Visiting Yellowstone in May

In May, the Yellowstone roads, services, and lodges are starting to open. It will be important to know in advance what’s available for the timeframe you’ll visit the park.


This park is a bucket list destination for a reason, and May is one of the best times to visit Yellowstone National Park. 

But the biggest drawback to a trip in May are the roads and unpredictable weather. The East Entrance opens in early May; the South Entrance opens in mid May; and Dunraven Pass opens at the end of May.

The Yellowstone National Park weather in May is still cold and it may snow at any time. The average temperatures are a high of 53 and low of 28 degrees Fahrenheit. Definitely pack your winter clothing gear and wear layers since the mornings and evenings are still cold!

May is one of the best times to see and take pictures of all the Yellowstone waterfalls. The rivers and waterfalls at Yellowstone in the spring are full and raging from the snow runoff.

The color in the hot springs really stand out in the sun so May is a great time to see these amazing attractions!

May is one of the best times to visit Tellowstone for wildlife because of all the baby animals! You may see black bear and grizzly bear cubs, bison calves (known as red dogs due to their reddish-brown color), and elk calves.