Yellowstone travel is one of the main attractions of the North part of USA. Get the best of it with simple to follow tips.
Yellowstone travel tips
Yellowstone National Park is special and while visiting it you really need to know how to do it.
1. Get your US National Parks pass
If you are over the age of 60, first of all make sure you get your $10 lifetime pass for the US National Parks.
– You have to show it at the entrance. * It only takes one pass per car.
– Other recreational lands passes are available here: http://www.nps.gov/findapark/passes.htm
– Otherwise the entrance fees into the Yellowstone National Park (payable at the entrance ) are:
$25 for a noncommercial private vehicle,
$20 for a motorcycle
$12 for each visitor 16 an older entering on foot, bike, ski, etc.
* These fees give you a 7 day permit for both Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks
2. Stay informed and follow the Yellowstone Travel Rules
– When you enter any park you get free brochures, maps and useful related information. Don’t refuse them, and especially in the case of Yellowstone, read them carefully before you commit to the visit – this may save you the trip and even more… (Yellowstone National Park can be dangerous if you don’t follow the rules)
– It is very important to check the prohibited activities within Yellowstone – again this can save your life.
3. Read about how to behave in the proximity of the wildlife
Beware that accidents have happened when people tried to approach wild animals, or left food (trash or scented items) easy to be reach by them.
– For example, you must stay at least 100 yards (about 100m) away from bears and wolves and 25 yards (about 25m) from all other animals.
– Do not feed any wildlife, including birds, squirrels and coyotes.
– If you see a bear while driving, find the next pullout, park safely, and watch him going away from inside your vehicle.
4. Are you hiking? Look for all available information on this
– Read the park newspaper for important hiking safety information
– Stay on designated trails and boardwalks. * Grounds are fragile and the water hot, as well as the vapors which some can be toxic – there were deadly accidents there)
– Keep your kids close at hand
– Control you pets if you are in an area where they are allowed – otherwise don’t take them.
– Check your cell phone provider for the covered areas
5. Yellowstone National Park Lodging
– If you want to visit the park from mid June to mid September, you really have to book ahead your lodging, because it’s very, very busy!
* In mid June when we visited the park, there were no availabilities of any kind – even the campgrounds were completely full.
So really plan ahead and book your lodging early enough.
The lodging facilities inside the park are:
- Roosevelt Lodge Cabins
- Lake Yellowstone Hotel and Cabins –
- Lake Lodge Cabins
- Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel and Cabins
- Old Faithful Snow Lodge and Cabins
- Old Faithful Inn