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Why You Should Visit Yellowstone in November

Why You Should Visit Yellowstone in November

Written by: , October 07th, 2021
Categories: General

Discover the Quietest Time of Year in Yellowstone

Looking for some silence and solitude? Escape to Yellowstone this November and experience the world’s first national park during one of the quietest times of the year! For the first time, the Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel (located inside the park’s North Entrance) is open through Thanksgiving. We’ve come up with 7 reasons why you should visit Yellowstone this November:

  1. Wildlife watching

    Yellowstone is sometimes called “America’s Serengeti” for its diversity and number of wildlife. While the interior park roads close on November 8 this year, the road from Mammoth to the Northeast Entrance is open year-round. This road is one of the most scenic drives in the park meandering through the Northern Range and the famous Lamar Valley. Lamar Valley is one of the best places in the park for wildlife viewing — especially if you’re hoping to see a wolf! Bison, elk, bighorn sheep, deer, and coyotes are just a few of the critters you might also see.

  2. Silence and Solitude

    November is one of the least visited months in Yellowstone National Park. With so few people, you are sure to find some solitude while out in the park. If you are looking to escape the bustle of summer and have the road practically to yourself, this is the perfect time of the year for it.

  3. Celebrate Thanksgiving

    Celebrate this special holiday in Wonderland this year! Let us do the cooking this Thanksgiving. Stay inside the park at the recently remodeled Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel and enjoy our special Thanksgiving menu at the Mammoth Dining Room. If you are looking to shop during the holiday weekend, our gift shop will be open and offering good deals in addition to featuring local artists.

  4. Workshops

    We are excited to offer a variety of workshops based out of the Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel throughout November. Join Yellowstone photography master Tom Murphy for two days, November 13 and 14, to improve your photography skills. Learn how to make stunning jewelry with Yellowstone Agate Jewelry on November 20. If you are interested in learning more about fly fishing, sign up for a half-day workshop on November 21. Or join us on November 6 for a cocktail class taught by local distillery, Bozeman Spirits.

  5. Hot Springs

    If you visit in early November, (before November 8) you can still drive down to the park interior to experience famous thermal features with few people in sight. After the interior park roads close, explore the terraces at Mammoth Hot Springs. Looking for a relaxing soak? Drive 20 minutes north of the park to Yellowstone Hot Springs.

    Sunrise, Upper Terrace, Mammoth Hot Springs

  6. Hit the trails

    Hiking (or snowshoeing and skiing, depending on conditions) can be a great way to explore the park further. The Northern Range of Yellowstone has a variety of trails in the Mammoth area and in the Northeast part of the park. Be prepared for a variety of weather conditions. Weather can often be unpredictable and alternate between sun, rain, or snow. It’s always good to check with the Albright Visitor Center in Mammoth for the latest trail conditions.

  7. Affordability

    Shoulder season means lower prices. We’ve reduced our lodging rates up to 30% (compared to the peak of summer) during November. If you are looking to travel and save, this is a perfect time!

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