In trying to create a "Memory" for our little granddaughter, we are taking her on a two week trip in July, leaving Texas and driving to Mt. Rushmore, coming over to Yellowstone, down to Jackson Hole, and back home to Texas. We are taking our 9 year old grandaughter to YNP in late July, staying on the 22 at Old Faithful Inn, the 23rd at Lake Hotel, and the 24 at Old Faithful Snow Lodge (This is what we could get this late and feel lucky we got to stay in the park at all!)
My husband and I are both disabled. Neither of us can walk too far without sitting down for a few minutes to rest and will not be able to hike. We do have a wheelchair and have found it great to use with one of us pushing the other for a while and then swapping places..so I know we can get to go on short walks wherever a wheelchair can go. (Think of all those people you see hunched over the grocery store shopping carts, and you'll understand why pushing a wheelchair relieves the back!)
Here's my question: With only 3 days in the park plus a half day as we leave and a half day as we arrive on the 22nd, what should we plan to do? I have been to YNP 3 times so am somewhat familiar with the area....but never as a disabled traveler.
I know some sites will be more accesible than others....any suggestions? We just need a place that doesn't involve walking more than 1/4 mile or a bit onger if we can push a wheelchair. What about Mammoth Hot Springs....can we "sit" anywhere there or push a wheelchair? What I mean is are there benches around? I seem to remember this....but I may be confused about the place I was in....somewhere that had terraces you could climb up on?
What should we do that our 9 year old would enjoy? We hope to attend some Ranger talks. We thought we might take her to the Grizzly Center....any thoughts on that?
Any particular suggestions for places to eat in West Yellowstone? We have heard about a place called Eino's....any thoughts on that?
Where would you suggest we go to look for wildlife and at what time?? We have a car and can drive anywhere....just not walk too far from the car. When I was last there 10 years ago, we saw several bears around the Lake Lodge, including Lucy...is she still alive? We also saw moose. I'd love for her to see wildlife and ddon't mind getting up early.
And last, If we leave Cody and drive into YNP and over to Old Faithful Inn, do you think we should or should not drive over the Beartooth Highway...is this what it's called? The road from Cody that goes up to Red Rock. I wonder how much longer it would take us to go over over this road....and then of course, we'd be entering the park from up north and driving down to Old Faithful. I hate "Is it worth it" questions, but is it worth it? If we did this, we would miss the drive from Cody into the Park...and I would assume that, too, is a beautiful drive. Is the Beartooh Highway so fantastic we really shouldn't miss it?
I know these are a lot of questions...but if any of you could answer any of these, that would be helpful. Thank you in advance.
Apple Annie fromTexas