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Elevations range from 5,282
feet (Reese Creek) to 11,358 feet (Eagle's Peak Summit). Take care to avoid
The park's roads are laid out
in two joined loops. The north loop is 70 miles (113 km) long and the
south loop is 96 miles (155 km).
2003 entrance fee $20. Good 7
consecutive days in Yellowstone and Grand Teton
Beware of things named
Yellowstone. The Yellowstone Inn in Livingston is 60 miles from the park
Yellowstone - When to Go
I like to visit Yellowstone in
the fall because it's less crowded, animals are more active and the geysers
steamier. My husband likes summer for its clear skies and warm days. Choose
based on your vacation schedule and personal preferences. Consider this
information to make your decision:
Interior roads are open
through early November. Entrances closed for winter re-open in April and May.
Spring: Snow lingers, May is
Yellowstone's rainiest month
June: Still rainy, crowds
July, August: Expect warmer
weather, clear skies, afternoon thunderstorms and crowds. Animals sightings are
September: Expect cooler
weather (and possibly some snow), smaller crowds. Animals are more active and
elk are mating.
Winter: Only Mammoth Hot
Springs is open year round. You can get to some areas inside the park on
approved over-the-snow vehicles, such as environmentally-approved snowmobiles
and snow buses. Yellowstone gets an average of 150 inches of snow a year, and
everything is coated in white.
Yellowstone Vacation - Before You Go
Make lodging reservations in
advance, as soon as you know when you are going to travel. Yellowstone
is very popular, and its limited lodging can fill up early.
limit 45, expect to average about 35
You and your pets may be
happier if you leave them at home. They aren't allowed in Yellowstone hotels,
cannot be left alone at any time, and are not allowed on boardwalks or more than
a short distance from parking areas.
Yellowstone Vacation - Packing
Print the list of
Reference Numbers to take
Pack your binoculars, camera
(take lots of film or media cards) and, if you're a serious bird- or
animal-watcher, throw in your field guides.
Don't forget sunscreen, hats
Pack clothing so you can dress
Leave firearms at home. They
are not allowed in Yellowstone, even if you have a state permit to carry them.
If you need to carry firearms for any reason, unload them, break them down and
put them in a case out of sight. Place the ammunition in a different compartment
of your vehicle.
Bringing the kids? There are no
televisions in the Yosemite hotels, so bring some games to keep them occupied.
Yellowstone Vacation - When You Get There
Stop outside the park to buy
groceries, snacks, film, batteries and other supplies you might need. Prices in park
range from 10% to 25%
higher than in surrounding towns.
If you plan to visit more than
two national parks during the year, a National Park Pass will save you money. If
you buy a single pass, it will be good for Yellowstone and Grand Teton, for
Pick up copy of Yellowstone
Today when you enter. Lists ranger programs, road closures and other important
Stop by the National Park
Visitor Center to get the latest schedules and geyser eruption schedule.
If dinner reservations are
required, make them as soon as you can. When we arrived at 5:00 p.m. on a
Sunday, the earliest available dining time was 9:45 p.m.
Yellowstone Vacation - Special Needs
have questions about disabled access, contact the Park Accessibility Coordinator
at (307) 344-2021. An accessibility guide is available at all entrances and
leashes at all times, and they are not allowed on trails, more than 100 feet from roads or
parking areas, in the back country or off the boardwalks. There are no kennels
in the park. Do not pets
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