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Old 05-28-2012, 11:20 PM   #1
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Yellowstone season

Booked Grizzly RV Park for 22nd of september 7 nights

I was thinking I should have booked inside the park but they all close on about this date

Is it a silly question?? Why do they close so early??

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Old 05-28-2012, 11:46 PM   #2
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Winter comes early in Yellowstone.

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Old 05-29-2012, 12:47 AM   #3
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Originally Posted by JayStar View Post
Winter comes early in Yellowstone.
And starts late too. We went in June one year, still some snow on the ground.
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Old 05-29-2012, 01:59 PM   #4
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It gets cold early but 9/22 isn't that bad yet. However, much of the summer help is gone by then so they have to cut back and concentrate on a few areas. The maintenance crews also need some time to winterize the cabins and facilities to get them ready for winter so they can't wait until the last minute.

We've been there into the first week of October when it gets below freezing at night but not bad during the day. Weather is always iffy. We were there once mid September when they closed the park for a day due to ice on every road (2' of snow in the Beartooths and 6" around Old Faithful so anything can happen. They have to think ahead a bit to be prepared. Really, it's not an inconvenience. West Yellowstone is fully open and there are enough places in the park that it won't inconvenience you to any extent. Plus the elk rut is in full swing around that time so it is a good time to be there.
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September is a great time to visit Yellowstone. You will probably get some snow, but there wont be any bugs. I think the reason they close the campgrounds so early is that they don't plow the roads in the park if it does snow. The roads will normally clear pretty quickly after a snow. The Elk will be in the rut and the males will be bugling. It is pretty neat hearing the serenade. You will see more wildlife because the roads are at a lower elevation than where animals spend the summer. You will see herds of deer, lots of Buffalo

The Lamar valley will be full of animals. You will find one of the more successful packs of wolves there. You won't see bear as they will all be in the wilderness areas that surround the park feeding on gut piles. (Think Elk hunting season.) In the back country don't be surprised to see park rangers packing M-14s protecting against poachers.
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