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Need help for itenary asap please!

Hastings, Nebraska
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Need help for itenary asap please!

We are headed to the Northern Border of Yellowstone late this week. We want to experience the best of Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons and also want to do lots of fishing and hiking. We do have smaller kids but they can either be hauled or hike (easy trails) themselves. We are worried about road closures and how to make the most of our trip despite the recent snowfalls. We aren’t concerned about where to eat, as we will be packing our lunch daily and will eat breakfast and supper at the cabin. We have a larger group including 5 adults and kids, the oldest kid is 7. Also tips on running trails would be appreciated (without kids!). Any pointers or advice on activities this time of year?

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Georgia
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1. Re: Need help for itenary asap please!

Where is the cabin located?

Salt Lake City, Utah
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It's still very early for fishing. The local rivers will be running fast and high. My husband has been fly fishing in this region for decades. He never goes fishing until late June.

Spery, Iowa
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Early for many trails, the best advice is to check with the rangers when you plan to hike. Many areas closed yet, for trail conditions, water, or bear management areas. https:/…central

Northern border of YNP to GTNP does not work well- long drive and you need to be at lodging before dark, not leaving much time to spend in the Tetons.

Running trails, well, in YNP, it isn't set up for that. Again, conditions, and being bear aware, when hiking is recommended in groups, makes running a higher risk activity.

Hastings, Nebraska
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The cabin is close to Gardiner, MT.

Hastings, Nebraska
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We don’t have fly fishing stuff...just planning to wing it near our cabin with our normal rod and reel. The river is going to be high & fast though.

Hastings, Nebraska
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Thank you for that website. Very helpful!

Spery, Iowa
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Here is the drive times map for YNP. https:/…Park-Map-with-mileage.pdf Does not include any stops for road construction (Mammoth/Norris Road, up to 30 minute delays and Dunraven Pass is closed, so your only internal option to get to the south part of the park), animal jams, touring or comfort stops. You don't want to drive in the dark in the area. www.sunrisesunset.com

and for current road conditions, https:/…parkroads.htm

Edited: 14 May 2018, 13:28
Dubois, Wyoming
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8. Re: Need help for itenary asap please!

Were in northern Yellowstone just last week. Much of the northern region was still covered with deep and drifting snow. It must have melted some in the past week, but you'll still encounter lots of snow.

The road between Mammoth and Norris is down to dirt for much of its length and very slow. I'd suggest setting out early from your cabin and heading south toward Fishing Bridge area, where the snow is clear. You'll enjoy a day looking at Old Faithful and the Artist Paint Pots, if that's open.

I'd spend time enjoying the elk and the hot springs in Mammoth another day, which is north of the nasty roadworks. There's a lovely state park right along the Yellowstone River about 10 miles north of the Park, which is a great place for a picnic and had no snow when we stopped last week.

I would not run alone in that entire area, unless you're on a public road, and in the Park the roads are narrow. As to the trails, the bears are coming out of hibernation and you have no idea what you might encounter. Probably your best bet (if boring) would be to run around the town of Mammoth Hot Springs or Gardiner.

Hastings, Nebraska
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Thanks for all the help, hopefully we get some good weather and are able to enjoy the park, looking forward to the canyon and mammoth for some hiking. Is there anywhere to swim around the park or near Gardiner? Indoor? I know about 2 of the hot Springs but it sounds like the river will be to fast.

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>>>Is there anywhere to swim around the park or near Gardiner? Indoor? I know about 2 of the hot Springs but it sounds like the river will be to fast.<<<

No, there is no place to swim in the park or around the park at the north entrance (Gardiner) in May. The only two places inside the park are the Boiling River between Gardiner and Mammoth and the Firehole Canyon swim area just south of the Madison junction. The Boiling River is not a swimming area, just an area to soak in "hot pools" along the shore that have been created by people moving rocks around to form soaking areas. It is always closes sometime in May and into June due to spring runoff resulting in hazardous water conditions. The Firehole Canyon swim area is also closed in May and into late June due to spring runoff and hazardous water conditions.

The only place to swim near the north entrance is at Chico Hot Springs which is about 30 miles north of Gardiner. You can buy day passes to use the pools at Chico.

https://www.chicohotsprings.com/

Deb

Edited: 15 May 2018, 21:50
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