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.
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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Yellowstone Winter Packing List
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- Insulted boots – Baffin winter boots are amazing!!
- Darn Tough heavy wool socks
- Wicking and quick-drying base layers
- Columbia fleece jackets are our favorite!
- Insulated winter jacket – to layer atop the fleece jacket for the cold mornings and evenings, trust us!
- Winter hat
- Winter gloves
- Rechargeable hand warmers
- Fleece neck gaiter
VISITING YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK 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 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).
YELLOWSTONE WEATHER IN MARCH
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!
THINGS TO DO AT YELLOWSTONE 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.
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.
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:
- Best time to visit yellowstone for wildlife
- Best cameras for wildlife photography
- Best tripods for wildlife photography
- Best lenses for wildlife photography
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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Places to stay in West Yellowstone
- Holiday Inn, West Yellowstone
- ClubHouse Inn, West Yellowstone
- Kelly Inn, West Yellowstone
- West Yellowstone hotels!
Places to stay in Gardiner
- Yellowstone Gateway Inn, Gardiner – full kitchen and comfy bed, one of our favorite places to stay!
- Park Hotel Yellowstone, Gardiner – charming place to stay and loved by guests!
- Absaroka Lodge, Gardiner – beautiful location with river views!
- Gardiner hotels!
Places to stay in Cooke City or Silver Gate
- Sunny Log Home on the Creek, Silver Gate (VRBO) – the most AMAZING location with an awesome fireplace and comfy bed!
- High Country Motel and Cabins – local owners who love what they do, and make you feel so welcome!
- Rent an RV – have it dropped off at your vacation destination!