Fall in Yellowstone National Park

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Fall in Yellowstone National Park

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I love autumn in Yellowstone National Park.  Have you been to Yellowstone?  It is a magical place.  Going to the park after school has started, there is much less congestion. The animals seem to know that winter is coming and they are more active.  The Elk are in the rut and you can often hear them bugle.   I have not been to Yellowstone National Park since they introduced the wolf, so I am anxious to see how that has impacted the ease of seeing the animals.

Two weeks ago I hurriedly went online to see if there were rooms available in the park lodging and luckily found that there was.  I have also found that calling the park directly to make reservations for lodging is most effective.  The operator is able  to find rooms that are not shown online.  We had discussed renting an RV and camping throughout the park, but I really wasn’t in the mood to cook or make beds!   So hotels it will be.

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Once I was sure we would have lodging inside of Yellowstone National Park, I then made my plane reservations.  I would not recommend waiting until so close to a departure date to get your airline tickets unless you plan to use a mileage award ticket.   We splurged and got first class tickets since we are celebrating my birthday and our anniversary. 

Having lived in Montana for 20 years we often went to Yellowstone and would come in through the North Entrance via Gardiner, MT and Mammoth Hot Springs.   This trip we will be coming in through the West Entrance and West Yellowstone, MT.  This is my favorite entry place.  It gets us to Old Faithful the fastest.   We will be staying in Old Faithful Lodge,  Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel and Lake Hotel.   Another one of our favorite lodging places was full, Grant Village.

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There is so much to do in Yellowstone National Park from Backcountry hiking, boating and fishing on Yellowstone Lake, bicycling, Ranger led events and even in the winter, renting snow mobiles!   I love all the seasons in this fabulous park!     For this trip in September, 2013,  I want to be laid back and enjoy the beautiful scenery, mud pots, geysers, pools and the animals!     We will definitely want to pick up information on when all the geysers erupt so that we can time our walks and drives to get the most bang for our travels.  I may be one of the goofy people who enjoy walking in the mist of the geysers,  the smell of sulphur around the mud pots and never knowing around the next corner if there will be a buffalo or elk.    I really like that so many of the trails are paved!  And those that are not paved are well maintained and some are even board walks.   It’s a very accessible park!  I am hoping that we will hit it spot on for fall color!  

 

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What could be better than Yellowstone National Park in the fall?

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