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Visiting the park May 7-9, Drive from SLC, want to make most of trip, but know some roads are closed. also would like to see Cody, WY
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Early May can be a iffy time for roads. According to the NPS site, "weather permitting" roads from Canyon Village to Fishing Bridge and out the East Entrance should be open to vehicles. The West Entrance should also be open at that time since it's slated to re-open around April 15th. The South Entrance doesn't open until May 13th. Also, Dunraven Pass, the road that links Tower Junction with Canyon Village doesn't open up until later in the season. Great places to hit up in the park include:

  • Old Faithful
  • Norris Geyser Basin
  • Elk Park
  • Mammoth Hot Springs
  • Gardiner, MT (North Entrance Town)
  • Fossil Tree
  • Lamar Valley
  • Cooke City, MT (Just outside the NE Entrance. Some great food!
  • Upper and Lower Falls
  • Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
  • Hayden Valley
  • Yellowstone Lake
  • and Cody, WY

If you were coming later in the season, I'd suggest Dunraven Pass (in the park) or the Beartooth Highway (just NE of the park, starting past Cooke City). Some excellent views on both of them. 

I hope this helps!

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WHAT ARE THE MOSQUITO SEASONS IN THE DIFFERENT PARKS IN ALASKA? HOW SEVERE ARE THEY? WHAT ARE THE BEST PRECAUTIONS?
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The regions North of the Yukon River, all the way to the Arctic, are the worst for mosquitos in general.  The worst time of year to go is in July, however you are likely to encounter them as soon temperatures remain above freezing for a couple of weeks.

You can bring repellant, but the stuff that repels the best is bad for your skin and clothes, and will contain a measured amount of deet.  Since I personally prefer to not to crop dust myself, you can purchase netting to go around your hat or head, and maintain long sleeves and pants throughout the day. 

If you still get bit, don't scratch! 

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NWF Picks: Top Wildlife-Watching Spots

January 26, 2011, 6:35 am
Throughout its 75-year history, the National Wildlife Federation has fought to safeguard hundreds of habitats critical to sustaining the nation’s wildlife. Many of these places also turn out to be excellent places to see wild animals. Here are ten of NWF's favorite destinations, where visitors can get good looks ...

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Poppy
Do moose and elk lose their antlers the way deer do?
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Moose and Elk are members of the cervidae family which also include whitetail deer, reindeer and mule deer. Male deer, elk and moose, and virtually all deer species (the chinese water deer and female reindeer are the exceptions) grow and shed new antlers each year. In this they differ from permanently horned animals such as the pronghorn, which are in the same order as deer and may bear a superficial resemblance. 

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browning
We are going in March 2011, how's the biking?
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There are beautiful roads throughout the park where road surfaces are smooth smooth, winding, with gorgeous canyons and cliffs all around you.  The popular part of the park, where most of the favored scenic spots are located, is the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive. 

If you finish Zion Canyon and you are looking for more, try out the Kolob Terrace Road.  You will see fewer park visitors, cars, and the western side of the park- all to youself!  This road is much less frequented than Zion Canyon, and worth a good foray.  There will be a few steep climbs on this side; but where you go up, you will also come down!

There is not any mountain biking in the park.  If you wish to mountain bike in Utah, the area outside of Moab that is not National Park land will allow mountain biking, and is famous for it.  I know of no National Parks that allow mountain bikes off-road. 

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Species Spotlight: North American Elk

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The North American elk (Cervus elaphus), with its towering antlers and regal presence, is truly sight to behold! Just remember not to approach within fifty yards of these stately creatures. Description: Large, deer-like animal with a large yellowish-white rump patch and a fur color that varies with seasons, from reddish ...

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Mating season means bugling elk at Rocky Mountain National Park

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Fall is in the air, and that means it's elk bugling season at Rocky Mountain National Park. > How many: An estimated 2,000 in the park this time of year. > Prime bugling season: Beginning of September through October. > Best spots: Moraine Park, Horseshoe Park and Upper Beaver Meadows on the ...

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What is best to repel Bears in the wild while hiking?
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Many people use bear bells to alert them of their presence while hiking. 

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There are a lot of things you can do to stay safe while hiking in bear country. We've posted a short animated video that should help!

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If in country where bears are known to be active, wear small bells on your shoelaces to make a small but nooticable noise as you walk. Bears are easily startled and this will allow them to know of your presence. Or if with others talk softly on the trail to let them know you are there. Look for bears grazing, yes, grazing on grasses,brrys and leaves along the trail. They have but each summer to fatten up for the long hard winter whether they hibernate or stay active thru the cold months.

I you happen to come between a bear and its cub(s) , back away slowly, don't run. Talk to the bears quietly and move away.

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What roads around Yellowstone Park will be closing or have closed due to construction?
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Yellowstone is in the process of reconstructing its roads and you will likely encounter delays and nighttime closures. Below is a listing of most of the construction which may change. Please call (307) 344-2117 for the latest information on conditions affecting roads within the park. Expect Road Improvement Projects on Many of the Major Travel Routes to Yellowstone Park Entrances from Montana and Wyoming. These include pavement preservation projects. Each lasts 2–4 weeks; expect 30 minute delays & pilot vehicles

  • Mammoth Hot Springs Area: Late August through end of October
  • Canyon Village Area: South Rim Drive, to start shortly after Labor Day
  • Canyon to Fishing Bridge Junction, mid July
  • Canyon to Norris Junction, late July.
  • South Entrance Road: Lewis Lake to South Entrance, mid to end of July.

Norris–Madison: Gibbon Canyon
April 16–Aug. 31, 2010
Open: 8 am–10 pm: Expect 30-minute delays, except holiday weekends Closed 10 pm–8 am, except holiday weekends.

East Entrance Road: Sylvan Pass
June 1 - November 8, 2010
Open: up to 30-minute delays are possible, except holidays Northeast Entrance Road (Lamar Bridge) Autumn 2010. Expect 30 minute delays, except holidays.

Beartooth Highway (US 212): Clay Butte Lookout Over Beartooth to Montana State
Line For construction updates on this highway only, call 888-285-4636 for information. Milepost 25–43.1 (state line): June 1 to July 31
Expect 30-minute delays, except holidays

Motorcyclists are advised to use EXTREME CAUTION on loose gravel in areas of construction.

 

If you are visiting the winter, remember that some park areas, entrances and roads are not accessible year-round! From early November through late April, all roads south through the park are closed to wheeled vehicles, including the road to Old Faithful Geyser. During the winter season only two roads are plowed:

  • between the North Entrance and Cooke City, MT
  • from Mammoth Hot Springs to the parking area at the Upper Terraces
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Date: 09/12 thru 09/17, area Yellowstone, Bechler area, recommemded, camp sites, looking at 9F1,9F2, 9U1, THUR 9U5. WHAT YA THINK, WALT
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