It's been 5 years and lots of doctoring since I've been home in Yellowstone. We are planning a late May early June trip, tentatively at this point. Hoping I can find lodging. Probably flying into Jackson and spending a night or two. Heading North from there. How is the snow pack this Winter? We had a really mild Winter here in Pennsylvania. Last time I was there in June was 1974. How are the flies and mosquitos late May/early June? Although my girlfriend is lepidopterist so, we are hoping for a few butterflies in the lower elevations if we are lucky. This all just became a possibility this evening so, I am a little excited right now. More questions to follow. Thanks!
Hey Don, the Tetons have had a heavy winter with lots of snow so it will probably be a later melt but the end of May, early June should still be fine with wildflowers poking their heads up. Yellowstone may still be pretty heavy in snow, especially Hayden Valley, but Lamar should be getting green and red dogs roaming around.
Mosquitoes never seem to be a problem that early in the year as mornings are still cold. Crowds in the Tetons won't be too bad but you're around Memorial Day when Yellowstone gets crowded.
Thanks, Bill! The trip did become a reality. Actually flying into and out of Bozeman. Not a single room left anywhere in the park. Did find some pretty cool places outside though. Arriving May 25, leaving June 2. Spending 2 nights in Emigrent, 1 in W Yellowstone, 3 in Jackson and 2 back up in Pray. Thanks for the info on the snow. That will be a big help. I will assume for now that Dunraven may not be open by Memorial Day. Sure hope that Mammoth to Norris and South will be open! And yes, hoping for some brand new red dogs! Ha, among all the other surprises that Yellowstone is so generous with! Thanks again!!
Congratulations on being able to get back out to Yellowstone! We'll be heading out from Maryland the beginning of May to make it for the opening of the Gros Ventre campground May 5th. Can't wait! If you want to stay in the park don't forget to keep checking, there are always cancellations. Maybe we'll see you out there.
Thanks, Cheryl! We will be there starting the 25th. We have rooms booked for the week. And I am okay where they are. Looking forward to a little outside the park explorations as well. Well, at least on our way into the park. ) I am going to try and slow down this trip and really see what I am looking at. I hope early May gives you some great sights and memories!
So glad for you to be able to make it back. We were just there this week and there was a lot of snow in the Tetons, West Yellowstone, and East towards Cooke City. There was virtually nothing in Gardiner and Paradise valley with small amounts in Mammoth and Lamar Valley. Should make for good wildlife viewing in late May. As my wife says, It's always good. Relax, enjoy, and let the park give you what it has to offer.--Bill
Thanks for the snow update, Bill! I am figuring there will still be snowy areas when we are there. Hoping Dunraven is open. We will be back through that area on the 31st. Maybe by then. I am really looking forward to the trip. We are staying in Paradise Valley the first 2 nights. Looking forward to green when we get there. I have really been seriously missing the park. Haven't been there since 2012.