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Old 06-06-2014, 04:30 PM   #1
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Yellowstone soft or hard

I am planning a trip out to Yellowstone for the first week in July. I have a both a hard top and a soft top. I currently have the soft top on, and thought it would be great to go with the top down once inside the park. But then I keep hearing about bears and how much they love convertibles. I also heard it can be quite cool in July in Yellowstone.

Soft top pros: Enjoy scenery. Fun.
Soft top cons: too cold? bears?

Hard top pros: Safer from bears?
Hard top cons: I have to change the top again. And the obvious - I can't take the top down once at the park.

Any thoughts would be appreciated.

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Old 06-06-2014, 04:33 PM   #2
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Go with the soft top. Just do not leave food inside. I went out on a motorcycle. You will enjoy the trip.

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Will you be camping? Storing all essentials in the jeep?

I was there two years ago. Days can get warm with the elevation and lack of shade once into the park. Evenings the temps were cool, not frigid.

I'd go with hard top. You can remove freedom panels if need be. You won't miss much, there is so much to see you'll be pulling off the road to check out the sights.

Enjoy yourself and take plenty of pics
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Old 06-06-2014, 07:13 PM   #4
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Will you be camping? Storing all essentials in the jeep?

I was there two years ago. Days can get warm with the elevation and lack of shade once into the park. Evenings the temps were cool, not frigid.

I'd go with hard top. You can remove freedom panels if need be. You won't miss much, there is so much to see you'll be pulling off the road to check out the sights.

Enjoy yourself and take plenty of pics
No camping. We'll be staying in cabins or hotels throughout the visit. I will unload most things in the cabin. I have a Tuffy tailgate security enclosure for the items to keep in the jeep.

Still deciding between hard top vs soft top, but I have time to think about it. I will definitely take lots of pictures.
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Old 06-06-2014, 07:30 PM   #5
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I just got back from a two week road trip that ended with four nights in Yellowstone a week ago. If it's your first time it is amazing!! I've been there four times now and it never gets old. We left my 2-door Jeep at home and took my girlfriend's 4-door with more room. We both have hard tops. We were there in late May and it was about 70-75 during the day and mid-30s at night. Heck when we drove in some places still had feet of snow (west thumb and higher elevations like canyon lodge area and dunraven pass). We camped and the hard top allowed us to store all of our stuff in the Jeep. Since you'll be in cabins/hotels food storage doesn't really matter as long as you keep it all indoors. The first week of July all the snow should be melted and you should have perfect temperatures for a soft top. I say take the soft.
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Old 06-06-2014, 07:40 PM   #6
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I have been to Yellowstone approximately 50 times maybe more. Mostly have done it on bike both motorized and pedal. I personally would do the hard top, not because of the bears but the other two legged animal. When doing the park take the time to do hikes and sometimes those hikes entail leaving your vehicle for hours on end in areas that might not see a lot of traffic. In all my time in the park I have never had a bear encounter. Buffalo however are thicker then flies and much more dangerous. Worst part of going in July and August is the gridlock that can occur when someone sees their first buffalo and stops and does not realize that there are everywhere so no need to stop lol.
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^ lol I second that about the buffalo. By the end of the trip someone would stop traffic and I would just say "Seriously? They're freaking everywhere". It was mainly oriental tourists stopping.
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Old 06-06-2014, 11:00 PM   #8
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Maybe I will see you. I am taking my son to Teton National park/ Yellowstone and then on to do the Magruder Corridor trail (100 + miles off road). We will be there the week after the 4th. Look for 2dr black Rubicon With Texas (Don't tread on me plates).
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Maybe I will see you. I am taking my son to Teton National park/ Yellowstone and then on to do the Magruder Corridor trail (100 + miles off road). We will be there the week after the 4th. Look for 2dr black Rubicon With Texas (Don't tread on me plates).
have you checked to see if the Magruder will be open? Some years the snow is so deep it does not get open til mid July or later and this year was a heavy snow pack year so far. then other years they have parts shut down for Maintenance. It is a very cool drive tho. One week it can be wet from snow run off the next it can have 2" of dust on the trail. Lots of ATV's use and like to dust you out by driving 70mph lol. Plan to take your time and enjoy it.
I would call ahead just to check conditions.
http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_...rdb5158968.pdf

Also you are driving by it so do the Lolo Motorway which is like 130 miles of dirt road and just as neat as the Magruder.
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If bears are your only worries and you're going to be staying at hotels than go with the soft top. There aren't going to be any bears in the hotels parking lot. Also, just make sure to leave no open food containers/food in the Jeep.

Put the top down and enjoy!
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Old 06-07-2014, 01:56 PM   #11
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The 2500+ miles rd trip on I-80 in a soft top, when you have a choice, is masochism. The noise alone will drive you batty by the time you hit Davenport if you have the ST. Enjoy the whole trip. Take the HT for the interstate, and take off the panels while sightseeing the park at 30 mph.
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Old 06-08-2014, 06:24 PM   #12
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Thanks for the update, my bother lives in Idaho and has done it before. He will be driving his 4x4 Jimmy with us. He has been in communications with some folks up in Elk City and feels it will be open for us. He said it is actually pretty rare for it to be not open in mid July. There will be snow but we should be able to make it. If not oh-well we will go as far as we can then turn around go to either Yellow Pine or Silver City. My son and I are pretty excited and will post report/photos when we return.
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Wondering how the trip went? I tried the Lolo Motor way on Sunday and it was still snowed in. Crazy
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Trip went Great! There was some snow on the Magruder but some jeepers 6 hours ahead of us did some major shoveling on the North side of Salmon Mnt and cleared a large snow drift. They told me it took 10 hours to shovel it! I owe them a beer or too. I guess we ended up being the first couple of jeeps trough this season. Weather was great, trail was in decent condition. There was considerable wash-board effect just east of the Darby Ranger station. The Wash board was so bad I took the PSI down to 15 to help as it went on for about 10 miles.
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