Although not as busy as the earlier summer months, there is still a crowd in September. This means long lines for shuttle buses, difficulty obtaining permits and expensive peak season accommodation rates. Even though it is really crowded and obtain permits is harder, it is not impossible— plan your trip well in advance, and be flexible. To avoid the stress of getting permits and to get off the beaten path, we recommend going with a guiding company.
If you have a low tolerance for crowds, but the only time you can visit the park is in the summer, there are ways to still enjoy your time in the park. Listed below are the best ways for escaping the crowds in the summer:
- Get an early start: the earlier you rise, the more of the park you have to yourself before the crowds arrive.
- Go on a hike: the further you go on a trail, the more the crowds thin out.
- Plan ahead: the earlier you make reservations, the more likely you are to get the permits that you want.
- Go on a picnic: try to avoid the crowded eateries at lunchtime, instead gather supplies from the general store and enjoy a picnic at one of the many overlooks in the park.