>The road from Gardiner to Cooke City is open year round -- >except when storms roll through, of course. It's a 50 mile >drive -- about an hour and a half, no stopping -- that runs >through the Lamar Valley. There are restaurants and other >facilities open year round in Cooke City.
With no stopping, how do I get photos?
> >I'd echo what other folks have noted. I'd be pretty careful >about heading off on snow shoes. I don't know that the benefit >would be worth the hassle.
I hired a guide for three days; I will ask him his thoughts on this. I have never been to Yellowstone in the winter and only once after high school (a long, long, time ago). So, when I read about no stopping, I thought I could go on a trail, like the cross-country skiers, and set up where I choose. Let me ask again: how do I get the photos from the road if I can' stop my car? Also, I don't have a four wheel drive vehicle, so I thought I could snowshoe on the trails near Mammoth. I have no intention of trekking into the wilderness.
> >You should be able to drive to the upper terrace at Mammoth, >but I think the loop up there is reserved for cross country >skiing in winter. The steam from the thermal pools can be both >a blessing and an aggravation when it comes to getting a good >shot.
Yeah, all depends on the wind and the sun. I have eight days to figure it out.
> >I don't usually get in the Park until March, and I've been on >that stretch through the Lamar Valley and not seen a thing. On >the other hand, buffalo are pretty common, and the elk can be >thick around Mammoth. Bighorns also hang around there. A >friend of mine got some shots of wolves in that area a couple >of weeks ago. The landscapes along the drive can be terrific.
Yes, I've seen some beautiful images, but again, how? With no stopping what do people do to get the images?
> >My daughter spent four summers working in the Park and spent >one winter at Canyon. She said that of all the animals in the >Park, she was most nervous around buffalo (although in the >last couple of years I think five or six people have been >killed by griz in the Yellowstone ecosystem). The problem with >buffalo is that they are all over the place and they like to >use the roads in the winter. They can also be unpredictable. I >just try to take it easy when I ease past them in the car.
Bears will not be out much, as has been pointed out, and they seem to ignore unless they want our food. Bison, on the other hand, will charge if they feel like it, or so I've been told; never seen one up close.
> >Finally, if you need a break from roughing it, Chico Hot >Springs is 40 miles north. The restaurant and the Hot Springs >are first rate. I'm heading there in March. > I will make a note of this, thank you.