Plan a Vacation to Yellowstone National Park in March

Yellowstone National Park in March is something you’ll never forget, but there are limited services, open roads, and things to do.

Use our Yellowstone National Park travel guide to help you decide if March is the right time for you to enjoy outdoor winter adventures at this park.

Yellowstone in March everything you need to know

Here’s a list of the things to do, what to pack, where to stay, weather to expect and services available in March at Yellowstone.

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A trip to Yellowstone in March is unlike anything you’ve ever done before!

Yellowstone is a bucket list destination for a reason, and in the early spring (still basically winter) it’s even more so with steaming geysers amid a snowy landscape.

Due to the limited ways to enter the park in March, you can enjoy the quiet and serenity at Yellowstone during the winter.

The biggest drawback to visiting Yellowstone in March is that all roads are closed to vehicles except the road going from the north entrance in Gardiner to the northeast entrance in Cooke City.

Be sure to keep current on the Yellowstone road closure status and check current park conditions.

You can access the park from West Yellowstone and the south entrance near Grand Teton by snow coach tours, snowshoeing, cross country skiing or snowmobile tours (more info about non-commercial snowmobile access).


The weather in March is cold and snowy. March may be the start of spring, but it’s still winter at Yellowstone! Average temperatures: high 39 and low 10 degrees Fahrenheit.

Layers are key when exploring the park in the early spring. Reference our winter clothing guide so you can enjoy the outdoors, even when it’s cold!


The only road open to cars is from the north entrance by Gardiner to just past the northeast entrance at Cooke City. This route is a nice day trip.

As you drive through Lamar Valley, look for bison and elk… and if you’re lucky, you’ll see wolves, fox or moose!

road through Lamar Valley at Yellowstone in March

The Albright Visitor Center in Mammoth remains open year-round and is a great resource for information about the park.

Yellowstone Hiking in March

There will still be a lot of snow in March so you’ll need more than your hiking boots. Showshoeing and cross country skiing are the best ways to experience the trails at Yellowstone at this time.

There are fun day hiking trails in Mammoth Hot Springs, Old Faithful, Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and Lamar Valley.

You can check the Yellowstone Backcountry Situation Report for all pertinent information about the backcountry.

Waterfalls to See in March at Yellowstone

We love to visit and take pictures of all the Yellowstone waterfalls. In March, there are 3 waterfalls you can access along on the northern road:

  • Undine Falls
  • Wraith Falls – short hike
  • Lost Falls – short hike

There are a few waterfalls you can see on snowcoach tours:

  • Firehole Falls
  • Gibbon Falls
  • Lower Falls

Yellowstone Geysers in March

The geysers and hot pools are fantastic to see and photograph in March. It’s fun to see the steam rising from the hot pools and geysers and the snowy blanket of white surrounding these hot spots. Also be sure to look for the hoarfrost on the trees.

The snowcoach guides are so knowledgeable to tell you all about the park, it’s thermal features and wildlife.

Yellowstone Wildlife in March

In March male bears begin to emerge from their dens in March searching for carcasses. Bison once again return to the Blacktail Ponds area. Sandhill cranes, ducks, robins, swans, geese, red-tailed hawks, bluebirds, and meadowlarks also begin to return to Yellowstone this time of year.

If you’ll be driving along the northern road from Gardiner to Cooke City, 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.

Here are some helpful resources for watching and photographing wildlife in Yellowstone:

Yellowstone Photography in March

Our number one photo tip is: be prepared for anything so you can capture the moment when it happens.

In March the weather can change from day to day. There may be sun, snow, clouds, fog, and frost that will create mood. Also look for reflections when taking pictures of Yellowstone.

And we always have our camera ready to go because the wildlife you may see won’t wait for you to find the camera in your car.

Yellowstone Maps and Guides at Amazon:

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Yellowstone Tours and Day Trips

Places to stay in West Yellowstone

Places to stay in Gardiner

Places to stay in Cooke City or Silver Gate

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