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Island Park into Yellowstone day trip

Ogden, Utah
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Island Park into Yellowstone day trip

My Wife and I have done many trips through the park, but we are usually heading to Jackson.

We will be staying in Island Park in a few weeks. We are taking our kids. I want to take a long day trip and show them as many sites as possible. Old Faithful is a requirement and I'd really like to show them the Upper Falls at "Grand Canyon".

I'm hoping to create a "loop" type drive around the lake. Any suggestions on sites to see or "can't miss" attractions?

What are your favorite springs to see in Yellowstone?

Thanksyou in advance.

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N. Idaho
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for Yellowstone National Park
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1. Re: Island Park into Yellowstone day trip

Well, If you head in to Old Faithful that’s a good 1- 1.5 hours from the West entrance. I enjoy the big erupting geysers in the Upper Geyser Basin but many enjoy the static yet colorful hot pools. Morning Glory is my favorite in the Upper Geyser Basin. Others enjoy Grand Prismatic in Midway geyser Basin. You can view it from the boardwalk after parking at Midway or you can park at the Fairy Falls Trailhead and walk out to the overlook (maybe .5 miles to the cutoff?) for an aerial view.

If you want to drive along the Lake’s edge, continue toward West Thumb from Old Faithful and come up the east side of the Lower Loop thru Hayden Valley and on to Canyon. There is some work going on in the Canyon area so not sure what viewpoint will be open for the Upper Falls but several will be open for the Lower Falls which is tge taller of the 2.

This will be a long drive day.

Here is a link for approximate drive times:

https:/…Park-Map-with-mileage.pdf

Here’s a link to what services will be open:

https:/…hours.htm

You are welcome to join us on the Yellowstone forum on the Wyoming main forum page.

https:/…ShowForum-g28973-i480-Wyoming.html

Edited: 13 September 2018, 08:40
Ogden, Utah
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2. Re: Island Park into Yellowstone day trip

Thank you VERY much. I greatly appreciate the input.

Have a great night!

Jeff

Georgia
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3. Re: Island Park into Yellowstone day trip

For my first visits to YNP, we were staying in Island Park. I loved the day trips into the park.

But if you are going "in a few weeks", the roads may be closed. When are you planning to go into Yellowstone?

Ogden, Utah
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4. Re: Island Park into Yellowstone day trip

We will be there the 27th Thru the 30th of September.

Georgia
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5. Re: Island Park into Yellowstone day trip

Oh good! All the roads will be open in YNP on those dates -

https:/…parkroads.htm

If there's snow, they may close Dunraven for a short time. That happened two years ago and it was closed for the next morning.

I'll be there at the same time as you! Can't wait!

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