- By John
- On Sep 26, 2018
- North America
- Travel Tips
Autumn in Yellowstone is more than just a season – it’s a feeling. To enjoy the place with our Yellowstone National Park packages on the site. The chokecherries are ripe, elk are bugling, and the last blooms of fireweed cling to the top of the stalks. The air is cooler, and the light slants differently, but it’s more than that. There’s a sense of both excitement and urgency; the ancient desire to stock up, draw in, and prepare for winter is palpable. Blackbirds and sandhill cranes gather in larger groups, raptors soar on their migratory paths, red squirrels scurry to cache white bark pine cones for winter, and bears begin to fatten up for hibernation, their scat filled with the telltale orange of rose hips and berries.
To make the most of your Yellowstone visit, follow these insider tips:
1. See Old Faithful in the early morning or in the evening. Almost everyone who enters the park heads to Old Faithful. For a more intimate experience, explore the Upper Geyser Basin in the early morning before the day visitors arrive or in the late afternoon after they leave.
2. Visit Yellowstone Lake in the afternoon. While the day visitors view Old Faithful and the surrounding area, head to 136-square-mile Yellowstone Lake, the largest in the park. Consider signing up for a guided boat tour or rent a boat on your own.
3. Take a hike. Don’t just see Yellowstone’s wonders through your car window. Walking even a ½ mile on a boardwalk or trail offers you a more complete sense of Yellowstone’s features and landscape.
4. Look for wildlife at the right times. Your best chance of spotting the park’s legendary bison as well as other critters is in the early morning or evening.
5. Explore Lamar Valley. Often less-visited than other areas, Lamar Valley’s habitat draws wildlife and the open vistas create optimum viewing conditions. You may see elk, bear, coyote, bighorn sheep, and eagles, especially if you arrive early. Consider booking the park’s early-morning Wake Up to Wildlife Tour.