How do you tell a tourist in Jackson Wyoming in the middle of June? They will have on shorts, sandals and a brand new Jackson Hole sweatshirt. It can snow in any month in Yellowstone!
Most of Yellowstone is 8,000’ elevation or above and that means our mornings can start out below freezing and reach 65-70 by days end.
Layering is key in Yellowstone, no matter the season. Cotton is not recommended, you’ll want a blend that wicks moisture so you don't chill after a good hike.
We always recommend a water resistant, breathable windproof shell for your outer layer. Personally, we will add a light to medium fleece layer under that and for a base layer, you can think about lightweight short or long sleeve underwear. If you chill easy, it is better to err on the side of too warm than to be uncomfortable. You may want to pack a lightweight fleece jacket that you can layer under, or a fleece vest that you can layer over.
Raincoat. Especially in the spring, we can get some showers and if there is animal action going on, you won't want to sit in the car.
Nylon hiking pants are a great choice, they. Shorts are fine, but bring a pair of lightweight pants along as well.
Hats and gloves. Yes, we know, it’s summer. Better to be safe than sorry. You know you’re body. If you run cold you will want some warmer clothes.
Hiking boots or sandals
Sunglasses, lip balm, sunscreen, hand lotion, bug spray.
Bring a day bag to hold your extras. You can’t put it on if you don’t have it and it will give you a place to put your shed layers as the days warms.
arkamin price Bring your camera....your best camera. You wouldn't believe how many times we have heard..."I should have brought the good camera".
There are wide, scenic vistas that demand a 20 mm or wider view. Don't forget an ND filter if you want to kick up saturation or artistically melt a waterfall.
For animals, however, a 150 mm to 500 mm zoom is our lens of preference. We will have room for longer lenses and larger tripods if you are one of those very serious photogs.
Finally, on a photographic note, you will have the opportunity for some phenomenal photos. Just keep in mind that the really serious wildlife photographers will be in Yellowstone 100 days a year looking for that special photo. You may get lucky, you may not. There have been many trips where the big camera has stayed in the bag.
All the photos on this page were taken during our trips to YNP.