Things To Do In Yellowstone Today
West Yellowstone is a lovely little mountain town that many people discover and want to rediscover time and again. Overlooked by snow capped mountains, our town is the playground for visitors to Yellowstone National Park. Here are the best things to do in Yellowstone today.
Scenic Helicopter Flights Over Yellowstone’s Outback
Yellowstone Helicopters is located at the West Yellowstone Airport in beautiful Yellowstone, serving all of the Yellowstone region. Amazing private helicopter scenic tours for up to three guests year round. Additional helicopter tour departures from Spring to fall. We are the only company in Yellowstone offering scenic helicopter tours high above the regions wild and scenic places. Let’s fly!
In April and May, the bears of Yellowstone come out of hibernation, and with them new cubs. Bison calves are being born on the plains, and bighorn lambs up on the cliffs. Birds pass through on their migration routes; frogs call loudly in ponds. Roads that closed during winter — which is almost all of them — start opening back up, as do four of the park’s 12 campgrounds and most of its lodges. Around April, most of the park’s seasonal employees and volunteers will start getting back into the swing of things.
If you’re bringing your kids to Yellowstone, there’s a strong case to be made that spring is the best time to visit, what with all the frolicking baby animals and shorter lines. Moms and pops, try to work things out with the school schedules and check out the springtime packages geared toward families.
Wildlife Spotting in Springtime
Bears, bison, elk, sheep, moose, wolves — pretty much anything covered with fur is more fun to look at when it’s cute and little. Your greatest odds for animal sightings are at dawn and dusk. Head up to Slough Creek, where most years there’s a wolf den. For an easy payoff, park your car at a pullout along Hayden Valley to watch the bison calves. If the herd isn’t there, it probably will be the next day.
For an absolute slam dunk, go up to Mammoth, where there are elk on the lawns pretty much all the time. They’re probably the least skittish animals in Yellowstone, unfazed by humans in the grand tradition of city pigeons or feral cats. Still, remember the elk are wild — always keep a safe distance, ideally 25 yards (although getting closer is kind of inevitable since they’ll literally just be in your walking path).