Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

By: Madison Whisman

This project is made for the book "Walk Two Moons" by Sharon Creech. :)

Climate of the Park

Summer: Daytime temperatures are often in the 70s (25C) and occasionally in the 80s (30C) in lower elevations. Nights are usually cool and temperatures may drop below freezing at higher elevations. Thunderstorms are common in the afternoons.

Winter: Temperatures often range from zero to 20F(-20 to -5C) throughout the day. Sub-zero temperatures over-night are common. The record low temperature is -66F (-54C). Snowfall is highly variable. While the average is 150 inches per year, it is not uncommon for higher elevations to get twice that amount

Spring and Autumn: Daytime temperatures range from the 30s to the 60s (0 to 20C) with overnight lows in the teens to single digits (-5 to -20C). Snow is common in the spring and fall with regular accumulations of 12" in a 24 hour period. At any time of year, be prepared for sudden changes. Unpredictability, more than anything else, characterizes Yellowstone's weather. Always be equipped with a wide range of clothing options. Be sure to bring a warm jacket and rain gear even in the summer.

Activities and Events at the National Park

Yellowstone has something for everyone. Whether you delight in the challenge of a strenuous hike or prefer to sit quietly and watch the sunset, the park offers a great diversity of activities for you to enjoy. With so many adventures to choose from, you’ll have some tough decisions to make.

What you can do:

Backcountry Camping & Hiking
Carry your backpack and stay in more than 300 backcountry campsites

Take in the view from the water

Enjoy the scenery on two wheels

Pitch your tent, or pull-up your RV, at one of 12 campgrounds

Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing
Hear the crunch of snow under your feet

Day Hiking
Lace up your boots and explore more than 1,000 miles of trails

Cast your line for 16 species of fish

Guided Tours & Other Services
Businesses that have permits for day hiking, backpacking, bicycling, boating, fishing

Horseback Riding and Llama Packing
Bring your own stock or take a guided ride

Unpack your basket at 52 picnic areas throughout the park

Ranger-Led Activities
Join a park ranger for walks, hikes, and campfire programs

Snowmobiles and Snowcoaches
Take a guided tour in the winter

Wildlife Viewing
Test your observation skills with 67 species of mammals, 330 species of birds, 4 amphibians, and 6 reptiles

Yellowstone Fun Facts

The 1988 fires affected 793,880 acres or 36 percent of the park. Five fires burned into the park that year from adjacent public lands. The largest, the North Fork Fire, started from a discarded cigarette. It burned more than 410,000 acres.

Yellowstone Park contains 1 jail.

Yellowstone National Park is an active super volcano.

Old Faithful erupts every 91 minutes

There are over 40 major waterfalls in Yellowstone

Yellowstone National Park's Association with Native Americans

From about 11,000 years ago to the very recent past, many groups of Native Americans used the park as their homes, hunting grounds, and transportation routes.

Yellowstone National Park from Above - 7 Stunning Sights from Yellowstone Lake to Old Faithful (HD)