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driving time from Jackson to West Yellowstone

Ontario, California
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driving time from Jackson to West Yellowstone

We are going to have a trip to Yellowstone in early June. We are not sure about the traffic at that time, so we need advice from experience travelers for planning our trip.

1. Is it possible if we start from Jackson at 9:00 AM, take highway 89, make 3 stops (each stop 15-30 mins) for taking photo of Grand Tetons, and arrive at Old Faithful Inn at 1:00 PM? Based on Google Map, distance and driving time from Jackson to Old Faithful is 97 miles and 2 hours.

2. If we leave Old Faithful Inn at 3:00 PM, then take the Fairy Falls trail, just to see Grand Prismatic Spring from the hill above (won't spend much time up there), may spend some time at Lower Basin Geyser, are we able to arrive to West Yellowstone at around 6:00 PM?

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1. Re: driving time from Jackson to West Yellowstone

It will depend on the length of your stops. It is doable, but there isn't much slack in either. ENJOY!

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2. Re: driving time from Jackson to West Yellowstone

You can rely on the Googlemaps for distance but it is not reliable for time in the Yellowstone area. We usually recommend you double your miles to get your approximate time, without stops for scenery, wildlife or bathrooms!

For instance it is 39 miles from the South Entrance of Yellowstone to Old Faithful, so count on around 80 minutes driving time without stops from there. I will guarantee you you will stop, lol!!

If you don't have another day in the park and you are doing all the thermal area this afternoon, I recommend you skip West Thumb which will be the first basin you come to as you get to the Loop Road.

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Pam

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3. Re: driving time from Jackson to West Yellowstone

thanks!

4. Re: driving time from Jackson to West Yellowstone

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