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Old 08-27-2016, 06:10 PM   #1
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Grand Teton and Yellowstone in September

We have a trip planned to Grand Teton and Yellowstone in a few weeks.

Lodging is in Jackson, Colter Bay Village for Grand Teton and in Lake Village for Yellowstone.

We plan to pick up some provisions in Jackson and prepare some of our own meals, but not do that much cooking though we will have access to kitchens.

We have plenty of time to do just about anything and have some things planned, but would anybody like to recommend specific restaurants, lodges, or places to eat at and/or a specific trail (long is fine) to hike in either park?

For those who stayed in the parks for a couple of weeks, where did you eat?

Thanks!
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Old 08-27-2016, 08:02 PM   #2
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Breakfast at Merry Little Piglets in Jackson is great.
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We did a Yellowstone in Winter tour that included the Grand Tetons. Please go to our profile to read the story.
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Old 08-28-2016, 04:39 AM   #4
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We had a fantastic 10 day trip to both parks a few years ago. Get the book Top Trails, Yellowstone & Grand Teton, by Andrew Dean Nystrom. It has all the trails for you to choose from. Also Fodor's Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks by Brian Kevin.
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Thanks everyone. I'll check out the books and also the forum at tripadvisor.com. It looks like both parks are smoky right now and there are some trail and road closures from fires currently burning which will affect our trip.

And I read Souschef's write-up. Thanks! I don't expect much snow in September, but I might do a winter trip i the future as I really enjoy backcountry ski camping.
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There are several fires in the Yellowstone/Grand Teton area, suggest you monitor the nps.gov web site for updates. I believe the south entrance to Yellowstone is currently closed.
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Breakfast at Merry Little Piglets in Jackson is great.
EDIT: sorry, but for some reason I cannot edit my original post. Two things after re-reading the original thread by LOL!. I guess you didn't ask about dining in Jackson. Second, Merry Little Piglets is a Mexican restaurant and great, but not the breakfast place I was thinking of. I can't remember the name of the breakfast place.
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Thanks! We will be staying a couple nights in Jackson. But I'm coming from South Texas, so Mexican in Jackson ... well, I don't know.
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I just remembered the name of the breakfast place. It is The Bunnery.
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Old 08-30-2016, 07:58 AM   #10
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Grand Teton and Yellowstone in September

Not to hijack the thread, but I'm contemplating a Yellowstone visit next September. The plan is to stay in the park, assuming I can actually get a room, since they're booked pretty far in advance.

So my question: How practical is it to stay outside the park? I figure much of each day would be spent driving in/out.

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Not to hijack the thread, but I'm contemplating a Yellowstone visit next September. The plan is to stay in the park, assuming I can actually get a room, since they're booked pretty far in advance.

So my question: How practical is it to stay outside the park? I figure much of each day would be spent driving in/out.

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The town of West Yellowstone is a decent home base if staying outside the park, the west entrance to Yellowstone is right there, many lodging choices.
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We stayed in West Yellowstone last month. It's really not a big deal staying outside this park. More dining and much cheaper accommodations. We used VRBO and got a condo with full kitchen (not big fans of restaurant food). We stayed in the park at Grand Teton the previous week. The $300 /night "rustic" room had no AC or fans, no telephone, no microwave, no fridge, no tv, and the room was about 60 years old. If it was not in a National Park, I would have called it a dump.


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We are staying with friends who work in the park. I am told it is $25 a night, but I might have to go work putting out a fire or two. We will have a kitchen with fridge and microwave and propane stove/oven.
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I was quite happy to book early and pay more to stay at the in park lodging. It was important to me to be very close to the sights for early morning and early evening photography, without having to drive an hour or more to get there or back to my room. We stayed at 4 different lodges in the park so our room was always close.
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We stayed in West Yellowstone last month. It's really not a big deal staying outside this park. More dining and much cheaper accommodations. We used VRBO and got a condo with full kitchen (not big fans of restaurant food). We stayed in the park at Grand Teton the previous week. The $300 /night "rustic" room had no AC or fans, no telephone, no microwave, no fridge, no tv, and the room was about 60 years old. If it was not in a National Park, I would have called it a dump.


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I was quite happy to book early and pay more to stay at the in park lodging. It was important to me to be very close to the sights for early morning and early evening photography, without having to drive an hour or more to get there or back to my room. We stayed at 4 different lodges in the park so our room was always close.

Was my thought too.
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Grand Teton:
* We did the Jennie Lake Loop - with an offshoot to go to a meadow known for Moose sightings. Easy day hike, surprisingly uncrowded even during peak summer crowds.
* We drove to the top of Signal Hill - Amazing view of the tetons, the lakes, and the fields to the east.
* We also spent time just hanging out around the cabin at Lake Colter... This was the end of our trip and the kids had finally adjusted to no tv, no video games, no cell phones, etc.

Yellowstone: We stayed in 3 different lodges/cabins in the park: Canyon, Lake, and Old Faithful. The park is really spread out and we didn't have the opportunity to explore the eastern part of the park at all.

Canyon lodge area - we hiked around Artists Point and Lookout Point. We drove over to the Mammoth and Tower Falls areas. (Saw baby bears near Tower Falls.)

Lake Area - the Lake Hotel looked like it had great food - but we were cooking our own food on the porch of our cabin at Lake Lodge. (No cooking in the cabins.) I think we did some hikes suggested by the visitors center... but nothing stands out in my memory.

Old Faithful and Madison area - there are so many cool geisers and trails around there.

Be aware - distances are greater than they appear - it took a few hours to get from Lake to Old Faithful. IIRC you cross the continental divide... TWICE.
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We liked the Jenny Lake Loop also. If you go to Signal Hill at dusk, you will likely hear Elk bugling. An eerie sound with the Tetons as background.
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We just returned from trip out West and had the best time. The two nights before Yellowstone, we stayed in Cody, WY. Visited the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, lunch at Irma's and rodeo. The next day, we drove up to Red Lodge, MT and took Bear Tooth Highway into the NE entrance of YS. Cooke City was fun to walk around - and there we saw our first (of about a couple thousand) buffalo.

Ate lunch at Roosevelt (taco salad was good). We spent first two nights at Canyon Lodge and last night in Grant Village. We did a good deal of walking around Old Faithful geyser area and Mammoth Hot Springs area. Old Faithful Inn was good to sit in and relax. The coffee shop on second floor has unlimited refills for each day.

Those two days of walking made me feel better about all the days I spent sitting in the car.

We enjoyed our meal at the Grant Village Dining Room on our last night.

Canyon Lodge was nice, but not within walking distance of dining. Room was superior to Grant Village. Once we got accustomed to no television and very spotty cell phone coverage, we enjoyed the peacefulness that provided. At Canyon, we sat outside in the evenings and looked at the sky. DH was putting peanuts on the sidewalk and watching some sort of little mouse eat them. I am still threatening to turn him in for feeding an animal when signs everywhere warned against it. I never saw this mouse; DH claims it was super cute.

We drive through a bit Tetons on our way home.

It was one our best trips ever. Friends had warned us that the trip out (Kansas, Wyoming) would be boring. Since it was new to us, we found it amazing.

If you stay in Cheyenne, the Little America was a very nice property for $61 on Hotwire (3* with 95% guest satisfaction). This was on the way home. Room, food, lounge were all above par.

We saw lots of wildlife and color and heard a myriad of bubbling sounds with heat. You will have a wonderful experience.
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If you have the time, think about driving to the west side of the Tetons and hike in the Targhee National Forest. The hike up to Table Mountain will give you a different view of the Tetons - from the west and high up. I did the hike way back in Sept 1988 and still remember it fondly.

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If you have the time, think about driving to the west side of the Tetons and hike in the Targhee National Forest. The hike up to Table Mountain will give you a different view of the Tetons - from the west and high up. I did the hike way back in Sept 1988 and still remember it fondly.

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Hike Table Mountain In The Tetons | A Mountain Journey
+1. When I hiked the Tetons from Jenny Lake, we saw hundreds of other hikers. When I hiked from the west side, I could count the other hikers on one hand.
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