Yellowstone Buffalo Bison near Old Faithful

Yellowstone Summer Activities

Hiking

During the summer months in Yellowstone National Park, you will most likely find yourself in some type of traffic jam (with cars and/or wildlife) due to all of the visitors. Since most people see Yellowstone from their vehicles, why not see Yellowstone from another angle, on foot.

View suggested hiking in the area

There is so much to see and experience in Yellowstone National Park from the beautiful scenery to the wildlife, grab your water bottle, put on your hiking shoes and explore the Park on foot.

FYI... Don't forget to bring your bear spray!

Fishing

When you are driving in and around Yellowstone, it's hard not to notice all of the amazing fishing opportunities that surround you. Fishing has been one of the most popular recreation activities for visitors in Yellowstone for many years and people flock from all over the world to experience it. No matter if you want to fish on a lake or a river, this area has you covered.

Make sure to check out regulations and other important river/lake information online before casting. And remember, guided fishing trips are also an option. There are many great guides in this area, so make sure to check them out if fishing is on your itinerary.

Water Activities & Whitewater Rafting

On a hot summer day, nothing is more refreshing than getting in the rivers and lakes! Have an adventure on the water and rent a raft, tube, or paddle board (whatever fits your fancy) and get in the water!

There are numerous options as far as where to go and what to do such as float down the Madison River, paddle around on Yellowstone Lake or take a soak in Yellowstone's Boiling River. We guarantee you cannot go wrong with any water activity that you chose to do.

Guided whitewater rafting trips are also a great option and a great adventure for the whole family. Rafting trips are available near all of the entrances to the Park so check availability online with companies in the area.

Biking

Biking offers a fun and up close way to see Yellowstone National Park in the summer. Whether you want to bike on pavement or trails, there are options for everyone. Biking allows you to be more in touch with your surroundings and listen to all of the natural sounds (possibly hear wildlife) that the Park has to offer. You have many options as far as where to bike and the type of terrain, so check out the Park website to obtain that information. Biking is truly a unique way to see the Park so grab your bike, put on your helmet and don't forget your camera, water bottle and bear spray!

Wildlife Viewing

Like the saying goes, early bird catches the worm. That saying is true for visitors that want to see wildlife in Yellowstone National Park. Make sure to set your alarms and get in the Park during the morning hours to up your chances of seeing wildlife (and beating the crowds).

Your chances of spotting wildlife are higher in the morning and evening hours because that is when the animals are eating and are on the move.

Yellowstone is home to the largest concentration of small and large mammals in the lower 48 states. Remember that all wildlife in Yellowstone is "wild" so make sure to always have bear spray and keep your distance from the animals.

Animals are always roaming around the Park (sometimes on the roads) so make sure you keep your eyes on the road and distance on foot. Reminder: don't forget to bring a good pair of binoculars or spotting scope!

Horseback Riding

This is a Montana experience you will never forget!

While taking in the beautiful scenery as you ride on the trails in/around Yellowstone National Park, you will find yourself in the heart of cowboy country. This is a great way to see the Park and take in all of the surroundings that our first National Park has to offer.

There are many companies in the area that offer different types of guided trips so make sure to check them out and reserve your spot today. You do not miss out on this experience!

Zipline

If you want to test your wild side, then Yellowstone Aerial Adventures in West Yellowstone is the place to be! Located right in West Yellowstone (minutes from our hotels and cabins), this place is fun for the whole family. Ziplining is just another activity that will make your trip one to remember.

View more ziplining information

Rodeo

Don't forget to pack your cowboy boots and cowboy hat because what a better way to experience the west then to attend a rodeo!

Rodeos occur during the summer months, so while you are planning your vacation out here, check out rodeo dates in and around the area to make sure you can attend one!

Canoeing/Kayaking

This is a simple and relaxing activity to enjoy one of the most beautiful places on earth. If the words: relaxing and peaceful are in your mindset, then either of these activities are for you.

Whether you want to canoe or kayak, both are great ways to take in the scenic beauty of the Park. Take your pick on paddling around Yellowstone Lake or Lewis and Shoshone Lakes. Either make great options for a day adventure.