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Old 11-03-2018, 06:32 PM   #15
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Thanks to All........

We have pretty much decided to postpone our Yellowstone trip until September. Appreciate all the input and pictures. Thom and Debbie
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Old 11-13-2018, 04:20 PM   #16
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Did Yellowstone this June. Stayed at Grizzly RV park. Nice campground. We stayed 4 days. had snow,ice and sunshine. Two nights temp was low 20s. Lot to see in Yellowstone. Scattered out so be prepared to drive a lot from point a to b.
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Old 11-19-2018, 03:54 PM   #17
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Which is the ideal month to go to Yellowstone?

We are contemplating a trip to Yellowstone in 2019

From this thread it looks like May is still pretty cold and also some snow.
June, July, Aug, would be too crowded. What about the first 2 weeks in September? Can someone comment on that and also give any suggestions on campgrounds and highlights and hidden gems in that area? We would welcome to hear about your experiences and how you plan your trip?
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I believe the original inquiry was about early May. In 2017 we spent the last two weeks of May in the Tetons and Yellowstone. It was great. Nights were cool and days reached into the high 60s and even a few 70s. We had no traffic issues or crowds. There was snow on the sides of the road only in the higher elevations but roads were clear and passable. We made our reservations only days before since we never know how long we want to spend in one place. We had no trouble getting into campgrounds in the park. We stayed in three different campgrounds so as not to spend hours driving around. We left Yellowstone June 1. That was our goal,
not to be there once school got out.
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I admit that mid May is my favorite time in Yellowstone. Yes, it is cool to slightly cold, but the advantages overwhelm that. There are few enough people that you can actually find parking at the activity spots! Camping (at least outside the park) is much easier to find too. The animals are very active, and we saw more bears with cubs in a couple of days on our last trip than we have seen in a week in the summer. The bison are just starting to calve, and e watched one give birth through a spotting scope. (Side comment: never visit YNP without a spotting scope. It is worth every penny to see animals without disturbing them.) We saw wolves tending their cubs. As for the thermal features, they show up so much more clearly in the cool air!

Note I said “cool to slightly cold”. That is from a person who has spent most of her life in a cold or mountain climate. I have no problem being in temps in the mid 20s while camping, and neither have my travel trailers or the current motorhome. Driving in light snow is no problem for me either. If you are from a southern climate, your experience might be different. Also note we have been to Yellowstone probably 20 times. Some trips were just for a couple of nights, some trips were a week or more, and most were in summer when the kids were out of school. I still say May is my favorite time.
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Old 11-21-2018, 05:30 AM   #20
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I have been planning on taking a trip to YNP for several years, but something always come up that we could not make the trip. I originally planned it for September, but then the fires started. Then my wife had medical issues.

I have it mapped out now using RVTW and have it set up to get to Grizzly around the last week of May/2020. My route is to go through the Dakotas up to Montana to avoid Hwy 14 and back down to Grizzly. After YNP I will head South to the Grand Tetons and then back home.

My concern is how will the Dakotas and Montana be in the middle of May. I will also travel through Arkansas, Missouri and Iowa to get there. Also will the touristy sites be open in the Dakotas in May?
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I have visited and worked in Yellowstone in every month from May to October. The best time to visit for smaller crowds, better weather, more wildlife at the lower elevations, and a few aspen starting to change is the middle two weeks of September. Yes, it can be chilly and may even snow, but not enough snow to matter and the sun generally warms it up nicely during the day. We were there again this past September and the weather was glorious!
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We always found the first two weeks of September to be ideal. We've never had bad weather.
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Old 11-22-2018, 07:20 AM   #23
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Yellow Stone

Thanks for the suggestions of going there in September.
Now can you share some of your campground and activity experiences ?
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Each national park has a wonderful web site giving lots of information on what to do, where to stay, special alerts, road condition, etc. Read it in detail.

https://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/campgrounds.htm

In Yellowstone with our 40' motorhome without reservations we stayed a Mammoth, Madison and Bridge Bay campgrounds. Mammoth doesn't accept reservations so get there early morning. Madison and Bridge Bay - we just drove to it and secured a cancellation. We've also stayed just outside of the small town of West Yellowstone and stayed at Baker's Hole national forest campground - very nice and again, no reservations accepted. Also stayed at Henry's Lake State Park.

We've been to Yellowstone many, many times and sometimes we stayed just outside the park in order to do other things than Yellowstone but we stilled spent time in Yellowstone, also. If only doing Yellowstone I'd suggest you stay in the park itself for the best experience and ease of travel. We've even moved to two sections of the park to shorten travel times within the park.

Don't forget to include Grand Teton Nat'l Park in your plans. It's right next door and completely different in looks and things to do than Yellowstone. We love the hiking there and floating down the calm Snake River. We've stayed at Colter Bay campground (not the RV park next door) and also Gros Ventre campground. We like Gros Ventre the best.

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Old 11-23-2018, 07:59 AM   #25
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Thank you very much for the insight info , Its going to help us plan our trip in 2019 or 2020. I am leaning towards Sept. because of warmer temperature and the greenery at that time. I noticed that there is a full hookup campground in the park but it will be closed in the 2019 season for renovations. Have you heard anything about that?
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. . . My concern is how will the Dakotas and Montana be in the middle of May. I will also travel through Arkansas, Missouri and Iowa to get there. Also will the touristy sites be open in the Dakotas in May?
. Dakotas and Black Hills yes, they will be open, including the campgrounds.

Montana -- depends on where you are going there. Glacier NP campgrounds should be open; Going-to-the-Sun road will definitely not be open! U.S. 212, Beartooth Highway from Red Lodge to Cooke City, will not be open, but West Yellowstone RV parks will be.

And in Wyoming, U.S. 14A may or may not be open, but National Forest campgrounds in the Big Horn Mtns. may still be closed even with U.S. 14 open.

PS- You can always use U.S. 16 in Wyoming instead of U.S. 14 or I-90 in Montana. It will still get you to Yellowstone.
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. Dakotas and Black Hills yes, they will be open, including the campgrounds.

Montana -- depends on where you are going there. Glacier NP campgrounds should be open; Going-to-the-Sun road will definitely not be open! U.S. 212, Beartooth Highway from Red Lodge to Cooke City, will not be open, but West Yellowstone RV parks will be.

And in Wyoming, U.S. 14A may or may not be open, but National Forest campgrounds in the Big Horn Mtns. may still be closed even with U.S. 14 open.

PS- You can always use U.S. 16 in Wyoming instead of U.S. 14 or I-90 in Montana. It will still get you to Yellowstone.
I plan to only be going into Montana far enough (I-90) to avoid U.S 14 (A) and circle back down to Grizzly RV.

Another reason for going in May is I usually have other trips planned for September.
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Some general information about YNP (some general items apply to GTNP also)

YNP is about 45 miles E/W and about 65 miles N/S (2.2 mil. Acres total). The figure 8 loop road inside the park is about 140 miles around. The lower loop is 96 miles and the upper loop is 70 miles around and yes, it is bigger than the states of Rhode Island and Delaware combined.

Whatever time that you think you will need to see YNP you better double it, or to say it another way is that you will see one half as much as you planned on in the allotted time. The Bison think that they own the road (they do!) and will slow down the traffic to walking speed or all stop for 1/4 mile or more blocking both directions of travel, the thermal attractions also tie up traffic and with a 5 month long summer tourist season that coincides with a 5 month long road construction season and a 45 MPH radar controlled speed limit it will take about a full day to see each loop and then you will only see the main attractions. In addition to the occasional construction delays they will also sometimes close whole sections of road (for uninterrupted night construction) between 10 PM and 8 AM in the morning, if you are running late and get caught at night in the wrong area it CAN be a LONG way around to your CG! (The entrance stations will have current construction information or go on line to check it out)

Then there is the elevation- YNP ranges from a low at Mammoth- 6239 ft to 7784 ft at Fishing Bridge or higher if you go hiking and there are passes on the grand loop road that are close to 8000 ft or so! Drink plenty of liquids and pace yourself when walking.

I recommend that you get up EARLY, leave the CG and be back by 4 or 6 PM have dinner and be sitting in your recliner drinking a cool one when your neighbor drags himself back to the CG at 8-10 PM. Remember that from mid May to mid July in YNP the sun doesn't set until about 9:30- 9:45 PM then there is a long twilight.

Cell Phone Service- Only at the major visitor centers, otherwise non-existent!

Clothing- Especially in the early or late season it is not unusual to have a 30 or even the occasional 40 degree temperature change throughout the day. Dress with easily shed layers of clothing. Also dress in bright easily seen clothing. I am sure that we all have been to a sporting event, parade or Disney World etc. and we blink our eyes and our partner/child has disappeared. My DIL was born and raised in HI, you guessed it, every Xmas, b-day or Father's Day I receive a Hawaiian shirt. One of them is shiny black with 4-5 inch dia. bright flowers. Not many of them in Wyoming and in YSNP, that is what I wear. If your partner has on a Violet blouse and a Orange scarf with a Pink hat I guarantee that she will be the only one within the boundaries of either NP. It can save you a few anxious moments.

Water- Now I will have to contradict myself, at the altitude of YNP yes, drink lots of water! HOWEVER, be aware that the flush toilet restrooms are are in the major tourist areas- Mammoth, Canyon, Fishing Bridge, Lake Hotel, Bridge Bay, Grant Village, Old Faithful, Madison Junction etc. The geyser basins and other thermal attractions areas only have pit toilets. I have seen the pit toilet line at the lower Geyser Basin (2 holes) 25 or more feet long (bless the tour buses) So be smart about drinking your water and use the major tourist area R/Rs before leaving the area! I.e. “Never pass up a flush toilet!”

Sun- At YSNP altitude the Sun is intense (uv)have and apply sunscreen, wear that old floppy wide brim sun hat, wear Sunglasses!

If your luck is like mine Old Faithful will have just erupted when you get there and you will have up to a hour and 10 to 15 minutes wait for the next one. Tour tour the O/F Geyser basin while waiting. O/F INN is a must see, reportedly the largest LOG building in the U.S. (Meals in the O/F dinning room are “OK” also.

We have lived about 110 miles from West Yellowstone, MT since 1964, go to YSNP 3-4 times a summer (normally before Memorial Day and after Labor Day) and haven't seen it all yet! So don’t be discouraged that you didn’t have the time to see all of it. Just plan on coming back another time!

I honestly don’t mean to scare or discourage you but to give you a heads up as to what to expect! After all there was 4.1 million visitors in 2015! As far as I know we didn’t lose one of them. Except those who by their own stupidity step off the board walks into BOILING HOT water and ignoring the warnings about the WILD ANIMALS! That is called purifying the gene pool!

Note I have seen on this blog and others about folks “day tripping” from YSNP to GTNP, it is done all the time (myself included) however remember this is BIG country and with the speed limits, animals and thermal attractions you will be doing a LOT of driving. From Grant Village Visitor Center (extreme S/E corner of the lower loop road) to Jackson, WY is about 80 miles with Coulter Bay being about 1/2 way then from Grant Village you have to add the distance to your CG it will be a Long days trip!

A point of CoulterBay clarification- there are two (2) CG’s at Coulter Bay, One the “Coulter Bay RV Park” a full service “RV Park” with FHU’S that takes reservations. The other is the “Coulter Bay Campground “ has no hookups and doesn’t take reservations. Both have about 300 sites and are basically across the road from each other.

When in the Jackson area I highly recommend seeing the Bar J Chuckwagon dinner show! If you go, MAKE RESERVATIONS and BE THERE EARLY TO PICK UP YOUR MEAL TICKETS/ TABLE SEATING ASSIGNMENTS! They seat you by when you show up to get your tickets NOT by your reservation number. Tim, their fiddle player has won the "Idaho state old time fiddle contest 7 times and the US open fiddle championship twice". If you decide to go you will sit at picnic type of bench seats/table, they get pretty hard, I recommend that you take along a blanket/pads to sit on. We day trip it there 2-4 times every summer just to see them! Disclaimer- We have no financial or other interest in the Bar J only that it will be the best $$ value for your money for your trip! Check out their website.

Bar J Chuckwagon

Also in Jackson check out the “COWBOY” bar, the bar stools are saddles and the # of Silver Dollars in the bar. The Wort Hotel Bar (just around the corner from the Cowboy Bar) also has Silver Dollars imbedded in the Bar
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