• Aaron Bailey

What is the best time of year to see bears in Yellowstone?


What is the best time of year to see bears in Yellowstone?


You can get lucky and see a bear at any time in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, but mid- April to the first week of June is hands-down the best time of year to see bears in Yellowstone.


We have had days in the springtime when we have seen a dozen bears. (I know! Yes…as in twelve…)


The weather definitely plays a factor. On gnarly weather days, the wildlife is often out in force.


Bears mainly hibernate from November to early April.


In the spring, the bears emerge from their dens and they are starving. Bears lose 15-30% of their body weight during hibernation. The easiest food sources are down in the valley, such as roots and carcasses that were buried in the winter snow.


Those awesome mama bears also have young cubs to feed and are not so sensitive to gawkers-a good reason to get a tour guide who has the proper optics and equipment so you can film the bears out in the field.


As the weather turns warmer in late June and July, the bears are more difficult to see. They head up to the high country and follow the snow as it melts.


Our two day/one night tour of Yellowstone is the best way to see all of the wildlife valleys in Yellowstone National Park where bears are most often seen.


 
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