Hi everyone, I have a few questions on the Yellowstone portion of our trip. I don’t like to plan every minute, but, I do like to have a guideline on what to do each day. If we don’t get to it, we’ll add it to our list to fit in next time. How does our rough itinerary look? What should we switch or cross off?
My husband and I will be traveling with my parents (62 and 76) to Grand Teton NP, Yellowstone NP, & Glacier NP in a month. I have been lurking on these forums since 2012 planning our trip ( I had to cancel it in 2013).
*We love the outdoors (hike, relax, kayak, raft..) and to eat. We have gone backpacking several times, but haven’t done so in a couple years due to work schedules.
*Wildlife is a priority (birds, pica, bears and moose) as is scenery. We will have 2 cars in case my parents want to do something else.
Questions for Yellowstone...
Awesome easy to moderate day hikes with great scenery and wildlife
Hikes, roads, and/or pull offs to find bears, pica, trumpeter swans, sand hill cranes, and wolves
Off the Beaten Path ideas? We hate crowds (yes, we know it’ll be packed...but...)
How do I organize the geyser basins?
What part of parks should we see based on where we are staying?
Great Picnic areas, besides Nez Perce ford and Yellowstone river
How should we transition from one area to another?
Which day to get Lake Hotel dinner reservations? Time suggestion?
July 5th - Jackson, Rustic Parrot, tram, dinner, town square,
July 6th - Jackson, Rustic Parrot, white water
July 7th - Jackson, Rustic Parrot, farmers market, supply shopping), moose-Wilson area, dinner? rodeo at 730 for parents
July 9th - GTNP, Signal Mountain Lodge (cascade Canyon Trail via horse trail 😒)
July 10th - GTNP, Signal Mountain Lodge
Yellowstone - Interested hikes, which days?
Little Gibbons Falls
Hellroaring creek trail ( Rock piles for pica)
Canyon area hikes that are open
July 11th - YNP, Old Faithful Inn - Lewis & Kepler falls, West thumb, grant village, upper, black sand, and biscuit geyser basin, mystic falls trails, huckleberry ice cream 2nd floor, Firehole canyon drive, quick dip in river? dinner reservations OFI 730, an early bedtime
July 12th - YNP, Old Faithful Inn - midway and lower geyser basin, fairy falls trail, harlequin lake trail, mammoth springs terraces, Roosevelt arch, head towards tower and Lamar? Down towards canyon, norris(?), OFI dinner reservations 730 (upper loop)
July 13th - YNP, Canyon Lodge - Norris ( back and porcelain) see if Steamboat is erupting, little Gibbons Falls trail, see what we can at Canyon, Nez Perce Ford picnic, Lake, mud volcano, fishing bridge, turn around, dinner M66 - 715, Hayden Valley after dinner (lower loop day)
July 14th - YNP, Canyon Lodge - wake up to wildlife 6:15 am, hellroaring creek trail, tower fall, lunch at Yellowstone picnic area, dinner reservations M66 - 730 Hayden valley, grizzly overlook,
July 15th - YNP, Roosevelt Frontier Cabin - grand canyon day - early to get rainbow, lost creek falls trails, petrified tree, antelope creek trail , rainy lake, 2 hr horse ride to cookout 3:30, Lamar valley after cookout ...Too late?
July 16th - GNP, Many Glacier Hotel - Lamar valley early, Roosevelt arch, long travel day, dinner, Fishercap to find moose
July 17th - GNP, Many Glacier Hotel. Fishercap, Grinnell Glacier Shuttle and hike, red rock falls/Fishercap
July 18th- GNP, Village Inn at Apgar, Highline, Logan pass, lunch, Hidden lake, lake McDonald
July 19th - GNP, Village Inn at Apgar, hikes? T of C, Avalanche lake? Bowman lake? Food?
July 20th - Flathead lake,
July 21st - fly home from Spokane