My wife and I are planning a road trip to Worldmark West Yellowstone, we will be traveling from Memphis, TN in our Honda Accord Sedan FWD.
We like cold weather and would like to see some winter weather but it won't break our hearts if we don't see any.
I'm writing today for guidance, what are a block of months that would be good to take the journey to West Yellowstone in a sedan in hopes that we don't get stranded in a blizzard or deep snow.
All replies will be appreciated.
Obvioisly the Summer months but that is peak season with lots of crowds at every stop. We visited in late September and the weather was great. It was in the 30's at night but warmed up to the 50's and 60's during the day.
winter is a great team to see Yellowstone. However there is no Garentee as far as whether. You take your Chances. But the roads are well cared for a mm do I used to drive from Bozeman to Idaho Falls on a regular basis and always made it. You are more likely to get stranded in Wyoming then any place else.
I went the last week of September and the first week of October. It was just before they were closing up for the summer season. A lot of their souvenirs were marked down, some low as half price! I would say September after the schools start.
Everything was close to the Resort including the entrance to Yellowstone National Park!
Early to mid-May would be ideal. You shouldn't encounter any weather and you'll beat the crowds. West Yellowstone and the roads around the park get extremely crowded in the Summer months.
Weather can be unpredictable in this area in the shoulder season. But if you're willing to take the chance, mid-May (before Memorial Day) is a great time to visit. Most of the animals have just had their babies so you will see a lot of activity, there are many beautiful waterfalls because of the recent snow melt off, and there are hardly any crowds. Most people head straight for Old Faithful, but the real show is in the mid and lower basin geysers. If you want to see more than just bison, head up the road toward Mammoth Springs where you will find elk, deer, marmots and (if you're as lucky as we were) grizzlies. If the weather allows and the road is open, driving through Grand Teton National Park and coming in the South Entrance to Yellowstone provides some spectacular views while driving towards Yellowstone's Grand Loop Road. The one thing to remember is to check the National Park website for when roads will be open after the winter snow (as you don't want to drive all the way there and not be able to see certain areas).
A lot of park services do close sometime in October and some roads will close if there is snow. Went in early October and one road closed in Yellowstone closed due to snow. Late September is good for leaf color.
Traveling across I-80 through the plains states can get difficult. Whenever you travel, please check weather and road conditions frequently. During winter months we have encountered black ice. Also, we've been stranded on two occasions when I-80 closes (not an infrequent occurrence in SE Wyoming . . . especially between Laramie and Cheyenne).
That said, October is a lovely month. We live just three hours from West Yellowstone and went to the park last spring, the first weekend in May. We are returning this year. That time period, when snow is still on the ground, but beginning to melt away from warmer roadsides is excellent for wildlife viewing. Many creatures seeking the new grass growing along warm asphalt!
Other considerations are that many, many park services close in fall/winter and don't reopen until mid- late- April. Check the website as you plan your trip to see what will be open when you are there.
We went the first week of November and the weather during the day was in the 50s but it was in the teens at night. Obviously, if it had rained we would have had snow but the park was empty. I think you would be safer going in early October rather than November.
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