Explore Yellowstone National Park in the Summer

Did you know that The Wilson Hotel in Big Sky, MT, is only about an hour from Yellowstone National Park? When you stay with us, hop in the car and take a road trip to this unbelievable park. There’s no wrong time to visit Yellowstone, and there’s always plenty to see and do. To learn about some of the best things to do during the summer in Yellowstone, please keep reading!

For more information regarding fun-filled summer activities that you can enjoy during your stay in Big Sky, take a look at our Summer Activities Guide.

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5 Places to Visit on Your Summer Adventure in Yellowstone

With over two million acres to explore in the park, there’s so much to do during the summer in Yellowstone. Jump in the car from Big Sky and take a look at some of our favorite adventures in Yellowstone National Park!

1. Old Faithful

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People travel from near and far to watch the infamous Old Faithful geyser erupt. Explosions from Old Faithful occur approximately every 90 minutes and can shoot between 3700 to 8400 gallons of boiling water and reach heights between 106 and 185 feet. You can view these magnificent eruptions from the viewing area or along the boardwalks that weave around the geyser and through the Upper Geyser Basin.

2. Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

The Grand Canyon of Yellowstone is approximately 24 miles long, between 800 and 1200 feet deep and between .25 and .75 miles wide. The Yellowstone River eroded these weakened rocks and deepened and widened the canyon over time. This process continues today. The current canyon begins at Lower Falls and ends downstream from Tower Fall. You can experience this breathtaking canyon from a variety of overlooks, and there are several trails and walkways that wind along the rims and downward into the canyon.

3. The Lamar and Hayden Valleys

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The fascinating wildlife found in Yellowstone National Park is just as famous as it’s magical geysers. Some of the most renowned spots in the park catching sights of wildlife are the Lamar and Hayden Valleys. In Hayden Valley, you can find bison, black bears, elk, grizzly bears, and wolves. You can find the same creatures in Lamar Valley, in addition to bighorn sheep, mule deer, and pronghorn. 

4. Midway Geyser Basin

The Grand Prismatic Hot Spring at Yellowstone’s Midway Geyser Basin is hands down the most photographed thermal feature in the National Park. This is due to its unbelievable size and color features. The Grand Prismatic Hot Spring is the third largest spring in the world, is deeper than a 10-story building, and wider than a football field. The Midway Geyser Basin is also home to the Opal Pool, Turquoise Pool, and Excelsior Geyser. 

5. Yellowstone Lake

Covering 136 square miles with 110 miles of shoreline, Yellowstone Lake is the largest body of water in Yellowstone National Park. It’s also the largest high-elevation lake in North America and sits at 7733 feet above sea level. The lake has the largest population of wild cutthroat trout in the country, so be sure to visit Fishing Bridge and try to reel in a few

Stay in Big Sky at The Wilson Hotel

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If you’re visiting Yellowstone in the summer, then make our hotel your home base. The Wilson Hotel is a luxurious hotel located in the heart of Big Sky and is close to all of the best things to see and do. We offer an array of guest rooms and suites, so you’re sure to find accommodation that will fit your needs. Take a look at our availability and start planning your trip to Montana today. We can’t wait to host you! 

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