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West Yellowstone Oct-Nov

Oakdale, Connecticut
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West Yellowstone Oct-Nov

Going to West Yellowstone last Week Oct & 1st Week November before West enterance closes Nov 7. Should miss the crowds, this is our 1st trip. Advice on activities and will there be snow on this time of year. How should we dress, should we get a 4 w/d rental?

2 Couples in early 50's...., like outdoor activities, but not freezing,


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1. Re: West Yellowstone Oct-Nov

You will get a better response if you post this on the Yellowstone National Park forum under the state of Wyoming. All the DE's post on that site. We have never been at that time of the year- in fact we probably would never go at that time of the year. We have been in late May and had lots of snow. I suspect you could have snow and many of the lodges, etc. will be closed. The best times to avoid the crowds but have good weather are early to mid- June and September.

Edited: 11 August 2010, 08:41
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2. Re: West Yellowstone Oct-Nov

The roads may be open in the park at that time, but all of the services will be closed. Mammoth (north entrance) is the only place open year around, because park headquarters is located there. It will be an excellent time for seeing wildlife, however. Bears will be very busy getting "fattened up" for hibernation. Plan carefully for having enough food and gasoline before leaving West; you cannot expect cell service in the park, except around Old Faithful where there is a tower. You can expect snow sometime during your stay. We joke about the kids trick-or-treating -- all costumes must be wearable over snowjackets and long underwear.

West Yellowstone, MT
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3. Re: West Yellowstone Oct-Nov

As a local, it is a favorite time to visit Yellowstone by day and enjoy West Yellowstone at night. There is little traffic which makes it much easier to see and hear the beauty of Yellowstone. We love walking the boardwalks this time of year without the crowds and the chillier air makes for some incredible steam billowing from geysers and wafting from other thermal features. The younger elk bulls will just be finishing their rut (mating) so you will see elk and bison close to the roads very focused on eating as much as they can before winter. The bears are in hyperphagia (constant eating) at lower elevations and easier to spot. The wolves are following the elk and bison and teaching this year's new batch of pups on how to hunt.

The weather is variable. The last two falls have stayed drier and warmer than previous years. A few rain showers, but we had no substantial snow until Thanksgiving. You will definitely want to bring layers of clothing that you can add or remove depending on the temperature. That time of year we always bring gloves, hats, a warm coat, pair of warm boots, but then also have lighter sweatshirts, etc.

Lodging is closed in the Park, but the Old Faithful - Snowlodge Geyser Grill Fast Food & Bear Den Gift Shop stays open until the last day the interior roads are open (November 6th). We always pick up sandwiches or picnic items from a variety of stores/bakeries/restaurants in West Yellowstone and take it with us so we can stop when & where we want to.

Within Yellowstone the road from Tower Fall to Canyon Jct. over Dunraven Pass will be closed by then, but all other interior roads and entrances are open through November 6th. If it rains at night, the higher elevations (such as Craig Pass from Old Faithful to the South entrance and the higher altitude areas by Canyon) will get snow. Some folks like to get a 4 w/d just for peace of mind. We like them because they generally sit a little higher and we can see more. Just depends on your experience with different weather driving conditions. If you have not driven in ice & snow, I would get one.

We also like to spend time in West Yellowstone at the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center and IMAX. At that time of year, you have lots of time with the naturalists to answer questions. It's cooler so the animals are more active.

Stop by the West Yellowstone visitor center for maps, info, other ideas of things to do in the area. as well while you are here. Email if you have other questions.

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4. Re: West Yellowstone Oct-Nov

We are also thinking of going in October to Yellowstone and are hoping to go with an RV. We would be nice high and have a good view but is this very silly considering possible icy conditions that time a year?

5. Re: West Yellowstone Oct-Nov

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