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Old 09-10-2015, 10:20 PM   #1
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Is it tooooo late???

Traveling to Yellowstone from New York--- we had a trip planned but family medical issues have delayed us. Has anyone traveled out toward The Yellowstone area in Fall and when does it become too late to go?? I see campgrounds are closing very soon. I would appreciate the stories of your trips, include great campgrounds and weather issues as well. We do not have any set plans and could change directions if need be.
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Old 09-10-2015, 10:25 PM   #2
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Getting late... Get a move on.
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Old 09-10-2015, 10:33 PM   #3
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You do need to check the campgrounds and when they close. But I absolutely LOVE the park in the fall. I've been to Yellowstone close to a dozen times, and my best trips have been in September and October. The crush of tourists is gone, you'll hvae the thermal features almost to yourself. If you're an angler, you can actually have long strectches of the Firehole, and most of the Lamar with nobody else in sight. The accommodations do start shutting down in September so you need to plan a little better, but you'll be rewarded with the Park as it should be seen. The Park website lists the closing dates of all the hotels/lodges/restaurants/stores throughout the park. Some of them stay open through October, some of them start closing in early September. Distnaces can be long, so make sureyou have enough gas before you enter the park.

They won't close the roads until the snow flies or sometime in early November. They might even leave them open in the snow flies, but I don't think they plow much.

Yellowstone in October is a special treat. And now that you mention, I might just need a long weekend there myself ASAP.
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Make sure your heater works good. It's chilly up there at high altitude at night!
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Old 09-10-2015, 11:43 PM   #5
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they close many of the campgrounds late September I would call and check and make sure they're open snow is always an option at that time of year
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Old 09-11-2015, 12:34 AM   #6
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I love Yellowstone in the fall. I've been there many times, as late as the end of October. As others have mentioned, you need to check the campgrounds for closures, and be prepared for some cool or cold night temperatures. You will probably see lots of wildlife, and you will not have to compete with the other visitors for a view. Park closure is weather dependent, so keep your eye on the weather. The North entrance at Gardner is open all year. And have a great time.

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could be magical and of course less busy...go for it!
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Old 09-11-2015, 11:53 AM   #8
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Mammoth CG is open year round. Beware of the road construction on the road from mammoth to Norris narrow and very rough. I would avoid if possible. Otherwise go be prepared for freezing temps at night and have a great time. The park is magical. Also go to Grand Teton if you have the time.
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Base line elevation for Yellowstone Caldera is 7800 ft at Yellowstone Lake.

This is the time of year when it starts to get plenty cold when the sun goes down. It's not like you shouldn't go. But you need to prepare accordingly.

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Old 09-11-2015, 12:20 PM   #10
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We were there last year for Halloween. Actually, the Tetons, but we ventured north to Yellowstone. It was the last weekend that the roads were open. All of the campgrounds were closed in the parks. The Forest Service campgrounds around the park were also officially shut down, but they said that we could go ahead and use them as long as we packed out our own trash. The toilets were also locked up. So we stayed at Hatchet FS campground near Moran Junction. Since it was officially closed, there was no charge. It snowed at night, and was pretty darned cold, but I hope to do it again.
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Old 09-11-2015, 01:01 PM   #11
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You will have company. We are leaving from Herkimer on Sunday and heading to Yellowstone also. Haven't decided if we will stop at the Badlands/Black Hills on the way out or back. That would get us to Yellowstone the third week of September and others are right, camping sections are diminished. We probably will stay outside the park and venture in early and come out late. Perhaps we will see each other. 25' FC with burgundy Dodge 2500 with same color cap. Safe travels.
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If the weather holds you are good to the middle of October
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I can't imagine the thermal features shutting down for the off season.
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I can't imagine the thermal features shutting down for the off season.
You just might find a couple snowmobilers skinny dippin in them....
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