Yellowstone Trip Planner


Updated by Matt, April 23, 2021

Yellowstone National Park includes so many things to see and do including viewing wildlife, visiting geysers, and seeing spectacular waterfalls and canyons. With the park being the size of Rhode Island and Delaware combined, figuring out how to see the whole thing can seem daunting. At We’re in the Rockies, our goal is to help you know what to expect and love the west like we do – including Yellowstone! In this article, you’ll find our recommendations and useful tips for the following.

  • General things to know
  • 2021 Updates
  • When to visit
  • How to get there
  • The weather
  • Where to stay and when to book
  • How long you need to see the park
  • How to get around
  • Apps you need
  • What to see, including geysers, waterfalls, canyons, and wildlife
  • Where to eat
  • What to pack
  • What to do outside the park
  • Other handy tips

General things to know about Yellowstone

You have to see Yellowstone on its terms. Yellowstone is BIG.  You will drive a lot and walk a lot. You generally can’t go back to your hotel in the middle of the day because you’ll be far away.  You may get stuck in traffic. Honestly, it can be exhausting. But animal sightings and geyser eruptions make every trip to Yellowstone a new and different surprise. We’ve designed our itinerary to reduce your driving time and maximize your chances of seeing animals and geysers.

There is no cell connection in the park, so hang onto the map they provide when you enter the park.

2021 Updates

Always check the official park website for updates before you travel — there might be fires, snow, pandemics, or other things that will affect your trip. Here is what has changed for 2021:

The road from Tower to Canyon is closed. That means you can’t visit Mount Washburn. You also cannot camp at Tower. However, the Tower stop and waterfall are still open. Yellowstone’s roads have a gradual opening in the spring, so always check for road updates.

Yellowstone has 12 campgrounds; some are reservable and some are first come, first serve (FCFS). To make it more confusing, they now use two different reservation systems depending on which campground you’re trying to book!

What’s new this year is:

  • Mammoth, Slough Creek, and Pebble Creek have all changed from FCFS to reservations, wholly or partially. These must be booked through Recreation.gov.
  • Tower Fall, Norris, and Fishing Bridge RV Park are all closed for all of 2021.

See our Guide to Camping at Yellowstone for more information.

When to visit

September, baby! The crowds drastically begin to fall off after Labor Day. Kids are in school and the temperature begins to dip. The average high is 62 degrees and low is 41 degrees. Crowds at Yellowstone can be a real problem. If you are there June-August, you can bet that finding a parking spot at the popular sights in the middle of the day will require alot of waiting and you’ll be watching Old Faithful erupt with 4,000 of your closest friends. My guess is this isn’t your vision for reconnecting with nature and seeing the magesty of Yellowstone. Going in September can get you closer to the experience you are looking for.

One other cool thing about going in September is the rut. That is when the Elk are in mating season. It’s fun to see the males show off their stuff. They hang out in the town of Mammoth and are known for ramming parked cars and breaking their windshields, all to show off for the ladies. It’s fun to watch, just park your car somewhere there aren’t any elk.

May would be my second choice because there are baby animals. Keep in mind that if you travel in May or September, there will be lodging that isn’t open (especially in May, that’s why its #2) Also, many of the attrations offered outside the park aren’t open during this time as well.

Main message, go in September if you can. However, if you must go in June, July, or August, you can still have a great trip. You’ll just need to arrange lodging early and have a strategy to avoid crowds. Click here to see our Yellowstone itineraries that will give you the Yellowstone experience you are hoping for.

See our full post, When is the best time to visit Yellowstone? for more detailed information.

How to get there

Before we get into the 5 entrances of the park, it’s important to understand their relative location to the Grand Loop. The Grand Loop is at the center of the park and where the majority of waterfalls, geyser basins, and canyon overlooks are located, as well as in the park lodging, campgrounds, and amenities. The Grand Loop is broken into two smaller loops, the Upper Loop and the Lower Loop. If you were to drive all the way around the perimeter of the loops combined, it would take between 4-7 hours. The variation is because of traffic jams where people are trying to pull into a parking lot, construction, or animal sighting (my favorite!) Sometimes you are waiting for 30 minutes for a herd of bison to cross the road. The point is that it can take a while to get around inside the park so you want to be aware how far away your lodging is so you know how much you’ll be driving every day.

If you are coming from Utah, Idaho, or Montana, it’s common to come through West Yellowstone. West Yellowstone in the biggest hub with the most restaurants, hotels, and tourist attractions. There is also a seasonal airport (not a very big one) that flies into there as well. From the West Entrance of Yellowstone, you have a 20 minute drive to the Grand Loop.

If you are coming from Glacier National Park on a road trip or flying into Bozeman, MT, you may enter through Gardiner at the North Entrance. Gardiner has fewer hotels, restaurants, and tourist attractions and they are ok with that. People love the charm of this small town. They have a small airport as well that is open year-round. Gardiner is minutes away from the North Entrance. Once you enter the park, it’s a five-minute drive to the Grand Loop.

If you are coming from Denver or Mt. Rushmore, the East Entrance might be the closest for you. Cody, Wyoming is an hour and half away from the East Entrance and the nearest town with lodging. Cody is named after the famous entertainer, Buffalo Bill Cody, and there are some amazing attractions out there but I wouldn’t recommend making Cody your home base, it’s just too far away. Perhaps a 2 day stop on your way into the park and then stay somewhere else closer to the Grand Loop.

If you are coming by the way of Denver, Cheyenne, Yosemite, or Salt Lake City, you may enter through the South Entrance where there is a 31 minute drive to get the Grand Loop. The closest town is Jackson Hole, Wyoming near the famous Grand Teton National Park which can be a trip all by itself!! Although this is worth seeing, it is an hour and a half from the South Entrance making it a really long drive to get into Yellowstone and not a desirable home base.

Lastly, there is the North East Entrance. This is closest to Lamar Valley in Yellowstone. Lamar Valley is not part of the Grand Loop but one of the best places to see wildlife in the park. The closest towns to the North East Entrance are Cooke City, MT, and Red Lodge, MT. Red Lodge is about an hour and 45 minutes away.

Weather

Yellowstone is high in the mountains and the weather can be crazy; sometimes it snows in June! But generally the busy summer months provide daytime temperatures in the 80s. Mornings and evenings can still get down into the 30s and 40s. Dress in layers. Find out more about the weather here.

Where to Stay

There are so many choices when visiting Yellowstone! The most popular places to stay outside the park are Gardiner, MT, and West Yellowstone, MT. Some people stay in Cody, WY, or Jackson, WY, but they are much farther away; we don’t recommend it.

There are many places to stay in the park. For the upper loop: Mammoth, Roosevelt Lodge, and Canyon Village. For the lower loop: Old Faithful, Grant Village, Lake Village, and Canyon Village.

Here are some resources we put together for you:

If you’re using our guide, we recommend allotting four days to see the park, staying two days on the upper loop and 3 days on the lower loop.

Hotels

If you are looking to stay in a hotel or vacation rental, the best selection is in West Yellowstone near the west gate. You can plan on spending between $150-$300 a night for typical lodging. Staying at hotel is the best option if you are doing a last minute trip as the other options such as camping or staying in a lodge inside the park can fill up as early as a year in advance!

Our #1 choice for West Yellowstone is the Days Inn. Their suites are roomy and reasonably priced and comes with a small fridge and microwave. 2 daily breakfast vouchers are included for the restaurant next door, and the hotel has a pool with a water slide! My children love to swim after sightseeing all day and the water slide makes it even better.

If you want another option on the west side of the park, Island Park is not far away. It has a wider variety of vacation rentals but not as many hotel choices. Vacation rentals average from $250-$350 per night. It’s a 32 minute drive from the west entrance and has multiple adventure companies that will rent ATVs, snowmobiles, and other adventure gear as well as offering guided tours.

Gardiner, near the north entrance, is a quaint town that people love to stay in with quite a few nice hotel options.

We actually made a pretty comprehensive video on where to stay in Yellowstone. Watch it for more details and our top picks.

Lodges

There are 9 lodges in Yellowstone National Park with a combined total of 2,300 rooms. They range in price from $100-$300 a night per room and come with very basic amenities. Here are a few things to know about the lodges in Yellowstone.

  • Most are open June- November 1st
  • Not all of them have a private bathroom
  • Mammoth lodge is the only one that has TV’s in the rooms
  • No air conditioning in any of them
  • Cabins are more affordable than the inns
  • They fill up quickly. You can make reservations in June for the following year. Go to yellowstoneparklodges.com to book your room.
  • Canyon Lodge is the newest. It also is the most central in the park.

Camping

This is may favorite way to stay in Yellowstone. Even though it can get really cold at night, it so wonderful to walk out of my trailer in the morning and breath in that cool, crisp mountain air, hear the birds chirping and watch the chipmunks and squirrels scurry around. We have a complete post about all the campgrounds, making reservations, and other hand tips. Here is a brief pros and cons list to camping.

Pros

  • Cheap- $15-80 a night, max charge in the park is $32
  • Less driving if you are in the park
  • Less crowds if you camp outside the park
  • Wildlife
  • Ranger programs
  • Campfires

Cons

  • First come first serve sites fill up really early- like 6:00 or 7:00 am. Many people line up and just wait for the campground to open at 10:00 am. If you wait until later in the day, there is a good chance you will find yourself without a place to stay.
  • Bridge Bay, Canyon, Madison, Fishing Bridge RV, and Grant campgrounds are the only ones that take reservations. 1,759 total.
  • Limited RV sights and most have a maximum of 40 ft total length (that includes the vehicle you towed your RV with )
  • Generators generally need to be turned off by 8:00 pm.
  • Campgrounds in the park are pretty small and you are close to other campers.

There you have it. The brief list of the benefits and draw backs of camping in Yellowstone. If you want to reserve a spot, you must go through https://www.yellowstonenationalparklodges.com, or by calling 307-344-7311 (307-344-5395 for TDD service). 

How long does it take to see the park?

Geysers, canyons, waterfalls, wildlife…… where do I begin? I first want to say that you aren’t going to see everything in the park. The place is bigger than Rhode Island! I’ve been to Yellowstone many, many times and still manage to see new things every time I go. However, I believe that you can have an incredible trip and the get the full Yellowstone experience if you stay there 4 days. I get that everyone has a schedule to keep, but it takes 4 days to properly do Yellowstone. Here is why…

The Grand Loop Road is actually two loops, the upper and the lower, and is 142 miles long. On this loop, you will be able to see the famous Old Faithful geyser and geyser basin, the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, Hayden Valley- home to the famous bison, and multiple waterfalls to name a few.

142 miles doesn’t seem that long to travel in one day, but it can actually take between 4-7 hours. The speed limit is 45 mph and you are often traveling slower due to traffic or buffalo traffic jams. Yep, those inconsiderate buffalo have the nerve to stand in the middle of the road and throw off your travel plans!

If you stay 4 days, you have time to see Old Faithful geyser and geyser basin, Grand Prismatic Spring, Artist’s Point (Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, Norris Geyser Basin, Lower falls (my favorite!), Hayden Valley, and even head up to Mammoth and swim in the boiling river. These are things I have to do every time (or almost every time) I visit because they are so incredible. You won’t want to miss them. Plus, if you spend 4 days, you should have some time to relax (not too much though) and to even do something fun outside of the park, and be ok if you get in a buffalo traffic jam or two.

How to get around

Driving each loop takes about 2-2.5 hours of just driving time. That’s without stops and traffic jams. The speed limit is 45, and please follow it for the animals’ sake. Generally, plan on 30 minutes between major stops. There is no cell coverage in the park, so don’t rely on GPS. Use this guide and the map they give you.

Apps you need

Download the official Yellowstone App.  Use it when checking for geyser eruption predictions on the first or second day. It also has a few audio walking tours; download these audio guides to your phone before you go so they are available offline.  We also suggest downloading the Yellowstone Explorer app, which provides recent animal sightings to maximize your chances of seeing animals.

What to do Inside the Park

There are books written about this. Matt and I have written several articles and shot many YouTube videos on this as well that I will link to as we go over what there is to do inside the park. I will give you a Cliff’s Notes version of my favorite places to go, why you should check each one out, location on the Grand Loop, and how long it usually takes to view.

Old Faithful Geyser Basin

Estimated time: 3-4 hours

Old Faithful is famous and fantastic. Plus, it erupts around 20 times a day and the park rangers can predict the next eruption pretty accurately give or take 10 minutes. It’s close to the parking lot and has seating surrounding it. But did you know that Old Faithful is not the only predictable geyser in the park? In fact, there are actually others. Check out the chart below

GeyserErupts how oftenErupts for how longEruption height
Old Faithful1.5 hours5 min110-180 ft
Castle Geyser14 hours20 min75 ft
Grand Geyser6-7 hours9-12 min200 ft
Daisy Geyser2 hours3-5 min75 ft
Riverside Geyser6 hours20 min75 ft
Map of the upper geyser basin
Map of the Upper Geyser Basin

Hayden Valley

Estimated Time: 15-45 minutes

Hayden Valley is located on the lower loop between Fishing Bridge and Canyon. There isn’t a parking lot for you to get out and sight see. People just pull off on the side of the road when they want to look at something, usually an animal. You will most likely drive through it at some point on your way to somewhere else in the park, but make sure you do it.

Hayden Valley is home to many of the parks animals, especially bison, dear, elk, and bears. In fact, I guarantee you will see bison as you drive through. The bison are one of the reasons the time to see it varies so much. They are known to cross the street often and will even just walk right down the middle of the road. They weight 2,000 pounds- who’s going to stop them! It is really neat to see it at first but if you are a Yellowstone regular, you may find yourself getting annoyed at the inconvenience.

If there is a bear in the area, everyone is pulling over to get out and look at it. You’ll want to do the same because seeing a bear in the wild is awesome! Rangers are usually on the scene and will be making sure everyone stays 100 yards away. All the vehicles pulling off and on the road can make for slow going but just be patient. You’ll love the wildlife you’ll see at Hayden Valley.

Brink of the Upper Falls

Estimated time: 45 minutes

Although Yellowstone boasts of having more than 45 waterfalls and 6 incredible ones right off the main road, my very favorite is the brink of the Upper Falls. It is 109 feet tall, not the tallest in the park, but in my opinion, the best one to see. The trail takes you right to the brink, where the water from the river is about to go over the fall. It’s incredible the power of water rushing to the edge and the sound of it crashing to the bottom. A fenced viewing area keeps you safe but puts you right next to the edge to view the water as it plummets to the rocks below.

There is a road called the Upper Falls Road on the lower loop that will take you right there. From the parking lot, it’s an easy, paved .3 mile out and back trail.

Artist Point

Estimated time: 1 hour

Artist Point is where you will get the best views of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. The wow factor of this place is so powerful that we visit it Every. Single. Time. we are in Yellowstone. You’ll want to too. My words won’t do it justice so watch our video, The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.

It is a .2 mile out and back paved trail located on the east side of the middle of the Grand Loop. Since this place is so beautiful and accessible, you’ll want to plan for crowds if you are there June-August. You can get an amazing view even if you are sharing it with hundreds of others, the trick is finding a parking space. If you get there before 9:00 am or after 4:00 pm that shouldn’t be a problem.

Mammoth/Boiling River

Mammoth is both a town and a hotspring inside Yellowstone Park. Although the Mammoth Hotsprings are past their glory days, with very little geothermal activity going on, don’t let that stop you from visiting them at least once. It’s like being on the inside of a cave except minus the dark nothingness, cold, and stinky smell- ok Mammoth stinks too but its a different kind of stink. The point is, it’s really, really cool and you won’t see something like it anywhere else.

Mammoth Hotsprings is located at the top of the Grand Loop. It is divided into an upper and lower terrace and the mostly flat boardwalk trail is a 1.75 mile loop.

The town of Mammoth is not as crowded as the rest of the park and is a great place to stop for lunch. I love the giant trees at the grassy park in the middle of town. Just watch out for elk, they tend to like hanging out ther as well.

Since Mammoth is a town, albeit a small one, there are a few amenities like gas stations, a medical clinic, and general store. Mammoth is home to Fort Yellowstone. After Yellowstone was deemed a National Park in 1872, many self serving people exploited the land. It basically took stationing some of the army in Mammoth to get the situation under control. While being stationed there between the 1890s and early 1900s, The US Army built 35 structures and began the framework for running the national parks. Most of these buildings are still there and they are so cool to look at.

The boiling river is located in Mammoth as well. Don’t let the name fool you, its not even close to feeling like a hot tub. Anyone who has ever put a toe in any body of water Yellowstone National Park will tell you it is C.O.LD. Because some heated geothermal water flows into the Gardner River, it heats parts of it up enough to be tolerable to soak in.

To get there, drive 2 miles past Mammoth Hot Springs on Route 89. Right after crossing the river, turn right into the dirt turn out of Boiling River. This is not a big parking lot and my guess is you may need to find alternate parking if you are there during daylight hours (it’s closed when it’s dark) From there, you’ll need to hike on the mostly flat 1.5 mile trail to the spot you can swim. The water is only a couple of feet deep and there are rocks separating the swimming area from the rest of the river. Make sure you have some aqua socks or sandals you can wear, because it is rocky and pretty rough on your feet.

Grand Prismatic Spring

If you want to see a football field pool of the clearest, bluest blue you’ll ever encounter, go see the Grand Prismatic Spring located on the lower loop just above the Old Faithful Geyser Basin. Springs are cool because of the color changes. Where it is more shallow, you’ll see orange, and yellows but as it gets deeper the color becomes more rich by going from green, to light blue to deep blue at the deepest part.

You can view Grand Prismatic up close by walking out onto the Midway Geyser Basin. It’s a .8 mile boardwalk loop that is an easy trail. However, the very best way to see this marvel is from the overlook a mile south from the Midway geyser basin at the Fairy Falls parking lot. From there you’ll hike a moderate .6 mile trail to the overlook. A little extra effort but it’s worth it! You can see the entire Midway Geyser Basin from there and get a real feel for how big Grand Prismatic actually is.

Campfire Programs

Although Yellowstone National Park has suspended ranger led programs for the time being during the COVID-19 pandemic, this is my favorite way to end a day of sightseeing and hiking. If you are staying inside the park during the tourist season, there is a good chance one will be happening every night close by. Just check the visitor center or look at the schedule in the newspaper they give you when you enter the park to see where the closest amphitheater is and what the presentation will be about. You can also see it here on the Yellowstone website. The programs generally start at 9:00 or 9:30 and are 45 minutes long. Amphitheaters are outdoors, have a giant fire pit, seat between 100-200 people, and have a big screen for the ranger to show pictures and movies.

Topics range from wildlife, to geysers, to history, to forest fires. Dress plenty warm, bring blankets and hot chocolate, and snuggle up with the people you love. Campfire programs were a real highlight for me as a kid when we would visit and I love them just as much as an adult.

List of attractions on each loop

Here is a list of all the main attractions in Yellowstone, starting at Mammoth in the North, working south around the Grand Loop Road, and returning to Mammoth.

  1. Mammoth Hot Springs
  2. Norris Geyser Basin
  3. Artist Paintpots
  4. Gibbon Falls
  5. Madison
  6. Firehole Canyon
  7. Lower Geyser Basin
  8. Midway Geyser Basin (including Grand Prismatic)
  9. Upper Geyser Basin (including Old Faithful)
  10. Kepler Falls
  11. West Thumb & Grant Village
  12. Lewis Falls
  13. Lake Village (including Yellowstone Lake & Fishing Bridge)
  14. Mud Volcano
  15. Hayden Valley
  16. The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone & Canyon Village
  17. Mount Washburn
  18. Tower
  19. Lamar Valley
  20. Northern Range, Undine Falls, Wraith Falls

Where to Eat

There are restaurants in the park at Old Faithful, Grant Village, Lake Village, Canyon Village, Mammoth, and Roosevelt. You’ll need dinner reservations at some of the places. Please see our more detailed post: The Best Dining Guide to Yellowstone (with map) for more.

Our guide plans for you to arrive at these places at meal time. HOWEVER, it can be difficult to arrive somewhere at a pre-determined time.

We highly suggest packing a lunch and snacks to eat. It’s a nice backup plan in case you’re stuck in traffic or you just want to watch that bear longer. There are beautiful picnic places all over the park, and we usually enjoy eating our meals in nature when visiting Yellowstone. An added bonus is we don’t have to waste time waiting in line at a restaurant.

What to Pack

If you’re visiting Yellowstone for the first time, pay close attention to this! Aside from your normal vacation needs, we recommend:

  • binoculars
  • chairs to sit while watching animals
  • swimsuit for getting into the boiling river
  • water shoes for walking in the boiling river
  • camcorder/camera with a zoom lens
  • bear spray (only if doing a longer hike). 
  • If you like to bike, you may also consider bringing your bike or renting one at Old Faithful.

See our Ultimate Packing Guide for Yellowstone & Grand Teton for more.

Things to do Outside the Park

There is plenty to do inside Yellowstone National Park, but sometimes a break is nice from all the sight seeing. The areas surrounding Yellowstone offer a wide variety of activities from playhouses to zipline courses, to an indoor gun range, to river rafting. Check out this post and video on things to do outside of Yellowstone for a more complete list and details of each activity but here is some information on my favorites.

Bear World

If you are concerned about not getting your fill of bears on your trip, head to this place. You begin your experience by entering a drive thru zoo. Black bear, grizzly, bison, and elk roam through this large and natural looking habitat. The black bears are not shy and will be very close to the road. One actually started licking our family van once! They will be roaming, sleeping, or chilling in the pond.

Once you complete the drive thru (which you can do as many times as you want with your paid admission). You will walk through a gift shop, which has amazing fudge, into a photo area that has all sorts of cool photo ops. You can also pay to have your picture superimposed of you riding a bear.

Next is the enclosure of bear cubs. They are seriously a 10 on the cuteness scale and you’ll love watching them wrestle around. For an extra fee, you can even bottle feed one of them.

A petting zoo filled with chickens, goats, sheep, baby deer, and pigs is next. There is also a moose nearby to view.

Lastly, there is a small amusement park with about 10 kiddie rides. It’s in a pretty small area with a grass courtyard in the middle with picnic tables and the rides surrounding it so you can sit and relax and still keep an eye on your kids while they ride. Or….. you could go on those rides yourself. It’s kind of fun!

Bear World is in Rexburg, Idaho- 80 miles from the West Entrance of Yellowstone. If it’s on your way driving to Yellowstone, you ought to check it out. Its a great half day excursion. You can pay by the carload for near $100, max 7 people, or pay per person $25 for adults and $13 for kids. You can save $1 per ticket if you buy online. Open May through September. Click on this link for more information Bear World

Playmill Theater

If you want an evening full of lively musical numbers and humor, look no further than the Playmill Theater of West Yellowstone. They are doing something right because they have been in business for over 50 years! Plus, have great concessions- caramel apple sundae anyone?

The season runs June-Labor Day and tickets sell out quickly. They produce 3 family friendly shows a year and prices for shows range from $17-$27 per seat. Click on this link for more information. Playmill Theatre

West Yellowstone Rodeo/Creekside Trailrides

We did this last summer and it was a huge hit! For $50 for adults and $40 for kids, you can go on an hour long sunset horseback ride through the forest of West Yellowstone and then catch the rodeo when you return. Can you think of a better way to connect with the West than that?

I love that the rodeo is only about an hour and a half long. You get your fill of broncos, bulls, barrel racing, and even a fun calf chase for the kids. I liked how they did a special tribute to our country and the veterans who have defended it. All around great experience.

Runs late June-August. If you just want rodeo tickets, they are $15 adult and $8 for kids. Click here for more information Wild West Rodeo and 
Creekside Trail Rides

Other Helpful Tips

Hopefully you are getting pretty excited to visit this incredible place and I hope you get the opportunity soon. Here are a few last tips to really help you get the best experience.

  1. Have a plan– If you are reading this, I bet you are working on this right now. Yellowstone is so big with so many things to do, you want to know exactly what you are doing each day so you don’t miss anything. How about you enjoy watching some movies, look at pictures, read a bit and basically day dream about your trip to Yellowstone and let Matt and I do your planning? We’ve created multiple itineraries that will get you to the places you want to be without the hassle of trying to find a parking spot, fight crowds, and doing a bunch of unnecessary driving around. Our step by step guide includes maps, daily itineraries, easy to follow directions, and information on what to pack, where to stay and where to eat. We know the best places to go and when to go to them. All you need to do is buy, print and go! Click here for more information.
  2. Book accommodations early- As soon as you know you are going, get somewhere to stay. Lodges in the park book out a year in advance in many cases and the campgrounds inside the park typically fill one-two months in advance although you can make your reservation up to 6 months in advance. You can book a hotel room last minute but plan on paying a pretty penny.
  3. Dress in layers– Everyday in the summer in Yellowstone, the temperature will swing 30-40 degrees. The mornings and evenings are very cold, sometimes getting into the 30s. On the other extreme, when you are out on those boardwalks looking at geysers and springs, it gets hot! Be prepared for both extremes and you’ll be comfortable and able to enjoy the beauty around you.
  4. Be and early bird and a night owl– You’ll have the easiest time getting around, see the most wildlife, and have the least crowds in the mornings and evenings. The park never closes so you are free to check things out at your leisure.
  5. Go with the flow– you’ll want a plan but don’t be afraid to wait a few extra minutes to watch a geyser go off or observe a momma bear with her cubs from the road if an opportunity arises. You can’t plan these experiences but they will be your best memories.

Hopefully this guide will get you one step closer to seeing the most unique national park in America. For more information, tips, and other destinations, visit our website and YouTube channel. Safe travels and have a great day.

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