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What to Expect in Montana in the Spring

While Montana is a fantastic vacation destination all year long, spring and the beginning of summer mark the start of its busiest travel period. By the end of June, the majority of the trails and roads in Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks will be open, and warm weather is best for enjoying the state’s other outdoor attractions. In fact, our team at Journey Rent-A-Car loves visiting Yellowstone in the spring since there are lots of baby animals to watch, it’s less crowded, and the weather is warming up. Read on to learn what to expect when you visit Montana in the spring.

What to Expect in Montana in the Spring

What Should You Pack?

If you’ve never visited Montana, you should think ahead about what you’ll need to pack to be prepared for the weather. Spring in Montana can be lovely. In May, the lowlands start to turn green while the mountains are still blanketed with snow. Highs range from the 50s to the 70s on days when the sun shines and the sky is a brilliant blue. However, you should be prepared for Pacific storms that tend to provide unsettling weather for two or three days at a time.

What Is There to Do?

Aside from all the natural parks and outdoor fun, you can also plan to hit up a few local events and festivals to get the full Montana experience. Here are a few of our favorites:

  • Montana Folk Festival: A three-day outdoor festival honoring conventional dance, music, and arts is taking place in Butte. It has a variety of international performers.
  • Big Sky PBR: The Professional Bull Riders (PBR) will be competing against one another over the course of three days. Every year, thousands of people go to Big Sky to attend it.
  • Whitefish Arts Festival: The event is a two-day festival that features a variety of national artists. Guests can purchase one-of-a-kind artwork, take in live demonstrations, and soak in musical performances. It takes place in the heart of Whitefish, just steps from Main Street.

Can You Visit Yellowstone and Glacier National Park?

If visiting Yellowstone and Glacier National Park is on your Montana Bucket List, your best bet is to try for the end of spring, in June. With the exception of Roosevelt Lodge and Lake Lodge, which open a few days later, almost all of the park’s lodges will be operational by June 1st. Also, you can camp at Mammoth Campground and go hiking in the park. On your trip, think about participating in an activity led by a ranger!

When traveling to Montana in the spring, it’s important to have a reliable vehicle. At Journey Rent-A-Car, we believe in treating customers the way we would want to be treated: no hassles, no lines, and no hidden fees. Conveniently located near Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport, we offer complimentary airport pickup and delivery services for all of our customers. To find the perfect rental car for your trip to Yellowstone and beyond, call (406) 551-2277 or make an online reservation today.