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Old 05-06-2013, 07:16 PM   #1
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WWYD: Six days near Yellowstone

What would you do with six days in the Yellowstone area?

My Wife and I have 7 nights booked at Grizzly RV Park next month. This is our first time visiting the area. We are looking for suggestions from those of you who have been. You know ...what to skip & what we don't want to miss. Thanks in advance for your help.

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Old 05-06-2013, 07:23 PM   #2
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Great park to stay at. There are countless things in Yellowstone. Start from the top,( North rim) then work down. Don't forget the Tetons.

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Hi Winston & Kit!

Yellowstone is something you must experience at least once in your life. So much to do and see - 6 days is barely enough time to just catch the highlights (IMHO). If you like hiking and wildlife watching you could easily spend much longer. Grizzly is a nice park and West Yellowstone a great little town to walk around in.

Be aware that the weather can change drastically during your stay. You could have sunny and 80 degrees one day and cold, raining and blowing the next. Come prepared for anything.

I personally like to get on the park road early when the wildlife is out and about. Otherwise, don't worry too much about scheduling specific things to see, every lookout, steamhole and wide spot in the road is an adventure in itself.
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I agree with Nick. If you hike, there is so very much more to see in Yellowstone than what is along the roads. The first stop should be a visitors center, otherwise you don't know what is even there. It is easy to spend a week in Yellowstone and never see the same thing twice. We've been there 3 times so far, and still see something new every time.
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We loved staying at the Grizzly RV park, we had break-fest at the Running Bear pancake house once it was very good, The Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center was neat for what it is. Then just start on one of the loop roads and see the sites, the road that heads east towards Cody was a little boring but that is where we seen a bear and a wolf in the wild. We stopped at Big Sky car rental the lady in there knew where the bears and wolves had been seen lately. 6 days is tough we was there for 11 and heading back soon. Enjoy!
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Here's a link from the park's website on what to do:

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Old 05-08-2013, 04:55 PM   #7
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Did someone say pancakes..... ;-)

Thanks everyone for the replies and great information. Wish we had a month to spend there but we are still 15-20 years out from retirement.

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Also in the town of W Yellowstone is interesting to walk around in an shop. Close enough into town to walk around. Can't recall the name of the cafe near there, but had great breakfasts.
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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.
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Look for the "Taco Bus" in downtown West Yellowstone. Yum.
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Originally Posted by lakewoodpaul View Post
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.
X2 on the Beartooth. Hwy 212 from Cooke City to Red Lodge is one of the most spectacular drives in the country. The high point is almost 11,000 feet. Along the way, the Top of the World store is worth a stop. On the way back. the Cooke City Cafe has great food at very reasonable prices, and a beer list that runs to several pages.

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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 .
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Best hike in YNP is to the top of Mt. Washburn. From Dunraven Pass it's a 3 mile hike up an old Model T road to a Fire Lookout and visitor's shelter on top. About 3 hours up and down even for us old folks, 1400 ft. elevation from trailhead to top.
Artist Point in the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone has best view of Lower Falls, go on up the dirt trail and you'll see a great view of the canyon that 99% of the visitors never see. Norris Geyser Basin, Sheepeater's Cliffs, Ranger Museum at Norris Campground, Fort Yellowstone self guided walking tour at Mammoth are all great. At Old Faithful, go to the OF overlook, few go up there and it's a neat viewpoint. Of course check out the OF Inn, the world's largest Log building.
Hayden Valley is the place for Bison, Elk hang out around Mammoth Hot Springs, and wolves are often spotted in Lamar Valley.
Swimming is permitted at parking lot on the one way road from Madison Junction on the Firehole Canyon Drive. Hot Spring soaking is allowed at 'Boiling River' along road from Mammoth to Gardiner at the 45th Parallel. Park in lot on the river side of the road and walk to spot where Mammoth Hot Springs runoff meets the river. Check at Mammoth Visitor's center to be sure it's open, it is closed when river is high.
In the Tetons, a hike to Hidden Falls at Jenny Lake is nice. The Indian Museum at Colter Bay is great and a walk along Jackson Lake is also nice.


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Thank You all very much for the great imformative responses.

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