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2-3 day Yellowstone itinerary with rafting inluded

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2-3 day Yellowstone itinerary with rafting inluded

Hello. We are a group of 15 arriving in Yellowstone in late July after a one night stay in Cody. We will enter and exit through the East entrance and only have three days in Yellowstone and would like to white water raft at some point. We have chosen to not not do GTNP as we feel we have such a short time frame we felt like trying to accomplish another park was just too much. Can anyone suggest a good itinerary for us that can include a WWrafting trip and where we should stay? We are not sure if we can get from Cody to West entrance or Cody to North entrance in a day or not and we see that really the only two places to raft are either at the north entrance or the west. Any suggestions or advice are appreciated and thanks ahead of time for your thoughts!

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1. Re: 2-3 day Yellowstone itinerary with rafting inluded

I know nothing about the companies, but there is white water rafting out of Cody.

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I have only done rafting out of Gardiner and by late July you'll be lucky to get small rapids, it'll probably feel more like a float trip.

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Any suggestions as to where else to raft? Is snake river in GTNP the only place by that time of year? Thanks for any help.

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IN GTNP will be float trips, the white water is outside the park. Perhaps TetonBill will see and post on normal July conditions?

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End of July, whitewater conditions should be good, not as rough as earlier in the summer when there's a large amount of snowmelt run-off into the Snake. Rapids are mostly 2s and 3s.

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TetonBill, would all the choices (west, gardiner, cody, jackson) have the same conditions, or would one be a better choice for "rapids"? Any other recommendations from you as a local?

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The 4 locations are each on a different river and subject to different conditions. My guess would be that Cody, where they raft on the North Fork of the Shoshone, and Jackson, in the Snake River Canyon, would be the best of the four that time of year, with the Snake River better than the North Fork.

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Thanks so much. Checked into the Cody WWR trips and one looks perfect for our group so it looks like we may stay two nights in Cody.

Any advice on the the Cody Cattle Company dinner and show? We have all been to rodeos as many in our group out from ND so was kinda looking at skipping the rodeo portion.

Questions for Pam (or anyone one with experience really) with 3 days and two nights in the actual park itself looking for any suggestions on an itinerary and a place to stay in yellowstone with this large of group.

Lastly, does anyone know if it is reasonable to think that we can make it from Cody to the West entrance in one day? what is the actual drive time for that?

Thanks for help!

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10. Re: 2-3 day Yellowstone itinerary with rafting inluded

I'd be happy to help with an itinerary once you get your lodging reserved.

What kind of accommodation are you looking for? Were you thinking you wanted to stay in West Yellowstone? With your short time frame of just 2 nights, I would really recommend staying somewhere like Canyon as that location is very central. However, you would have to have a number of rooms and it may be difficult to find several rooms for the same dates. People are often successful picking up individual rooms for specific dates, but your group size adds complexity. Staying in West Yellowstone will add some commute time on to your very full days in addition to being a long drive thru the park per Ystoner's post.

Pam