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    Yellowstone Park advice

    Liz and i have started planning our road trip to Yellowstone and Grand Teton in early May 2018. We are intending to spend several days in Gardiner, several more in Jackson and finishing up in West Yellowstone for a few more staying in hotels and day tripping around the parks. We then intend to visit Glacier Park for a couple of days on the way home.

    Does any one have any advice, suggestions or guidance that may enable us to get the most out of our time there? We would also like to know of any ideal spots for sunrise/sunset photography.

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    Re: Yellowstone Park advice

    Ivan, did you check out these threads? I think @Dave_W lives near there. Haven't seen him on here in a while though. Maybe you can PM him.



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    Re: Yellowstone Park advice

    @Moab Man have you been to Yellowstone? @wtlwdwgn has a number of images on here from Yellowstone. Look through some of his posts:

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    Re: Yellowstone Park advice

    Thanks Cindy.

    Yes, I have been to Yellowstone many times. The crowds can be insane! Best time is during the middle of the week, avoid holidays, and go before school is out. Small vehicles work best for trying to find the very limited parking but you drive what you have.

    Some roads are still closed in May. Here is the projection for 2018
    2018 Spring Opening Dates

    Conditions permitting, roads will open at 8:00 am on the following dates:

    • April 20: West Entrance to Madison, Mammoth to Old Faithful, Norris to Canyon.
    • May 4: East Entrance to Lake (Sylvan Pass), Canyon Junction to Lake.
    • May 11: South Entrance to West Thumb, Lake to West Thumb, West Thumb to Old Faithful (Craig Pass), Tower Junction to Tower Fall.
    • May 25: Tower Fall to Canyon Junction (Dunraven Pass)
    • May 25: Beartooth Highway

    Have a circular polarizer, lens with a lot of zoom, really wide lens, monopod, and a tripod. If able, go into live mode before triggering the shutter in the lower light slower shutter speeds on the long lens.

    Patience patience patience. Lost of stupidity will be on display. Groups walking where they are not supposed to and getting too close to the animals.

    Did I mention a really long lens?

    Food is terribly expensive in the park and often not worth half. Lines can be incredibly long and slow. Try to eat at off times and just bring food. We always eat one meal a day somewhere and the other meals from what we bring.

    I don't have any places to recommend, just know that wherever you are there always seems to be people.
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    Re: Yellowstone Park advice

    yellstones roads form a figure 8 (north and south loops), drive one direction one day and opposite the next. Allow a day for doing a loop. If there are cars stopped on the road one or more of the parks animals are crossing/using the road. This very frustrating, by the time you get to where the animals where they may be gone.


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    Re: Yellowstone Park advice

    glacier np. The "going to the sun" hiway most likely will be closed early in may.

    Get room reservation asap, lots of the good stuff will be booked already for next year.


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