Visiting Yellowstone National Park in March

Planning a trip to Yellowstone National Park in March is something you’ll never forget, but there are limited services, open roads, and things to do. When you visit in March, it will feel like a Yellowstone winter vacation with the snow-covered landscape.

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. And oversnow travel by snowmobile and snowcoach stops early to mid-March.

Yellowstone in March everything you need to know

Use this Yellowstone National Park travel guide to help plan your trip: things to do, what to pack, where to stay, weather to expect and services available in March at Yellowstone.

We live only hours away and visit Yellowstone often. The tips we share are based on our experiences visiting the park during the winter. Our number one tip is to pack and wear winter clothes so you can enjoy your time in the park!! Grab your free Yellowstone winter packing list by clicking the image below!

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Yellowstone Winter Packing List

READ all about packing for a winter vacation in Yellowstone!

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Visiting Yellowstone in March

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 you won’t find any other time of year!

Yellowstone Roads in March

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 watch the Yellowstone road closure status and check current park conditions.

The roads will close to oversnow travel by snowmobile and snowcoach around these times in March:

  • Early March: Mammoth Hot Springs to Norris
  • Early March: Norris to Madison and Norris to Canyon Village
  • Mid-March: Canyon Village to Fishing Bridge
  • Mid-March: All remaining groomed roads close

Yellowstone Weather in March

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

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!

Yellowstone Services in March

Mammoth Hot Springs to the Northeast Entrance is the only part of the park open to wheeled vehicles year-round. The road is open up to Cooke City, Montana, after which the road is closed (no through-traffic to Red Lodge, Montana or Cody, Wyoming). Services are very limited between Mammoth Hot Springs and Cooke City, Montana.

Mammoth Hot Springs and Tower-Roosevelt areas:

  • Albright Visitor Center
  • General Store
  • Mammoth Campground
  • Mammoth Clinic
  • Post Office
  • Mammoth and Tower-Roosevelt Service Stations – credit card fueling only 24-hours

Old Faithful area: Services here close mid-March

Canyon Area: Services here close mid-March

  • Canyon Yurt Camp
  • Canyon and Fishing Bridge Service Stations – credit card fueling only 24-hours

Warming Huts available in the winter: Many close early to mid-March

  • Canyon Visitor Education Center Lobby
  • Fishing Bridge
  • Indian Creek
  • Madison
  • Mammoth Hot Springs
  • Old Faithful Yurts
  • West Thumb

Always check the Yellowstone operating hours and seasons for the most updated information.

Best Time to Visit Yellowstone

If winter seems too snowy and cold for you, check out our guide for finding the best time to visit Yellowstone National Park. Each season and month of the year will have different activities and services available.

There are also best times to visit Yellowstone for wildlife. You’ll find a list of the animals you’ll see each month of the year at the park.

Things to do at Yellowstone National Park in March

Winter in Yellowstone means fewer crowds, VERY COLD temperatures, and stunning winter landscape scenes with steaming geyser basins. Here’s a list of fun Yellowstone winter activities to enjoy in March!

road through Lamar Valley at Yellowstone in March
Northeast road through Yellowstone

Drive the North Entrance Road in March

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!

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

Winter snowcoach tour

Yellowstone Winter Tours

We highly recommend booking a Yellowstone National Park winter tour! Many of the tours will provide hotel pick up and drop-off. Most Yellowstone winter tours do NOT include gratuity for the guide.

Remember the oversnow tours will end early to mid-March: snowmobile, snowcoach, snowshoe and cross-country ski

We enjoyed traveling along Yellowstone’s snow-covered roads in a bomardier snowcoach. There were no streams of cars, RVs or tour buses crowding the roads. If you’ve ever visited Yellowstone in the summer, you know this is a welcome change.

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Mammoth Hot Springs

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. All unplowed roads and trails are open to cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

There are fun easy hikes in Yellowstone National Park, but access will be limited to most areas of the park.

We recommend you explore the Mammoth Hot Springs area day hikes in Yellowstone since that part of the park is open in March.

Firehole Falls in the winter
irehole Falls in the winter

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 the first part of March:

  • Firehole Falls
  • Gibbon Falls
  • Lower Falls
Old Faithful

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.

Bison in the snow

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:

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Yellowstone winter photography tour

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.

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Yellowstone Lodging in March

Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel and Cabins and Old Faithful Snow Lodge and Cabins are the two lodging options open in the park during the winter, but they close in early March.

The only options for lodging in MArch are found in West Yellowstone, Gardiner, and Cooke City:

Yellowstone Vacation Planning Guide

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