Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 11
  1. #1

    Default Yellowstone Estes Park Northern Grand Canyon early October

    We are planning a road trip encompassing Yellowstone and other areas in early October this year. Really looking for ideas and advice about what is great to see and Feasible over about a week driving. Appreciate the assistance.

    Actually, doing some more research---looking to drive from Omaha to Estes Park, CO and then head up to Jackson, WY to see the Grand Tetons and then head over to Yellowstone and then to the Little Big Horn National Park/Battlefield and then to Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota. We frequently will go to Mount Rushmore and surrounding areas and then probably head back to Nebraska.

    We are not into hiking or rafting our fishing...really want to drive and see the sites with maybe some brief excursions at view points. This year more than others seem better for that sort of trip anyway. Also, hope to avoid alot of families and children with School supposedly being open by then.
    Do NOT want to camp and will be looking for hotels along the way (like to plan ahead with those, also).
    Hope that early October will be before the snow flies (at least heavily) in most places.

    A couple years ago my wife and I completed a Road Trip around the Great Lakes, visiting numerous lighthouses, the Soo Locks, Shipwreck Museum and finished up on the North Shore in Minnesota around Duluth. Wonderful trip and we received some great advice from this forum!

    Any advice or recommendations on additional sites/ideas appreciated greatly!

    Have planned to purchase National Parks Pass and this year one needs to schedule dates/times of arrival with the pandemic.
    Last edited by flixx; 08-09-2020 at 04:33 PM.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Location
    Joplin MO
    Posts
    10,122

    Default

    Welcome back!

    Where are you leaving from and where are you returning to? Is a week 5, 7, or 9 days?

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Location
    Ft. Collins, CO.
    Posts
    397

    Default

    Let's see - 2 days to drive from Omaha to Yellowstone, 1 day to drive from Yellowstone to Estes Park, 1 day to drive from Estes Park to Omaha.

    That's 4 days of driving without seeing anything but the road.

    Say again your plan for this week of sightseeing?

  4. #4

    Default

    Plan to leave from Omaha, NE and spend about 8 days, from a Friday though the following Saturday (home late Saturday evening)?

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Location
    Ft. Collins, CO.
    Posts
    397

    Default

    If by Estes Park you mean visiting Rocky Mountain National Park - for now you must have a reservation for a time slot to enter the park unless you get thru the gate before 0600.

    This is better than when the park was just plain closed earlier in the year.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    South of England.
    Posts
    11,681

    Default

    Hi.

    Is there anything in particular you want a little help with ? I think you have created a nice loop trip but you won't be wanting to add anything to it as you have already got about 5 days of driving. If the Trail ridge road across RMNP is open I would certainly recommend driving it on leaving Estes park and depending on how you break your time up, just outside Estes drive along the Bear lake road and stop at a couple of lakes along the way. You will want at least 2 days just to drive through Yellowstone and catch a couple of the highlights and if you head out towards Red lodge you will get to drive another great road if it's open(?) thge Beartooth highway.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Location
    Central Missouri
    Posts
    5,691

    Default

    Before you leave or do any further planning, you may want to note these two links:

    Yellowstone Operating Hours & Seasons. This covers the campgrounds, lodging, food service, museums and visitor centers, within the park. There are a lot of things that are closed by the end of September.

    Park Roads in Yellowstone. The idea of Beartooth is wonderful unless you plan to get there after October 13th - its closure date. Bear in mind (no pun intended) that weather can close it at ANY time, in which you would have to divert to another gate. Also note the road construction areas.


    Donna

  8. #8

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by DonnaR57 View Post
    Before you leave or do any further planning, you may want to note these two links:

    Yellowstone Operating Hours & Seasons. This covers the campgrounds, lodging, food service, museums and visitor centers, within the park. There are a lot of things that are closed by the end of September.

    Park Roads in Yellowstone. The idea of Beartooth is wonderful unless you plan to get there after October 13th - its closure date. Bear in mind (no pun intended) that weather can close it at ANY time, in which you would have to divert to another gate. Also note the road construction areas.


    Donna
    Thanks for the information...decided to forgo Estes Park and focus on Grand Tetons and Yellowstone for the first ...looking forward to seeing the parks and getting away!!

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    South of England.
    Posts
    11,681

    Default Enjoy !

    Have a great trip and please drop by and share your experience (and photos?) with us.

  10. #10

    Default

    My wife and I had an absolutely wonderful experience! Thanks to everyone for the advice!
    Planning our next Fall Trip---looking to Tennessee and Georgia for possibilities...will post again when a little more defined.

Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 8
    Last Post: 12-10-2018, 09:51 AM
  2. Denver to LA via Yellowstone and Grand Canyon in October?
    By OzzieZoe in forum Fall & Winter RoadTrips
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: 05-23-2015, 07:26 PM
  3. Grand Canyon to San Fran in early October
    By nmalley in forum Fall & Winter RoadTrips
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 02-12-2012, 03:26 PM
  4. summer 2011 Glacier national park, yellowstone, grand canyon - vegas
    By mdarrah65 in forum Planning Summer RoadTrips
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 01-26-2011, 02:06 AM

Bookmarks

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

  • MORE TO EXPLORE