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Old 01-01-2020, 10:09 AM   #1
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Yellowstone, late May, to early ?

We visited Yellowstone late Aug. this year, Ha, last year now, and loved it. Reasonable crowds at all attractions and the weather was perfect. This year we are thinking about late May. Really want to see the spring flowers and baby critters... For those of you who have visited the park in late May, did you encounter any problems with snow in the park this time of year. We know we will encounter some snow but just want to know what to expect. I am aware weather is unpredictable, just asking for opinions.
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A few years ago we went to Yellowstone and stayed at Fishing Bridge about 2 weeks after it opened. There was a lot of snow in the RV park and it was a bit chilly but WHAT A GREAT TIME TO GO. The animals were super active. There were few activities in the camp that were open, the tourists were less and we were able to move pretty freely from one tourist site to another.
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Definitely depends on the weather and the amount of snow that we get. May can be like full on winter one minute and spring the next Last winter the mountains received over 500” of snow so many places had limited access until mid June. If the weather cooperates you would be rewarded with excellent wildlife viewing and minimal crowds. If you’re willing to be flexible and are self sufficient it’s a great time of year. I definitely recommend getting down to GTNP as well.
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We visited Yellowstone late Aug. this year, Ha, last year now, and loved it.

Reasonable crowds at all attractions and the weather was perfect.

This year we are thinking about late May.

Really want to see the spring flowers and baby critters...

For those of you who have visited the park in late May, did you encounter any problems with snow in the park this time of year.

We know we will encounter some snow but just want to know what to expect.

I am aware weather is unpredictable, just asking for opinions.

Thanks in advance !
Go ..... and let us Know What YOU think.

IMHO never a bad time - just never Enough Time.

The flowers and the Baby Critters are in different times - Critters early - Flowers Mid June to Mid July depending on your elevation.

Snow will be all around but will only deter you on the back country Hikes.

Crowds will be much less than you experienced in August.

Best trip we ever had was in Late October - Early November - Indian Summer maybe less than 50 people to watch Old Faithful - More animals and could Park wherever we wanted in the RV - Loved it.

Best of Luck, will look for your post in June
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Thanks folks !! Think we will book last week in May and first week in June and hope for the best ! Always an adventure !!
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We've been there in May. The roads were clear but some of the hiking still had snow. Enjoy!!
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The best trips I have ever had in Yellowstone were in mid-May, and we have been there over a dozen times. Animals all over the place. Not many flowers due to the elevation though. The crowds increase every day, so the earlier you go, the less traffic. You probably already know to be at the gates early, best between 5:30-6:00. That early it will still be cool enough that steam will be rising from even the small thermal features, and you will be astonished at how many are there you never noticed. There might be some snow, but it would normally be gone in a few hours.
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In 2017 we arrived in Yellowstone May 23 and stayed 10 days. We were able to stay in three different campgrounds in the park, having made reservations only a week before. There was some snow at higher elevations, but all roads were clear.

The weather was very chilly at 6 a.m. in the morning but comfortable during the day. Getting that early start allowed us to see so much wildlife. We had breakfast one morning at Old Faithful Lodge after viewing Old Faithful with two other people.

Of course the park got busier as the day went on, but there was never big crowds, lines or heavy traffic. We could pull over wherever we desired to take photos, short hike or picnic lunch.
If you can, I also suggest Grand Teton NP. It was one of our favorites.
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By all means go. We did and the hiking and flowers were limited and there was snow and cold. That said, you can not imagine the thrill of seeing a baby buffalo with the umbilical cord still attached walking with its Mom. And we witnessed this several different times. We also saw bears and wolves in early May but have not seen either again on later visits. The fact the crowds are way down because school is still in session is a bonus as well. Enjoy!
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Thank you all for the great information !!!
We just booked for the middle of May.
Looking forward to exploring more of the park !!
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The thermals are even more spectacular in the cool temps!
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We arrived on opening day ( May 21 ) 2004 and had to wait till they cleared the roads. There was a white out that day. We met this guy on the way.

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We will be there the first week in June for a week.
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As everyone knows, you can never predict what mother nature has in store for you. So, you plan the best you can with the most information you can gather and go.

We were there about four years ago in late July when a uncharacteristic late summer snow storm hit the mid-western states hard.

We had intentions to go to Glacier National Park from Yellowstone, but they closed it due to the conditions. So, we headed to Jackson Hole and the Grand Tetons instead.

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