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Old 07-12-2019, 06:45 AM
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Keep an eye on your Pic-a-nic Basket Enjoy Jellystone
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I did a week floating the Bighorn years ago.

So amazing. Had a little cabin right next to the water.

The fishing was incredible.
Just looked that up...I see a lot of drift boats...

i thought we had the ultimate craft in the drift boat...

It was the worst..make sure you do the Smith in an inflatable.
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Old 07-12-2019, 06:16 PM
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Keep an eye on your Pic-a-nic Basket Enjoy Jellystone
No need. They're gone.

When I was a kid we went there and there were bears everywhere - along the road, wandering right through the campsites. Wife and I went in 2009 and never saw a single bear the whole time!

Lots to see and don't limit yourself to the main roads. There are geysers and mud pots etc everywhere and some of the side roads off the main track are just as scenic and are less crowded.

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Old 07-12-2019, 06:23 PM
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Itll be crowded.

Jackson Hole is awesome.

We Hs good luck just grabbing hotels close-in by having an open plan. We had no problem finding hotels in the park a few weeks before and even made one the night before. Book the first room you can find at any lodge and then plan for that route. Keep checking and if you see something better, move it. The cancel fee is like $10. Rooms are constantly opening up. We had no problem doing this.

We flew into Bozeman, stocked up, and stayed two nights in Gardiner exploring the north side. Then we went and spent a night at the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, hiking it early in the morning before the crowds come out. We found on our whole trip, which was in July 2017, that if we just got out before 8AM, we missed 90% of the traffic. We then went to Old Faithful and stayed in the lodge there for a night. We actually booked that one the day before, changing our room from a lodge in a different part of the park. We then headed south through the Tetons, spending 3 nights in Jackson Hole and then flying out of Jackson.

We packed a lunch every day in the park and would just stop along some random stream or atopping area and have lunch. We hiked a lot off the main drag and once you get 500 feet off the road, you dont see much of anybody else. Its peaceful. That wont probably work with your crew.

If if you do get off the road much, take bear spray. We did see a bear and during one pretty remote hike we came across a couple that asked if we saw a bear and her cubs just back up the hill. Needless to say my wife was ready to get off the hike RIGHT ******* NOW.

Jackson had great restaurants and even though its crowded as heck at times, most take reservations and that makes it easier.

We are very much looking to buy a place in Jackson. Wed like to wait until 2021 or 2023 when the recession hits, but well see.

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Old 07-12-2019, 08:31 PM
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I did NOT get the memo about the recession. Is this AFTER Trump's 2nd term?
Wed like to wait until 2021 or 2023 when the recession hits, but well see.
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I did NOT get the memo about the recession. Is this AFTER Trump's 2nd term?
Trad ITR economics. Then get your paint brushes cleaned.
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Originally Posted by Kletis View Post
I really can't recommend a place to stay, but I can recommend a place not to stay.........the lodges and motels in the main park by Old Faithful. Terribly priced. If there is a next trip out, will stay in West Yellowstone, one or two nights would be plenty for us.
Yellowstone is a huge park. If you stay in a place on the perimeter, you are going to be in "rush-hour traffic" each morning and afternoon getting into the park and where you want to visit.

If you stay at one of the lodges/cabins in the park, it's very pricey for what you get. What you get, however,is convenience. Depending on how long you intend to stay at Yellowstone, consider booking a place in different areas of the park. For instance, stay in the Old Faithful Inn to take in that and the other thermal features in the park. Stay in the Canyon area and explore that area of the park and the Lamar Valley.

If you want to see critters, you are most likely to catch them early morning and late afternoon. That's easier to do if you don't have to drive in from outside the park.
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We rented an RV like a boss.

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Originally Posted by Jimnc View Post
The West Entrance has by far the most hotel and dining options. You can access most of sites you want to see from there as day trips. You should also see the Grand Tetons and spend a night or two in Jackson Hole.


That is where we stayed and I want to go back. What a great place on this earth. We spent three days there and it just isn't enough time.
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Originally Posted by savewave View Post
Yellowstone is a huge park. If you stay in a place on the perimeter, you are going to be in "rush-hour traffic" each morning and afternoon getting into the park and where you want to visit.

If you stay at one of the lodges/cabins in the park, it's very pricey for what you get. What you get, however,is convenience. Depending on how long you intend to stay at Yellowstone, consider booking a place in different areas of the park. For instance, stay in the Old Faithful Inn to take in that and the other thermal features in the park. Stay in the Canyon area and explore that area of the park and the Lamar Valley.

If you want to see critters, you are most likely to catch them early morning and late afternoon. That's easier to do if you don't have to drive in from outside the park.
Great advice right here even though we stayed outside and never had an issue going in every morning. We went in mid May and spring was a great time to go.
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If you elect to drive yourself (and even if you don't), strongly recommend Gypsy Guide app for your smart phone. About $10. It is a guided tour that keeps track of you via GPS and talks you through the park, giving directions and interesting facts about the park. You absolutely cannot get lost using the Gypsy Guide; and the info provided greatly enhances the tour experience. Best $10 we spent for the trip.

We trudge on.
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Originally Posted by Railroadman View Post
No need. They're gone.

When I was a kid we went there and there were bears everywhere - along the road, wandering right through the campsites. Wife and I went in 2009 and never saw a single bear the whole time!

Lots to see and don't limit yourself to the main roads. There are geysers and mud pots etc everywhere and some of the side roads off the main track are just as scenic and are less crowded.

Saw black bear along the road with cubs and a grizzly family up on a mountain side from a very far distance in May of 2018.
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Old 07-13-2019, 03:55 PM
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Lot of good pointers here. We were there last fall and it was still crowded. Too many of us retirees.

There is a book called death in Yellowstone. It is a series written by the rangers of Yellowstone, grand canyon and Yosemite.

Interesting and scary what folks do.

Doubt your parents will hike much but if so have the right boots. We had tennis shoes but not sandles like some did.

I’ll never go into nature again wo bear spray.

Just be be aware of your surroundings, death or injury in the parks can be just a few feet away.
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Old 07-13-2019, 10:13 PM
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Great inputs guys. Looking into accommodations now. The folks really weren't enthused about the RV idea, so I'll look for a hotel or cabin. Appreciate all the suggestions.
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Originally Posted by SilverBullitt View Post
Great inputs guys. Looking into accommodations now. The folks really weren't enthused about the RV idea, so I'll look for a hotel or cabin. Appreciate all the suggestions.

My last trip to Yellowstone, about 5 years ago, I stayed in a cabin at the Old faithful Lodge. It was small but had a double bed and a twin bed. They have two different cabins available. The cheaper of the two only has a sink. The more expensive of the two has a sink, a toilet and a shower. They have toilet/showers available in a common building, but that's not my thing.

Parking was just a couple of feet from the door to my cabin, so easy to unload/load the car(Corvette in my case).

Since I was by myself, and I have to have a HOT shower every morning to get me going, I stayed in a cabin with the toilet and shower. I was there in middle June and it was 30 degrees overnight, so going to a communal building wasn't very appealing to me. The dining in the Old faithful Lodge hit the spot with me, but there are all kinds of different restaurants there at Old faithful.

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Old 07-14-2019, 07:54 PM
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we went in 2015 for our honeymoon and spent a week camping in a travel trailer. both the tetons and yellowstone were great. we went in early September and had a great time. you will love it.
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Try here. Great view. Beautiful valley and it's about 30 miles out of the park. The views are incredible.

Pete and Carole are nice people.

https://www.paradisegateway.com/vacation-homes.htm

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PS The river will be perfect for throwing a daredevil or a streamer.

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Ignore the dipshits (every other post besides this one).

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Old 07-14-2019, 08:57 PM
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At the northeast entrance ate a few cabins and an excellent restaurant.

WE stayed at the Grizzly Lodge cabins, some recently remodled, more being remodeled.

Ate at The Log Cabin Cafe....... out front...... excellent!

You can see the entrance to the park from here

.And that road goes down through Lamar Valley which has probably the most wildlife.

No doubt about it wildlife while wild is kept somewhat in check.

There is an area on the east side where many Of the bears are off in a safe distance.

Too many stupid people cause the rangers to try to manage the wildlife.

You should see plenty from from your car but not like the old days.
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We've been quite a few times - all in the Grand Sport.

couple of things I would recommend and your parents would love it too.. Go to the Roosevelt Lodge near the North end -- have Dinner there - the ribs are to die for and the breakfast there is superb. After breakfast there - that is the gateway to wonderful Lamar valley which is a pleasant drive but do it early if you want to see animals - some say the Serengetti of Yellowstone. At the same place is the Chuck Wagon dinner also recommended.. lots of fun and good food. be sure to get reservations.

Also I recommend the Lake Lodge restaurant and bar -- be sure to get reservations. great piano bar

if you are driving -- get to Cody Wy - stay a night there and go to the Cody Museum - great place if you like the 1800s

https://www.yellowstonenationalparkl...inner-cookout/

https://centerofthewest.org/

https://www.yellowstonenationalparkl...-lodge-cabins/
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