1 month ago on 05/25/2020 at 9:02 AM
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Talk to me about Yellowstone nearby Park Ridge! What are the must do’s? Places to stay! Thanks!

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1 month ago on 05/25/2020 at 9:03 AM

Bears!

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1 month ago on 05/25/2020 at 9:17 AM

I’d go to the Grand Tetons instead. Way more beautiful and less traffic. Old faithful is cool but Yellowstone is a lot of driving, traffic and buffalos!

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1 month ago on 05/25/2020 at 9:21 AM

I went years ago and would suggest if at all possible going before the crowds get there. We went towards the end of May beginning of June. It wasn’t very crowded. Bring good hiking shoes and a backpack to use, plus bear spray, no joke. We started in Jackson Hole and then drove into Yellowstone. Also take the time to do Grand Teton National Park, it’s beautiful.

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1 month ago on 05/25/2020 at 9:25 AM

We took our family on a car trip to Yellowstone last summer and then out to CA and back. It was the trip of our lifetime (so far). Think car time with the kids and so many memories along the way. HIGHLY recommend it.

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1 month ago on 05/25/2020 at 9:28 AM

We went a few years back and you can go wrong definitely check out the Grand canyon of Yellowstone that was pretty cool It's a nice little hike to get there not real difficult

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1 month ago on 05/25/2020 at 9:44 AM

We stayed in the town of West Yellowstone just outside the park.

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1 month ago on 05/25/2020 at 9:45 AM

Don’t miss Jackson Hole as long as you’re so close.

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1 month ago on 05/25/2020 at 10:22 AM

Lisa we were looking into this also but they are closed or were! Following.

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1 month ago on 05/25/2020 at 10:23 AM

See Old Faithful, the grand canyon, hot springs, mammoth spring, see Jackson hole. Don't camp without bear repellant, don't bring your dog.

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1 month ago on 05/25/2020 at 10:27 AM

You also want to keep an eye out for animals and if you see people pulled off to the side it’s worth stopping bc it may be something cool to see

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1 month ago on 05/25/2020 at 10:50 AM

We stayed at the Lake Yellowstone Hotel and were part of a Xanterra tour with a guide. We were there for a week and maybe saw half the park on the south and west. There are other packages at other park venues. Phenomenal trip but we weren’t up for roughing it, so it depends what you are looking for. Do your research carefully and have a plan because the place is huge. Lots of driving from place to place, and lots of traffic, and bison, and they have the right of way if they decide to wander into the roadway! Would love to go back and see the northern half.

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1 month ago on 05/25/2020 at 10:52 AM

Kristina Ossmo Chaplin fyi.

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1 month ago on 05/25/2020 at 10:56 AM

One more comment. Be careful. I'm sure you know this. National Parks are wild, they aren't theme parks. No dogs (at least no dogs without a leash), stay on the paths, don't cross over fences that are there to protect you. Obey the signs. When we were there I picked up a book in the gift shop, "Death in Yellowstone" which chronicles every death in the park. Most of them were caused by ignorance.

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1 month ago on 05/25/2020 at 12:43 PM

They provide great tours led by Biologists. https://www.tetonscience.org/.../grand-teton-full-day-tour/

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1 month ago on 05/25/2020 at 1:11 PM

If you get a chance to visit Jackson Hole., this place is a must! C’mon - saddles for stools at the bar., great food too! Have fun!

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1 month ago on 05/25/2020 at 1:57 PM

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1 month ago on 05/25/2020 at 2:07 PM

My favorite place for breakfast

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1 month ago on 05/25/2020 at 5:02 PM

We went in 2014. this is my favorite trip ever. i was just telling my husband we should do this again. we drove-- drove like 12 hours--stopped somewhere in SD to sleep. then next day we drove thru the badlands on our way to deadwood. we saw jewel cave, crazy horse and mt rushmore. from there---we drove toward jackson hole/tetons--and i believe we saw devils tower on the way. lots to do in jackson hole--rafting/horseback riding. tetons were beautiful (see pic). from there we stayed in yellowstone 2 nights--lake lodge, had to leave---stayed in Cody, WY for 2 nights, then went back into yellowstone for 2 nights and stayed in Canyon Lodge (another side of yellowstone)---then headed home. we did lots of hiking---pic-nic foods during the day kept our cooler in the van---(as it was easier to be out/hike. etc)---dinners somewhere at night. we saw lots of bison. we had one come on our front porch at lake lodge--my son was face to face with him as he walked outside. i'm sure i am leaving out other little places we stopped at. my only advice is---yellowstone hotels and lodges book far in advance--that is why we had 2 nights together, then had to leave, and stayed elsewhere for 2 nights. btw, cody, wyoming is such a pleasant town. i went there as a kid---was excited to go back. we stayed at a nice place called cowboy village. the dinner/rodeo was right next door, we walked over--the meal and entertainment was great. the rodeo was fun. in town, there is bill cody museum and in the streets--they do pretend cowboy shoot outs.

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1 month ago on 05/25/2020 at 5:32 PM

I love this thread because it takes me back to what was one of our best family vacations, 2+ weeks, first trip in our new custom van with three kids :-). GREAT memories.

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1 month ago on 05/25/2020 at 5:58 PM

Horseback ride to a cowboy breakfast, rafting snake river, scenic drives, etc. so much to do! I also recommend The Tetons!

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1 month ago on 05/25/2020 at 7:02 PM

The whole place is beautiful. just wander and enjoy!

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1 month ago on 05/25/2020 at 7:05 PM

Download maps of the park for offline use. Sometimes gps just doesn’t work out in the sticks.

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1 month ago on 05/25/2020 at 7:24 PM

Also bring something to protect yourself like a big survival knife or brass knuckles. I was out hiking with my wife a few years back and about an hour into a hike where we had no cell phone signal I realized we had nothing to protect ourselves from a nut job or wild animal out of helps reach.

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1 month ago on 05/25/2020 at 9:16 PM

Just follow the rules

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1 month ago on 05/25/2020 at 9:26 PM

Just curious. if you travel in a RV you have to stop somewhere to clean your potty? Or traveling in a car you have to go use the restroom? So what's clean ? Where is open to do your business? Is it safe? Just thinking.

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1 month ago on 05/25/2020 at 9:52 PM

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1 month ago on 05/25/2020 at 9:53 PM

You have to stay at old faithful it’s so cool. Then stay in Wyoming and a much is the snake river!

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1 month ago on 05/26/2020 at 1:05 AM

Definitely go to Grand Teton National Park too. It’s the most amazing place. I was surprised at how big Yellowstone is. We had eight days to see both parks, and it was barely enough time. The road through Yellowstone is like a figure 8. Just follow the road and you will get too see most of the attractions along the way. Lots of driving and lots of walking/hiking. Gypsy Guide for Yellowstone is a nice app to use while driving, bc it uses gps to know which location you are at and gives you information about it. Lodging books up far in advance and you have to book through Xanterra to stay in the park. You can also stay outside the park, but that will add to your driving time each day.

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1 month ago on 05/26/2020 at 7:39 AM

I’ve heard the Yellowstone lodges are great to stay at but book up in advance. I would also go to Jackson Hole if you can. It’s got a lot of activities like whitewater rafting, an Elk reserve, skiing/riding the chair lift for a gorgeous view.

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1 month ago on 05/26/2020 at 9:07 AM

So for the OP or anyone else looking into this, I was there last July and my friends and I managed to drive from southwest Montana (a friend lives in a super quaint town called Red Lodge) over the Beartooth pass (not passable until snow clears in summer) which is absolutely gorgeous and into the park through the northeast entrance. It was a busy day with lots of stops but we managed to see all the high points, lots of buffalo, Old Faithful, Lower Yellowstone River Falls (best viewed from artists point, imo), hot springs, mudpots and the supercool prismatic calderas like the one pictured. We left the park through the southeast entrance, had dinner in Cody and were back in Montana by 10pm. I would not recommend this type of trip through the park if you have older people or kids but just wanted to stress that whatever you see is worth it! I have been there a few times now. There are lots of Air b&b's in the region if you cannot get accommodations in the park. I agree that Jackson, WY would be a great place to visit and stay and had a fantastic time rafting on the snake river - very challenging! Teton National Park is due south of Yelowstone also and absolutely fabulous. Most importantly, if you can spare the time, take advantage of any ranger programs you can. Stop in any visitor center at any park or check the website and figure out how to make those happen. If you have kids, the junior ranger programs and scavenger hunts are a great way to keep their interest. Finally, if you have a rising 5th grader, they can get your whole car free entrance into any NP. Visit the NPS website to get that sorted out in advance! Have a great trip!

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1 month ago on 05/26/2020 at 1:12 PM

Ok! Do we want to enter in one side of the park versus the other?

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