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Yellowstone Guided Day Tour From Jackson Hole
"Upon leaving your hotel in Jackson Hole you will stop at Big Thumb by Yellowstone Lake.  The magma underneath Yellowstone park heats rain water and melting snow at about 8 miles below the earth surface. The water finds its way back to the surface of the earth in the form of mud volcano fumarole warm and hot springs. Your tour route will lead you to Hayden Valley home to wolves Grizzlies
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Yellowstone Lower Loop Self Guided Driving Tour from Jackson Hole
"Your self-guided tour of Yellowstone's Lower Loop will be emailed to you and you can print it in your hotel or at home or download the app if you use iOS. (For android devices you can download the app for free.) Once your tour is downloaded you can access it offline on your phone or iPad and you will be able to travel around the park without the need for internet connection. The tour is packed with all the information you need before starting your adventure. It guides you precisely and is accessible at any time so you can refer to it as many times as you wish.Your tour route is designed by an expert guide
From $57.00
 
Yellowstone Lower Loop Self-Guided Tour from West Yellowstone
"Your self-guided tour of Yellowstone's Lower Loop will be sent via email so you can print it at your hotel or at home or download the app if you use iOS. (For android devices you can download the app for free.) Once your tour is downloaded you can access it offline on your phone or iPad and you will be able to travel around the park without the need for internet connection. The tour is packed with all the information you need before starting your adventure. It guides you precisely and is accessible at any time so you can refer to it as often as you wish.The route will lead you to the Grand Prismatic Spring Old Faithful
From $57.00

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North Entrance

This is an open entrance to avoid road construction on your way into the park this year. It also has a grand historic archway for picture taking. It is close to Mammoth just inside the park. ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................

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Dymphna1
Jun 13, 2015

How To Get There

North Entrance - Near the gateway community of Gardiner, MT

West Entrance - Adjacent to the town of West Yellowstone, MT

South Entrance is Jackson, WY

East Entrance is Cody, WY

Please Check the Road Conditons before you travel Please!

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Yaqui
Apr 04, 2011

Interested in renting an RV?

It seems like I see more and more rental RVs (Recreational Vehicles, sometimes called campers) coming through Yellowstone. If you don’t own an RV, but would like to try one, the rental RVs that we see the most are Cruise America. These come in three styles: 19 foot Compacts, which sleep 2 - 3 people; 23 - 25 foot Standard models, that sleep up to 5 people; 28.4 feet Intermediates, that sleeps up to 6; and 28 to 30 foot large, which sleeps up to 7. Cruise America has 134 locations from which you may pick up a rental RV, so visit their web page to see what pickup location would work best for your trip. You can even do one way rentals. So you could pick up your RV at one Cruise America location, drive across the country, and return your RV to a different Cruise America location. There is an extra fee for one way rentals, but by calling the number below you can get all the needed information. Also their website includes an orientation video that is a must to watch if you are considering renting an RV. To find this video go to their web page, click “Site Map,” found at the bottom of the homepage, click “Renters Orientation” from the list. Be aware that even though the video explains how to hook up electricity, water, and sewer, many campgrounds across that country do not have these options. You can usually fill your water tanks in campgrounds, and you should always have drinking water in bottles. Simply purchase a few bottles of drinking water, then you can refill them in campgrounds, provided you like the taste of the campground water. Your generator will be used if you do not have electricity. Campgrounds always have generator hours, so be sure you know what they are. You will not be allowed to use a generator overnight, which would be very rude and disturbing to other campers. The generator only has to be run if you want to use the microwave, air conditioner, or any electrical appliance that requires 110 electricity. Some things in the camper, such as lights, water pump, and the heater fan will run on batteries. Be sure you keep track of the charge in your batteries, as you will have to use the generator to recharge the batteries, and remember, you can only do this during generator hours. The video tells you that the RV must be level for the refrigerator to operate properly, yet their demonstration is done on level ground. There are a lot of campgrounds, especially in State and National Parks where the campsites are not level. Discuss this with Cruise America, to see if they have ways to level the RVs. If you are told that you must park in a level site, be sure you request this when you make your reservations. Also, be aware that you can be a little off level and the refrigerator will still operate.

Campgrounds in Yellowstone fill up early, so make your reservations as far in advance as you can.

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KimberlyAnn
Dec 02, 2010

Really, you need a car for flexibility

This photo of our car was taken shortly after we arrived in Yellowstone NP and pulled over to the side of the highway to get a better look at various Bison that were out in the fields on both sides. Because the attractions of Yellowstone are spread all over the park, you will need a car for the flexibility of seeing and/or stopping for a closer look at whatever it is that strikes your fancy on any particular day. Since we live only about 1100 km away, it also made sense to just drive there and take in a few extra sights along the way, rather than go through the hassle of flying and renting. The second photo was taken on Highway 212 near Red Lodge, Montana as we looked ahead to the 12,800-ft Absaroka Range where we would soon be climbing upward to the Northeast Entrance on the spectacular and winding Beartooth Highway. Gasoline stations are strategically located at the main centres throughout Yellowstone, so that won’t be a problem. We ended up clocking about 3000-km on this six and a half day trip to both Yellowstone and Grand Teton NPs.

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Bwana_Brown
Oct 10, 2010
 
 
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Even Old Cars Rally at Yellowstone

The Red Rock Rendezvous antique car rally was in Yellowstone when we were there, and the old Yellowstone buses were on display (photo 4 and 5). This was a tour where 13 drivers from around the country drive vehicles built before 1915 through the scenic roads of Wyoming, Yellowstone National Park and Colorado.

A newspaper story about them said, "Drivers generally hum along about 40 to 45 miles per hour and cover somewhere between 150 and 220 miles in a day, depending on road conditions, weather and the amount of time spent waiting for buffalo to cross their paths.

When we crossed the country in 1964 and 1966 in our 1932 Plymouths, we did about the same speed, but we usually did a little more mileage.

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grandmaR
Sep 11, 2010

vehicle

Every summer there is road construction. This year they have it between Madison and Norris. During the days there is about a 30 minute delay and no stopping in this area. Also there is some striping still going on between West Thumb and the South Entrance. Check with the park service as to where they are working before you go. It might save you some headache. But the roads for the most part were in good condition.

Do not expect to drive through Yellowstone in the winter - unless you are in a snow coach. The amount of snow they get in the park each year is such that there is no way to keep the roads open to vehicle travel.

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Dymphna1
Aug 27, 2009

Northeast Entrance

Once inside the park you will be out of the road construction. But on the Cook City Highway there is going to be construction for the next few years. We had a slide that took out a good part of the high way a couple of years ago, so fixing it is going to be long. Expect delays here.

Also - if you are afraid of heights - find another way into the park!!!!! Seriously!!! I am not kidding!!!!

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Dymphna1
Aug 07, 2009

South Entrance

There is a great deal of road construction in the Tetons leading up to the park. Expect to add an extra 40 minutes to an hour to get through to the entrance. Also remember that it is only 45mph for most of the trip there, with times it dips to 25mph. Take your time and camera. Make it fun.

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Dymphna1
Aug 07, 2009

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Driving a red PT Cruiser

I have booked my car via the company Holiday autos.

This makes it much easier, as it is in your own language, if you have problem you can call their office.

First I was searching the internet to rent a car, but there are so many different companies, like Alamo, Hertz, Avis, Budget, ...

And they all heave different ways in giving their prices (with or without a number of assurances), that makes it really hard to compare; also there are the hidden extras.

And then after a long tiring flight you stand there for the rent a car desk, and then they propose all kind of extras and assurances, and then it is sometimes very confusing to know what you really need.

So the advantage of booking via Holiday autos was that everything was included, so no more extras, of course at the desk they always try to sell one or more extra insurances, but a simple no does it

After the booking you receive a voucher, and upon arrival you present this voucher at the rent a car desk, a few signatures, and you can explore the American Highways.

The rent a car firm was Alamo.
And for the 21 days I paid 681 euro, which is 32.4 euro a day.

My car was a red PT Cruiser – Cryssler.

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filipdebont
Nov 11, 2007

Cars and buffalo

You don't just have to deal with car traffic. We were stuck for awhile in the Morris canyon by a herd of buffalo using the road as their route to and from places to eat. It is hard to stay 25 yards away when they decide to change course and come right for you. Everyone was patient and I'm sure excited to see buffalo up close and personnal.

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Segolily
Jun 03, 2007

Private tour with BrushBuck Photo Tours

My family stayed in Jackson, Wyoming prior to our trip up to Yellowstone and this is where BrushBuck Photo Tours picked us up. We had the most wonderful day exploring Yellowstone. We saw not only all of the Geo-thermal activities that anyone could ever seem to want, but we also saw so much wildlife. The highlight of the trip for me was being able to see a pack of wolves running free in the park.
The tour guides were extremely knowledgable about the parks history and knew so much about the animals, I felt like I had taken a fun college class by the end of the day! What was even better was that my family had, at first, planned on renting a car and seeing all the sites ourselves. I'm so glad we went with professionals who knew exactly where to go to see what we wanted.
If I was to return to the area, I would definately book another tour with this company.

amber_rose
May 31, 2007

Driving around in our little rental car

Our trip started down in Grand Teton National Park. We flew into Jackson Hole Airport, the most scenic airport in the country, and we rental a car from the Thrifty car rental agency in the airport. There were a few other agencies in the airport, but Thrify had the best price.
We took the long way around from Grand Teton, driving down through Jackson , over the Teton pass into Idaho, alongside the mountains and finally entering the park by passing through West Yellowstone and going in the West Entrance.
Drving around the park on the Loop Road was a breeze. We had a great road map booklet that explained what we were seeing every step of the way.
When we left, we exited through the South Entrance, driving down the John D Rockefeller Memorial Parkway, down through the Tetons and back into Jackson. One Gigantic Loop!

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kazander
Sep 06, 2005

Things to Do Near Yellowstone National Park

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Mt. Washburn

We started out in mid-morning. Reached the top and enjoyed a picnic lunch looking over the park. We noticed clouds to the west, so we started down. Halfway back, it started to snow (few flakes), but...
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Grand Canyon

Very impressive canyon of the Yellowstone River that runs through the eastern part of the park. It's up to 4,000 feet wide, stretches for 24 miles and 1,200 feet deep at its deepest. It sits just...
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Tower Falls

I really wish they would fix the path to the base of the falls. For now it is not worth walking down the path as it is closed before you can get to the base, and you cannot see the falls from any part...
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Yellowstone Lake

This huge lake is in the southeast part of the park is formed by the inflow of the Yellowstone river. From here you can boat, fish, and swim. Its the largest body of water in the park covering 136 sq...
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Mammoth Hot Springs

In Mammoth the primary rock is limestone. You will see both active and inactive travertine terraces. These terraces are in continual change, old ones become inactive, and inactive ones may once again...
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