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Old 05-21-2009, 01:07 AM   #1
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My son-in-law & daughter are planning on going to see Yellowstone in 2010. We are planning on tagging along or pershaps meeting them up there. This year we are all waiting for their first child to make his appearence. Winter is not an option. I am thinking between June till September. Which would be a good time for the trip. It will be his first trip. We also need some time to go see our son & his family who are moving to Alaska. Your opinions on that trip would be appreciated as well. May have to fly to Alaska. It will be our first time up that way. They plan on using a tent, but if needed they could use the back of our campershell on our pickup as well.

Thanks for any advice on the best month to go.

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Old 05-21-2009, 07:30 AM   #2
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Old 05-21-2009, 11:30 AM   #3
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I agree with Sept. nice weather and less crowds.
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Iv'e been to Yellowstone twice in the last few years, once at the end of April-first week of May, and once in mid-September.

At the end of April-first week of May, not all roads were open, but Old Faithful was great. Because the park was just opening up roads, and there had not been much traffic, the wildlife was amazing, complete with a wolf pack at Slough Creek. Weather was clear, cool, and pleasant. We didn't camp, but stayed at the North Entrance.

In mid-September, we were very surprised at how full Fishing Bridge CG was. Generally saw more people and fewer animals due to the conditioning that summer. When we left around September 20, we were being chased by a major blizzard. Don't forget that Yellowstone is at 7700 feet elevation. Winter comes quickly. The weather was more variable, and generally cooler than in the spring.

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Old 05-21-2009, 12:14 PM   #5
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Actually anytime of year is a great time to see Yellowstone. Each season has it's own beauty. Of course the busy season is the summer months when tourist flock to the park. But if you don't mind the crowds then even the summer months are a wonderful experience. No matter when you go the beauty will blow you away. Personally, If your going that far up, I would keep driving and go see Glacier National Park, IMHO, Glacier is truly one of the most beautiful National Parks we have. Fall in Montana is my favorite season there. No crowds, and spectacular color. But even summer in Glacier is nice cause it's sooooo big you really don't have a ton of crowds on most days.



You won't be pulling the scamp on your trip? Of course driving thru both parks with a trailer is challenging, And Glacier you can't pull it over the Sun Road, but having the scamp would give you guys options to explore out of the way destinations in comfort without having to worry about finding a motel. Robin
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But if you don't mind the crowds . . .
I love Yellowstone, and Robin's right -- summer is gorgeous there, but the crowds can be a pretty spectacular hazard -- not just a background thing. The traffic can be intense -- bumper to bumper, crawling by accidents and/or wildlife. And sometimes accidents with wildlife, for those who ignore the buffalo-goring warnings. The tour buses keep the lodges and main attractions full of people, all day long, and you can easily wait an hour for a sandwich at the park run restaurants. If it upsets you to watch people trampling flora and posing their kids by semi-agitated fauna, don't hit this park during the summer. I've seen some memorable bad behavior in YNP, and it's always in June.

I vote for September or May. There's a decent RV park right in West Yellowstone, walking distance to town -- convenient, if you'll be spending any time there.
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If it upsets you to watch people trampling flora and posing their kids by semi-agitated fauna, don't hit this park during the summer. I've seen some memorable bad behavior in YNP, and it's always in June.
Julie, LOL......................... I so agree, but have to say I have seen bad behavior any ole time of year. It makes me crazy that people will put their child in danger to catch a KODAK moment with a buffalo..................... All I can think is, HELLO it's a parasite invested beast that is capable of killing. Geeeeeeeeeeee Lets get a picture of our kids with it! Now that gets me! I hate stupid people.
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Robin, Concerning, You won't be pulling the scamp on your trip? We will be in the Scamp, no problems pulling it the mountains, etc. My daughter & family will be tenting, but we will be using the Scamp. We have been to Yellowstone twice, in June the first time & in July the second time. We have been to Glacier twice, June and then in July also visited the Canadian side on the last trip, we came down from Canada on that trip. Started over by Victoria, BC, did some time at Jasper & Banff then to Waterton then to Glacier. http://www.pc.gc.ca/pn-np/ab/waterton/index_e.asp

My son-in-law has not been to Yellowstone, nor Glacier. We are trying to pick a good time for them. Not sure if he has the time to do both, he has not mentioned Glacier. They will be coming from Tucson, AZ a good drive. We will check out the Tetons as well. Too close not to.
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We will check out the Tetons as well. Too close not to.
Yep! And a beautiful addition to your vacation. Enjoy!
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We went to both Yellowstone and Glacier last July and it was perfect weather. Crowds were minimal thanks to the $4 gas last summer. Some of Glacier probably wouldn't be available in May.
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Lynne and I went to Yellowstone last September, and loved it. We will go back . . . but we probably won't go back in September.

It's not that September is a bad month. It was spectacular! It's just that different times of the year offer different sights and experiences. In September, for example, there isn't as much ground water for the Artist Pots to "perk," so our visit there was not as impressive as if we had visited in June, but had we gone in June we would have missed the elk rut season in Mammoth, where we saw elk sparring with one another just outside the historic Mammoth Hotel. Making a second trip some other time of the year will allow us to take in new sights and experiences that weren't to be had on our first trip.
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I've never been to Yellowstone and I lived fairly close at one time in Idaho.

Maybe the question to ask then, is when is the time of the year to NOT go to Yellowstone and WHY.
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Some of Glacier probably wouldn't be available in May.
Greg's right, Glacier is just starting to gear up this weekend. (thats one thing that drove me nuts when we had the resort, We had guests in who would have spent weeks exploring, but soooooooo many of the Parks highlights weren't up and running till Memorial Day weekend). So much of Glacier is about the going to the sun road, and if they can't get the snow cleared or it snows in May or June it shuts the road down. Not that there isn't a million other sights to see in Glacier but everyone thinks it's all about the Sun Road.



Actually Donna, Truly ever season there is something to find beauty in. I don't think there is a bad time, unless you hate crowds........... Gridlock all for a Kodak moment with a parasite infested beast. Bless the Rangers, how they deal with all the crazy people who don't listen to their warnings....
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January.
Daytime highs of 20F (-5c) on a "warm" day. Nighttime temps that are usually sub-zero (below 20c). Record lows of -66F (-54c).

Brrr. Brrr. Brrr.
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