Yellowstone lodging


Jul 29th, 2008, 08:26 PM
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Yellowstone lodging

I'm looking for some advice on my first visit to Yellowstone--is it better to stay in West Yellowstone or Gardiner? Don't mind staying a bit off the beaten path to avoid some of the crowds but definitely on a tight budget. How crowded will the park be in mid-September? And...any favorite day hike suggestions?
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Jul 30th, 2008, 05:53 AM
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Mid September is a great time to go. The park always has people (especially around Old Faithful when it is about to erupt, animal jams, etc.)but there are way less at that time of the year. Alot of people who go there yearly go in the spring and then again in September, avoiding late June through most of August. Crowds should not be a problem for you then at all.

To answer your question without going on too much about the virtues of staying in the park, West Yellowstone would be my choice of the two for a first visit. It is more central to most of the areas you will go to. We have stayed there and didn't mind the ride into the park each day at all.

Have you looked into the prices on accommodations inside the park? There are many different options and prices at each area. With the gas prices so high now it may make the difference on where you stay. You can also camp if you are into that. Maybe even stay in the Canyon or Lake area (Roosevelt may be closed by then) or even Silvergate for a day or two to explore that side of the park and then move to West Yellowstone. I'd stay in Gardiner as opposed to Mammoth if that is one place you look at -- it is only 5 miles from Mammoth. Grant Village location is not the best -- would rather be in West Yellowstone.

As far as hikes, there is a rather new post here that discusses some of this (and the poster promises to post a trip report when she returns in a few weeks), so you might want to follow that for some suggestions. It is called:
Hiking in Yellowstone and GTNP
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Jul 30th, 2008, 06:37 AM
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There is some really budget lodging in GTNP. Colter Village Tent-Cabins. It is roughing it a bit, but better than bringing your own tent. If you like camping, this would be good place.
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