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Old 12-04-2011, 11:04 PM
 
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When does Yellowstone open again in the spring? We'd like to come when the roads are clear and weather has warmed up some, but before the summer rush has set in. What time frame should I be looking at?
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Old 12-04-2011, 11:19 PM
 
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It opens the weekend before Memorial Day.
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Old 12-05-2011, 01:28 AM
 
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It opens the weekend before Memorial Day.
That would be a great time to go as far as it being before the crowds hit, but keep in mind that it probably won't be very warm yet. The last time I went in May it was cold and snowy!
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Old 12-05-2011, 03:59 AM
 
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Early season may be good for avoiding crowds, but best to check the YNP website to find out what's open and accessible before heading out to visit.
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Old 12-05-2011, 08:57 AM
 
Location: Wyoming
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The busy tourist season doesn't really hit Yellowstone until mid-June, so I'd say the second week in June. The main roads will be open then. You never know about the weather. You can get cold weeks anytime in the high country. I've seen snow in the Bighorn Mountains every month of the year, and Yellowstone wouldn't be much different. Never go to Yellowstone without bringing along at least a sweater and jacket. Even the warmest summer days will usually turn into cool evenings.
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Old 12-05-2011, 10:08 AM
 
Location: near harrisburg pa
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about 3 yrs ago we went to yellowstone the weekend before memorial day ..... went in through cody , the day before we wnet in it was high 80's and nice , wake up the next day and its raining and high 40's . go up through to the entrance and the guard chuckled , we had short sleeve shirts on and such . a few miles after the entrance it was all snow with a few inches on the road . made for a great time and seeing the animals in the snow was well worth it ..... it snowed the whole day and we got into jackson later that night still snow .


so basically what im sayin is , like others said , dress appropriatly .
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Old 12-05-2011, 08:04 PM
 
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Would be coming in from out of state and want to be able to sleep comfortably at night. What are some of the nicer places to stay in Jackson or something equivalent to that? How much is nice?

What is the minimum time someone can stay in the area to see the most? Any small towns that would be worth visiting outside the park areas?
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Old 12-05-2011, 08:50 PM
 
Location: North Dakota
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The north entrance is the only entrance open year round. I think the others are open around Memorial Day. As has been suggested, check the YNP website. As for other towns to check out, I would check out Livingston, West Yellowstone, Cook City, Gardiner, and Cody.All of those towns are the close to the entrances (although keep in mind close is 50+ miles for Cody and Livingston) If you want a motel in any of those towns start booking early. Also, if you want to buy expensive souvenirs buy them in Montana and you don't have to pay a sales tax.
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Old 12-05-2011, 10:35 PM
 
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Would be coming in from out of state and want to be able to sleep comfortably at night. What are some of the nicer places to stay in Jackson or something equivalent to that? How much is nice?

How "nice" is "nice" is a matter of your expectations ... I know folk that can't find satisfactory lodging in the area for a family of 4 for less than a $1,000/day ... and others that can get by on a $200/night budget. What's your pleasure? Best to check the lodges on-line and get their rates. Reserve early, especially the less expensive places which tend to sell out quickly in advance.

What is the minimum time someone can stay in the area to see the most? Any small towns that would be worth visiting outside the park areas?
While we've had posters who claim to have satisfied their YNP tour in a mad dash around to the high points of tourist attractions in the park in the course of a day or so ... I wouldn't expect to see much of the park in less than a couple of weeks. Last few times we went, we took a sailboat up to the lake and put in at the North ramp and sailed down to the South half which is hand or sail propelled only ... no motors allowed. Spent 5 days on the water and wished we'd had another week just to take it in. Similarly, there's a lot of the park off the prime track of tourists which is well worth the time/effort to seek it out. You can literally spend months back in there and not see it all. To my taste, I'd rather have a fabulous experience in a sector of the park than to do the whirlwind tour of the famous tourist attractions and spend only a few minutes at each with then traveling to another destination that's a few steps away from my vehicle.

Again, it's a matter of expectations as to what constitutes "seeing" the park. It's such a vast expanse of so many characteristics and wildlife that you cannot really "see" the place in many days .... but it all depends upon what you are seeking to experience there.
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Old 12-07-2011, 02:15 PM
 
Location: Spots Wyoming
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While we've had posters who claim to have satisfied their YNP tour in a mad dash around to the high points of tourist attractions in the park in the course of a day or so ... I wouldn't expect to see much of the park in less than a couple of weeks. Last few times we went, we took a sailboat up to the lake and put in at the North ramp and sailed down to the South half which is hand or sail propelled only ... no motors allowed. Spent 5 days on the water and wished we'd had another week just to take it in. Similarly, there's a lot of the park off the prime track of tourists which is well worth the time/effort to seek it out. You can literally spend months back in there and not see it all. To my taste, I'd rather have a fabulous experience in a sector of the park than to do the whirlwind tour of the famous tourist attractions and spend only a few minutes at each with then traveling to another destination that's a few steps away from my vehicle.

Again, it's a matter of expectations as to what constitutes "seeing" the park. It's such a vast expanse of so many characteristics and wildlife that you cannot really "see" the place in many days .... but it all depends upon what you are seeking to experience there.
Sorry. That was funny.

You want to visit Wyoming when it's not snowing? Huh? A couple years ago I was camping up on top, August 22. Got snowed on. Froze my butt off. But yet, we drove around on our 4 wheelers at noon and it was 60 degrees.

So, snow may be there, might not, but don't count on it one way or the other. This is Wyoming. The weather could, or could not turn on you at any minute. April, May, June, July, ....... well, August may be questionable. hahaha
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