What to Know When Visiting Yellowstone National Park in the Summer

Yellowstone National Park
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San Diego, California resident Brian Borg has more than 17 years of human resources and risk management experience. An avid outdoorsman who enjoys hiking and nature photography, Brian Borg has visited numerous well-known national parks including Yellowstone.

As many as four million people visit Yellowstone National Park every year and more than half of those visits occur in the summer months of June, July, and August. Given the high volume of traffic throughout the park during this time, it’s essential to plan accordingly. For starters, make reservations for hotel rooms or campsites as far ahead as possible. There are first-come, first-serve campground areas, but they fill up early in the morning.

Because parking might be limited later in the day, it’s also important to arrive early. Before leaving the house, you can check the park’s live webcam feed to check the traffic conditions at its West and North entrances. Additionally, you can text 82190 to 888-777 to receive automated Yellowstone road alerts.

High-profile attractions like Grand Prismatic Spring, Norris Geyser Basin, and Old Faithful are often crowded between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Therefore, try to plan a trip outside of the peak hours. During summer, it doesn’t get dark until after 9 p.m., which is a great opportunity to avoid the crowd and take in the sights without distractions.