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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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What are the best overnight hikes with backcountry camping in Yellowstone NP
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I have yet to do any backpacking in Yellowstone.  I love waterfalls so I'd backpack the southwest corner of the park.  http://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/backcountryhiking.htm

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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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I'm told the falls at Yosemite are awesome. But, that they can dry up and not be as neat in late summer. About when do the falls "dry up"?
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Yosemite Falls is one of the most stunning sites in the entire park. It is the tallest falls in North America and the 5th tallest in the world. Yosemite Falls is actually made up of three water falls, Upper Falls, the middle cascades and Lower Falls. There are several hikes that will take you around the falls. You can even climb up to the top. That being said, the falls do tend to dry up in the late summer. Their is no particular date and it varies on the rain and snowfall the park received that year. I was there in late July and was still able to see the falls.  The falls is at its peak in the spring when melted snow plunges over the cliff. The falls are also a great site in the when the cliffs are covered with ice and snow.  

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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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Memorial Fund for Elk No. 21 of Great Smoky Mountains National Park

November 23, 2009, 6:25 am
He was known simply as Elk No. 21, an icon of bull elk in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park - one of the biggest in the valley, said park spokesman Bob Miller. On Friday morning, Nov. 13, Elk No. 21 was shot and killed by a poacher in Cataloochee Valley. A memorial ...

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North Carolina man confesses to poaching elk in GSMNP

November 17, 2009, 7:19 am
A North Carolina man is facing charges for allegedly shooting a bull elk inside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. GSMNP spokesman Bob Miller said rangers found a bull carcass around 10:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 13. It was lying along the edge of a pasture in the Cataloochee area of Haywood ...

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Going to Smokies Thanksgiving week, usually go in summer. Any bear in Cades Cove, Roaring Fork or elk in Cataloochee? How r the waterfalls?
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That's a tough question to answer. Bears, which are omnivorous, are not natural hibernators. If there's a sufficient food supply—berries, insects, nuts, carrion— they'll stay active all winter. Approximately 1,500 bears live in the park (approximately two per square mile) and they inhabit all elevations. That said, it's more likely that you'll see bears at this time of year because the lush foliage common during the summer has thinned substantially. That holds true for Elk, too, which generally stay within Cataloochee year round.

This summer was especially wet, and recent heavy rains should ensure that waterfalls are running strong… so don't forget your camera!

Safe travels!

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Park Service to track RMNP elk population

November 6, 2009, 7:36 am
With winter beginning to grip Rocky Mountain National Park, National Park Service researchers are beginning a five-month survey of the park's elk population, which has been decreasing during the past decade or so. Studying and managing the park's elk herd presents challenges here because some of the elk's preferred browsing areas are showing signs of ...

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