Monday, May 23, 2011

Advice Needed for a Yellowstone NP Trip


We’re hoping to spend a few days in Yellowstone National Park this summer and as neither of us have visited previously, we could use some advice. 

Here is the plan so far:
  • We have 3 days
  • We are entering from the South Gate and leaving via the North Gate
  • We are camping

So, any recommendations for the following would be so greatly appreciated:
  • Specific driving routes. Doubling back is ok. 
  • Must-see attractions/visitors centers/hikes/etc, especially for a gal (ahem. Me) that likes seeing wildlife. [Also, no killer hikes, por favor. We’ll have the bambino with us and until he can trundle along by himself fairly well, I’m not particularly keen on lugging him up any giant mountains.]
  • Favorite campgrounds


  1. We did the opposite, entering at the North Gate and leaving at the South Gate. I loved our campground, which was Pebble Creek and we had hoped for Slough Creek but it was full. I think the only non-geyser trail we did was the hike up to Trout Lake which was near our camp site. Very, very steep so might be a little tough with a baby but very secluded and the fish were fun to watch.

    We showered at one of the larger campgrounds in the south on the way out. I think it was Grant Village.

    Have fun, I wish we could go back.

  2. Anonymous2:47 PM

    I really enjoy visiting the Paint Pots - they're a pretty short hike and usually aren't too crowded.

    All of the roads through the park will be full of cars. Cars that stop the instant they see any wildlife whatsoever. You will see wildlife from your car. But it is way, way better to get out and hike through the park.

    Other than that, I think the campgrounds in the park are all pretty fine, if I remember correctly.

    I'm envious - I haven't been back to Yellowstone for YEARS, and I love that park! Also go and visit the Grand Tetons if you can fit that in - less crowded than Yellowstone, but a lot of the same kinds of mountains and animals.

  3. Amy Rathke7:08 AM

    I'm headed to Yellowstone this weekend and following some recommendations from a friend who worked in the park for years as a naturalist. I'll let you know my reviews!

  4. Thanks guys! Good to hear about the campgrounds and the paint pots. Will add to the list. Bri, when you went from N to S, did you do the entire figure eight of the grand loop or did you skip sections? We are trying to decide if we should hit every section of road, even though it means doubling back over some portions. I think the plan now is to pick our hikes/ view points and just drive between those, not worrying about all the parts that can be seen from the road.

    Amy. - I would love to hear all the details of your trip when you get back!! Have a great time!

  5. Sonj - I've never been to Yellowstone, but I'm excited for your upcoming trip and to see the pictures that you take! :)

    -- linds