Yellowstone National Park in June, July, and August
Summertime is when Yellowstone reaches peak activity. All roads, buildings, and campgrounds are open and ready for visitors. The temperature hovers between 70 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. The weather never gets swelteringly humid like other parts of the country. Yellowstone is located at an altitude of 7000 feet above sea level, retaining an alpine climate all year round.
This is the high season for tourists. During the summer months, two million people enter the national park! If you’re planning a Yellowstone trip, definitely book your hotels and flights in advance, because they are guaranteed to fill up.
Yellowstone National Park in September and October
After the tourist season is one of the best times to visit. It’s the best of both worlds–– good weather with lower travel prices. Not only is the temperature mild and the crowds gone, but you’ll be treated to Yellowstone’s lovely fall foliage.
Yellowstone National Park in November through March
As soon as the snow starts, many of the roads close and the cold sets in… but the park is still open!
Yellowstone in winter is like entering another world. The hot springs and geysers send up plumes of smoke through the ice, creating a unique pattern of melting snow. The waterfalls are frozen in intricate formations. Instead of hiking, you can ski or snowshoe through the trails.
Only the park’s North entrance is open at this time, so you’ll have to plan your route carefully. You’ll want to make sure you have snow tires on your vehicle and lots of layers to wear.
Yellowstone National Park in April and May
Late April is when you’ll see the last snow melt and all the roads open up again after seasonal closures. The temperature in spring is unpredictable; it could be as high as 60º F or low as the single digits. The melting snow can lead to muddy, soggy conditions for hikers.
But don’t let this dissuade you… on the flip side, spring is baby animal season! It’s a good time to visit for wildlife lovers.
No matter when you decide to visit Yellowstone National Park, the self-guided driving tour app is ready to go. All you have to do is press START. To download your tour of Yellowstone National Park, visit the App Store or Google Play.