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Gardiner vs. West Yellowstone?

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Gardiner vs. West Yellowstone?

We're going to GTNP and YNP in August for 10 days or so. I have a few days scheduled in Teton Village and a night at Old Faithful and then Canyon Lodge. Would Gardiner or somewhere in WEst Yellowstone be better for touring YNP? I am concerned about road construction on the western half of the upper loop.

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1. Re: Gardiner vs. West Yellowstone?

Since the roads are two loops, you can avoid construction, if you must, (construction sometimes is at night) and backtrack which many of us agree is a good thing in YNP, as sights, wildlife and perspective changes are worthwhile.

I'd stay in the park if at all possible rather than add driving time getting in and out of the park, especially after dusk.

If you cannot get park lodging (though you should keep calling, cancellations occur) your ideas are valid. West Yellowstone has more things to do. Deb has posted construction information on this forum; you might search for it.

I assume from your post that you'll have at least a week in YNP; terrific.

Perhaps you have seen this:

Official Lodging and Tour Vendor for Yellowstone National Park (Call them frequently, cancellations occur. Don't use other agencies, they charge a service fee and, in the end, they have to call Xanterra themselves, which you can do for free.) Locations, costs, lodging descriptions are all here.

http://www.travelyellowstone.com/

Edited: 22 April 2010, 05:38
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2. Re: Gardiner vs. West Yellowstone?

i've stayed in both towns & probably prefer the gardiner area just because it's closer to my favorite areas of the park. a good option that we love to stay at is about 20-25 minutes outside the north entrance in pray, mt. google chico hot springs for a great place to stay that's convenient to the park. several room options & the best restaurant anywhere close to the park imo. the hot springs is also great after a day of hiking & they have live music on the weekends as well.

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3. Re: Gardiner vs. West Yellowstone?

Thank you. Yes - I've gone thru xanterra. Pickings are slim but I'm still calling every other day!

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4. Re: Gardiner vs. West Yellowstone?

We have stayed in both towns. We prefer West Yellowstone because of lodging and restaurant choices.

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5. Re: Gardiner vs. West Yellowstone?

As a town, I, too, prefer West Yellowstone over Gardiner because of greater lodging and dining options. I will say, however, that Gardiner is a good place to base for touring the northern side of the park, including Mammoth, Lamar Valley, Tower Fall, and even Canyon (West would be ok for Canyon also due to Canyon's central location). Gardiner is also more accessible to driving the Beartooth Highway. Naturally, West Yellowstone is better for seeing Old Faithful, Norris, and even Lake.

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