I see so many worried about the smoke. Mr DCat & I just got back from a short camping trip & smoke was no problem at all for us.
When we came in the east entrance there was haze ahead in the valleys. But I saw my much desired moose (!!) at the east entrance so the smoke was no big deal. Stopped to show my husband pika at Silvan pass with no smoke.
We camped at Madison our first night & toured the geyser basins with no smoke. Mr DenaliCat was so touched by the 2 OF eruptions. But big thrill was seeing Beehive go off when we were waiting for OF. I was surprised at how low the water was at West Thumb basin & Artists Paint Pots, compared to spring, a result of the drought.
Drove Norris to Canyon rd & saw fire equipment & some smoke, but not much. Cascade Drive is one of the best kept secrets on that road- wow what a cascade & private side loop.
Hiked round grand canyon without any sign or smell of smoke.
Went thru Hayden (wolf on the carcass at Trout Lk/Elk antler Creek that came right thru parking lot & wolves out off grizzly overlook) No smoke in Hayden but quite a few coyotes around.
No smoke over Dunraven. Watched & listened to bugling bull elk with cows on Dunraven. Big thrill!
It looked hazy up toward Mammoth & Gardiner.
No smoke in Lamar. There was dark grizzly boar on a bison carcass for a long time in Little America , very big thrill, & the wolves were at the rendezvous above the hitching post.
It got down to 24F at night & early AM. We wore layers & jackets at lot viewing wildlife, even wool hats & gloves.
I would not worry too much about smoke. Be flexible. Come and enjoy!Edited: 08 September 2012, 18:11