What to Expect at Yellowstone in June

There are many things to consider when visiting Yellowstone in June.

Use this Yellowstone National Park travel guide to help you plan your June vacation: things to see, do and photograph as well as what to pack, where to stay and services available.

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All roads are open and most services are available in June at Yellowstone National Park. June is also a great time to see the raging waterfalls and baby wildlife!

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Visiting Yellowstone National Park in June

June is one of the best times to visit Yellowstone National Park because all park roads are open and most of the services and campgrounds will be open by the end of the month.

The Yellowstone waterfalls are flowing at full volume and the landscape is beautiful with vibrant color.

Visitation numbers in June are moderate to high so be prepared for crowds during the day. We always recommend entering the park early in the morning, or even later in the afternoon.

Yellowstone Weather in June

The weather in June can still be unpredictable, and it might even snow! Stay informed on the Yellowstone road closure status and check current park conditions when a storm rolls through.

The average temperatures in June at Yellowstone are highs near 70 and lows near 41 degrees Fahrenheit.

It doesn’t hurt to pack winter gloves, hat, coat and fleece jacket and wear layers since the mornings and evenings are still cold!

How Long Should I Plan My Yellowstone Vacation?

In order to really soak in Yellowstone, you will want to be there for more than 2 days, especially in the summertime. 

We suggest when vacationing during the summer months at Yellowstone that you plan to go for at least 4-5 days. This way you are not rushed and you can be a little more patient with the crowds of people knowing you have time to see everything. 

Not only that, but 4-5 days gives you time to relax, fish, hike, and really experience Yellowstone for everything it has to offer!

Here’s our favorite Yellowstone 4 day itinerary!

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Things to Do at Yellowstone in June

Here’s a list of things to do at Yellowstone National Park when you visit in June!

view from Mt. Washburn at Yellowstone

June Hiking at Yellowstone

The Yellowstone hiking trails in June might be wet and muddy. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when hiking at Yellowstone:

  • Check with the rangers at the Visitor Center to get current trail conditions.
  • Tell someone your hiking destination, route, and estimated time of return.
  • What to Bring on a Day Hike: at a minimum, carry water, a raincoat or poncho, a warm hat, an insulating (non cotton) layer of clothing, insect repellent, sunscreen, and a first aid kit →
  • Stay on trails: taking shortcuts causes trail erosion and is dangerous. In hydrothermal areas, stepping on thin crust may plunge you into boiling water.

Here’s a list of hikes in Yellowstone by region:

Waterfalls in June at Yellowstone

The Yellowstone waterfalls in June are full and raging from the snow runoff. You can see, hear and feel the power of the water as it rushes by.

Most of the waterfalls in Yellowstone National Park don’t require hiking to see them. Here’s a list of the main waterfall attractions:

  • Canyon: Lower and Upper Falls, Brink of Upper Falls
  • Firehole Falls
  • Gibbon Falls
  • Kepler Cascades
  • Lewis Falls
  • Moose Falls
  • Tower Fall
  • Undine Falls

Yellowstone Geysers and Hot Springs in June

There are five types of hydrothermal features you’ll see in Yellowstone: geysers, hot springs, mudpots, travertine terraces and fumaroles. Check out the NPS website for the latest geyser eruption predictions!

Here’s a list of the best places to see these wonders:

elk and fawn at Yellowstone in the spring

Yellowstone Wildlife in June

June is one of the best time to visit yellowstone for wildlife! You may see black bear and grizzly bear cubs, bison calves (known as red dogs due to their reddish-brown color), and elk calves.

Mothers will be VERY PROTECTIVE of their young so give them all space. As you drive through the park, remember the parameters to keep you and the animals safe!

  • Never approach animals. The animals in Yellowstone are wild and unpredictable, no matter how calm they appear to be.
  • The safest (and often best) view of wildlife is from inside a car. Always stay at least 100 yards (91 m) away from bears and wolves, and at least 25 yards (23 m) away from all other animals, including bison and elk.
  • Never feed wildlife. Animals that become dependent on human food may become aggressive toward people and have to be killed. Keep all food, garbage, or other smelly items packed away when not in use.
  • Never park in the road or block traffic. Use pullouts to watch wildlife and let other cars pass. Stay with your vehicle if you encounter a wildlife jam.

Yellowstone Photography in June

We always have our camera ready to go because the wildlife you may see as you drive through the park won’t wait for you to find the camera in your car.

In June you’ll want to photograph the geysers, hot pools, waterfalls and rivers. Here are some tips for taking pictures at Yellowstone.

Other Yellowstone Activities

Places to Visit at Yellowstone in June

Yellowstone covers over 2 million acres of land! It’s divided into 2 main loops and 9 areas. Here’s a list of places to visit in the Yellowstone National Park Southern Loop and Northern Loop.

Visitor Centers

There are ten Yellowstone Visitor Centers and information stations throughout the park. Talk with a ranger, learn about the park through exhibits and interpretive offerings, or get oriented to the things you can do at the park.

Yellowstone Regions

There are various regions or areas throughout Yellowstone. Each one has different lodging options, services and things to do!

Canyon Village and the Grand Canyon

  • Scenic Drives: Dunraven Pass, North Rim Drive, and South Rim Drive
  • Hydrothermal Feature: Mud Volcano
  • Natural Features: Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River, Hayden Valley, and Mount Washburn
  • Visitor Services: Canyon Campground, Canyon Lodge, Canyon General Store, and Canyon Visitor Education Center
  • Waterfalls: Lower Falls, Silver Cord Cascades, and Upper Falls
  • Day Hikes, Wildlife Watching
Grand Canyon of Yellowstone Lower Falls photo jeepers

Fishing Bridge, Lake, and Bridge Bay

  • Scenic Drives: Gull Point Drive and Lake Butte Scenic Drive
  • Hydrothermal Features: Mud Volcano and Steamboat Point
  • Natural Features: Mary Bay, Natural Bridge, Sedge Bay, Storm Point, Sylvan Pass, and Yellowstone Lake
  • Visitor Services: Bridge Bay Campground, Bridge Bay Marina, Fishing Bridge General Store, Fishing Bridge Visitor Center, Fishing Bridge RV Park, Lake General Store, Lake Hotel and Cabins, and Lake Lodge Cabins
  • Day Hikes, Fishing and Boating
fishing bridge at Yellowstone

Madison and the West

  • Scenic Drives: Firehole Canyon Drive and Firehole Lake Drive
  • Hydrothermal Features: Fountain Paint Pot, Grand Prismatic Spring, Great Fountain Geyser, Midway Geyser Basin, Terrace Springs, and White Dome Geyser
  • Natural Features: Firehole Canyon, National Park Mountain, Madison River, and Purple Mountain
  • Visitor Services: Madison Campground, Madison Information Station, and West Yellowstone Visitor Information Center
  • Waterfalls: Fairy Falls and Firehole Falls
  • Day Hikes and Fishing
Firehole Falls at Yellowstone

Mammoth Hot Springs and the North

  • Scenic Drives: Blacktail Plateau Drive and Upper Terrace Drive
  • Historic Areas: Apollinaris Spring, Fort Yellowstone (historic US Army headquarters, now park headquarters), and Obsidian Cliff
  • Hydrothermal Features: Boiling River, Canary Springs, and Mammoth Hot Springs
  • Natural Features: Bunsen Peak, Mount Everts, Sheepeater Cliffs, and Swan Lake Flat
  • Visitor Services: Albright Visitor Center, Indian Creek Campground, Mammoth Campground, Mammoth General Store, and Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel and Cabins
  • Waterfalls: Rustic Falls, Undine Falls, and Wraith Falls
  • Day Hikes
mammoth hot spring at Yellowstone

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