Top 10 Tips for Visiting Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks in the Summer
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Top 10 Tips for Visiting Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks in the Summer. We spent a few weeks here in Summer 2016.
Tip #1 - Be prepared for Bears: You are almost guaranteed to come across a Brown or Black bear in the park. Their numbers are up to over 1000 and they are very active in the summer. Encounters are frequently not dangerous, but be prepared by carrying bear spray, which you can order here:
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Making noise may also scare the bears off before you even see them.
Also, use Bear Resistant Containers for food: http://amzn.to/2o75Qjp
Read up on the bears before you go: http://www.yellowstonepark.com/wildlife/bears/
Tip #2 Check for Wildfires: Wildfires are very common in this are in the summer. While we were there we had a few days where smoke chocked the valleys. Know where they are by checking the alerts tab on the websites, or check inciweb for details on fires in the entire region. http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/
Tip #3 Drink LOTS of water: Both parks are at high elevations above 6,000 feet with many hikes above 10,000 feet. At these elevations and in the dry conditions found in the parks in summer, your body loses water over twice as fast as at sea level. Pack plenty of water and keep hydrated!
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Tip #4 Avoid the crowds by visiting early in the morning or late in the evening: We went exploring around 6:00 each morning and after 6:00 in the evening. In the mornings the park will start to fill by 9:00 and be busy untill 6:00 in the evening.
Tip #5 Consider Camping Outside the Parks: While visiting we stayed in national forest campgrounds on the outskirts of the parks. Not only are the campgrounds crazy busy in the parks they are quite expensive for not having any hookups at most of them. Use the https://www.recreation.gov/ website to find campgrounds.
Tip #6 Be respectful of wildlife: Visiting the park you will get up close and personal with lots of big animals. Dont get too close or you will get hurt. Also do not feed the animals, We saw people feeding foxes and squirrels. Doing this gets animals too reliant on humans or makes them dangerous.
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#7 Be Wary of other drivers in the park: We have never had so many close calls with vehicular accidents as our time in the park. There are so many distractions and so many people, many with RV's and large vehicles. This is a recipe for disaster so driver defensively, and watch out for other drivers. Drive safely and don't cause an accident.
#8 Stop at the Visitors' Centers: They are incredibly helpful and will help you have the best experience possible. Utilize their service when you get to the park!
#9 Leave your dogs at home: Your dogs are not allowed on any trails or any undeveloped place in the park. Your dog smells like a wolf to many wildlife and screws up natural patterns. Many large animals are also more likely to attack you with a dog. We saw to many people disobeying these rules. Don't be that person. You could also face hefty fines.
#10 Be safe, don't push your luck: Think things through and don't go beyond your means. We saw many people doing dangerous things or clearly unprepared. Be smart and stay safe.
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