Expert Travel Advice to Yellowstone National Park

Top Answers To Yellowstone National Park Travel Questions

  • Anonymous user answered:
    The National Park Service has some very explicit rules regarding pets in Yellowstone, including the fact that your lab is not allowed to join you on any of the trails or boardwalks and cannot be more than 100 yards from roads, parking areas, and campgrounds. Xanterra does have some cabin facilities in Yellowstone that accommodate pets, including the cabins at Lake Hotel, Lake Lodge, Mammoth Hotel, Canyon Lodge, Old Faithful Lodge, and Snow Lodge. Pets are allowed at campgrounds but must be leashed and under control at all times, plus cannot be tethered at any time on their own. An alternative, given your route toward Minneapolis, might be to skip Yellowstone and take in the Turtle Rock Trail at Vedauwoo Recreation Area, a little-known rec area east of Laramie, WY, which ranks #2 in Away.com's list of top 10 places to hike with dogs. From there, continue on toward the South Dakota Black Hills, which offers tons of pet-friendly hikes like the trail along along Grizzly Bear Creek. Here, dogs can swim and roam to their hearts' content, plus this hike gifts you blockbuster eye-level views over to Mount Rushmore from atop the granite spires that line the trail. Here's a link to that top dog hikes article I mentioned: http://bit.ly/lr2gkJ
  • Anonymous user answered:
    Yellowstone Lake Cabins, Mammoth Cabins and Old Faithful Cabins in the park all allow dogs - i.e. - it's no problem in the park, you're just not going to stay in one of the hotel buildings - like the Old Faithful Lodge - you've got to stay in one of the adjaced cabins - which are just fine and very peaceful. I got all of my information before my trip from this book, The Suburbanite Adventure Travel Series, which just a hilarious book, but it gave us all the information on this kind of stuff - dogs, trails for dogs, just tons of stuff for a good trip. Hope that helps! P. Hogan
  • bonnie answered:
    the grand tetons! spectacular view as you enter the valley from the south.take a class on jackson lake that will teach how the valley was formed. backpack to lake solutude. only one other camping when i was there. have wonderful brunch at jenny lake lodge. all a vivid memory.
  • Frankie answered:
    Alot depends on your time constraints. There is so much to see not only in YellowStone but the surrounding areas. If possible, to the West is West YellowStone. The drive to Bozeman from West is spectacular through the gorge. From Bozeman head east to Livingston then south to Gardner. The drive through "Paradise Valley" with the collection of highest peaks in Montana to east is precious. Enter the park at Gardner, visit the Mammoth Hot Springs, head east through Lamar Valley( a must), and stay in Cooke City. (3 people were attacked in tents by a mother grizz with 3 cubs last year, I was there the day it happened, very sad event). If time allows, take the "Bear Tooth Highway". A drive you will never forget. Mountain peaks are near 12,000 feet, so if a person has breathing problems, don't go. Head back south through the park to the Teton's. If possible go to Jackson Hole. The drive there is easy (may seem kind of long if your in a hurry) and memorible. Jackson Hole can be expensive but if your not staying a long time,it is worth it. Take the "Jackson Pass" (I think it is call) over into Idaho (I forget the name of the little town on the Idaho side, but there is a great Hot Dawg resturant there). Key in WestYellowstone on your GPS and the backroads are a treat. Matter of fact there is a Canyon that is in the middle of the flat lands that is pretty cool. I have ran on way too much, but my lovely wife and I had the opportunity to spend April through October North of WestYellowstone and it was a dream come true. Hope this helps. Oh BTW, the summer in the park has a LOT of traffic. Be prepaired to go slow. Drinks and snacks are recommended.

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