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“A GREAT drive, but remember to stop!”
Review of Grand Loop Road

Grand Loop Road
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Owner description: A 140-mile scenic drive past some of Yellowstone's most famous sites.
Reviewed May 31, 2013

The loop is an awesome drive, you can totally enjoy if you remember to stop and smell the roses. The scenery is out of this world, and if you love nature and animals as much as I do then this is a must. You will see animals (too many to list) everywhere through out the park and you will also come across some amazing waterfalls, geysers, etc. Do this drive, go slow, and enjoy yourself, you won't be disappointed.

Thank Patricia R
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Reviewed May 28, 2013

We had limited time in Montana/Wyoming so did two different whole day bus tours. Great guides, out of the 12 animals we were told we could possibly see we saw 10. Amazing melting water falls, geysers, hot springs, snow topped mountains, Bison, Black Bears, Grizzly Bear, Canadian Geese, White Wolves, deer, snow foxes etc.

3  Thank 210Lori48
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Reviewed May 12, 2013

It's absolutely a beautiful drive, BUT if all you do is drive the Grand Loop Road you will miss the park. First, you cannot do Yellowstone in a couple of days. The reality is that it's not just big, it's packed with variety. Wildlife, mountains, waterfalls, geothermal features, hiking, fishing, you name it, Yellowstone has it. To truly appreciate this park it will take multiple visits. So do your best to spend as much time as your schedule permits, you will not be disappointed?

My advice is to use certain locations as anchors and use the road to get you out in to the rest of the park. That's what it's there for! Norris is good for geysers, Canyon for Hayden Valley and Roosevelt for Lamar Valley. Probably better to avoid Old Faithful and Mammoth regions as anchors...just too crowded. Anchor down in another region and day trip to these areas. It's true they have more amenities but you didn't come to Yellowstone for amenities! If all you have is 3 or 4 days stick with one anchor. If you have 5 or more days start considering more than one.

Pick a section(s) of the park and explore that region. You can plan stops at features in other regions on your way in and out of the park. Areas to consider as prime targets for exploring Lamar Valley scores high for wildlife, scenery and great hikes, Hayden Valley for wildlife, scenery and attractions, Norris for geysers, Lake district for Lake Yellowstone related activities and an underrated geyser basin (West Thumb), the area between Norris and Mammoth for views and hiking, and the west side of the park between Norris and Old Faithful for geysers (and unfortunately crowds). As crowds go, the most crowded areas are Old Faithful and the surrounding geyser basins (go early to beat the crowds), Mammoth (not sure why but it just is) and the area around Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone especially in the afternoon (photo op).

Best areas for wildlife on the Road, Hayden and Lamar Valleys and the area around Bridge Bay/Lake. Best scenery, again Hayden and Lamar Valley, the Road between the two (from Canyon over the pass) and the Road between Norris and Mammoth, particularly as you approach the area around Bunsen Peak with views towards Electric Peak.

If you are venturing in to areas that are notoriously crowded...GO EARLY. Most areas don't start getting crowded until around 10AM. An early breakfast (6AM) also puts you on the Grand Loop Road when wildlife is more active! Even the less crowded areas are more enjoyable early. Planning for an early morning ride towards your destination for the day, spending lots of time to look for wildlife can be an event in itself.

All that said, if you want to see the true Yellowstone you HAVE TO get off the road. Even hiking in just a mile or so will get you away from the crowds and provide a different perspective. And if you are a hiker, the chances of having the trail to yourself and seeing wildlife as you hike go WAY up if you start early.

So use the road for access, early morning wildlife viewing and afternoon wandering, checking out the jaw dropping scenery in every direction. It is a great way to experience what is still one of the most amazing places on Earth. Enjoy!

23  Thank terrapinproud
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Reviewed May 7, 2013

Great drive. Access to all the sites along the way. Great for animal viewing and site seeing. Bison tend to walk on the roads and can back traffic up but well worth seeing the bison up close. Take your time as there are many pull offs to stop and enjoy views and take pictures. Grab a map and enjoy the drive. Plenty of places to stop for gas, food, and restroom breaks.

2  Thank Scots3314
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Reviewed March 15, 2013

We saw so many bison´s roaming right next to the road. It was amazing. I saw a bison cow feeding it´s calf. (Can a call female bison a cow?) On a west side of the park we saw an elk with huge antlers.

2  Thank Anu P
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