Post # 1
Hola hive! The Fiance and I have been talking about ideas for our ‘moon, and he really wants to see the interior of the US (we have both been up and down both coasts, but never really in the middle!) Our idea now is to fly form NY to Chiago, and then drive from Chicago to the pacific northwest, with a big pitstop in Yellowstone. But, I heard that you should buy passes and stuff for yellowstone like a year in advance! We are going to plan the bulk of the trip during the summer. We would spend about 2 weeks in mid-late october on the trip- does anyone know what we need to do for yellowstone, and if we already missed the boat on purchasing things?
Post # 3
I wish I knew anything about buying passes, but if you plan on staying at one of the few hotels in the park you need to book those rooms ASAP as they fill up fast.
You’ll love Yellowstone. It’s one of my favorite vacation spots and something Fiance and I are considering for our honeymoon, too!
Post # 4
You don’t need to buy passes a year in advance if you are going in October. You should be able to get into the park with no problems at that time. They do only let a limited number of people into the park at a time, but the only time this really matters is in the high-tourist summer months. Personally, I don’t even think it’s necessary to buy a pass ahead of time, but you could if it will give you a little extra reassurance.
One thing you might want to be aware of though, is that some of the park entrances (all of them EXCEPT the North and Northeast entrances) close during the winter. Usually they don’t close until November, but they will close as early as October if there’s enough snow/storms in the fall. So you might want to plan your trip around entering and exiting from the north or northeast gates in Montana, instead of the more popular east or west gates (Jackson Hole, WY and West Yellowstone, MT). And like the pp said, if you are interested in lodging in Yellowstone, you’ll want to book that ASAP. The lodging actually does fill up fast.
Post # 5
Eek! Yellowstone is pretty much my favorite place ever! DH’s parents work at Yellowstone and it’s where we got engaged 🙂 You’ll love it!!! In terms of “passes,” the only thing you need to get into the park is the entry fee you pay at the gate ($25 for 7 day access to Yellowstone and Teton). If you guys are planning to hit any other national parks on your trip, you can get an annual national park pass for $50 (valid for 12 months from date of purchase). As Mrs. Spring said, roads in the park will start closing due to weather as early as October. The North entrance and Mammoth hotel are open year round though. If you’re planning to camp, there are first come first served camp sites that don’t need to be reserved in advance – just plan to get up early enough to snag one. For those that do need advanced reservations, you should be okay – peak season is over by the end of August. Darling Husband and I went in early September a few years ago and didn’t have a problem getting a camp site in the area we wanted, and we made our reservation less than a week in advance. I’d reserve a room sooner than later if you want to stay in a hotel in the park. I could write you a novel about Yellowstone – pm me if you want more info 🙂