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Yellowstone National Park Holidays

Sat amidst the wilderness of The Rockies, Yellowstone was the first area to be declared a National Park. Yellowstone National Park holidays guarantee adventures, with vistas of towering mountains and open meadows of wildflowers, erupting geysers and tumblng waterfalls. Here, wilderness remains untouched and extraordinary wildlife roams free; and it all waits to be savored.  

Natural wonder abounds at Yellowstone National Park, from the shimmering dark blue waters of Yellowstone Lake that sits 7,733 feet above sea level, to the geological marvel of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. Watch in awe as geysers erupt over the park, tell tale signs of the geothermal activity just beneath Yellowstone’s surface. Wait in anticipation next to one of the most predictable geysers, Old Faithful, and see the spectacular show it puts on. Take in the natural sculpture of Mammoth Hot Springs and the surreal blue pool encircled by rings of vibrant orange, yellow and green at Grand Prismatic Spring.

Yellowstone National Park’s Breathtaking Wildlife 

Amongst the mountains, rivers and lakes of Yellowstone live an abundance of wildlife, from wolves and bears to almost 300 species of birds. Animals run free here; as you drive through the park, don’t be too surprised if you find yourself having to stop for majestic bison to cross the road. Journey along highway 212 to the grasslands of Lamar Valley to spot some of the biggest land animals that roam the park, including bison, elk, moose and bears. Hike to the summit of Mount Washburn and, as well as breathtaking views of the Hayden Valley, you may just get to witness a flock of bighorn sheep meandering the slopes below. 

Join a specialist wolf and wildlife tracking guide as they take you around the park in search of black and grizzly bears, buffalo, elk and wolves on our Yellowstone Wildlife Trail escorted tour. Continue exploring the flora and fauna by combining your Yellowstone National Park holiday with a trip to nearby Grand Teton National Park.

Destination Highlights
  • Stand beside Old Faithful geyser and wait for the spectacular moment that it erupts a jet of water into the air
  • Spend some time taking in the majestic colours of the Grand Prismatic Spring
  • Gaze at waterfalls and stunning canyon views in Canyon Village
  • Explore the shores and waters of Yellowstone Lake

Yellowstone sees its warmest temperatures through the months of June, July and August, averaging between 13°C and 17°C, though these months also bring the highest chance of rain. The average temperature drops throughout Autumn, from 12°C in September to -2°C in November. In winter, you can expect cold temperatures between -6°C and -8°C, turning the park into a harsh but wondrous place, covered in snow and teeming with wildlife. Spring brings similarly cold temperatures, picking up in May to an average of 9°C. 

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Average weather in January

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Yellowstone National Park
-8ºC
27mm

Average weather in February

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Yellowstone National Park
-6ºC
23mm

Average weather in March

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Yellowstone National Park
-3ºC
32mm

Average weather in April

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Yellowstone National Park
4ºC
34mm

Average weather in May

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Yellowstone National Park
9ºC
45mm

Average weather in June

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Yellowstone National Park
13ºC
57mm

Average weather in July

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Yellowstone National Park
17ºC
29mm

Average weather in August

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Yellowstone National Park
16ºC
31mm

Average weather in September

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Yellowstone National Park
12ºC
29mm

Average weather in October

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Yellowstone National Park
6ºC
28mm

Average weather in November

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Yellowstone National Park
-2ºC
26mm

Average weather in December

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Yellowstone National Park
-6ºC
27mm
  • Isla, Destination Executive

    Isla

    Destination Executive

    "Make sure you have your camera at the ready because Yellowstone is great for animal encounters; you might be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of moose, wolves, eagles, beavers and even bears. There’s also the enormous bison that you’ll see more frequently around the park."

  • Jessica, Destination Manager

    Jessica

    Destination Manager

    "An underrated and often overlooked landmark, the Fountain Paint Pot mud pots are just as spectacular as Old Faithful but with significantly less visitors."

  • Music in the Park

    Kicking off on the 4th of July, Music in the Park is a series of concerts that unfold throughout the summer. Locals and visitors head to City Park to enjoy live performances by local and regional musicians and eat delicious food in the fresh Yellowstone air.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yellowstone National Park covers an area of approximately 3,472 square miles, or 8,991 square kilometres, according to the National Park Service. 

Be sure to watch Old Faithful geyser erupt, snap a picture of the beautiful Lower Falls at Yellowstone’s Grand Canyon, and watch for bison, elk, and grizzly bears in Hayden Valley. Yellowstone National Park is huge, so it’s best to spend a couple of days here to see everything.

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