Local Area Guide > Weather


The weather in our area can and does change quickly and varies greatly from morning to evening on most days. Be prepared by dressing in layers starting with a non-cotton base layer, followed by a comfortable mid-layer and topped with an easily removable outer layer. Water resistant materials are an ideal outer layer. Always pack plenty of water for your day trips, there are not many stops inside the park to purchase supplies. Please feel free to contact us if you have more questions or concerns about what to wear/pack, we are happy to help!

An adult male (bull) moose weighs close to 1,000 pounds; a female (cow) weighs up to 900 pounds; 5½ to 7½ feet at the shoulder and a young moose can weigh 25–35 pounds at birth.


All the animals in Yellowstone National Park are wild and potentially dangerous. While they may seem cute and cuddly, all wildlife can harm you and will if they feel threatened. Learn and follow the guidelines set out by the local authorities and the park service. Do not approach animals or exit your vehicle to better see animals near the roadways. Consider binoculars to enjoy close-up views, they are available to rent at Yellowstone Camera on Canyon Street in downtown West Yellowstone.
If you are considering renting or purchasing bear-spray for your trip we highly recommend that you research proper use techniques. The National Park Service has put out several instructive videos on this subject and their website also offers a multitude of other important  items. Click HERE to go to their site for more safety information. You can purchase bear spray at local grocery stores and other locations in town as well as rent it in Canyon Village inside Yellowstone National Park. It is not permissible to fly with bear spray. Yellowstone is the only place in the United States where bison (which can weigh up to 2,000 lbs) have lived continuously since prehistoric times!