Top 10 Things to Know About Yellowstone NP in Summer

Planning Your Visit to Yellowstone National Park in Summer

When visiting Yellowstone National Park this summer, it’s important to plan ahead to ensure both your safety and the preservation of this incredible place. Covering 2.2 million acres, the park offers unmatched opportunities to observe wildlife in a pristine ecosystem, explore geothermal areas with half of the world’s active geysers, and marvel at geological wonders like the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River.

Here are the top 10 things to keep in mind to make the most of your summer in Yellowstone visit and help protect the park for future generations:

1. No Vehicle Reservations Needed

You don’t need vehicle reservations to enter Yellowstone – just a park entrance pass. Save time by purchasing your pass online before arriving. Be prepared for crowds at popular spots and lines at entrance stations, construction areas, and wildlife sightings. Patience is key to enjoying your visit.

2. Check Road Conditions

Most park roads open to regular vehicles in mid-April and close in early November. However, weather can cause temporary closures, so check the park roads page for current road status and traffic delays due to road work.

3. Plan Ahead

All campgrounds and lodging require reservations and fill up quickly. Operating hours and service levels can change without notice, so check the latest information before your trip:

4. Keep Your Distance from Wildlife

Wild animals can be dangerous if approached too closely. Visitors have been injured or killed by bears, bison, and elk. It’s crucial to follow safety regulations and view wildlife from a safe distance: at least 25 yards from all wildlife and 100 yards from bears and wolves. Learn how to safely watch wildlife and travel in bear country.

5. Drive and Park Responsibly

Follow posted speed limits and use pullouts to watch wildlife, take photos, and let other cars pass. Avoid stopping in the road. When pulling over, ensure all four tires are completely to the right of the white line.

6. Stay on Boardwalks

To avoid severe injury or death from breaking through the thin ground in thermal areas or falling into hot springs, always stay on boardwalks.

7. Enhance Your Experience

Download the free National Park Service app (and offline content) before arriving at the park to enhance your experience.

8. Expect Limited Connectivity

Cell reception is limited in Yellowstone, so don’t be surprised if you can’t receive calls or texts, even in areas with some service.

9. Prepare for Weather Changes

Yellowstone’s weather is unpredictable, with significant temperature swings, rain, or snow possible any time of year. Always bring a warm jacket, rain gear, and layers. Check current weather conditions before your visit.

10. Make the Most of Your Trip

Attend ranger programs or Indigenous cultural events, explore the Yellowstone Tribal Heritage Center, participate in the free Junior Ranger program, or check out special events happening in the park to make your trip unforgettable.

Disclaimer: This above news story is based on a press release from the National Park Service, which was issued on May 24, 2024. You can read the original release here.

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