Yellowstone National Park is the world’s first national park, and whether you are simply looking for a vacation experience that walks on the wild side or if you have vacation goals to visit all America’s national parks, this one should be at the top of your list. It is known for being the best place for spotting wildlife in West Yellowstone, especially in the Lamar Valley area here in Montana, ensuring you won’t have far to drive to get from your Sweet Home Montana vacation rental to where the wildlife roams most frequently. This guide to spotting wildlife during your explorations of West Yellowstone in Montana will give you an even better idea of the types of animals you might be able to spot and photograph!

First, a Little of What to Expect

If this is your first time visiting Yellowstone, you may be wondering how you can find the wildlife that roams free throughout the park, and our most important piece of advice is to just keep your eyes peeled. As you are driving along the roads that meander through the park, you may come upon cars parked (safely) on the side of the road, and small groups of people milling around in the grassy areas with cameras and phones in hand. This is a sign that there is some sort of animal within sight, and when you realize that there are over 300 species of birds, six reptile species, and 67 species of mammals, you can pretty much count on being able to see something wild during your time in the park.

Exploring early in the day or later in the evening can help ensure a great sighting, as this is when the wildlife steps out to feed, and stopping by the visitor centers in Yellowstone can give you an idea of the most recent sightings. In addition to your cell phone and camera, be sure to add binoculars to your viewing supplies, ensuring that you can easily check out mountain goats scampering up the cliffs, or perhaps a herd of bison grazing in distant meadows.

Spring and Summer Viewing

By the time you are reading this, you may already be planning your summer vacation, but if you have no plans as of yet, late spring is the perfect time to visit, especially as the temperatures begin to warm up and the baby wildlife begins to make their appearance.

In April, the “red dogs” (baby bison) frolic in fields and pastures and the skies come to life with flocks of birds who are making their way here from Mexico, including swallows and peregrine falcons. Elk calves take their first steps in May, and wolf pups start to explore the world beyond their dens, and if you get to spot either of these sweet babies, be sure to document it with pictures so that you can keep the memories alive in your heart long after your vacation has reached its natural conclusion. In June, babies are all over the place, exploring their fresh new worlds much as your own babies once did, bringing an innocent joy to your Yellowstone adventures.

Every month in Yellowstone provides a new opportunity to explore the wild side of our beloved national park, ensuring that you enjoy a vacation unlike any you have experienced before.

Animal Encounters to Remember

Yellowstone is where the wildlife lives, and as visitors in their homes, you will experience your own animal encounters that may thrill. Whether it is a lone wolf walking through the parking lot of a visitors center late at night or you find yourself suddenly in the center of a herd of bison as you are driving along one of our roads, these experiences will change you in ways you never thought possible.

But, as we mentioned earlier in this paragraph, it is also important that you remember you are in there home and the wildlife that lives here is, well, wild. There are no gates, no corrals, no fenced-in habitats, and if you do encounter an animal during your explorations, stay a safe distance away and do not attempt to pet them, no matter how cute and cuddly those bear cubs may look; mamas are destined to be nearby, and they do not take kindly to interlopers touching their babies.

Bring It Home to Sweet Home Montana

When it is time to take a walk on the mild side, our Sweet Home Montana vacation properties will all be located just a short distance away from the gates to Yellowstone, ensure your drive from wild to comfy will be a short one. Offering the rustic charms of country cabins and all the comforts of home, don’t be surprised if you hear the cries of lonely elk seeking a mate in the late night hours or if you catch sight of a timid doe stepping out from the tree line as the sun sets over the Montana landscape. Contact us today and choose your favorite Montana escape today!

Once upon a time, travelers looked upon hotel rooms as simply a place to rest and recuperate from their daily adventures while vacationing, not caring that the entire family often had to share a solo bath, that the two beds four or more people had to sleep on were bumpy and hard, and perhaps not noticing that the money they thought they were saving by sharing the room was being eaten up by the expense of eating out for every meal. Today’s travelers, however, seek something more. They want comfort, they want luxury, and they want the space they deserve and for those preparing for a vacation in Montana, they want the comforts found in our Sweet Home Montana vacation rentals. So what exactly makes Sweet Home Montana’s properties better than hotel rooms?

The Entire Family Is Invited

Unless your pet is a support animal, most hotels won’t allow you to bring them along, but many of our properties are pet friendly ones, ensuring that your entire family will be able to enjoy this vacation in Big Sky Country. Cozy and comfortable, these escapes will provide lush green areas in which your sweet fur babies will be able to frolic and roam.

Budget Friendly

It seems hard to believe, but choosing one of our Sweet Home Montana escapes can actually end up saving you money on this vacation, and who doesn’t like to save money? The math is easy, as some of the savings come from something you understand very well at home: Being able to eat at home instead of being forced into dining out every meal saves you money! 

The cost of dining out grows higher every year and although we don’t expect you to cook every night, our fully equipped kitchens will help you save money and make the chore of meal prep not so bad. Chef quality appliances and a cheerful vibe make these spaces popular, even when only being used to brew coffee and keep your cold beverages cold.

Of course, we aren’t suggesting you eat in every meal, as this part of Montana is known for its comfort food and down-home cooking, and it would be a shame to not venture out at least a few times during your stay, but the money you can save from eating in can go towards souvenirs, adventures, or perhaps be put towards another vacation somewhere down the line.

The Space You Crave

Family vacations are meant to be a time to help draw parents and children closer together, but even with those we love, there can always be a little too much togetherness making the extra space something that appeals to all. Retreat onto porches lined with rocking chairs, waiting for the sun to set the sky on fire at sunset, as your teens play video games at the dining room tables and your tweens turn the state of the art televisions to their favorite shows. For a few minutes, at least, the squabbles will cease, and peace will reign supreme.

The Family That Plays Together

We’ve talked about having the space you need to enjoy some quiet time after the end of a long day of Yellowstone fun, but what about those moments when you really want to hang out with the family? Yes, you will be living it up as you explore the natural beauty of the area, but our cozy cabins offer all the ways to enjoy a deeper family vacation experience.

Gather around the large dining room tables in the sanctuary you chose, playing the board games that are often found on bookshelves or cabinets throughout the space. This was something you probably did many times with your own parents as a child, and the memories have become treasured ones that you want to share with your family. On rainy nights, is there anything more comforting and relaxing than popping some popcorn in the microwave and sharing the fluffy white kernels as you watch a movie together? Our state-of-the-art televisions will make you feel as if you are an extra in the movie, are seated courtside at the big basketball game, or in many cases, will actually feel like you are seated in a theater, only the seats will be more comfortable and the concessions will be a heck of a lot cheaper!

Privacy and Peace

There can be a time and a place when a hotel room will make more sense, but during your Montana getaway, the privacy of having your own space and the peace and quiet you will experience will very likely be one of your favorite parts of your vacation. No unruly guests laughing or playing the television too loudly and no door slams or arguments in the wee hours of the morning will disrupt the night’s sleep you have been waiting for all day. Just stunning views, quiet nights, and the joy of sharing a vacation with the people you love most.

The Comfort You Deserve

You work hard every day of your life, too hard to accept lumpy mattresses and rock-hard sofas, and our Sweet Home Montana family sanctuaries provide the comfort that you deserve, something your basic hotel room often cannot. Relax and rest easily in every room we offer and wake up ready to face a new day of Montana adventures; reserve your favorite property and contact us today!