West Yellowstone Warnings and Dangers

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    Flights May Reschedule

    by grandmaR Written Apr 13, 2014
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    When I made my reservations to fly to West Yellowstone to visit Yellowstone Park, the Delta website said that flights started to West Yellowstone in early June. But after I booked a flight with Delta for June 9th, changing in Salt Lake, Delta canceled the June 9th flight. They did not offer any options, just canceled that one segment.

    It was easier to book a hotel in Salt Lake and cancel the hotel and car for the 9th in West Yellowstone than it was to rebook the whole thing.

    So if you want to fly to West Yellowstone in early June, just be aware that the start date of the flights may change without warning.

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    Wildlife Should Always Be Considered Dangerous

    by KimberlyAnn Updated Nov 22, 2010
    Grizzly Bear In Yellowstone

    As you explore the National Forests around West Yellowstone, or drive and hike in Yellowstone National Park, remember the wildlife you see can do you harm. Heed Yellowstone’s warning, and follow their rules. Although most people understand bears are dangerous, I have see some really stupid behavior, mainly people approaching bears to get a close up photo, such as the fellow who was climbing the hill to this bear, cell phone held high to take a close up photo. I took this one with a 300mm lens. Lucky for him a man came along in a car near the man, stopped and told him that he was minutes or seconds from death. An adult male grizzly weighs 300 to 700 pounds, and although females are smaller, they still weight from 200 to 400 pounds. Picture a football field in your mind, that is how far you should stay away from bears. But beside the bears, the moose, elk, bison, and other wildlife are also dangerous. The park rules state that you must stay at least 25 yards away from large animals such as moose and elk. These animals are large, and can take you out faster than you would believe. Elk have even been known to attack cars, especially during mating season. Those sharp points on the end of their antlers are excellent weapons if they become upset with you. Bison, may look slow and docile, but they can run at speeds of up to 35 miles per hours, and can outlast a racehorse. We often see articles in our local Cody, Wyoming newspaper about tourists who have had an unwelcome visit to a hospital due to bison attacks, often with the added expense of a helicopter ride. Moose are large, and they don’t trust you anymore than any of the other wildlife that you see. Heed park rules, and use then everywhere in the wilds of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

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    If You Don't Like Little Airplanes

    by DEBBBEDB Updated Sep 11, 2010

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    This airport only has a couple of commercial flights in and out each day. SkyWest Airlines serves West Yellowstone Airport out of Salt Lake City, Utah. The airplane only seats 30 people. If you have any kind of fear of flying, don't consider flying into this airport. Also although they say that they have services from June 1 to September 30, Delta (of which SkyWest is a division) actually doesn't start commercial services until June 10th

    Airport Code
    The airport code for West Yellowstone Airport is WYS.

    It IS convenient to town and to the Park. We were told that it was primarily for private aircraft. Services for those who fly in on private aircraft include parking, fuel, catering and even camping. The campground has fire pits, picnic tables, a pit toilet and a hot shower.

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    Low Mileage Gas Charge

    by grandmaR Written Sep 9, 2010

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    The Avis rental car place had a somewhat strange requirement. They said that if I drove less than 75 miles total, they would charge me extra for gas whether it was full or not.

    This location is open May 20, 10 - Oct 3, 10
    Sun - Sat 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM

    The Avis website just says

    Gas Service Option:

    * Fees for the Gas Service Option are not included in the Estimated Total.
    * Fees are assessed and applied at the time of rental.
    * Fees vary by location and are determined by current market value of gasoline in surrounding area of rental location and the fuel tank size of rental vehicle.
    * Customer will receive no credit or refund for unused fuel left in tank at time of return.

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    SNOW IN JUNE

    by travelgourmet Updated Mar 16, 2009

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    What? Snow in June? Yep!

    Most people don't realize that the Yellowstone area of the USA has snow even in what are considered summer months. Snow can be a hazard if not prepared. So, if you travel to Yellowstone National Park other than July and August, you could have a little snow or even a ton in winter season. Bring snow chains or have a 4 WD vehicle, outside of deep summer. Drive Carefully.

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  • Defective snowmobiles

    by Cherismoore Written Jan 15, 2009

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    Just rented 2 snowmobiles for the day at "Rendezvous Snowmobile Rentals" and one broke down 20 minutes after renting it the 2nd one started showing a warning that I was out of fuel. I was out in the middle of nowhere and it was cold! Thank God that one didn't break down.
    After going back to the shop 3 hours early the guys working in the shop said "yeah,we've been having these same problems for the past year it's just the gas sensors. But that didn't explain the first one breaking down. It was so bad that the guy that finally came out was going to give us his snowmobile but guess what? It wouldn't crank! I just couldn't believe it.
    I was so upset! I asked them how I could go out if I didn't know how much gas I had.
    They said "wow I don't know....
    Don't even bother going there!

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    Montana Traffic

    by GreenMtn.Man Updated Jun 8, 2004

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    Montana Traffic Jam

    Watch out on the outskirts of the entrance to Yellowstone as the Bison tend to wander a little to far sometimes.

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