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Hey fellas. It looks like the wife and I will be headed back to home in Idaho around the 20th of August, and naturally we're quite antsy for a ride. We'd really like to visit Yellowstone again since our trip last year was a bit short (just an overnight), and even though we only live 3 or 4 hours from the park, we've only been once (Lacy's been a few times, she used to live in Eastern ID and was only a couple hours from the park).

Our return to ID puts us in close proximity to Labor Day, and I have a fairly strict NO ROAD/CAMPING/PARK TRIPS policy around major summertime holidays. Too much traffic, too many people, hotels cost too much etc. I don't travel around Memorial Day or Independence Day either. I usually just go to work and earn my holiday pay

That said, I confine the travel blackout to a few days before and after the holiday and the nearest holiday weekend. HOWEVER, my lack of familiarity with attendance patterns at Yellowstone (I can tell you when you don't want to visit Redfish Lake, but not Yellowstone so much) means I'm not sure if a 4-day buffer will even be enough.

So (pardon the lengthy exposition) I'm wondering if the week before (which is the absolute earliest) Labor Day--Aug. 25-27--or the week after--Sept. 8-10--would be preferable. I'm also intentionally avoiding the weekend.

Anyway, thanks to those of you who actually toughed out reading through the rambling. I appreciate any advice!

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Week days after labor day
Kids will be back in school and it's
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Must check out bear tooth pass also.

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+1 for waiting until after Labor Day and +1 for doing The Beartooth Highway. My favorite way to do it is stay 2 nites at a motel in Cooke City (just outside the NE corner of the park) and ride over BT Pass to Red Lodge, MT for lunch, then back to Cooke City. You get to see both sides of the trees that way.
To do Yellowstone justice, you really need at least 2 whole days. The roads make a figure 8 and you do one loop a day. If you can afford it, the Lake Hotel is a classy treat; very nice rooms and live music in the lobby. It has its own dining room, or a cafeteria is close by.

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I'll be in the Yellowstone area Sept. 15, 16, 17 and 18th. In and out of the park, unless there is a vacancy somewhere (preferably Old Faithful Inn). Or maybe a campsite inside the park.

The park starts shutting down some of the campgrounds on the 15th. Some of the services too.

The road south out of Old Faithful will be closed for construction too.
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The 2014 Motorcycle Cannonball will be cutting through Idaho


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Meridian, Idaho


Sept. 19
Lewiston, Idaho

Myself and another riding buddy will be in Lewiston to see the bikes and talk to the riders. I saw them in Yellowstone in 2012.

VERY VERY COOL to see the old bikes (pre 1937) on the road.
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I'll be in the Yellowstone area Sept. 15, 16, 17 and 18th. In and out of the park, unless there is a vacancy somewhere (preferably Old Faithful Inn). Or maybe a campsite inside the park.

The park starts shutting down some of the campgrounds on the 15th. Some of the services too.

The road south out of Old Faithful will be closed for construction too.
It goes below freezing at night in September, and even in August. Last time I was there it was just before Sturgis and it was damn cold at night. I had my 20 degree sleeping bag and every scrap of leather on and was still cold at night. Prepare appropriately.

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It goes below freezing at night in September, and even in August. Last time I was there it was just before Sturgis and it was damn cold at night. I had my 20 degree sleeping bag and every scrap of leather on and was still cold at night. Prepare appropriately.
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I know.I am an experienced winter camper. I bring my quality down bag with me when traveling. As long as that white stuff doesn't show up we'll be fine.

Yellowstone is gorgeous in the fall. The wildlife show them selves a bit more too. Hoping to see a wolf or 2. And the hot mud pools with the steam and fog make great pictures too.
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I know.I am an experienced winter camper. I bring my quality down bag with me when traveling. As long as that white stuff doesn't show up we'll be fine.

Yellowstone is gorgeous in the fall. The wildlife show them selves a bit more too. Hoping to see a wolf or 2. And the hot mud pools with the steam and fog make great pictures too.
Cool, didn't mean to preach just want people to be safe and comfortable.

Yellowstone is the most beautiful place on Earth. I won't be making it this year but going at the end of August next year (not camping but probably riding).

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Now I'm itching to get back out there. I've stayed in the Yodler motel in Red Lodge more times than I can count.
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