How does the first come first serve process work in Yellowstone Park?
hey i get many details from this.when you open this link you'll find 2,3 or 4 links very top of that page.you'll go through them.
Is it snowing in yellowstone at this time for driving on the upper and lower loop?
I just came home from Yellowstone on Saturday. It snowed a lot the week I was there. We had snow in the park 10/5-10/9. The roads were dry and clear by last Wed. 10/10, but we did get 8 inches one of those snowy days. We stayed in West Yellowstone as well and headed into the park one morning before 7am. By 9am it had snowed so much that they were closing roads and tons of people got stuck at the Canyon visitor's center and at Old Faithful Village. It took about 4 hours for them to open a couple of roads. As far as I know, it hasn't been bad since the middle of last week, however, there were signs up in the park suggesting use of snow tires. Dunraven Pass is closed for the season. Craig's Pass was closed off and on all week because the road would thaw and then freeze over again. If it does snow, they do a pretty good job of getting the roads cleared.
I have attached a web cam link so you can see what it looks like in different parts of the park....clear right now. There is also a link for weather conditions and I think maybe even road info. If you click on the web cam for Old Faithful (top left) you can scroll down to see what the temp is. It hasn't gotten much above 30 this week as was the case most of last week.
Enjoy your trip!
Park roads do not close to vehicular traffic until 11/5 this year. It snowed last night 10/17.
Whats more expensive, a trip to Disneyland or Yellowstone?
I would think Yellowstone would be cheaper because you can camp and you would have cheaper options for food (like cooking out). Plus you don't have to pay almost a hundred bucks a day per person to visit Yellowstone. The family member that backed out on you is probably just not very outdoorsy and couldn't hack it at Yellowstone. You can't have a decent Disney vacation for under a thousand dollars unless you're just staying a day or two.
I live close enough to Yellowstone to visit every few years. My last visit was May 2007. Spring & fall are the best times to visit. Spring probably the very best due to all the new born bison. Plan on about 3 days for Yellowstone itself. There are some less known areas around Yellowstone. Plan on 1 day for Teton Park, which is right on the way from southern entrance. You will probably want to spend 1 day in Jackson. Be sure to float the Snake River white water trip. Jackson is where you board the bus for the trip to the river. To top off the day you float the Snake take in Bar J Chuckwagon - Jackson Hole, Wyoming - Chuckwagon Supper and ...The Bar J Chuckwagon, a truly unique experience during your Jackson Hole vacation.
Another must see in the Yellowstone area is The Beartooth Highway is an All-American Road that has been called "the most beautiful drive in America," by late CBS correspondent Charles Kuralt. Due to heavy snowfall at the top, the pass is usually open each year only from Memorial Day in late May through Labor Day in September.
The Beartooth Highway is the section of U.S. Highway 212 between Red Lodge, Montana and Cooke City, Montana. It traces a series of steep zigzags and switchbacks, along the Montana-Wyoming border to the 10,974 foot (3,345 m.) high Beartooth Pass. The approximate elevation rise is from 5,200 to 8,000 feet in 12 miles (1,600 to 2,400 m in 20 km) in the most daring landscapes.
When driving from the east to the west, the highest parts of the Beartooth Highway level off into a wide plateau near the top of the pass, and then descend to where the Beartooth Highway connects to the Chief Joseph Scenic Byway near Cooke City, which forms the northeast gateway to Yellowstone National Park. Your destiantion from Beartooth is Cody Wyoming & Buffalo Bill Historical Center Plan on 1 day there.
If your in for more adventure spend some time in the Greys River area, jumping off point for this senic drive is Alpine Wy( 40 miles from Jackson)This is a non touristy type of ativity. In my opion the highlight of the trip.Take a dip in the crystal clear spring fead Crystal lake.
. Bridger-Teton National Forest - Greys River Ranger District
Bar J Chuckwagon - Jackson Hole, Wyoming - Chuckwagon Supper and Western progarm
The Bar J Chuckwagon, a truly unique experience during your Jackson Hole vacation.
Buffalo Bill Historical Center
Five Museums Under One Roof
How should i plan my trip from Yellowstone national park to Banff national park in Canada?
First of all, you can enter Canada with very little hassle but you will need your passport to re-enter the United States so don't forget to carry it with you. That said, here's the route I suggest you take. From Yellowstone take either 191 through West Yellowstone or 89 through Gardiner north to I-90. Go west on I-90 then take 287 north to Helena. In Helena, take I-15 north into Canada. You will enter Canada at the Sweetgrass border crossing where I-15 becomes Hwy 4. The speed limit signs also change from "miles per hour" to "kilometers per hour" so watch your speed. 80 KPH is approximately 50 MPH. If renting a car check with the rental agency for any special requirements for taking the car into Canada. Some agencies require additional paper work. After you cross the border, follow Hwy 4 north until you get to 3 at Lethbridge and follow 3 west until you get to 2 near Fort Macleod. Follow 2 north into Calgary. Stay on 2 until you get to TC-1 in Calgary then follow it west to Banff Township in Banff National Park. You will have to pay an entrance fee to enter Banff. The fees can be found on this web page - http://www.canadianrockies.net/banff/bnpfees.html. The drive is approximately 650 miles long and will take about 10 hours not counting rest stops.
I'm no expert on Banff and I went there pretty much just to go hiking. I did go as far north as the Columbia Icefield in Jasper NP but in my opinion it wasn't worth the drive. It's a typical roadside tourist attraction on a very large scale. Walking around on the Athabasca Glacier can't be compared to walking on the Ruth Glacier in Denali National Park, Alaska. However, it is much easier to get to the Athabasca Glacier than the Ruth Glacier.
While in Banff we hiked the following trails.
Lake Louise area - "Lake Agnes and the Beehives" and "The Plain of Six Glaciers" together as a loop. Moderately strenous hike of about 10.5 miles with total elevation gain of approx. 3,150 feet. This is a great hike overlooking the beautiful Lake Louise. Good views from the top of both beehives. Teahouses at Lake Agnes and Plain of Six Glaciers. Had some good homemade apple pie and coffee at the Plain of Six Glaciers teahouse. We got hit by rain on the way back down to Lake Louise in the late afternoon but I always carry an insulated rain jacket when hiking in the mountains.
Moraine Lake area - "Wenkchemna Pass" out and back. Moderate difficultly, approx. 12 miles roundtrip with total elevation gain of 2,360 feet. Gorgeous hike through the Valley of Ten Peaks. This hike is in a restricted area requiring that you hike in a close group of 4. This requirement is due to the presence of grizzly bears. If you don't have 4, hang around at trailhead and ask to join others. Carry bear spray if you can afford it - $50 for a 9 oz can. I picked up a can at Bob Ward Sporting Goods in Bozeman. You can't fly with this stuff so I had to give it away before flying home. I didn't see any grizzlies, just blacks. But, I rather drop $50 and not see a grizzly then save $50 and run into one. I don't recommend bear bangers unless you've had some experience with them. Carry warm clothing and a rain jacket. We were there in early July and got hit with sleet and near white out conditions on the approach to the pass. Fortunately it let up after an hour so we could enjoy the views.
Johnston Canyon - Easy out and back trail. 1.7 miles one-way to upper falls. 3.6 miles one-way to Inkpots. This is a beautiful hike up to the upper falls. Continue to the Inkpots if you have nothing better to do.
We took the tram to the top of Sulphur Mountain overlooking Banff Township - good views, worth the cost of a ticket. Also did a lot of walking around in town checking out the many shops.
If for some reason you can't make it to Banff you can go to Glacier NP instead. In my opinion it's the most beautiful NP in the US park system. I would go so far as to say that it's even more beautiful than Banff (my opinion). But, like Banff, to really enjoy the beauty you have to get out on the trails. My favorite day hikes in Banff include Hidden Lake, The Highline, Iceberg Lake and Grinnell Glacier.
I hope this information helps. Enjoy your trip.
Late May will definitely be chillier, and there will be snow on the ground still in places. On the plus side, you get to see the ecosystem in "spring" mode, everything blooming and emerging from winter. This also means snow capped mountains, which make for better pictures. The park is also generally a little less crowded at this time than early August.
Later in the summer not as many flowers will be out, and most of the snow will have melted off the mountains. By this time waterfalls are also starting to dry up, and it's more crowded. However, you have a greater chance of seeing wildlife during this time of year. Also, all of the facilities/programs/staff will be up and running during this peak time, so everything will be available. Things generally start up for the season around Memorial Day, but it's staggered. For example, boat tours on Yellowstone Lake don't start until early June, so if thats something you wanted to do, it wouldn't be an option in May.
Pretty much everything you'd need to know to help you plan a trip (like maps, opening dates, lodging and hiking info) is available through the park's website, http://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/index.htm. Clicking around might provide greater insight on not only when to go, but what to do when you get there as well.
It may be a challenge to find a place to stay. An alternative plan may be to stay at Grand Teton National Park, which is just south of Yellowstone. Using this park as your base you will be able to visit both parks. Gros Ventre campground seldom fills even when all the others are full. A 7 day pass covers both Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. I enjoyed the book, "Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park", a Frommer's book. This book has a lot of good suggestions.