I am currently in Yellowstone with Lucy, her family, our mom, and The Hardworking Husband. Yellowstone has been in the news a lot, recently. As you know, the HH and I visit Yellowstone often. We have learned quite a few things during our visits, so I thought I would share 5 of my best tips for visiting Yellowstone.
Last week Steamboat Geyser went off for the first time since 2005. We wished we had been there to see it. We will be visiting that area hoping to see some minor eruptions from that geyser.
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If you can, take your own food.
Food in Yellowstone is EXPENSIVE and not always the tastiest. If you are unable to bring your own food, there are grocery stores in the surrounding towns that are less expensive than buying food in the park.
The following is our menu for our three days in Yellowstone:
Monday Breakfast: Kolaches
Lunch: Hotdogs & Chips
Tuesday Breakfast: Cinnamon Rolls
Lunch: Sandwiches & Chips
Dinner: we will either be home or in an area that is less expensive to eat out.
Tips #3 & #4
The temperature changes greatly during the day in Yellowstone. It is cool in the mornings and evenings but gets warm during the day. And as I said before, the sun gets very intense because there is less atmosphere between you and the sun.
So I have two tips to go along with this. First, sunscreen and lots of it! You can burn a lot faster at higher elevation. I am part Swedish and burn pretty easily, so I reapply sunscreen about every hour if I’m in the car some, and about every 45 minutes if I’m out walking. Stand in the shade when possible, and wearing a hat is helpful as well.
Secondly, dress in layers. You probably will want shorts by mid day, but you will be chilly in the morning and evening. So a jacket and maybe long sleeves are a good idea. The forecast while we are here is highs of mid 70’s and lows of mid 30’s. And remember, standing in direct sunlight at that elevation in the mid 70’s feels much hotter!
I could go on and on about tips but I will end with this last one. Some of the surrounding towns are quite a drive from the park. So we pick a town to stay in that is just minutes from the park gates. While Jackson, WY is close to the gate to Grand Teton National Park, it is quite a ways to get into Yellowstone. Cody, WY is similar to Jackson in that its bit of a drive to get into the park. Gardner and West Yellowstone are close to the gates. We have always stayed in West Yellowstone because we live closer to it.