Best Time to Visit Yellowstone

Yellowstone Geyser with blue sky

The Yellowstone National Park falls largely within the state of Wyoming and is the biggest tourist attraction of the state spread across 3,500 square miles. Featuring a diverse range of animal species, grand canyons, active geothermal geysers, and boiling mud pots, along with alpine rivers and recreational facilities, the park is truly a sight to behold. The best part is that everyone can enjoy what it has to offer.

When is the Best Time to Visit Yellowstone National Park?

There’s almost a general consensus over May being one of the best times of the year to visit the place. The summers (June- August) are a typical tourist season and that’s why you may very well find the place packed with camping trailer traffic, moving bumper to bumper and testing your patience. The best time to visit Yellowstone National Park would be just before the summer vacations hit and the tour groups and most families with kids swarm the place. Also, in May, you will also be able to see wildlife come down from the high country, as that time of the year is known for most wildlife births. So around this time, there’s the added prospects of running into some cuddly little baby deer along your hiking trail. Moreover, in May, you will not have to wait in lines to find a convenient parking near the famed “Old Faithful” geothermal geyser. The statistics tell us that June sees an 8.5% increase in tourists, and it increases another 11.5 % the next month. As a result, in May hotels and lodges are cheaper. Therefore, for a serene, convenient and enjoyable retreat, May happens to be the best time to visit the Yellowstone National Park.


The overwhelming natural wonders such as the Old Faithful and the Mammoth Hot Springs are on every to-do list. But there’s a lot more that the park offers for the adventurers, back packers as well as nature lovers. From the Grand Canyon Trails, and liberating experiences of horseback riding and back country fishing, to boating in the Yellowstone Lake, fill up your itinerary with whatever piques your interests.

The Wildlife Experience

And if you happen to be a wildlife enthusiast, there’s a plethora of options at your disposal, especially in May.

  • The Lamar valley usually ranks as the top option for most wildlife exposure. The grasslands offer the largest species available such as the moose and bears or the elks and bison.
  • If you’re looking for the wildlife species such as bighorn sheep, antelope, marmots and deers, Tower Fall Campground in the Tower Roosevelt area is where you shall be camping.

Whether you’re an adventure seeker, a nature lover or a family man, Yellowstone National Park has much to offer. And if you’re struggling to make plans, we hope our blog helps you come up with an itinerary.

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