Tips when Visiting Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks

Updated: Dec 26, 2020

I wrote a blog for tips BEFORE you go to both Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park, just to help you prepare with packing and getting ready. But I decided to also write one for tips to enhance your experience once you're already inside the park. Read & enjoy!

Whenever a group of cars are pulled over, pull over. It's most likely an animal sighting that you don't want to miss!

Drive slow. There are frequent animal crossings and you don't want to hit anything. This is even more crucial when you're driving at night. The speed limits decrease 10 mph throughout the park once the sun goes down, so take your time. You're in no rush. It could save an animal's life.

Be prepared for unexpected delays or changes to your plans (bear activity can shut down areas/hikes, animal crossings can cause long traffic jams, etc.)

If you wanna see wildlife, you need to wait. Unless you're lucky and get caught in a crossing right in front of you, you need to be patient when looking for wildlife. And bring GOOD equipment- lots of times they are far away

Utilize refillable water stations. Nearly all campsites and visitor centers have them, so you can save money and help the environment by using a refillable bottle. If you can't seem to locate one ask a park ranger, they should be able to help you out!

Bear safety. You should always make noises/clap your hands on hikes, have bear spray with you (if you're flying on a plane you can't take it with you, so you can donate it at a park ranger station), and keep all food items in a bear proof box. Bears don't WANT to hurt you. They typically only attack if they feel threatened or startled, so make sure you are staying aware and know what to do in case of a bear-related emergency.

They're called wild animals for a reason- they're WILD. Do not go up to wildlife and disturb them, especially for a picture. You will most likely startle or upset them, and it could cost you a severe injury.

Utilize your park rangers. There's a reason they're a park ranger- they know a lot about the park! You can ask them where recent animal sightings have been- a lot of times the animals stay in the same area for a couple days in a row. You can also ask park rangers any general info, safety questions, or recommendations on things to do/see. They are extremely helpful and love sharing their park with you!

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