We are taking our first trip to YNP/GTNP this summer and would really appreciate some assistance helping to plan our itinerary. We are a group of 10 (4 adults and 6 kids ranging from 5-12) and will there July 19-28. We like to hike but would probably keep them to a max of 2-3 miles given the age range we have.
Our schedule was set to a large extent by availability of lodging in the park and I'd love feedback on whether it makes sense and also how to optimize our time in the park based on where we'll be sleeping each night.
Our schedule right now:
Sat July 19: Arrive at Bozeman @ 1:16pm
7/19-7/22 Stay at Mammoth Hot Springs hotel
7/22-23 We are planning to visit Cody and spend the night there. The kids are very excited about seeing a rodeo and we plan to also visit the museum - any other recommendations or lodging recommendations would be appreciated.
7/23-7/26 Lake Lodge Western Cabin
7/26-7/28 Grant Village
We are flying out of Jackson Hole at 9am on the 28th and plan to spend the last few days of the trip exploring GTNP and Jackson Hole so the Grant Village reservation will likely change. We haven't booked this lodging yet so, again, any recommendations would be great.
Finally, we'd also like to do the Roosevelt horse trip / dinner but are trying to figure out which night makes most sense.
Thanks in advance for taking a look and for any feedback you can give. We're really excited about this trip and have been doing a lot of reading and research, but it can seem somewhat overwhelming at times! I know we can't do everything, but would like to see as much as we can in the time we have.