I'm going to be heading down to Yellowstone on the 7th (flying into Jackson). Where would you recommend that I stay? All the hotels in the park are either closed for the season (it's shoulder season) or full. Jackson looks nice as a base since I'll be spending at least some time there, but it seems a bit out of the way for Yellowstone.
I'm from Boston so if it snows I know what to do :)
Also -- I'm going to be hiking through the park during shoulder season and I'm going to be alone (though I would not be surprised if there are other people on the hikes as well, though not part of my party). Is this wise? I've never tried hiking through parks before with lots of bears, elk, and other carnivores running around.
Thanks in advance,