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Current weather & forecasts for Yellowstone areas & Gateway Towns:   

Old Faithful Area     Mammoth Hot Springs Area     Yellowstone Lake Area   Tower/Roosevelt Area   

Canyon Village Area       Grant Village Area

West Yellowstone, MT        Gardiner, MT       Cooke City, MT       Jackson, WY        Cody, WY

 

Elevations             Entrance Fees          Important Phone Numbers

 

 

This Month In Yellowstone:  February

AVG. High Temperature:  34.0 F

AVG. Low Temperature:  13.0 F

February Visitors in 2015:  34,343

     Yellowstone is still accumulating a quite a bit of snow throughout February.  This year, the 2 hotels in the park that are open for the winter season will close at the end of the month.  By February 29th the Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel and the Old Faithful Snow Lodge will be closed for the season.  The Geyser Grill restaurant will remain open for visitors coming in for the day.  Temperatures can still fall well below zero so dressing warm is very important.  The road from the north entrance to Mammoth Hot Springs and the road from Mammoth Hot Springs to Cooke City is open to wheeled vehicles only.  The gas pumps in Mammoth Village and at Tower Junction are available to use with credit/debit card only.  February marks the last full operating month for the winter season.

 

 

     Entrance Fees & Important Phone Numbers                                                

Yellowstone National Park entrance signPrivate non-commercial vehicle:  $30 (Yellowstone only); $50 (Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks).

Motorcycle or snowmobile (snowmobile entry with a guide only):  $25 (Yellowstone only);  $40 (Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks).

Individuals entering by foot, bicycle, ski, etc:  $15 (Yellowstone only); $20 (Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks).

Each entrance pass will give you access to the park(s) that is good for 7 days after purchase.

Annual Pass - $60: An annual pass will grant you entrance to Yellowstone National Park and will be valid for 12 months after the day you purchase it.  An annual pass for all National Parks in the country is available for $80.

 

• Yellowstone road & weather conditions, including entrance gate statuses: (307) 344-7381

• Lodging, campground, activities & dinner reservations: (866)-GEYSERLAND (866-439-7375)

• General Stores: (307) 344-7702

• Mammoth Hot Springs Clinic: (307) 344-7965

• Wyoming Road Report: *511

• Montana Road Report: *511

 

     Elevations                                                                                                         

Elevation in Yellowstone National Park

At higher elevations there is less oxygen in the air than there would be at low elevations or at sea level. Everyone's body reacts to higher elevation in different ways. Sometimes it could take a few days for your body to adjust to the thinner air, so it is recommended that you go at a slower pace than you normally would until you get used to the thinner air.

The roads in the park range in elevation from just over 5,000 feet to 8,859 ft. The highest road in Yellowstone is a section of road between Tower Junction and Canyon Village called Dunraven Pass. Dunraven Pass reaches its highest point of 8,859 feet near the trailhead for the Mt. Washburn hiking trail. Below is a list of park locations and the elevations of those locations.

• Canyon Village (Canyon Region): 7,980 ft. / 2,432 meters                                         Book This Hotel Now!!!!

Yellowstone Park Hotel

• Grant Village (Yellowstone Lake Region): 7,733 ft./ 2,357 meters

• Lake Village (Yellowstone Lake Region): 7,784 ft./ 2,373 meters

• Mammoth Village (Mammoth Hot Springs Region): 6,239 ft. / 1,902 meters

• Old Faithful Village (Old Faithful Region): 7,365 ft. / 2,254 meters

• Tower/Roosevelt Area (Tower/Roosevelt Region): 6,270 ft. / 1,911 meters

 

     Weather, What to Wear, & What to Expect Each Month                              

Lightning

If you were to ask someone that has been to Yellowstone in June and has seen fresh snowflakes falling from the sky, "what kind of weather should I expect?" They will probably tell you to be prepared for anything. The weather in Yellowstone has a mind of its own and can be quite different from what you're used to in your home town.

It can snow in any month of the year and sudden rainstorms can blow in with little warning and then the sun will be shining 10 minutes later. It is recommended to come to Yellowstone prepared for any type of weather, but here we will give you a little run-down of what typical weather conditions are like at certain times of the year.  You can also find current Yellowstone weather forecasts here, on the 'Plan Your Trip' page.

  

 

     April & May: Spring (Chilly but Getting Warmer)                                                                

     The spring season in Yellowstone can bring on all sorts of weather. There is a good chance that there will be snow still falling from the sky and could accumulate and linger around. When you come to Yellowstone in April or May, you might think that you walked into the heart of winter because several feet of snow will still be around the park especially at higher elevations like the Yellowstone Lake, Old Faithful, and Canyon Regions. Temperatures can range between 30 degrees and 50 degrees Fahrenheit and rain showers could come on the warmer days and may last all day or for as little as only 10 minutes.

Upper Geyser Basin spring in Yellowstone National Park

April:  Avg. High Temperature 49.4 F,  Avg. Low Temperature 26.0 F

     Roads on the west side of the park begin to open to wheeled vehicles. There will most likely still be snow on the ground at all elevations. Some facilities are open within the park. Entrances that are open may open and close periodically due to weather conditions. Roads may also close temporarily if winter weather conditions persist. Wildlife is at lower elevations looking for food. Expect bison and other animals on the roads, drive with caution.

May:  Avg. High Temperature 60.4 F,  Avg. Low Temperature 34.3 F

     All park roads are opened to wheeled vehicles by the end of the month unless additional snowfall in the spring has created unsafe conditions, in which case some of the higher roads may still be closed for a week or two. Wildlife is active and easier to spot. Snow and rain showers are possible. Lake and river levels are rising from snow melt. Some picnic areas, campsites, and trails may be muddy or closed due to high water and flooding.

Suggested items of clothing to bring:

► During the day: Pants, long sleeve shirt or light sweater, t-shirt (some days might be warm enough for a t-shirt)

► In the evening: Pants, long sleeve shirt or light sweater, light to midweight jacket or fleece

► Just in case: Thin gloves, heavy jacket, lightweight breathable rain jacket, warm hat


  

 

      June, July & August: Summer (The Warm Months)                                                             

     Frequent rain showers are common in June but begin to taper off heading into July. Scattered thunderstorms are common and can blow in unexpectedly but may only be brief and the sun could be shining shortly after. Early June may still bring snow flurries with some accumulation possible at higher elevations. Although July and August are warmer months, snow flurries have fallen during this time. July through August tend to be drier months and precipitation is much less frequent.

Wildflowers in summer - Yellowstone National Park

June:  Avg. High Temperature 70.0 F,  Avg. Low Temperature 41.2 F 

     All visitor facilities and services are open by the middle of the month. The last bit of snow left over from the winter will be melting away. Temperatures are warming up but snow flurries are possible at higher elevations. Wildlife is still at lower elevations and can be active near the roads and easier to spot. Lake and river levels may still be high from snow melt and some picnic areas, campsites, and trails may be closed due to high water or flooding.

July:  Avg. High Temperature 79.6 F,  Avg. Low Temperature 46.7 F

     The busiest month in Yellowstone. Expect traffic and lots of people. Most wildlife have gone to higher elevations where it is cooler. It will be a little more difficult to see animals but you never know when you'll get lucky. All facilities and services are still open. All park roads are still open to wheeled vehicles.

August:  Avg. High Temperature 78.3 F,  Avg. Low Temperature 45.3 F

     All facilities and services are still open. Early to mid August is still busy with visitation but starts to slow down slightly by the end of the month. The bison are in their mating season and there might be traffic delays through Hayden Valley if the bison are on or near the road. Yellowstone is usually pretty dry by this time of year and fire season has begun. Most fires are small and away from roads and guest areas. All park roads are still open to wheeled vehicles.

Suggested items of clothing to bring:

► During the day: Shorts or jeans; t-shirt or a thin long sleeved top, comfortable sneakers or hiking boots.

► In the evening: Shorts or jeans; t-shirt or a thin long sleeved top

► Just in case: Lightweight jacket or fleece for windy or chilly mornings/evenings, lightweight breathable rain jacket or poncho.

 

Hurry, hotel rooms are filling up! Do you have yours? 

 

  

 

      September & October: Fall (Warm but Getting Colder)                                                          

     Weather can be variable and unpredictable at this time of year as summer is trying to hang on and winter is trying to take over. Snow flurries and small snow accumulation (especially at higher elevations) begin to fall intermittently. Unless there is a really heavy snowfall, the snow usually melts away by the warmer parts of the day, or at least within a couple days of it falling. Mornings and evenings are chilly. The daytime hours may be warm and sunny or they could be cold, rainy, and overcast.

Quaking Aspens - Fall in Yellowstone National Park

September:  Avg. High Temperature 67.8 F,  Avg. Low Temperature 37.0 F

     The bison are still in their mating season and there might be traffic delays through Hayden Valley if the bison are on or near the road. Signs of fall will be apparent by the end of the month and the leaves on the trees will begin to change.

October:  Avg. High Temperature 55.7 F,  Avg. Low Temperature 29.4 F

     Some lodging and visitor facilities have begun to close for the season but there are still lodging accommodations available and food services within the park. The elk have begun their mating season and are more aggressive if disturbed. Temperatures are cooling down and precipitation will waver between light snow flurries and rain showers. Park visitation has slowed down and traveling will be quicker from one place to the next through the park. Most park roads are still open to wheeled vehicles.  Towards the middle of the month, the road from Canyon Village to Tower Junction (Dunraven Pass) will close for the season.

Suggested items of clothing to bring:

► During the day: Pants, long sleeve shirt or light sweater, t-shirt (some days might be warm enough for a t-shirt)

► In the evening: Pants, long sleeve shirt or light sweater, light to midweight jacket or fleece

► Just in case: Thin gloves, heavy jacket, lightweight breathable rain jacket, warm hat


  

 

     November - March: Winter (Cold & Snowy Months)                                                                 

     If you are fortunate enough to experience a true Yellowstone winter, your definition of "a lot of snow" might change. Parts of Yellowstone can get 20 feet or more of snow in a single season. When visiting Yellowstone in the winter, expect deep snow and frigid temperatures with wind chill temperatures getting as low as -40 degrees Fahrenheit or lower. Warmer days of about 30 degrees Fahrenheit will occasionally make an appearance at lower elevations in the park but the temperature will drop rapidly as the sun begins to set.

Winter at Norris Geyser Basin - Yellowstone National Park

November:  Avg. High Temperature 38.7 F,  Avg. Low Temperature 19.2 F

     By the end of the first week of the month the interior park roads are closed to wheeled vehicles. The North Entrance Road and the road from Mammoth Village to Cooke City, MT is still open to wheeled vehicles. All services are closed except for the Albright Visitor Center and the Mammoth General Store. Gas is available at the Mammoth YPSS and Tower Junction YPSS by paying with credit or debit card only.

December:  Avg. High Temperature 30.5 F,  Avg. Low Temperature 11.8 F

     In mid December the Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel, and Old Faithful Snow Lodge open for the winter season. All interior park roads are still closed to wheeled vehicles. Over-the-snow travel begins. Food services are available at Mammoth Village and Old Faithful Village. The gas pumps at the Mammoth YPSS and Tower Junction YPSS are available for use by paying with credit or debit card only. There will likely be snow accumulated at all elevations. Most of Yellowstone's bears are hibernating for the winter, but there might be some bears still out and about.

January:  Avg. High Temperature 28.6 F,  Avg. Low Temperature 9.6 F

      Interior park roads are closed to wheeled vehicles but available to over-the-snow travel only. The North Entrance road and the road from Mammoth Village to Cooke City, MT are open to wheeled vehicles. Winter lodging is available at Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel and the Old Faithful Snow Lodge. Food services are also available at Mammoth Village and Old Faithful Village. Gas is available at the Mammoth YPSS and Tower Junction YPSS by paying with credit or debit card only.

February:  Avg. High Temperature 34.0 F,  Avg. Low Temperature 13.0 F

     Interior park roads are closed to wheeled vehicles but available to over-the-snow travel only. The North Entrance road and the road from Mammoth Village to Cooke City, MT are open to wheeled vehicles. Winter lodging is available at Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel and the Old Faithful Snow Lodge. Food services are also available at Mammoth Village and Old Faithful Village. Gas is available at the Mammoth YPSS and Tower Junction YPSS by paying with credit or debit card only.

March:  Avg. High Temperature 39.6,  Avg. Low Temperature 17.2 F

     Winter lodging and other facilities close early in the month. Roads close to over-snow travel and are beginning to be plowed for the spring. The North Entrance road and the road from Mammoth Village to Cooke City, MT is still open to wheeled vehicles. The gas pumps at Mammoth Village and Tower Junction are still available by paying with credit or debit card only. The Mammoth General Store and Albright Visitor Center remain open as they are the only services available in the park after the lodging accommodations close for the season.

Suggested items of clothing to bring:

► Dress in layers: This means putting on more than one layer of clothing which will make it easier to regulate your body temperature by taking a layer off or putting a layer on as you are moving around. It is also a good idea to wear items of clothing that are not made of cotton. Cotton dries slowly and looses most of its insulating ability when it gets wet.

- Long underwear, warm winter pants, fleece vest or jacket, or a light windproof jacket, heavy winter jacket (outer layer), warm gloves or mittens, warm hat, comfortable winter boots, and wool socks.

 

Wanna see some more cool stuff?  Check out the Natural Wonders page or Plan Your Trip page to learn more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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