i've also heard good things about Pinedale. That it's less touristy, cheaper prices, good fishing and everything else.
should i stay in jackson and do a day tour?dir-T said:Pinedale is a pretty long drive from Yellowstone. In fact, if you stay in Jackson it will take you at least an hour of driving through Teton Nat'l Park to get to the south entrance of Yellowstone. Not that that's a bad thing but it will eat up time.
Taking a tour and letting someone else handle the driving in the Park is a great idea. The only drawback might be how to arrange for hiking if you wanted to do something other than what the tour group has planned.
roc865 said:should i stay in jackson and do a day tour?
Do whatever you want. It depends on how interested you are in seeing Yellowstone versus seeing the area outside the park.
How long will you be visiting for? One day is not nearly long enough to see Yellowstone.
At the very least, you'll want one day to see the southern part of the figure 8 loop road and another day to see the northern. Even then, you'll only have time to see the roadside sites and to walk a few of the boardwalks around the geysers and hot springs etc. Throw in a couple "bear jams" and other delays and it can turn into an exhausting and hurried experience if you haven't given yourself enough time.
What do you mean by stay at little Yellowstone? Stay at a hotel nearby?AlliKat said:I would plan your other excursions outside yellowstone as the park is pretty restrictive. I would recommend something like: stay at little yellowstone at south end. see lower half. stay somewhere near middle of figure 8. see middle section for a day. tour to north end and stay around mammoth. You can easily burn most of a day driving through the park if you go very far.
falcon guides has a good hiking book.
Yeah, Allikat is right about this. If you use Jackson as your base for multiple days of touring the park, you're going to cover the same route into the park each day you go there, wasting lots of time. It would be akin to sleeping somewhere in Pennsylvania every night during a three day tour of NYC. Don't underestimate the size of the park or how slow traffic moves in there.roc865 said:What do you mean by stay at little Yellowstone? Stay at a hotel nearby?
Stay somewhere near middle of figure 8?? hotel near middle?
i'd be perfectly happy with best western. all i need is a place to crash, recharge and head back out. i welcome cheap and roach free.AlliKat said:I stayed in a best western or something cheap. I view a hotel as a place to sleep and drop some junk. No roaches and I'm happy. Depends on your intent.
honestly i'm looking for two days yellowstone, possibly 1 of the days wildlife watching, 1 day fishing, 1 day biking. (i'm assuming it won't be hard to find a bike rental shop), with beer stops in between.dir-T said:Yeah, that's the problem with asking locals about places to stay - I always sleep at home (or camp) when I visit Yellowstone .
You may even consider staying in Bozeman. You could fly right into Bozeman and stay there. You could drive to West Yellowstone (1 hr 45 min drive) for your tour of the southern part of the park and the other day you could drive to Mammoth/Gardner (also 1 hr 45 minutes) to start your tour of the northern part. Both drives are gorgeous and there's plenty of fishing, biking, and hiking to do in Bozeman - without the same density of crowds as in Jackson and West Yellowstone.
Really, there's about a thousand different ways to do this trip but without knowing exactly what's most important to you in terms of sites, activities, and accomodations there's no way to give much more advice.
Ahhh, well THAT I can help with!roc865 said:with beer stops in between.