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Old 09-23-2011, 06:32 AM
 
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Haven't had time to research past threads on the subject yet, and looking for the latest and greatest info. Planning a trip for late Oct through Yellowstone and Grand Tetons. One 5 yr old and two adults...what should we hit, avoid, plan for especially weather wise this time of year? We would be interested in hearing about nature tours etc., but would like to relax at night with more modern facilities. Probably have a good 4 days and nights flanked by 2 travel days.
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Old 09-23-2011, 08:26 AM
 
Location: on a dirt road in Waitsfield,Vermont
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Haven't had time to research past threads on the subject yet, and looking for the latest and greatest info. Planning a trip for late Oct through Yellowstone and Grand Tetons. One 5 yr old and two adults...what should we hit, avoid, plan for especially weather wise this time of year? We would be interested in hearing about nature tours etc., but would like to relax at night with more modern facilities. Probably have a good 4 days and nights flanked by 2 travel days.
By late Oct most visitor facilities(lodging, campgrounds and stores) are closed for the season in Jellystone and GTNP. More times than not most roads are already closed due to snow. Personally I would rethink your trip.
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Old 09-23-2011, 08:33 AM
 
Location: Spots Wyoming
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That's pretty late in the year and yes, snow is a definate possibility. Here is some information for you. Homework, if you will.


Which Roads Are Open? Recorded road condition information: 307-344-2117.


The latest information on backcountry access is available by contacting Backcountry Offices throughout the park or by calling 307-344-2160 during normal business hours, seven days a week. When actively burning, smoke from any of these fires may be visible from park roadways. Updated information is available 24-hours a day by calling 307-344-2580, or on the web at InciWeb the Incident Information System: Yellowstone National Park Incidents

All communities near and on the way to Yellowstone are open year-round. Information about cities or towns within 200 hundred miles of the park, is available at Yellowstone National Park - Cities Near Yellowstone (U.S. National Park Service)

National Weather Service forecast for Yellowstone and Grand Teton: Forecasts for Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks

WYDOT Road Information 888-WYO-ROAD or WYDOT Travel Information Service (Cheyenne)

M-DOT Road Information 800-226-7623 or Montana Traveler Information

Laws and policies: Yellowstone National Park - Laws & Policies (U.S. National Park Service)

Facilities' Opening & Closing Dates ... For lodging inside Yellowstone please contact Xanterra Parks & Resorts at 866-439-7375.
http://www.nps.gov/.../open_closedates.htm - Cached

Fall Road Closures:

October 11—Roads close to the public at Tower Fall to Canyon Jct. and Long Lake via Beartooth Pass to the Montana Stateline. (GATES CLOSE AT 8 A.M.).
November 7—all park roads closed to the public at 8 a.m. except from the North Entrance to Upper Mammoth Terrace, and Mammoth via Tower Junction to Northeast Entrance. Cooke City via Colter Pass to the Long Lake gate is not maintained for wheeled vehicle travel.
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Old 09-23-2011, 08:34 AM
 
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By late Oct most visitor facilities(lodging, campgrounds and stores) are closed for the season in Jellystone and GTNP. More times than not most roads are already closed due to snow. Personally I would rethink your trip.
I agree. Several years ago, I went to both at the very close of the season in early October. Most of the aspen had already lost their leaves, and I woke up to nearly a foot of wet snow and temps in the low 20's at Old Faithful lodge. I stayed at Gardiner, Montana the next night and barely got out of there the next morning because of near-blizzard conditions. It was a really long drive back to southern Wyoming, with bad winter driving conditions much of the way.
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Old 09-23-2011, 09:52 AM
 
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We've tried to do a late October trip to this area every year for the last decade by keeping a very close eye on the weather and keeping it as an option for our travels. It hasn't worked out for us to do it although the weather window ... as well as more possibilities for places to stay and things to do ... was OK through the end of September.

Better to plan the trip for an earlier time frame or consider another destination.
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Old 09-23-2011, 11:37 AM
 
Location: Key West & Jackson Hole
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I always try to pull out of this area as soon as hunting season is over in mid to late October. Then I am watching the weater and trying to pull out ahead of an incoming front. Hauling a 30' loaded horse trailer made it even more important.

The Gros Ventre's just got their first snow last week.
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