Yellowstone in August: Things to Do, Weather, and More

Written by August Buck
Published: June 14, 2022
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There are a number of fantastic reasons to visit Yellowstone in August. Not only is the park at its most popular during this time of year, but it also has a number of activities for its visitors to participate in. But what are some of the top things to do in Yellowstone National Park during the summer time, and what can you expect out of visiting during the month of August in particular? 

In this article, we will address everything you need to know about visiting Yellowstone National Park during the month of August. We will go over some popular recreational activities that are in their prime during this particular month of the year, as well as what you can expect out of the weather. Finally, we will let you know some insider tips and tricks as well as some places to stay in case you are planning a long weekend trip. Let’s get started! 

Yellowstone in August
You can hike over 900 miles of trails and view a number of geysers or hot springs, as Yellowstone is extremely popular for its geothermal activity.

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Yellowstone National ParkAugust
Top ActivitiesGeyser viewing, wildlife viewing including bird watching, hiking, fishing, kayaking, interpretive activities, and guided tours, visit nearby National Parks like the Grand Tetons
Average Weather40 degrees Fahrenheit-70 degrees Fahrenheit, with very little rain and 14 hours of sunshine per day
Popular WildlifeBirds, bison, elk, wolves, deer, foxes, bighorn sheep, weasels, grizzly bears, rodents, fish
Places to StayCamping including backpacking opportunities, Old Faithful Lodge, Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel & Cabins, lodging outside Yellowstone
Things to KnowPay attention to your local wildfires and plan accordingly

Things to Do in Yellowstone in August

Yellowstone in August
There are a number of vendors partnered with Yellowstone National Park in order to bring you guided tours and unique camping excursions, including remote backpacking opportunities and horseback or llama adventures.

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There’s a reason that Yellowstone is extraordinarily popular during the month of August. This is because the weather is fine and all outdoor activities are at their peak during this particular month of the year. You can hike over 900 miles of trails and view a number of geysers or hot springs, as Yellowstone is extremely popular for its geothermal activity.

This is also one of the few months out of the year that all roads and entrances are open so that you can plan the trip of your dreams, without worrying about closures or roadblocks. Not only can you hike and enjoy a number of unique viewing opportunities throughout the park, but you can also camp and fish in designated areas. 

There are a number of vendors partnered with Yellowstone National Park in order to bring you guided tours and unique camping excursions, including remote backpacking opportunities and horseback or llama adventures. You can also rent kayaks or other gear to explore many of the rivers and lakes found throughout the park. However, no matter what you decide to do, be sure to plan plenty of time to accomplish your activities. Yellowstone is extremely busy during the month of August, and you may not have enough time to do everything you want to do! 

Weather in Yellowstone in August

Yellowstone in August
One of the most popular activities in Yellowstone National Park has to be viewing wildlife, as this is something that happens to you whether you go seeking it out or not!

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The average weather in Yellowstone during the month of August is extremely pleasant. You can anticipate high temperatures of 70 degrees Fahrenheit and lows of 40 degrees Fahrenheit, making it possible to camp or backpack without worrying about being too cold. There’s also very little rainfall during this month, and you can anticipate 14 hours of daylight each and every day!

Wildlife in Yellowstone in August

Yellowstone in August
The average weather in Yellowstone during the month of August is extremely pleasant.

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One of the most popular activities in Yellowstone National Park has to be viewing wildlife, as this is something that happens to you whether you go seeking it out or not! Many different species can be seen from the comfort of your vehicle and the safety of the roadway, though there are many traffic jams and crowded roads during the month of August, so be sure to take your time.

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, wolves, and bears. 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 August

Yellowstone in August
All roads and hiking trails in Yellowstone are open for the entire month, so bring plenty of water and enjoy your National Park Road Trip! 

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No matter where you plan on visiting from, it is very easy to get to Yellowstone during the month of August. While the months of January through April can be particularly harrowing in terms of road conditions and winter weather advisories, the summer months bring you much easier travel opportunities comparatively. All roads and hiking trails are open for the entire month, so bring plenty of water and enjoy your National Park Road Trip

Lodging in Yellowstone in August

While there are a number of different lodging opportunities within Yellowstone National Park, they book up very quickly for the month of August. You may find that the Old Faithful Inn is sold out, and the same can be said for Mammoth Hot Springs. However, there are plenty of camping opportunities within the park, and a number of unique and charming towns surrounding Yellowstone National Park for you to stay in. These towns are typically within 10-20 miles of Yellowstone, making it easy to explore the park and return for the night. 

Yellowstone in August
While there are a number of different lodging opportunities within Yellowstone National Park, they book up very quickly for the month of August.

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Tips and Tricks for Yellowstone in August

Besides allowing plenty of time to navigate the park due to tourist traffic, you should also keep in mind that August is a dry and hot summer month. Yellowstone National Park is no stranger to wildfires, and you should keep this in mind as you plan any road trip over the summer. You may have unexpected closures or fire warnings, so be sure to pay attention and travel safely!


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I am a non-binary freelance writer working full-time in Oregon. Graduating Southern Oregon University with a BFA in Theatre and a specialization in creative writing, I have an invested interest in a variety of topics, particularly Pacific Northwest history. When I'm not writing personally or professionally, you can find me camping along the Oregon coast with my high school sweetheart and Chihuahua mix, or in my home kitchen, perfecting recipes in a gleaming cast iron skillet.

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