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Old 02-27-2014, 03:13 PM   #15
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Yellowstone Opening Dates Just Released

This info was just released today. There were some folks who seemed interested in it, so I thought I'd post it here.

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) -- Yellowstone National Park's 2014 opening and closing dates generally are the same as last year's - with some earlier fall closures due to park construction.

The Jackson Hole News & Guide reported Thursday ( ) that Yellowstone's South Gate, which provides access from Jackson Hole, will open May 9.

The East Gate, with access from Cody, opens May 2. The West Yellowstone, Mont., entrance opens April 18.

This fall, Jackson Hole visitors will have to take an indirect route to Old Faithful after Sept. 2. The Mammoth Hot Springs-to-Norris road will shut down completely between Sept. 14 and Sept. 30.

Yellowstone's winter season will close in phases beginning Friday, when the East Gate will close until spring. Skiers, cyclists and hikers are exempt from the winter closures.

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Old 02-28-2014, 07:20 AM   #16
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May is a good time to visit YNP, you get to see the wolves tear up the buffalo calves and you beat the summer crowds. Just be advised that even in May, it will freeze almost every night.

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Old 02-28-2014, 10:27 AM   #17
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We made the same trip in 2011 from Marietta. I suggest you consider staying at Whittington Woods Campground at Benton (formerly Benton Best Holiday Trav-L-Park) near Benton, Illinois the first night out. It may be a long drive at ~450 miles for the first day but it ranks among the very best in that neck of the woods. I appreciated the fact that the next drive had my approach to St. Louis timed to miss the rush hour :-)

We stayed east of Yellowstone/west of Cody in the Wapiti Valley while visiting Yellowstone. There are two very nice RV parks (Yellowstone Valley Inn, Lodging & RV Park near Cody, Wyoming & Yellowstone Park, Yellowstone Cabins or Green Creek Inn & RV Park - Closest RV Park to Yellowstone's East Entrance) as well as NFS camp sites alongside the river (NF-456) in the Shoshone Nat'l Forest off US 14-16-20, The Buffalo Bill Cody Scenic Highway. Its super convenient for day trips into the park, Cody (nightly rodeo, museums, etc.), and to a must do scenic drive sans trailer into Montana over Dead Indian Hill using Hwy 296.

If you want to be in the park, the campground in the southern portion at Colter Bay Village is a nice location for trips down to Jackson or to view the Tetons. Most of the other RV sites within the park are so densely packed that you might as well be in the city :'(

As mentioned above, be aware that travel times within the park are subject to congestion bottlenecks (image Atl rush hour) and frequent wildlife delays that can take 30 minutes or more to clear as drivers stop on the narrow roadways to take pictures.

All told, we stayed in the park or adjoining area for 8 days/10 nights in multiple spots to see all the magnificent variety offered. However long you can stay, enjoy every minute.
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What great information thank you very much.

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