Yellowstone National Park Seasonal Activities
Four Seasons of Yellowstone
Each season is marked with stunning displays from Mother Nature.
The world's first national park, Yellowstone (est. 1872) is an authentic American icon, a designated World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve. It's also a heck of a lot of fun – winter, spring, summer and fall.
West Yellowstone is the western gateway to Yellowstone National Park and a quintessential "Western" town. The park's West Entrance Gate is just a few hundred paces from your Park Gate Lodge hotel lobby.
Gallatin National Forest, Caribou-Targhee National Forest and Yellowstone National Park surround the Park Gate Lodges with some of the west's finest scenery and Yellowstone's signature brand of "fire and ice," year-round outdoor recreation.
At Yellowstone National Park, seasons are marked by stunning displays from Mother Nature – and unique opportunities to explore, cavort and discover new experiences. Here, winters are white, snowy and austerely beautiful. From West Yellowstone, park access is via snow coach, snowmobile, skis or snowshoes. Wildlife viewing is great during the wintertime, as the deep snow drives elk and bison to the park's thermal areas. Other common sights for the winter visitor are bald eagles, coyotes, wolves and river otters.
Degree by degree, winter thaws to spring and by summer, fields of wildflowers and wildlife wake up as the vast majority of park visitors begin to arrive. Summer is also the time for lots of regional festivals and western-themed events. As summer turns to autumn and sunlight starts to wane, there's a magical shift in the park. Yellowstone begins to glow as the crowds thin. In fact, fall is the very best time to spy a bison, bear or bugling elk.