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Thermoguy

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Posted: 03/14/22 02:04pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We stayed at Fishing Bridge a few years back. Staying inside the park is the only way to see it. But, do you think there will be big crowds early June? My guess is those crowds will be after schools out and kids are traveling with parents. Yellowstone and all national parks are over crowded. So, just go and try not to notice all the other people. Hopefully you have a tow vehicle or towed vehicle. We had people next to us in a class C and every morning they had to pack up everything to go drive around the park, and parking can be a **** shoot at some nice attractions. I would hate to have to park anything larger than a truck.

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We spent 5 days at Yellowstone in June of 2020. We came in from Cody and drove all the way across the park to the Grizzly RV Park just outside of the west gate {in West Yellowstone}. That was a great location and I would go there again. Being just outside of the west gate you can easily access the park if you go early.

When you enter from the west gate you quickly encounter several road options as to which way you want to go and this cuts the traffic down significantly. I agree, see Old Faithful first as it is the biggest draw in the park. Do not try and enter the park from the south. We drove out that way heading down to Grand Teton NP and the back up at the south gate was over a mile and taking an hour or more.

On June 4th we had temps in the low thirties all day with snow flurries so we stayed at our site. The next day it was still cold so we drove the park in our 24' Class C and had no issues finding parking everywhere we went. The next 3 days the weather was better and we rode the park on my Indian motorcycle logging over 460 miles inside the park over the four days. Until you have seen any National Park {but especially YNP} from the back of a bike you have no idea what you missed. Grand Teton NP and the Jackson area were awesome as well.

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Posted: 03/14/22 02:57pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Our first time out there was in that time frame and it wasn't that crowded but that was 1984. I did some quick math. Using a total of 3.81 million visitors (from 2020) and dividing by 240 days (assuming 8 months of heavier travel) that only comes to 15875 on any given day. This was using the total number of visitors including those that visit in the winter so that 35,000 sounds high. There are highs and lows in visitation of course. July and August are the busiest months. It's a long way from NH so if you are already out there go for it. You can always change plans on the fly if you want to.


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The mosquitos were the worst and most aggressive I have seen and that includes the swamp and salt marsh.

The snow melt gives them a chance to breed.

I wouldn't want to visit a park that other people chose to avoid. Therefore crowded indicates something.

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Go and enjoy from me too but I’d try mightily to avoid the summer months.


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A bit off topic but on the way back, if you haven't already give the Devils Tower a look see.


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You will only be going through the gate once. Don't understand the issue. Yellowstone is a treasure and Fishing Bridge is the best location to explore it from.


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IMHO, every American should see Yellowstone NP at least once. I've been there twice. One can not actually see the whole thing, but a week is a good start.


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I'm sure it's horrible. Please don't go and tell anyone thinking of going not to go.

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Another thing to consider is there are going to be 3 major road projects starting this year that will cause significant travel issues within the park for two years. We were planning a trip for 2023 and am going to wait until after that now. They were originally going to do these projects one at a time and decided to all 3 at once.

https://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/road-construction.htm


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