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Travel Tips

Best Time to Visit and Weather

Best visited in April, May, or October to avoid crowds and enjoy excellent weather. 1

Wildlife Viewing and Activities

Visit geysers, hot springs, and enjoy wildlife viewing across three states. 2

Drive through Hayden and Lamar valleys for bison, wolves, and bear sightings. Visit geysers and hot springs. 3

Use a long lens for wildlife photography and stay in designated areas. 4

Accommodation and Lodging

Stay at Lost Creek Ranch & Spa for a rustic-luxe experience. 5

Stay in the park lodges for an early start to geyser watching. Check eruption schedules. 6

Stay at campsites like Bridge Bay Campground to enjoy the park's many free activities. 7

Travel and Transportation

Nearly 8 hours and 20 minutes drive from Denver. Most of the park is in Wyoming. 8

Drive time from Idaho Falls is approximately 1 hour and 53 minutes. 9

General Tips

Old Faithful erupts every 45 to 125 minutes. 10

Open year-round. Entrance fees are $35 per vehicle. 11

Introduction

Canyon Village

  • 🍽️ Canyon Lodge Eatery: Open May 17 - October 27, 2024, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
  • 🥪 Falls Cafe: Open May 31 - September 2, 2024, offering grab 'n go sandwiches, coffee, snacks, and beverages.
  • 🍦 Ice Creamery: Open May 31 - September 11, 2024, serving hand-dipped ice cream.
  • 🍔 Canyon General Store: Features a 60s-style burger diner and ice cream counter.
  • 🥤 Washburn Lookout: Open May 17 - October 14, 2024, offering grab 'n go sandwiches, coffee, snacks, and beverages.

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Grant Village

  • 🍽️ Grant Village Dining Room: Open May 31 - October 6, 2024, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
  • 🌮 Lake House Restaurant: Open May 31 - September 29, 2024, serving dinner with a focus on tacos.
  • 🍦 General Store: Features a grill and ice cream counter for quick meals and snacks.

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Lake Village

  • 🍽️ Lake Yellowstone Hotel Dining Room: Open May 10 - September 2, 2024, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
  • 🥪 Lake Hotel Deli: Open May 10 - October 6, 2024, offering grab 'n go sandwiches, coffee, snacks, and beverages.
  • 🍽️ Lake Lodge Wylie's Canteen: Open June 10 - October 6, 2024, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
  • 🍦 Lake General Store: Features a concession and ice cream counter.
  • 🍔 Fishing Bridge General Store: Offers a grill and ice cream counter.

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Mammoth Hot Springs

  • 🍽️ Mammoth Hotel Dining Room: Open April 26 - October 14, 2024, and Dec. 15, 2024 - March 3, 2025, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
  • 🍹 Map Room Bar: Open April 26 - October 14, 2024, and Dec. 15, 2024 - March 3, 2025, offering morning espresso and coffee drinks, and afternoon/evening beer, wine, and cocktails.
  • 🍔 Terrace Grill: Open April 26 - October 14, 2024, serving lunch and dinner.
  • 🍦 General Store: Features a concession and ice cream counter.

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Old Faithful

  • 🍽️ Old Faithful Inn Dining Room: Open May 3 - October 14, 2024, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
  • 🍦 Bear Paw Deli: Open May 3 - October 14, 2024, offering grab 'n go espresso, coffee drinks, sandwiches, snacks, and beverages.
  • 🍹 Bear Pit Lounge: Open May 3 - October 14, 2024, serving drinks and appetizers.
  • 🍽️ Obsidian Dining Room: Open April 26 - October 27, 2024, and Dec. 16, 2024 - March 2, 2025, serving breakfast and dinner.
  • 🍔 Geyser Grill: Open April 26 - October 31, 2024, and Dec. 15, 2024 - March 15, 2025, serving lunch and dinner.

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Tower/Roosevelt

  • 🍽️ Roosevelt Lodge Dining Room: Open June 7 - September 2, 2024, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
  • 🍖 Old West Dinner Cookout: A unique dining experience involving a horseback or wagon ride followed by a traditional American BBQ dinner.
  • 🍦 Tower General Store: Features a concession and ice cream counter.

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