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zztop Mar 18th, 2006 02:38 PM

Yellowstone: Mammoth Hot Springs or Lake Yellowstone
 
We are staying 3 nights in Old Faithful. For the other 3 nights, what do you suggest- Old Faithful or Lake Yellowstone? We are also spending 2 nights in Grand Tetons. Want to see as much as possible. Thanks.

sharondi Mar 19th, 2006 06:03 AM

zztop,
We are planning a fall trip to yellowstone and have reservations for 2 nights at Old Faithful, 2 at Mammoth, and 2 at Canyon. It was important to us to stay somewhere in the north area of the park and we like the Canyon area because it's so centrally located. From everything I've read, people really love the accomodations at Lake Yellowstone, although we based our decisions on where to stay on where we wanted to be in the park. We don't really care much about the accomodations - we just don't spend enough time in them to care about the amenities. You might consider 2 nights at OF, 2 at Mammoth, and 2 at the Lake. We had no problem changing our reservations. Good luck.

sylvia3 Mar 19th, 2006 07:39 AM

Folks always seem to think that the park is the size of Siberia--it's a simple figure 8 loop that can be seen over and over, and backtracked, no matter where you stay in the park or out. You don't need to relocate every 2 nights or at all.

soxgirl Mar 24th, 2006 06:16 PM

We too are going in August, with 2 nights at OF Inn, 3 at Lake Yellowstone cabins, and 2 in Tower.From all my readings, it seems you can't go wrong, once inside the park. Since we prefer hiking etc. to driving, we chose to relocate in order to take advantage of the different sites/animals/hikes in the different parts of the park. So, I would recommend you relocate-to Lake Yellowstone, or Tower. Tower, many people tell me, is one of their favorite parts of the park. It's near the [Lamar?] Valley, home to apparently wonderful cabins, and offers the barbeque/horseback ride experience.If you change locations for those 3 nights, it can cut out the traffic jams and get you more quickly to where you want to discover next. Each section of the park has different scenery to offer. We too are ending in the Tetons,by the way.

RedRock Mar 24th, 2006 06:51 PM

soxgirl--Sounds like you are talking about the cabins at Roosevelt Lodge, they are near the Tower Falls. Don't miss the Lamar Valley, that is home to several of the wolf packs of YS. It is not unusual to see bear in that area, last year we saw several black and brown between the Tower Jct area and our campground in Pebble Creek. We have been camping that area for well over 20 years, our favorite.

gail Mar 25th, 2006 03:56 AM

Disagree with Sylvia above - while certainly not the size of Siberia, we are glad to have relocated during stay (3 nights near GTNP, 2 nights in West Yellowstone, 2 nights Gardiner). During our day trips we found we had gone only a few miles in hours becasue we were stopping to see things. Also, summer traffic and animal jams made travel tedious at times.

Not impossible to do it from one location, in my opinion just bettter to relocate.


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