Grand Loop Road
Grand Loop Road
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A 140-mile scenic drive past some of Yellowstone's most famous sites.
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Nyormirror
Bay City, MI2,004 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Family
The Grand loop is 142 mile paved road with numerous pullouts that will take you around all the main attractions in a figure 8 formation if all the roads are open in approximately 4-7 hours

For August 2020 the upper right section of the figure 8, from Canyon to Tower, was closed due to a unsafe bridge.

We stayed in Gardiner and would have to double back to return to our lodging accommodations. Not that it was bad because you could see stuff you missed the first time through but it did make it inefficient.

Just to give you an example, It takes 1 hour and 36 minutes from the North entrance to old Faithful and that’s without traffic or stops.

So be prepared to drive a lot. Fill up your gas tank and cooler before you enter the park. Bring sun hats and sunscreen and bug spray for wooded hikes.

Also make sure you download NPS Yellowstone app because your GPS and cell phone will not work it the park. The app has a interactive map, geyser times, what’s open or closed and many other things.

I would love to return again when all of the figure 8 and Grand Loop are open so I could see areas of the park I missed.
Written 9 September 2020
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jehenson81
Washington DC, DC24,884 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
Driving along this road is part of the experience of going to Yellowstone. As a few other reviewers have said, even though you think the distances are short, they take twice as long as you think for a few different reasons. One, people are driving slow to take in the scenery. Two, people unexpected pullover or pull out in front of you, which means you have to slow down. Three, the wildlife. I got stuck in two Bison jams going between locations and the traffic was backed up for at least a mile and barely moving. But all of that is part of the experience, since this road is the only way to get around and there is only one lane in each directions. So prepare and plan ahead for getting stuck. I’m happy I had plenty of water and some snacks in the car because it was mind numbing for a bit, but the view and the scenery more than made up for it.
Written 20 April 2024
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Navigator60659610992
16 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2024 • Family
Park rangers could care less about the customer

Got stuck in 5 hour backup in traffic.
Bc of buffalo moving on single lane road.

Why can't these lazy government employees just put up a sign to warn people no cars can get through for 5+ hours.
Written 23 June 2024
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paradiseisland34
Frye Island, ME95 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
Whether a visitor is seeing everything for the first time or have been on the road a thousand times over, would suggest the digital audio version of the loop. That can be downloaded on any smartphone. Thru google store or the apple online APP store.
Don’t just base the road on Mother Nature or the erratic weather patterns that change daily. Would base the drive on the time of year visiting, which month it is, and of course the season.
Written 17 October 2022
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phat_dawg_21
Alpharetta, GA15,325 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020
The way around the park!

We spent a lot of time on this road because a lot of the major points of interest can be found along it, or near it.

The road connects the northern and southern parts of the park, and serves most of the Geyser Basins.

We experienced Bison and Elk traffic jams, and saw bear and wolves.
Written 9 October 2020
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Heather A.
31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
We were not told of a road closure before traveling 16 miles toward our campground. We had to turn around and travel 16 miles back, almost to where we entered the park, and then take the opposite direction to the one planned. It would have been extremely helpful if the ranger at the gate had told us of the road closure when handing us the map. We subsequently were unable to complete the loop in the opposite direction the following day because another section of road was closed. Fortunately, the signs for that closure came before we had to take a significant detour. The grand loop for us was a great overview, but we couldn't get back to the mud geysers we had passed only the day before.
Written 30 August 2021
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Minnesota Traveler
Chanhassen, MN1,820 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Family
We had a great time on the grand loop, however when we were there a tanker truck overturned which closed a portion of the road for the day which forced us to turn around at the mud spring. No worries though as there is so much to see. Really liked the SE portion of the loop where a vast majority of geysers are located.
Written 6 December 2020
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James C
Williamsburg, VA1,108 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2021 • Couples
During our five days in Yellowstone NP we saw just about every interest available. The 140 miles Grand Loop Drive was done on the third day after visiting some of the shorter scenic drives. The diversity of the drive is amazing and gives you a great idea of the wonders of the park and animals that inhabit it. I got a few clean shots of some of the locals residents. Well worth the drive.
Written 5 June 2021
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RunningOnAndOn
Florida163 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2022
This is a great place to see bison and wildlife, but be prepared for a long traffic backup when animals are in the area. Bison will cross the road and all traffic must stop for them. Other wildlife in the area too. Remember when you visit Yellowstone National Park, whether in a car, truck or walking, the animals have the right of way!
Written 13 August 2022
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Mike H
Phoenix, AZ2,017 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021
The road was closed for construction from the Lamar Valley to Fishing Bridge. Bummed that we had to take the same road back as it forced us to do some things the next day that we had planned on this day. But there was a bonus. We ended up seeing a bear and cub and also prong horn antelope came across the road in front of us.
Written 3 October 2021
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