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southernsky

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Posted: 03/15/22 05:25am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We were there last year at about that time. Entering the park at daylight there was no line at the gate. As the morning went on the park started to get crowded and the animal jam were getting worst. We left the park around noon and the line going in were very long. Most people are late risers so adjust your time in the park accordingly. We spent several days there getting in early and out early.


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Go- since you have a site at fishing Bridge, you are in a great spot to get out and about whenever you want and don't have to deal with the entrance gate except when you first arrive. I've never had to wait more than a few minutes at most to get into teh park, but we generally enter pretty early.


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There's always going to be some reason to not go somewhere-high gas prices, construction, etc. It's better to work around issues like that than someone gets sick (or worse) and you can't go.


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Thanks to all for the replies. You have convinced me to go ahead as planned.


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This link shows the attendance by month for the last several years. And the gates they entered by. As many as 20,000 to 30,000 per day entering during the summer months.

https://www.yellowstone.co/stats.htm

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5th through the 10th gives plenty of time to mingle with the crowds. Lower loop one day, upper loop the second day, a day to relax or plan a hike or ranger activity, a day to catch anything that was missed or need to see again.


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time2roll wrote:

5th through the 10th gives plenty of time to mingle with the crowds. Lower loop one day, upper loop the second day, a day to relax or plan a hike or ranger activity, a day to catch anything that was missed or need to see again.

Sounds like a great plan, thanks!

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Maybe you can go to Ystone a little earlier. Spring is the time to see the babies. I especially like the little red bison calves jetting all over the place.

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dodge guy wrote:

Depends on the time of year and time of day. Longest lines will be from 8am to 2 give or take. We went in July 2017 through the Cody entrance.
If you want no line and a beautiful drive with amazing views go into the park through Redlodge!


Agree here. We always go in September, never waiting too long in line, maybe 3 or 4 cars, to get in and sometimes have had to circle for a spot at a roadside picnic site to eat lunch, but not bad.


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wtmtnhiker wrote:

Thanks to all for the replies. You have convinced me to go ahead as planned.
Good choice.

Early June isn't generally so crowded. Seems it takes until nearly July for the worst of the crowds to show up.

Staying in the park alleviates the worst of the "commute" some make into and out of the park every day from West Yellowstone.

I've lost track of how many times I've been there. I'm guessing at least 8 or 10 usually for at least a week at a time. We'll go back again sometime in the next few years. Still so much we haven't seen and done, and of course the old favorites are always great to revisit.

One hint: if you bike at all, even on an e-bike, take them with you. We found ourselves parking in pull-outs along the roads and riding a mile or so to the various parking areas around the geyser basins. You can also ride the old road in the Lower Geyser Basin. Ride out to various spots where there are bike racks then have shorter hikes to see some of the features. We saw so much more and waited for parking spots so much less by using our bikes.


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