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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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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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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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Claire M.

 

I currently work at Bellevue State Park in Wilmington, Delaware as the Interpretive Manager.  I have previously worked in both Delaware and Kentucky State Parks as a naturalist.  I grew up and attended school in Ohio, working at a nature center in Dayton, Ohio.  In my free time, you can find me out looking for spring wildflowers.

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We plan to visit Yellowstone and Grand Teton in 2010 and want to 1 participate in Ranger walks and talks and 2 few mosquitoes - May? Sept?
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Your best bet is probably September!

Mosquito season in Yellowstone extends from May through August. In general, mosquito populations are most intense in June. There are fewer biting bugs in September, but you should always be prepared with bug spray, long-sleeved clothing, long pants and a hat.

Ranger-guided programs usually extend through the end of September. You can view program schedules here.

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Lester

Lester was born in Southern California in the early 60’s in what started out as a rural area. He watched the exponential grow all around him thought the 60’s and 70’s. In fact one of his fond early childhood memories was playing in a corn field across from his house that later became the high school he graduated from. Lester loved camping and the mountains from an early age so when the time came for college Lester moved some 700 miles north and attended Humboldt State University. He graduated with a B.S. in Natural Resources, Planning and Interpretation in 1984.

Justine S.

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Bob Dispenza has been with Allen County Parks since 2001, first as Director of Environmental Education, then as Park and Education Manager at Metea County Park.

Bob is a life member of the National Association for Interpretation (NAI), and is certified as an Interpretive Trainer and Interpretive Guide.  He has earned the NAI Region 4 Distinguished Service Award in 1997, the R

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