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Day tour recommendations

Posted: Mon Apr 30, 2018 8:21 pm
by fungus
We will be camping at Grant Campground at the end of June. We have not been to Yellowstone in the past and would like to see the popular sights without spending our three days driving all the time. Does anyone have a recommendation for a good one day tour or do you recommend that we drive our own vehicles? Our group consists of 5 adults and 3 children and ages range from 7 to 93. Also, any tips about Grant Campground? We have a hard-side travel trailer, but our daughter has a pop-up. Is this campground OK for pop-ups?

Re: Day tour recommendations

Posted: Tue May 01, 2018 11:34 am
by yellvet
Grant Village Campground is a fairly modern campground located at the south end of Yellowstone Lake. It gets quite a bit of use from the folks with motor homes. You might want to contact Yellowstone to check on your daughter's pop-up. If she has a pop-up tent trailer, the Park might allow her to camp there. But, most likely she'll have to follow the Park's campground rules for tent camping. In other words, she won't be able to leave any food, cooking/eating utensils, plates or anything else that has an odor out in the open at her site,on her picnic table or inside her pop-up. Everything must be stored in her vehicle unless it's being used. And if an item is being used outside, then she can't leave it unattended, even she has to go to the bathroom. That means that no coolers, water containers, tote boxes filled food, beverages, snacks, eating and cooking utensils,cook stoves, make-up, insect repellent, toothpaste, etc. can be left outside, or even on a picnic table. And if someone in your group is using an item, then they can't leave, they've got to stay with it. Nothing with any kind of an odor can be left unattended. This is for the safety of all visitors and that of wildlife. A bear's sense of smell, for example, is far superior to that of a human's. Trust me on this. If a bear smells any kind of an odor, it's gonna check out the smell and where it's coming from, even if the smell is coming from the open window/door of a hard-sided camper or trailer. Bears are always looking for an EZ meal. They also know from past experience that most EZ meals are found at campgrounds where there are always a few campers who don't want to obey the campground rules and won't put their food, cooking gear and personal items and toiletries away properly. I know that all these precautions and Park rules may seem a bit annoying to your family at first. But if a bear happens to wander into your campsite, you'll be mighty glad that you took the extra time to put your Twinkies, Doritoes and pop back into the trunk of your car. In recent years, the Park has installed very large "bear-proof" storage boxes at most every campsite in the Park. They're huge, EZ to open and EZ to close. The Park did this hoping that if campers used them, the life of a curious, hungry bear might be saved. So I hope that your family will use the bear-proof storage boxes for storing anything that you bring along that has an odor. The boxes have been strategically placed at the sites to make food storage easier and more convenient for campers. They're absolutely great!!

As for a day trip, why don't you make a loop around Yellowstone Lake. There's lots of gorgeous scenery and wildlife all around the Lake area and there are numerous pullouts, parking areas along the way where you can stop, relax, have a snack or just enjoy the spectacular views.

Re: Day tour recommendations

Posted: Tue May 01, 2018 2:48 pm
by fungus
Thank you so much for all the great tips. Definitely do not want Yogi Bear in our campsites!!