The Best Time to Visit Yellowstone Park

The Best Time to Visit Yellowstone Park
Yellowstone National Park is one of America's most famous and most visited outdoor attractions. With such a wide range of activities possible at the park, the best time to visit is almost entirely determined by what one plans to do there.


The summer months are the best time for scenic drives in the park, as the storms that develop by mid-autumn or mid-spring may cause restrictions or even closures. Most roads are closed outright between the first Monday of November to the third Friday in April.



The general fishing season in Yellowstone runs from the last Saturday of May to the first Sunday in November.

Horseback Riding

Horseback riding in the park is possible from May through September at the Canyon, May through October at the Hot Springs, and June through early September at Roosevelt.


The opening and closing dates for Yellowstone's campgrounds vary; only the campground at Mammoth is open all year. Generally the other campgrounds open in May and June and begin closing in September and October.


Hikers looking to avoid cold, wet and snow should plan a trip between mid-spring and mid-autumn, with June, July, August and September being best.

Winter Activities

Winter activities such as cross-country skiing and snowmobiling need to wait for the coming of full winter and snowfall. They should come no earlier than mid-November and no later than late March or early April.


Article Written By Edwin Thomas

Edwin Thomas has been writing since 1997. His work has appeared in various online publications, including The Black Table, Proboxing-Fans and others. A travel blogger, editor and writer, Thomas has traveled from Argentina to Vietnam in pursuit of stories. He holds a Master of Arts in international affairs from American University.

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