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Help fill in the gaps please!

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Help fill in the gaps please!

Hi, I'd really appreciate your expert advice. We are a family of 4(kids 11 and 15). Trying to educate myself reading up as much as possible, but still stuck. This is what I have so far:

July 22nd- fly into Jackson, stay at Signal Lodge

July 23-25- depart for 2 nights camping, kayaking, Snake river float with OARS

July 25- overnight at Signal or Jackson Lake Lodge (haven't booked this night yet- recommendations?)

July 26- early start to head into park(itinerary for this day help needed) booked 3 bear Lodge west Yellowstone.

July 27- Early start-itinerary for park exploration

needed and lodging.

July 28- Shoeshone Lodge booked right outside east entrance.

July 29- horseback riding from Shoshone Lodge then drive back through park back to Jackson. Not sure if we'll have time for in park exploring this day?

Recommendations? Advice on where to stay in Jackson.

July 30- flying out

We are an active family. Would love to do a few hikes if time allows. Please advise. Thanks!

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1. Re: Help fill in the gaps please!

You will be able to cut down drive time and see more if you choose in park lodging but it's your choice. Many want gateway city lodging for consistent wifi and better cell service along with TV etc. If that's not important I'd suggest staying in the park.

Your time for Yellowstone seems very short. Yellowstone is huge with 300+miles of paved road and lots of major sites to see. With just 2.5 or 2.75 days in Yellowstone you'll have to choose what areas are of interest to you.

Meanwhile, with what you've got, I'd stay your free night at Canyon or Lake.

Here is a suggestion on what to see:

July 26: Head in to Yellowstone. Depending on where you start from, you've probably got at least a 2-hour drive to OF. I would skip West Thumb geyser basin for now but would pick it up on your way back thru to Jackson. If you need a comfort stop, the best place is probably the Grant Village Visitor Center or General Store. There are vault toilets at West Thumb but they are often awful as they get a lot of bus tour traffic and the staff just can't keep up with cleaning them. Head to the Old Faithful Visitor Center. You might pick up the Jr Ranger and/or Jr Scientist workbooks for your 11-year old. (Jr Scientist needs to be turned in to the OF Ranger desk in the VC) Get the eruption times for the predictable geysers then set out thru the geyser basin to see if you can catch any of them. Pop in to the OF Inn to see the lobby and fireplace. After you have finished with this area work your way toward West Yellowstone via the smaller geyser basins and the scenic side drives.

July 27: Do the Upper Loop today. Skip Norris unless you have time at the end of the day and are staying either at Canyon or back at West Yellowstone. Do Dunraven Pass, Tower Fall, Lamar Valley (wildlife), Mammoth Terraces, then back south toward Norris Junction (road work in this area likely again this year with up to 30 minute delays).

July 28: Do the Canyon Visitor Center, South and North Rim overlooks, work down thru Hayden Valley for wildlife viewing. Mud Volcano,walk across Fishing Bridge to look for wildlife. Fishing Bridge Visitor Center - stop here especially if the 11-year old has finished the Jr Ranger workbook so they can get sworn in. You might have time for a hike today. You could consider Storm Point which is on the East entrance road just east of Fishing Bridge. You'll need to allow yourselves at least an hour from Fishing Bridge to the East entrance, then however much time from the East entrance to your lodging so you can get there before dark.

July 30: On your way back thru Yellowstone to Jackson stop at Lake Village if you have an interest in the historic Lake Hotel. Continue south around the Lake, take a break at West Thumb Geyser Basin then head out to Jackson.


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2. Re: Help fill in the gaps please!

22 fly in to JAC, stay SML

23 Grand TEton

24 Grand Teton

25 old faithful area/geyser basin, stay west yell

26 old faithful. geyser, Norris...stay west Yellowstone or gardiner

27 Mammoth hot springs, Lamar Valley..stay in Canyon ,Roosevelt, or look at Cooke City

28 Lake, Hayden and Canyon area...stay Shoshoni (also be open to flipping nights between here and Canyon/Lake)

29 horseback tour, return to Jackson. likely not much time to stop and see anything., about 4 hrs driving back to jackson

30 fly home

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