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Old 06-14-2013, 12:21 PM   #29
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I've visited YNP since 1982, worked and taught a grad course there for 20 years, 1992-2012. I've not found this to be true at all. The rangers at the visitor's center will suggest and mark maps with good sighting. Also, years ago a student of mine pointed out that Mt. Moran has the image of a St. Bernard face on it. (not from your photo viewpoint) That damn dog now dominates my view whenever I look at it!
Now isn't that interesting...Rangers being helpful and open to the Grad School teacher and local expert.
In contrast we are just normal people who asked about recent sightings and were given only very general area information...yes the Lamar Valley was the best area for sightings while we were there. But at the Discovery Center, the staff was very excited about sharing their own sightings that were displayed on a map board that was updated daily,

Specifically, there was an obvious negative mood from the 2 rangers that "responded" to the area where a bear could be seen from the roadway. As a career Law Enforcement officer, it struck me as odd that the Rangers were acting the way they were at the site, when the situation could have been used to educate.

Finally, we are active in a Saint Bernard rescue and traveled to Yellowstone with our Saints. Too bad we did not know about the face in the mountain...maybe next time:-)
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Having volunteered in Rocky Mtn. Nat'l Park, we will say that the rangers will not tell you about areas that have a dead carcass laying around unless it's near a hiking trail then most often the trail is closed, or a bear feeding on a dead carcass even if it can be seen from the roadside, sometimes moms with young, or any aggressive-acting animals near the roadsides. This is because they don't want mobs of people around these kinds of areas - mainly people who want to get closer. These places are not zoos where you can count on seeing the animals. Seeing them just happens as they're passing thru or if you sit and wait for long periods of time - better early morning or at dusk.
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We spent 3 weeks in Yellowstone last year, and I would agree that the rangers were less than forthcoming when asked about the best places to view wildlife. They were really vague, and yes, I understand that there is no way to schedule these things. After a week we learned to head to the bathrooms at Lamar Valley by dawn, and Grizzly Point (ask where it is) in the afteroon. There is where we saw grizzlies, bald eagles and the canyon wolf pack multiple times. Just go there and park mid afternon before all the spots are gone. The people with scopes will usually share them when there is something to see, but bring binoculars if you have them.

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Don't tell any one else because its a well kept secret but check out Mesa Falls 50 miles west of W. Yellowstone. you can goggle Mesa Falls and Henry's Fork (one of the top fly fishing rivers in the world). Its an easy 1/2 day trip if you don't fish .
We were just to Mesa Falls today. We will be here for 3 weeks. Weather is just as what has been said. We packed both Warm and Cold Clothing. Yesterday we were in shorts and today we had Jeans and Jackets. We had Rain this afternoon and Wind. We may get Thunder Storms the next few days and maybe Snow???? We are Staying at Valley View RV Park about 13 miles from Yellowstone. It is a Nice RV Park just across the Road from Lake Henry.
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We were just to Mesa Falls today. We will be here for 3 weeks. Weather is just as what has been said. We packed both Warm and Cold Clothing. Yesterday we were in shorts and today we had Jeans and Jackets. We had Rain this afternoon and Wind. We may get Thunder Storms the next few days and maybe Snow???? We are Staying at Valley View RV Park about 13 miles from Yellowstone. It is a Nice RV Park just across the Road from Lake Henry.
Sounds like you are having a great time! Enjoy - that is what is it all about. We are going to be leaving MI in two weeks to do the same thing. Just can't wait!
How are the RV parks? Are they full? Thanks for sharing your experiences.

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Sounds like you are having a great time! Enjoy - that is what is it all about. We are going to be leaving MI in two weeks to do the same thing. Just can't wait!
How are the RV parks? Are they full? Thanks for sharing your experiences.

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We have seen several Campgrounds that are not full. It just depends where you want to stay at. We are 13 miles from Yellowstone just outside of the West entrance to the Park.
Enjoy your Stay. A word to the Wise pack both warm and Cold as it was nice when we got here but now is Cold and windy.
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We have seen several Campgrounds that are not full. It just depends where you want to stay at. We are 13 miles from Yellowstone just outside of the West entrance to the Park.
Enjoy your Stay. A word to the Wise pack both warm and Cold as it was nice when we got here but now is Cold and windy.
Thanks, appreciate the input! We'll probably do the same - stay at the outskirts as you have done. Enjoy your visit and travel safe!!!
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Thanks, appreciate the input! We'll probably do the same - stay at the outskirts as you have done. Enjoy your visit and travel safe!!!
We are not sure how long you are going to stay but we are here for a Month and it cost us $ 435.00 for the Month. We found their Website on Passport America. It is called Valley View RV in Island Park, Idaho. There # is 888 558-7443. Enjoy Your Stay.
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We will be home tomorrow night. Heavy winds for the last two days have made pulling my trailer alot tougher than usual. We are in Admore, OK for the night.

The time we spent in the parks was nothing short of amazing. We are looking forward to going back one day when we can be there for atleast a month.

The Tetons, Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, Hiking on Mount Washburn, and the two valleys were the highlights for me. We got caught in a snow storm on Mount Washburn when coming back from Lamar Valley. I had never driven through a snow storm before, so it was intense as there is little room for error up there. We saw everything on the list except for wolves. We ended up going to the Grizzly/Wolf Discovery Center in West Yellowstone just to see the wolves. It was nicer than we expected. They have a couple of BIG Alaskan grizzlies than are awesome. My Wife's favorite day was shopping in Jackson. We traveled to Jackson through Idaho. The views of the Tetons from the other side alone were worth the drive. We both wish we had more time. Old Faithful was a must see but was less than impressive. Expectations I guess?? I was expecting to feel the ground tremble before the deafening roar of the geyser. Not how it happens. However you have to see it atleast once. There were other geysers in the park which were more spectacular.

Sue is right about folks sharing their spotting scopes. Several times we were invited to view an animal all but invisible through the binoculars we had purchased for the trip.

Thank You All again for your help in planning our trip. Once we got there, all of our plans were scrapped and we just took in as much as possible in the short time we were there.

Forgot to mention Yellowstone Lake. Standing on the beach looking out at the mountains was just a wonderful feeling.

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We are not sure how long you are going to stay but we are here for a Month and it cost us $ 435.00 for the Month. We found their Website on Passport America. It is called Valley View RV in Island Park, Idaho. There # is 888 558-7443. Enjoy Your Stay.
Frank: We are starting on July 3, and plan to be back home the 24th. We will play it by ear and see how far we get! Thanks for the info.!! Stay safe!

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If you like scenic moumtain roads head up to the N.E. end of the park and take a ride up the Beartooth Hiway to Red Lodge MT.
Drove it last year and it is fantastic. Charles Kuralt called it, “the most beautiful roadway in America”.
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To the OP (rc75mhz): Thanks for coming back and giving us your trip report! Wish more folks would do it. Sounds like you had a great time.
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