What to Expect During Spring
The park may be warming up but, at certain locations (Canyon and Lake), it can still feel (and look) a lot like winter. There are fewer visitors and the park is quietly readying for a new season. Snowcoaches go back into storage and stagecoaches come out of storage. Snow and ice are cleared from roads and parking lots. Lodges are deep cleaned and prepared to welcome visitors for another season.
Four of Yellowstone’s campgrounds and all but two lodges open in May. During spring, many of the animals that live in the park are having their young: bison, elk, moose, pronghorn, wolf, and bear all welcome new ones into the world. Spring is prime time for viewing some of Yellowstone’s smallest and friskiest inhabitants. Plus, it is the best opportunity for seeing bears as they come out of hibernation in search of winter-killed carcasses.