Did you know that Yellowstone in April is considered one of the best kept secrets of this National Park? Depending on the weather, April in Yellowstone National Park is a fantastic time to visit. Compared to the crowds that gather in the summertime, you may find that April is a much more laid-back time to visit. But what else should you know about Yellowstone during this time of year?
In this article, we will address everything you need to know about Yellowstone National Park during the month of April, including what some of the top activities are. We will also go over what the average weather is like, along with some lodging options and what wildlife is particularly active during this time of year. Let’s get started now!
|Yellowstone National Park
|Geyser viewing, wildlife viewing including bird watching, hiking, interpretive activities, and guided tours
|18 degrees Fahrenheit-43 degrees Fahrenheit, with up to 20 inches of snowfall and 13.5 hours of sunshine per day
|Birds, bison, elk, wolves, deer, foxes, bighorn sheep, weasels, grizzly bears
|Places to Stay
|Old Faithful Snow Lodge, Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel & Cabins, camping, lodging outside Yellowstone
|Things to Know
|Most roads reopen toward the middle of the month!
Things to Do in Yellowstone in April
April is a great time of year to visit Yellowstone. Not only is it far less crowded compared to upcoming months of the year. It is also much warmer compared to prior months of the year! This means that rivers and lakes are fully defrosting, animals are waking from their long winter’s rest, and there’s a bit less snow on the ground- though you won’t be entirely without inclement weather!
It is important to note that a number of roads and hikes are closed in Yellowstone during this time of year, primarily to motorized traffic. While winter offers a number of different recreational opportunities using snowmobiles, these options cease in March. Maintenance and winter weather conditions keep roads closed until the end of the month, typically.
However, if you can delay your trip until the end of the month, you will find that over half of the park opens up sometime after mid-April. This means you can drive, hike, and explore the majority of the park during the latter end of April rather than the beginning! This is definitely something to keep in mind as you plan your trip.
Weather in Yellowstone in April
The weather in April can be fairly unpredictable. However, it is significantly warmer compared to previous months, with the average low being 18 degrees Fahrenheit and the average high reaching roughly 43 degrees Fahrenheit. While 20 inches of snow is still possible during this time of year, you can also expect some rain showers and almost 14 hours of daylight each and every single day!
Wildlife in Yellowstone in April
April in Yellowstone means plenty of wildlife viewing. There’s bird watching and babies being born, particularly bison and bear cubs. Not only that, but many other species start venturing into the warmer valleys and grasslands during this time of year, perfect for viewing from the comfort of your vehicle. You can expect to see any of the following animals during your trip:
For your own safety, Yellowstone Park Rangers recommend that you stay at least 100 yards away from the nearest large animal, particularly bison and elk. Keep in mind that, although they may seem accustomed to humans, these are indeed wild animals in one of the wildest National Parks in America!
Getting to Yellowstone in April
It is important to note that you can only access Yellowstone from its northernmost and northeastern entrances during the beginning of the month. However, if you are able to delay your trip until the end of April, you will find that almost all entrances open after this point in time, leaving you with ample travel opportunities!
In addition, these closures happening at the beginning of the month extend throughout the park. You should be aware that your favorite hike or driving spot may not be available to you unless you are able to wait until mid-to-late April. You can always call Yellowstone National Park or visit their website if you are concerned about any potential road closures.
Lodging in Yellowstone in April
There are indeed a few different lodging options available to you within the boundaries of Yellowstone National Park, though most of these options are closed until the end of April. However, you can enjoy Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel & Cabins and Old Faithful Lodge at the very very end of April, depending on the weather.
Besides these locations within the park, you can find ample lodging outside, such as hotels and guest suites in nearby towns. You’ll never be very far away from Yellowstone, even though staying inside of the park itself is a magical experience!
Tips and Tricks for Yellowstone in April
If you are able to delay your trip, planning a visit to Yellowstone in April can be the best toward the end of the month. This is when most road and lodging openings occur, and the weather will likely be warmer. However, there’s still plenty to explore in Yellowstone during this time of year, and the wildlife to be seen during this time is unmatched!
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