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armondell...
I am hiking down the Grand Canyon end of September (staying 2 nights @ phantom Ran. How much water will I need on the S. Kabob trail?
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This is a question we get a lot and a very good one.  For typical hiking conditions, three quarts per person per day is a good rule of thumb (depending on the length of the hike, the weather and your level of fitness).  However, for the Grand Canyon given the climate and elevation changes, we'd recommend at least 4-5 quarts per person per day.  Again, this is only a general rule of thumb so please make sure you are listening to your own body.  Dehydration in the Grand Canyon is a big deal and you will feel much more energetic when you are well hydrated.

Also, don't wait until you are "thirsty" to drink.  Allow for consistent stops along the way to drink before you feel you need it.  It'll give your body a chance to rest, your muscles will stay loose, and you'll remind yourself to look around a bit!


Enjoy!  Phantom Ranch and the Grand Canyon are special places!

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Bear-proof Gear Reviews

March 19, 2010, 9:15 am
Need to purchase a bear-proof food container? Wired.com put four popular storage devices to the test by dropping them in with Betsy, the Fresno Chaffee Zoo's 500-pound grizzly. Check out the results ...

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We'll be staying in West Yellowstone. Where/how is the best way to see wildlife in or around the park. I am taking a 9 year old boy.
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In West Yellowstone itself, you can't beat the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center, one of the few places around the park where you are gauranteed to see bears and wolves, they are uncommon sights in the park unless you are lucky or persistent. It's reasonably affordable and right in town for convenient visiting on your schedule.

http://www.grizzlydiscoveryctr.com/

If you have your vehicle and want to drive the park, it can take from 2 to 3 hours, or the entire day depending on your route and how many stops you make. The biggest tip here is, if you see a bunch of fellow visitors stopped along the road, there's probably wildlife nearby to see. Just park safely out of the traffic lane and remember not to get too close to the animals. You will almost definitely see bison/bufallo on your drive, and if you get up to Mammoth Hot Springs at the north end of the park, you're certain to see elk or moose. Bears, wolves and other animals like bighorn sheep can be trickier to spot.

Since I work in the park and do my sightseeing from my car, I can't recommend specific bus or snowcoach tours, but there are a lot of them accessible from West Yellowstone. The benefit of a guided tour is that the guides are extremely knowledgable and know how to spot animals and point them out.
 

http://www.yellowstoneparknet.com/guides_tours/sightseeing_tours.php

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Harry Tuc...
When does the "Going to the Sun Road" close?
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While portions of this scenic route remain open year-round, weather permitting, the entire Going-to-the-Sun Road is open for vehicle access from mid-June to mid-September. Before and after this core summer season, sections of the road will be closed.

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Glacier National Park: Staying Safe in Bear Country

March 9, 2010, 12:14 pm
Bear tracks and a freshly dug hole in the snow indicate some bears are awake and venturing out looking for food in and around Glacier National Park.  During the first week of March, there have been three separate sightings of bear tracks throughout the park. Tracks and a large ...

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Will sleigh rides in the Grand Tetons still be available as well as snowshoeing between April 5-April 8?
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I'm coming to the Grand Tetons April 5-8 and am interested in sleigh rides as well as observing the wildlife.  I also plan on going to Yellowstone Park.  I'm from northern Indiana, so the cold weather and snow won't bother me.  How are the main roads as well as the snow amounts?  Are the temps in the low to mid 30s?

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Grand Tetons National Park generally only offers guided snowshoeing tours through the end of March. If there is enough snow it is possible the park may extend their tours. Please call (307) 739-3399 or for more information. You can also visit the following website for more information on cross country skiing and snowshoeing in Grand Tetons.

Sleigh rides are offered in the surrounding communities like Jackson Hole. The following sites are links to several concessioners who provide these services. You will have to check with them to determine whether or not they will still be offering these tours.

http://www.jacksonholewy.net/winter_recreation/sleigh_rides.php

 
 
As far as average temperatures go in both Yellowstone and Grand Teton, you can generally expect temperatures to range from 20 to 40 degrees. Be prepared for some snow. Yellowstone averages roughly 6 inches of snow in April, while Grand Tetons averages 23 inches. 
 
Most of the major roads outside the park are plowed. For status update on roads within the parks please follow the links below or call the following numbers:
 
- In Yellowstone check http://www.nps.gov/yell/conditions.htm or call (307) 344-2117

 

- In Grand Teton check www.nps.gov/grte/planyourvisit/roads.htm or call (307) 739-3614

 

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Yellowstone National Park Yellowstone's Bears Are Waking Up

March 1, 2010, 7:31 am
Bears have started to emerge from their dens in Yellowstone National Park.  Grizzly bear tracks were spotted in the Blacktail Deer Plateau area east of Mammoth Hot Springs on Friday, February 19.   Soon after emerging from their dens, bears begin looking for food.  Bears are attracted to elk and bison ...

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Park Love...
I want to visit the south rim of the grand canyon. with the car is the road open these days? is there a lot of snow? thanks ms ELENI
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The South Rim of Grand Canyon is open every day of the year.  Personal vehicles are allowed at most times on the rim road with certain exceptions.  As of today, the weather and roads is fine and access is available everywhere except for Yaki Point.  On March 1st some things change, so for more information on the day/days you'd like to go, you should call the park information line at (928) 638-7888.

Here are some other links for current weather in the area:

http://www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/weather-condition.htm
http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?site=fgz&smap=1&textField1=36.04639&textField2=-112.15333

 

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George
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We just returned from the South rim of the Grand Canyon.   The roads are well maintained and if you follow the Hermit Road from the Village where the Lodges are, you won't have any trouble at all.

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George
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We just returned from the South rim of the Grand Canyon.   The roads are well maintained and if you follow the Hermit Road from the Village where the Lodges are, you won't have any trouble at all.

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buzz
What type of bears do they have in aurburn state recreational area & how agressive are they?
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Black bears live in California's Auburn State Recreation Area, but are only seen on rare occasions. You can read more about black bears here or watch the bear safety video that appears in the lower right corner of our homepage.

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NANAANNEM...
Looking to visit Yellowstone late March, April. Have several guidebooks and maps from NPS and believe the road to OLD FAITHFUL might be closed then. Can anyone advise if this is open from either the North or South entrance?
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I live in Montana, I would check the local ranger district on snowpack reports for the season and see if road opening dates may be delayed. I am not sure if they adhere to a strict road opening date, but being government they probably do. The snowpack in our end of the state has been a bit low, not sure about the park down south. The south entry may get more winter action if I recall correctly. I entered from the north when I lived in Billings area and came thru red lodge. The ranger district should have better info if you look them up and make contact directly.

Just a quick note to all readers of this. I have seen it be 90 degrees in August and snow 7 feet that very night. It has happened to me so please all of you visiting, come prepared for all seasons, and don't pet the buffalo. To many people get smashed up against trees trying to get a picture. At least one or two people get killed each year doing this kind of thing, I am not kidding. Stay safe.

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The roads from the North Entrance and the West Entrance to Old Faithful are scheduled to open April 16, 2010.  The road from the South Entrance is scheduled to open May 14, 2010.  Road opening dates are weather dependant.  Check, http://www.nps.gov/yell for more information.

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