Spring

Say Hello to Spring as the Snow Melts

Winter's grip keeps a tight hold on many of our national parks well into spring, but with warmer weather finally here, signs of spring are everywhere.

As flowers bloom and snow becomes a distant memory, be sure to head outdoors this season and watch our parks come to life!

Glacier National Park

Montana
Spring in the Mountains

To call the weather at Glacier National Park unpredictable would be a serious understatement. Record highs and lows for the month of May range from 13 to 90 degrees, but the warming trend in the last two months has allowed the park's fleet of hardworking snowplows to get out and get to work. By now, the park's roads are largely clear, and there's no better time to drive in and watch the landscape transform. Just bring a jacket, because you never know.

Things to Do

  • Biking
  • Arts & Culture
  • Boating
  • Camping
  • Children's Programs
  • Climbing

Yosemite National Park

Wyoming
Catch a Moonbow

The period immediately following the spring snow melt in Yosemite National Park brings a unique phenomenon that can only be experienced in a few places at certain times. The event in question is known as a moonbow — a lunar rainbow that appears when moonlight is refracted though rain or mist. Moonbows occur in the spray from Yosemite's waterfalls during spring, usually when the moon is full and low in the sky. There's a catch, however. Moonbows are not typically visible to the naked eye, but they appear in long-exposure photographs.

Things to Do

  • Biking
  • Arts & Culture
  • Birdwatching
  • Boating
  • Camping
  • Children's Programs

Grand Teton National Park

Wyoming
Gradual Change in the Mountains

As with a lot of parks, the landscape at Grand Teton National Park is so varied that winter conditions persist well into the warmer months in certain areas. We saw it firsthand this year, as the park's pedestrian paths were cleared in April, while prime cross-country skiing conditions still existed in some places. Valley trails may have snow until late May, but large portions of the park are snow-free, and hikers, cyclists, and rollerbladers are venturing out every day to enjoy the weather!

Things to Do

  • Biking
  • Arts & Culture
  • Boating
  • Camping
  • Canoeing
  • Children's Programs

Rocky Mountain National Park

Colorado
Wildlife Wakes Up

This year's unpredictable weather, with its early warming spells followed by surprise April blizzards, was hard on visitors to Rocky Mountain National Park, but it was also tough on the park’s year-round residents. Fortunately, the plants and animals that call the Rockies home are well-equipped to deal with such challenges, and now that spring is here to stay (hopefully), you can see signs of life everywhere. Wildflowers continue to bloom at increasingly high elevations as the season progresses, and a new generation of wildlife is beginning to emerge, from baby birds to coyote pups.

Things to Do

  • Biking
  • Arts & Culture
  • Birdwatching
  • Camping
  • Children's Programs
  • Cross-Country Skiing

Spring is arguably the best time of year to spend some time in the great outdoors, and with hundreds of National Park Service units across the country, you shouldn't have much trouble finding a sunny spot to enjoy the season. 

Woman holding a camera walking in a field
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