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Old 01-30-2014, 08:31 AM   #51
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Yes..we will most definitely go back once the daughter is older and can really appreciate it for wgat it is. The tetons are on theb def to do list...would also like to hike as much as possible while backpacking my 2yr old or if trails allow our off road stroller (mtn bike like stroller)....so I imagine some places/views will be too narrow or steep...im not worried about us...I hiked at 8k on ski slopes with my daughter on my back while playing disc golf!!.lol

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Mystic Falls is a short hike worth taking and itís fairly easy until you actually get to the falls where the trail gets steep and rocky. Since the trailhead is just off the boardwalk at Biscuit Basin you can kill two birds with one stone, visit the water features of the basin and then take the hike. Hereís some info about that trail.

Roundtrip distance - 2.4 miles (3.8 km) - Difficulty - moderate.
The trailhead is about 2 miles (3.2 km) north of Old Faithful on the main road to Biscuit Basin. The trail starts near Avoca Spring at the west end of the boardwalk. Mystic Falls, a 70-foot (21 m) cascading waterfall, is about 0.7 mile (1.1 km) from the trailhead. The trail to the falls parallels, but does not cross, the Little Firehole River. Near the falls, the trail climbs a steep series of switchbacks for an excellent view of the top of the falls. To make a loop hike, 0.2 mile - 0.3 km farther with elevation gain/loss 500 feet (152 m), continue on the trail above the switchbacks until it meets the Little Firehole Meadows Trail. At this junction the trail back to Biscuit Basin turns right, descends to an overlook of Old Faithful, and continues downhill to rejoin the Mystic Falls Trail.


Hereís a picture I took last year of Mystic Falls.




Hereís a picture of Sapphire Pool at the Biscuit Basin.

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Old 01-30-2014, 11:21 AM   #52
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Thats what im talking about!...awesome. ...thanks! .. so far we are booked
1-4 at coulter bay tetons
4-6 at at madison bay
6-9 by mammoth springs..

Just need to book rushmore...I was thinking koa but dont know which one??

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Old 01-30-2014, 04:48 PM   #53
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Thats what im talking about!...awesome. ...thanks! .. so far we are booked
1-4 at coulter bay tetons
4-6 at at madison bay
6-9 by mammoth springs..

Just need to book rushmore...I was thinking koa but dont know which one??

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That looks like a good plan ironj. When youíre at Mammoth you should see a lot of elk in that area. You might even get lucky and see a couple of bulls do battle.

Hereís another tip for visiting Yellowstone in September. With the cool morning temperatures the geysers and hot pools give off a lot of steam. Youíll find the best times to visit these areas are later in the day when the temperatures rise. Use the early part of the morning for visiting waterfalls, viewing wildlife, or hiking.

Here are two views of the Midway Geyser Basin photographed from a distance in the same location at different times of the day. This first one was taken in the afternoon.


This photo was taken on a very chilly morning. That fog is steam from the hot pools and geysers.

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Man..all these great pics...maybe I dont need to go!..haha

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not sure what map you're looking at but Grant is at the very bottom of the park.
it'll be an all day drive just to get to the north end and back, even if you don't stop much.

yes, you can run the generator but only certain hours. and yes, most of Grant's sites are a good size. some loops are better than others.
Last September, moose and grizzly sightings near grant daily.
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If you are going to get towards the west gate check out a great campground about a 10 minute drive from the west gate RedRock RV. It's privately owned and the owner takes substantial pride in the place. Sites were spacious and the view was to die for. Even full, this place feels not too busy. It's about 5 miles off the main drag and so you have to want to go there. Very close to Henry lake if you fish, and you can drive into Yellowstone easily. We will be going back. Highly recommended but not very big - you need reservations. RedRock RV Park Home Page for Motorhome and Fifth-wheel travelers
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If you are going to get towards the west gate check out a great campground about a 10 minute drive from the west gate RedRock RV. It's privately owned and the owner takes substantial pride in the place. Sites were spacious and the view was to die for. Even full, this place feels not too busy. It's about 5 miles off the main drag and so you have to want to go there. Very close to Henry lake if you fish, and you can drive into Yellowstone easily. We will be going back. Highly recommended but not very big - you need reservations. RedRock RV Park Home Page for Motorhome and Fifth-wheel travelers
thanks janet!

there seem to be many many great places to stay in the yellowstone area....

after seeing how fast the larger sites were filling in the park, i just bit the bullet and had to decide and book some spots just in case..

i will however keep evaluating my plan and may make changes if i can/want....

so keep the recommendations coming!! im sure many others may be reading this thread with interest in the same trip!

Thanks everyone!
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Thanks everyone for all the great information and pitcures DW can't wait now to go and see the west. again thanks, this forum is such a great information site.
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Hereís another tip. Chances are you not going to get to, or do, all the things you had planned for Yellowstone so donít exhaust yourself trying. If you do you might find yourself passed out on a bench at a geyser basin like these folk did.

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One more suggestion for visiting Yellowstone. Don’t forget to bring a good pair of binoculars with you when you visit. Lamar and Hayden Valleys are vast so binoculars help to see those “shy” animals.
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