I have visited The Park the first week in October for many years now; and, I find that it is the ideal time to visit.
Most of the time, I concentrate on the northern part of The Park, entering through the Roosevelt Arch in Gardiner, Montana, early in the day. Look out for Bighorn sheep and elk as you climb the road to Mammoth Hot Springs. Once you are in and around Mammoth, you will definitely see large gatherings of elk…elk that are everywhere…lounging on the lawns between the Park Service buildings and the adjacent hotel…It is quite a sight to see.
Move east towards Tower-Roosevelt junction and the Lamar Valley. More than likely, along the way, you will witness bison herding over into the Valley. Look out for coyotes, antelope, and Bighorn sheep in the Valley and on Blacktail Plateau, as well.
If you’re lucky, the day will be nearly cloudless and feel almost like the waning days of summer. The scenery will be electric. Aspen trees will be brilliant shades of orange and yellow. Gold prairie grasses and sage brush will cover the hills. Evergreens, distant mountains, and a brilliant blue sky will be your backdrop.
Document your trip with photos; and, drink in the sights, sounds, and smells of Fall in Yellowstone. Winter will be upon us before you know it; and, you will want to savor these moments of wildlife and peace in Yellowstone National Park.
Plan a Fall trip into Yellowstone National Park today. You won’t regret it.
To help you make a list of things to see and do in The Park, feel free to check out this web site’s Explore Yellowstone page which has a collection of photos and videos of The Park. Enjoy!
Todd Rivers, Founder, Montana Treasures