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Old 10-03-2018, 09:48 PM   #21
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Definitely be ready for any type of weather. I've seen it snow a foot in every month of the year. True.

IMO trying to see too much is the biggest mistake most people make. Staying at Madison on night one I would recommend heading for Slough creek (Mammoth as a backup) as the top loop of the 8 is pretty action packed. Making a sunrise in Lamar valley is definitely recommended. Just look for the turnouts filled with people packing huge spotting scopes and make friends.

The road from Canyon to Tower goes over Dunraven pass and most drivers are so busy white knuckling the backside they don't know to pull over heading down and look east. This is some of the best wildlife viewing and an awesome pace to spot a grizzly. Evening is best bet here. This road closes mid October usually

There are a lot of cool short walks on upper loop; Tower falls, Mammoth terraces, Artist point at canyon, Upper basin at Norris. The "hot pots" between Mammoth and Gardiner are nice to check out if getting in the thermal washer / river is your thing. Very close to Mammoth campground.

If you want a little longer, still easy hike, Grizzly lake between Mammoth and Norris is great.

Not Sure what entrance / exit you'l be using. If coming from the south makes seeing Old Faithful easy. But since most people who make a short trip to YNP vow to go back,,,, yes you can catch it next time. Old Faithful Inn is shockingly cool. (as is the Lake Hotel) The South end of the Park, and West Thumb to Fishing Bridge, and Fishing Bridge to Cody are all beautiful, but if you're in a hurry come and go that way next time.

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Old 10-11-2018, 09:24 PM   #22
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We did four days in Yellowstone a few years ago and I wish we had more time. After hearing about the place for years I expected it to be overrated but I was wrong. It is an amazing place.

We stayed at Madison the whole time and did day trips from there. Some details of what we did are here:

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Old 10-12-2018, 10:57 AM   #23
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Tons of great info everyone - awesome thread.

So I'm back from my trip and it all worked out very well.

The second night it rained heavily then snowed heavily.... according to the staff at Madison campsite the weather scared off some people. They had a ton of cancellations, then most of the sites rebooked right away.

Ended up 2 nights camping at Madison.... then the 3rd night a few hours south of Grand Tetons

Saw bison, a grizzly, a black bear, deer, etc.

had a wonderful time.


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