-first-serve, to able to reserve a year in advance.  if you’d rather stay in a hotel, the Old Faithful Inn is amazing and not insanely expensive (google it – so cool!).

There are so many hikes that are stunning.  I’d recommend getting a travel guide book and looking through it.  The Old Faithful trail with the geysers and various hot pools is very cool, as is the hike along the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River (google it – awesome).  Lamar Valley is a really huge beautiful area with fewer people and TONS of wildlife – you can see grizzlies and even wolves if you’re lucky.

Feel free to PM me if you have specific questions! 🙂

Post # 8
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  • Wedding: October 2013

Yellowstone is awesome!  You could literally spend years there and not see everything you want to see.  A lot of it depends on what you are interested in/want to see.

I definitely recommend a travel guide.  We went in early July and it was very nice, but August/September are definitely the better times to go.  I liked “Hiking Yellowstone’s Backcountry”, but I do realize that backcountry backpacking isn’t for everyone.  The Lonely Planet and Moon guidebooks would be good ones to get for more general travel.

You can reserve campsites quite a bit in advance, although if you don’t mind hoofing it a bit you can find close backcountry sites that are away from the crowds.  These can be reserved through the NPS.

Pelican Valley is also a good area to hike; the trailhead is near the Fishing Bridge.  I’d love to hike Lamar Valley and do the Specimen Ridge hike someday.

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