Lessons from the Trails

Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Park Advice

I figured I would go ahead and share some of my advice I learned either before or while on this trip. I luckily was able to sit down with multiple people who had traveled to both Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks in order to get some advice. Below is some advice that I think anyone visiting a National Park would appreciate.

  1. ALWAYS and I mean ALWAYS buy and carry bear spray on you. You never know when you are going to come into contact with a bear or even another wildlife species. Bear spray can save your life if you get into a risky situation. Additionally, have the bear spray in an easily accessible place. I always had it in my pants pocket so I could easily grab it. Do NOT have it in your backpack pocket OR even worse inside of your backpack.
  2. Check the weather a ton any time you have service. I noticed that the weather was pretty dramatic, changing every single day and multiple times throughout the day. When I was there in the beginning of June, we had temperatures ranging between 25°-85° F, sometimes even on the same day. This June also happened to be the rainy season, so be prepared for that. You need to pack enough clothes that you can you layer up or be in shorts and a tank top.
  3. Bring a waterproof map.While the parks do provide maps to visitors, I am glad that I was able to borrow a coworker’s waterproof maps of the park. I was able to bring these on the trail with me and they provided a bit more detail than the park maps. The park maps were useful while we were driving so make sure you still ask for them at the National Park entrances.
  4. Bring binoculars. This was my biggest regret and mistake of the trip. While the Colter Bay General Store did have some binoculars for sale, I really wish we had this much earlier in our trip. For some reason this didn’t cross my mind until the first day that we were there. Buying these really made my trip!
  5. Have a rough outline for each day. Plan ahead! Make sure you know what hikes you want to do and what sites you want to see. As I said before the weather can change daily so be sure that you are okay adapting what you want to do each day. I think we lucked out with our plans and the weather, but we were ready to make last minute changes to be in line with the weather.
  6. Enjoy the parks and the wildlife! Remember these National Parks are part of the public land that we all have access too. These areas of the country are extremely beautiful, and they provide an area for us to connect with nature. Please respect our parks and our rangers.

I could keep this list of advice going for what feels like forever. Please just remember to respect the parks, the wildlife inside the parks, and the rangers. Keep your space from all of the wildlife, but most importantly enjoy this experience. I can’t wait to see what my next National Park visit will consist of! Until next time….Catherine!