My husband and I are planning our first trip to YNP and GTNP this July. We are very active and are looking forward to lots of hikes and activities. This will be our first time camping, which is exciting (and daunting). We are early risers and live on the east coast, so we are hoping for lots of early mornings to avoid crowds.
We are open to all options and if you have a favorite hike in either park, I would appreciate your input!
I have a very thorough Google doc here of our activities. A lot of options are just that: options! I have tried to put things in our itinerary that are along the way so we can decide on our trip. I do appreciate any feedback if some days look like they will be too packed: https:///docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1rCPB8oGvOj9WLRKOiyl7cGaVUoO6qS6iEu78MBdyyMw/edit?usp=drivesdk
An overview of our trip:
We are planning to fly into Salt Lake City and stay overnight on a Friday. The following day we will be driving north and staying just outside of the park in Wilson, WY. On Sunday we will drive into YNP to tent camp at Canyon Campground for 3 nights.
While in YNP, I have 3 days of activities planned:
(1) Sunday: explore Canyon Area, Hayden Valley, Bay Bridge, and Lake Butte
(2) Monday: Old Faithful and Geyser Basin, Fountain Paint Pots
We will then be spending time in GTNP. I have arranged an Air BnB in Driggs, ID to help with our budgeting since it does not seem like a bad drive from the southern entrance. Camping does not come easily for my husband and I so we will be looking forward to a real bed by this point, I'm sure!
(4) Wednesday: final hike in YNP (Lake Overlook), then Taggart & Bradley Lakes, Jenny Lake
(5) Thursday: Whitewater rafting, Colter Bay, Jackson Lake
From there we are planning to relax and sleep a little before we fly home Friday night.
Thank you in advance for any advice! I appreciate any and all feedback on our itinerary, favorite hiking routes, or tent camping in YNP.