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I'm looking to go to Yellowstone in July and want to stay in or near the park. I've been looking on the VRBO website and have found a few options. Ideally we would like stay outside of Gardiner but close enough to be able to get in and out of the park. Alot of the places we looked at seem to be right in town. It would work, but we're looking for more of a private feel. We would like to be there anytime in July after the 4th.

I'm also looking for helpful info and things to do while we are there.
 
Thanks for the help.
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Are you looking to camp or lodge it?

Plenty to do in and outside the park. Grand Tetons, Jackson Hole, West Yellowstone, etc. though if you've never been to the park is truly amazing and worth spending much of your time there.

If you fish, it's the fly fishing mecca of the USA. There's better places to fly fish but it would be probably equal to a die hard golfer heading to St. Andrews to play golf.
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Looking at lodging it. Not really wanting to drag out camping stuff that far, with weather being unpredictable and all. We found a place by Laurel springs, that we're waiting to hear back on. I've been there once, 13 years ago, and now the family is going.
 
We want to make sure we hit the high spots, and maybe a few spots only the locals know.
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We rented condos in Teton village (Jackson WY) a few weeks ago on a snowmobile trip, they were very nice- all price ranges.
http://www.jackson-hole-rental-condos.com/Condos/TetonVillageRentalCondos
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Lots of fun stuff to do in the park, but some local fun stuff:
 
1.  Swim in the firehole swimming hole.
2.  Cook your own steak at Einos Bar in West Yellowstone (Now the "High Country Bar" and I don't know if it is still good)
3.  Hike the Specimen Ridge trail and check out fully exposed petrified trees.
4.  Hike Slough Creek (great views, excellent fishing, and great chances to see a griz - take your bear spray!)
5.  Check out the Bechler River access to the park (take bug spray).
6.  Take a boat ride to the far side of Yellowstone Lake.  No crowds ... even in July.
 
As far as an off-the-path place to stay... if you want rustic (no running water), you can rent one of the Forest Service Cabin Rentals in the area - makes for a memorable experience, but they get reserved fast, so if it is of interest to you, check into it ASAP.
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while yellowstone stuff is usually on everybodys plan as a must see, (the people of wyoming have alocated the yellowstone area to outstaters, so the tourists can be managed in a localized area and not bother the natives) a better plan and more senic is to start in bondurant go hot potting at granite move over to Cora, up to Union pass gap for a view of 15000 acres of wildflowers populated with mountain sheep down into dubois for the night, up to Double Cabin in the Teton wilderness area for a while , and if you decide to come back to the other world, check out the 1000 lakes around Boulder. No problem in and out though Pinedale has a private jet airport for the other folks.
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One thing to keep in mind is the park is HUGE, so it takes awhile to drive from one side to the other and see all the main attractions, especially if you want to do some hiking as well. If you stay outside the park, you may end up being a good distance from the boundary to find a room, only adding to your driving time each day. You'll burn a lot of gas just going back and forth across the park itself. Therefore, if you want to maximize your time looking at all the cool thermal features, wildlife and beautiful scenery, I'd recommend staying in the park. When we went, we just rented one of the small cabins at Yellowstone Lake next to the lodge. It's centrally located in the park, so it's more convenient and easier to plan each day's activities from there. The only time we were actually at the cabin was to sleep, as we spent all day every day exploring. I'd recommend staying at least a week, and also seeing Grand Teton Nat'l Park while you're there.

I personally would avoid the middle of the summer, as the park gets really congested with people during the peak of the summer. We went in early June, when the bears were emerging from hibernation with cubs, elk were calving, etc. We saw virtually every species of wildlife that lives in the park at that time.
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