Hours: Mon - Sun, 7am - 10pm. No reservations after 10pm.  Check in - 4pm / Check out - 10am. We do have afterhour check ins -  contact us for details. Thank you for understanding.

Exploring the Natural Wonders of Yellowstone National Park

Experience the top things to do in Yellowstone

Planning your trip to Yellowstone

Yellowstone National Park is one of the most awe-inspiring places in the United States, boasting natural beauty and diverse wildlife that attracts millions of visitors every year. With so much to see and do, planning a trip to Yellowstone can be overwhelming. Whether you're a nature enthusiast, adventure seeker or just looking to disconnect from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, there's something for everyone in Yellowstone. In this post, we'll explore some of the must-see attractions and popular activities that make Yellowstone National Park a truly unforgettable destination.

Top things to know

  1. Buy your park entrance pass online to save time at entrance stations
  2. Check road statuses to make sure their are no closures due to weather. Most park roads open to regular vehicles in mid-April and close to wheeled vehicles in early November
  3. Make a plan of what you want to see. The park is large and the summer is busy, so be prepared for crowds at popular areas and lines at roadside wildlife sightings
  4. Stay safe, give wildlife room. Always maintain a minimum of 25 yards (23m) from all wildlife and 100 yards (91m) from bears and wolves. Learn more about wildlife safety
  5. Drive and park responsibly by observing posted speed limits and use pullouts to watch wildlife, take pictures and let other cars pass. Do not stop your vehicle in the road.
  6. Prepare for weather changes. Expect big temperature swings, rain or snow can happen any month of the year. Always bring a warm jacket, rain gear and lots of layers
View of the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone

When is the best time to visit Yellowstone?

The best time to visit Yellowstone National Park depends on personal preferences and what activities you’d like to do.

The most popular time of year is June to September due to the warm weather and accessibility of all park areas. You can take full advantage of the beauty of Yellowstone and enjoy activities such as hiking, camping, and wildlife watching.

Spring, from April to May, is a quieter time to visit, and you can experience beautiful wildflower blooms, fewer crowds, and cooler temperatures. However, some park roads and facilities may still be closed.

From mid-September to early October offers cooler temperatures, stunning fall foliage, and fewer crowds than summer. Wildlife watching can also be especially good during this time as the animals prepare for winter.

Winter, from November to March, can be a magical time to visit Yellowstone, with a unique and serene winter landscape. You can enjoy activities such as skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling, but some park roads and facilities may be closed due to snow and ice.

Top 5 Things To Do In Yellowstone

Yellowstone National Park is one of the most spectacular national wonders of the world. Here are some of the must-see activities that you shouldn't miss.

Old Faithful

Old Faithful is an absolute must-see for all visitors to Yellowstone National Park. Its eruptions are truly awe-inspiring and it is one of only six geysers in the park that have predictable eruptions. Visitors can watch the eruption from the perimeter alongside other tourists or take a mile-long hike to Observation Point for a bird's eye view of this natural wonder. No trip to Yellowstone would be complete without witnessing the power and beauty of Old Faithful.

Grand Prismatic Spring

Yellowstone's Grand Prismatic Spring is one of the largest hot springs in the world, measuring approximately 370 feet (112.7m) and around 121 feet (36.8m) deep. Its unique and beautiful rainbow colors are what make this spring so fascinating to visitors. While the center is a normal blue, there are deep reds and greens, bright yellows and fiery oranges encircling the edges. These colors are caused by thermophilic bacteria that thrive on the rich minerals produced by the water around the hot spring. Visitors can witness this stunning display of nature's beauty by taking the boardwalk that leads around the spring.

Hayden Valley

Hayden Valley is one of the best places to catch a glimpse of Yellowstone's abundant wildlife. Located north of Yellowstone Lake, the valley is a popular gathering place for bison, elk, coyotes and grizzly bears. Visitors can get a good view of the valley from the Grand Loop Road and its various lookout points. For those who are more adventurous, there are two trails available - The Hayden Valley Trail and the Mary Mountain Trail. These trails offer a chance to get up close and personal with the wildlife and explore the valley's natural beauty. A visit to Hayden Valley is a must for any wildlife enthusiast visiting Yellowstone National Park.

Mammoth Hot Springs

Mammoth Hot Springs is one of the more unique attractions in Yellowstone National Park and is located just south of the North Entrance. These hot springs have created terraces of travertine rock formations that are constantly changing as the water flows over them. The unique landscape of Mammoth Hot Springs is a must-see for any visitor to the park.

Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone is a magnificent sight and is over 24 miles (39 km) long, up to 4,000 feet (1.2 km) wide, and some parts are as deep as 1,200 feet (365 m). The Yellowstone River runs through the canyon and is more than 600 miles long, making it the longest undammed river in the continental United States. Visitors can take in the canyon's breathtaking views from many lookouts and walking trails along both rims, with more options available on the North Rim. To beat the crowds, it's best to visit early in the day. No visit to Yellowstone would be complete without a stop at this stunning natural wonder.

F.A.Qs & Resources

Check out some of the most common questions about Yellowstone along with some resources to help you start planning the perfect trip.

The ideal length of time to spend in Yellowstone National Park is 2-4 days, allowing you to drive the park, experience all it has to offer and go on hikes. However, if you only want to see the main sights, you can get a lot done in 1-2 days.


515 N Whitehall St,
Whitehall, MT 59759
  • Experience the difference!
  • Free breakfast/wifi -
    In-room coffee - Pet friendly
  • Convenient truck parking -
    Great rates offered!
Book here +1 (406) 287-7924
hello world!