Yellowstone Madison river in autumn

Seasons of Yellowstone

Yellowstone National Park is Open!

Yellowstone's Upper and Lower Loops are now accessible to all visitors.

Please Note: The North entrance is currently closed, but will be re-opening as of October 15, 2022! Until then, visitors will need to enter through the West, South, or East.

Upon the re-opening of the North entrance, visitors will enter through the historic Roosevelt Arch, then take Old Gardiner Road, which is a temporary road to be used until repairs on the main road are complete. 

For additional information, please visit the National Park Service website.

Experience Yellowstone National Park

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 simply 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. Check out our list of 20 things to experience in Yellowstone during winter!

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.