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Could you tell me what the weather and temperature is expected to be September 8 - 13 in Glacier Lake Park?
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The weather at Glacier National Park should be very nice in early September, but a bit chilly at night.  Highs are typically in the high 60's, and lows can be under 40 depending on where you are.  This link can help you plan for other times of the year as well.  (click here)

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How much should we be concerned about mountain lions when hiking in and around the cascade mountains?
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Mountain lions, known is the Pacific Northwest as cougars, live in the Cascade Mountains. Since they are mainly nocturnal creatures and are rarely seen, they're sometimes called "ghost walker" and "ghost of the wilderness." Cougars favor dense forests that provide good stalking cover while hunting. They also take advantage of steep canyons and rock outcroppings to remain hidden.

If you visit the backcountry, you are in cougar habitat, in their territory. Keep this in mind and follow some basic rules. Cougars are shy, secretive cats and typically avoid contact with people. Few people ever see this elusive cat in the wild, but sightings and encounters have increased in recent years.

For your safety:

  • Never approach a cougar, especially a feeding one. Cats are unpredictable, but will normally avoid a confrontation -- give them a way out. In areas of known cougar sightings, do not hike alone.

  • Keep children close to you when hiking and pick them up if you see fresh signs of a cougar.

If you encounter a cougar:

  • Do not run. Avert your gaze and speak to it in a calm voice. Do not turn your back on the cougar. Hold your ground or back away slowly. Sudden movement or flight may trigger an instinctive attack.

  • Spread your arms, open your coat -- do all you can to enlarge your image.

If the cougar act aggressively:

  • Wave your arms, shout, and throw rocks or sticks. If you are attacked, fight back. Do not "play dead."

 

Reporting an Encounter

If by some rare chance, you meet the ghost cat of the Cascades, consider it a gift. Please make a report at any ranger station or park facility.

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acreswick
Hows the wildlife viewing-bears,wolves,elk,and wildflowers in the last 2 weeks of july
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Wildlife viewing depends more upon location and time of day in July. The Lamar Valley area in the remote northeast corner of the park is the best place to see wildlife including bears and wolves. Because of the warm temperatures, the best time to view wildlife throughout the park is early morning and at dusk. Visitors in late July can still see wildflowers in bloom but the park's peak time for wildflowers occurs in spring during May and June.

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acreswick
In the last 2 weeks in july,will you be able to view bears,wolves,elk,also will wildflowers be in bloom
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Wildflowers, definitely. There's a ton of different colors to see in the park that time of year. Elk should be easy to spot around Mammoth Hot Springs. Bear and Wolves are elusive, but they're around, with a little luck and a good eye you could spot them. Or, if you're not lucky, there's the Bear and Wolf center in West Yellowstone where you can see them in a mini zoo type setting.

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Harry Tuc...
When does the "Going to the Sun Road" close?
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Glacier National Park, Montana, Ancient Cultures, Auto/Motorcycle, Bears, Civil War, Bird Watching, Native American History, Deer, Elk, Marine Life, Moose, Mountain Lions, Wildflowers, Wolves, Park Passes and Fees, Photography
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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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poleclimb...
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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maureenon...
Are the crowds volume down from Sept. 1 -14 in Grand Teton National Forest and where in Teton Village is the BEST place to stay Four star
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Visitation to Grand Teton National Park peaks during the summer but is also extremely popular during the transition to fall. After Labor Day, total visitation ebbs slightly; however, the type of visitor is drastically different. With kids back in school, you'll find that there are families and more DINKs (Dual Income No Kids), recent college graduates, empty nesters and baby boomers.

Teton Village is home to many fine properties and you shouldn't have a problem finding a room if you book in advance. We have a few favorites:

Hotel Terra is the first of a line of green hotels launched by the Terra Resort Group, Hotel Terra Jackson Hole offers the exceptional amenities and services expected from boutique hotels, combined with environmentally sustainable building and operating practices. The property is LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified, placing it in an elite group of hotels in the United States. Hotel Terra pushes its efforts well beyond LEED criteria, however,  has taken a leadership role in defining eco-friendly efforts to preserve and protect the environment in its operations while still offering an opulent hotel experience for guests. Learn more about Hotel Terra and its commitment to the environment at www.hotelterrajacksonhole.com.

 Just around the corner from the Terra is the Snake River Lodge & Spa where you'll be warmly welcomed. The lodge, part of the Rock Resorts is rustically elegant and fits seamlessly with the Teton landscape. Recently renovated, Snake River Lodge & Spa boats beautifully appointed rooms and condomiums which will be a welcome retreat after a long day of hiking, skiing, golfing or exploring the Jackson Fall Arts Festival, which takes place from September 10-20 (www.jacksonholewy.com/events-fall-arts-festival.php). You'll look forward to relaxing in the property's indoor/outdoor heated pool, with cascading waterfalls, warmed walkways, a hot tub tucked into a steam-filled cave, and a sauna. Visit snakeriverlodge.rockresorts.com for more information.

Don't rule out staying in the park–Jenny Lodge is located across the water from majestic Cascade Canyon and offers an exclusive environment with 37 rustically elegant log cabins. The main lodge, a recently renovated log structure, has inviting sitting areas with books and games for guests to enjoy. As the only 4-diamond eco-resort in the Park, Jenny Lake Lodge is ideal for those who seek the finest service and lodging, while still enjoying a National Park vacation. Each of the rustically elegant cabin rooms are well appointed with hand-made quilts, down comforters, and unique Western charm. The cabins are open from early June to early October. Breakfast and dinner, along with horseback and bicycle riding, are included in the room rate. To book a room, visit http://www.gtlc.com/lodging/jenny-lake-lodge-overview.aspx


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