We just found good deal on airfare to visit Yellowstone/Grand Teton and will be flying into Butte, MT August 24-31. Our first national park trip was to Yellowston/Grand Teton in 2007 and it inspired us to visit national parks for most of our vacations since then. Fast forward 6 years later and we will be bringing our 3 year old son and infant daughter (who will be 8 months old) to the area.
For our first trip we went in the 2nd week in May and lucked out with good weather (70's). There were no crowds and lots of animals. We stayed 3 nights Jackson, WY, 1 night Gardiner, MT and 3 nights in West Yellowstone, MT. We hit most of highlights of both parks except that one road on the Yellowstone Figure 8 was not open (Dunraven Pass?). For this trip, since we have the already seen the highlights and have little ones in tow we don't need to see everything. I am debating on how to split the trip and what to do about lodging.
I am thinking of either getting cabin near West Yellowstone for the the entire week. Or splitting the stay with 3 nights near Grand Teton and 4 nights in West Yellowstone. I know staying in one places means more driving, but driving in Yellowstone is fun when there are animals to look for.
Our lodging budget is about $1000-$1500 for the week. I am surprised about how much more expensive hotel rooms are for our dates than they were (I guess that is the difference between May and August). For the Grand Teton area, prices for hotels in Jackson seem to be $150 per night and up. I was thinking of going with a 2-room cabin at Signal Mountain Lodge, which is about $200, but might be worth it for the location. How are these rooms? Are they clean and safe for an infant?
Any other lodging recommendations? Also, we love hiking in glacial curved valleys (like Swiftcurrent Valley or Grinnell Glacier trail in Glacier National Park). We would like to do one day hike around 5 miles or less. Any recommendations? We haven't tried hiking with both little ones, but managed to hike around 30 miles in a week in Glacier NP when our son was 15 months old.Edited: 1:00 pm, April 05, 2013