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  1. Default denver to yellowstone

    HI we are travelling to Denver from the UK and want to go to Yellowstone. We are planning on going late May early June, is this a good time. Is it possible to do this in a 2 week timescale and is there anything of interest that we should visit on our way there or on the way back. Any tips would be very much appreciated.
    Thank you

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    The Netherlands


    Hi and welcome to the forum.
    In 2 weeks you can do a roundtrip and add South Dakota to your trip. Badlands NP and Black Hills are great for a visit.
    Maybe try this:
    Denver-Black Hills (maybe stay Hill City or Custer). Some attractions are Mount Rushmore, Custer SP/Needles hw, Jewel Cave NM, Wind Cave NP, Bear Country, Crazy Horse, Badlands NP (at a distance) and Wall Drug. Then make your way towards Yellowstone via Devils Tower and Cody. Cody has its great Buffalo Bill Museums. Then enter Yell by its NE entrance via Chief Joseph Hw, Cooke City and Lamar Valley, or by its E entrance directly from Cody. Take at least 3 days for Yellowstone circelling upper and lower loop. To Grand Teton NP then. At least one full day. From GTNP you can drive back to Denver and visit Rocky Mountains NP NW of Denver.
    This will be a great trip. Keep an eye on Memorial Day weekend end of may. Will be busy then.
    Happy planning

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    South of England.

    Default Plenty !

    Hello and welcome to the RTA forums !

    You can drive from Denver to Yellowstone in 2 days comfortably, so Yes two weeks is enough time. There are lots of other possibility's depending on how you want to spend your time, Rocky mountain NP is a short way from Denver and the Tetons from Yellowstone which are both amazing places. A little further afield would be Wind cave NP, Custer state park, Mount Rushmore and the Black hills. Badlands would also be a popular choice while in South Dakota. North of Yellowstone is Glacier NP and heading South is Flaming gorge National rec area and if you headed into Utah, Arches NP and Canyonlands are close to I 70 which runs through to Denver passing the Colorado NM at Grand junction and Glenwood springs.
    Into late May Yellowstone and RMNP can still see nights at below freezing and roads on the high ground only just opening and still subject to weather disruption but the wildflowers and streams are coming alive below. The Yellowstone site will give you more info on what to expect but it appears to me that the earlier you go the greater the risk of some disruption but a lot less people.
    There are many more options in and around that loop so do a little research, have a look around the forums to find which places are of interest to you.
    As you build your trip and you have further questions just ask, enjoy the planning !

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    On this link you can read about a couple of weeks trip we took from Denver up to Yellowstone and back

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Melbourne, Australia

    Default A perfect time

    May is an absolutely perfect time to visit Yellowstone. There are so many newborns about. You might like to check post 16 and 18 in this thread.

    Lifey who only spent 4 hours there

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