Yellowstone Spring Hiking April 2 – May 22

Yellowstone Spring Hiking April 2 – May 22

These are clips from my hiking videos from April 2 to May 22. They should give you an idea of what it is like in the Yellowstone ecosystem in these months before the tourist season begins. All animals and scenery are from the backcountry except the very first grizzly bear on this video. I included it because I like it and it also gives people an idea of what they can see by simply driving down the road. In fact, you have a better chance of seeing wildlife from the highway than you do hiking in the backcountry.

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  1. RIKER on June 27, 2020 at 6:39 pm

    I see you have a faithful helper filming YOU. Nice scenery!

  2. Just one time on June 27, 2020 at 6:39 pm

    9:00 that’s two females welcoming a alone male!

  3. Stephani Brown on June 27, 2020 at 6:40 pm

    Have you gone to the Lamar Valley or slough Creek?

  4. Margia Giles Vander Veur on June 27, 2020 at 6:44 pm


  5. lucasio best on June 27, 2020 at 6:46 pm

    Hi Stan – as always – thanks for your awesome videos. This compilation is really cool! I will be in the Greater Yellowstone area in the first two weeks of April. What areas / hikes would you recommend this early to see Grizzlies?

  6. Leroy Souza on June 27, 2020 at 6:50 pm

    Are you kidding me. Now that was amazing. The scenery the animals. You got it all. Thank you so much. I mean I was there. Watching it all. It was amazing.

  7. Rodrigo Cavalcante on June 27, 2020 at 6:52 pm

    How many bears did you see that day?

  8. Rickandrollshow on June 27, 2020 at 6:55 pm

    I love this video! Simple and beautiful.

  9. Jeanne von Euw on June 27, 2020 at 6:56 pm

    It’s just so beautiful. I would be really wary of Grizzly bears. An angry bear would tear you apart. Bear spray is a must just to have a fighting chance.

  10. Steve Fiddler on June 27, 2020 at 6:56 pm

    Thanks for the incredible amount of time you spend putting these videos together

  11. John Eason on June 27, 2020 at 7:00 pm

    Nice compilation of the animals.
    Also how many times have you had close encounters with the bears

  12. Rostam R on June 27, 2020 at 7:00 pm

    Are you allow to have a pistol or rifle in the park? Just in case bear attacks you?

  13. Black Dog Adventures on June 27, 2020 at 7:02 pm

    Might be my favorite of yours. Great hike!

  14. jonathanisthecoolest on June 27, 2020 at 7:02 pm

    Heck yeah, a Stan Mills Greatest Hits video! Your hikes are awesome, Stan. Keep them coming!

  15. Brian Webb on June 27, 2020 at 7:02 pm

    Stan, I’m so glad to have found your channel. I lived in Wyoming in the early 80’s and hiked Yellowstone every chance I could, which was often. Your videos bring back many fond memories. When I lived there I never saw a grizzly, but two months ago my wife and I were back for the first time in 36 years and saw 6 Grizzly, 5 Black Bears and a myriad of other wildlife. Very, very special. Thanks so much!

  16. Hail to The_Rooster on June 27, 2020 at 7:02 pm

    As much as I appreciate nature and spending time out in the desert, forest, or mountains…. I know I’m on the bottom of the food chain 9/10 times and never expect….

    “Hey you, animal over there… I’m over here” to deter any of them from having a go if they really wanted to get after it.

    Be careful and enjoy…

  17. pat on June 27, 2020 at 7:03 pm

    Amazing. We were there in the 3rd week of August. Next time will be in the off season. Less people.

  18. Dan Davidson on June 27, 2020 at 7:04 pm

    What a brute that bear is!!

  19. Adonis Stroke on June 27, 2020 at 7:06 pm

    I absolutely love your videos. No extra fluff. Just the pure essence of hiking and nature. Thank you for sharing a part of your world.

  20. Montana Mayhem on June 27, 2020 at 7:06 pm

    I would love to see some elk antlers. I know you shouldn’t pick them up but put your hat or gloves next to them so we can see the size. Or if you live in the Gardiner area and would like a hiking partner iam just down the road. Anyway awesome video keep up the good work!

  21. Teresa Barbao on June 27, 2020 at 7:07 pm

    Really nice to see all the beats, an all the other wildlife. Such a nice time in spring to be in Yellowstone. Thanks alot for another great video.

  22. Mar Mar on June 27, 2020 at 7:08 pm

    This is an incredible video! I love how you edited it! What camera did you use and what software did you use to edit your video? Thank you!

  23. Elizabeth White on June 27, 2020 at 7:08 pm

    Outstanding video! Really enjoyed all the wildlife and the beautiful scenery! Wow! Thank you!

  24. Rudy Chavira on June 27, 2020 at 7:10 pm

    April thought park opened in may?

  25. Hilda Morrison on June 27, 2020 at 7:11 pm

    GREAT wildlife video! Enjoyed every minute – magnificent beauty! … Thank you… AWESOME!

  26. Alan Peterson on June 27, 2020 at 7:11 pm

    Wow! No dislikes. First time I’ve seen that.

  27. Scott Gilsdorf on June 27, 2020 at 7:11 pm

    Of your videos I’ve seen so far this was my favorite! I love to live vicariously through you! Thank you! Be safe!

  28. David Rook on June 27, 2020 at 7:13 pm

    I was there in May, and I froze my butt off.

  29. david and Inge macci on June 27, 2020 at 7:16 pm

    Stan, isn’t your luck running out with that many bears? You march through thick and thin and more than not you can not see around a curve! I hope you have someone set up that will let us know if one ever roughs you up a bit! We’ll be there for you so you won’t get bored…..okay?

  30. Wildlife Patrol on June 27, 2020 at 7:17 pm

    Hey Stan, how far do you usually hike if you do hike in the backcountry? I was in Yellowstone for the first time 3rd week of last October 2019. I was hesitant to hike alone so I didn’t. Any advice on how to hike in the backcountry in the midst of bear country? I plan on returning in April 2020 and staying Summer and Fall of 2020 shooting wildlife photography pretty much everyday and would like to hike in the backcountry and not be paranoid about having a deadly Grizzly Bear encounter! Thanks Gunner

  31. M Belue on June 27, 2020 at 7:17 pm

    Great video. How long a lens? Do yo carry any protection?

  32. Hélène & Serge on June 27, 2020 at 7:19 pm

    Hello Stan
    What a beautiful video of what you have seen in the spring time .
    What are those big birds at 3:05 ? They are gorgeous!
    The view of all the elks at 10:45 is awesome .
    It’s always relaxing to look at your videos it reminds me the time I spent bow hunting in the woods in Quebec
    Have a nice evening !
    Hélène et Serge 💑

  33. MsArtemis01 on June 27, 2020 at 7:19 pm

    The only way I can see Yellowstone for now. Thank you.

  34. Showdown on June 27, 2020 at 7:19 pm

    Excellent filming………………………….

  35. CajunSweetTart on June 27, 2020 at 7:19 pm

    Have you seen a big foot out there yet?

  36. eXplorer on June 27, 2020 at 7:22 pm

    Excellent video!

  37. Paul Amdahl on June 27, 2020 at 7:24 pm

    Wow! That is some great footage of the past year. Thank you for all the extra effort you take Stan.
    You always seem to capture the golden light of Yellowstone.

  38. Don Druin on June 27, 2020 at 7:24 pm

    Fantastic footage as always! Thank you, Stan. Especially loved to see the wolves back where they need to be.

  39. Geoffrey Tipton on June 27, 2020 at 7:25 pm

    Stan, I am photographer with a house in Jackson. I found your video while researching April in Yellowstone. I took fantastic shots in late May last year but it was starting to get crowded so I’m planning a visit in April. Wonderful footage in this video. Exactly what I’m hoping for.

  40. Mike McGovern on June 27, 2020 at 7:25 pm

    Excellent highlight reel. Had my first-ever bear encounter this past August in the little canyon Elk Creek follows near Garnet Hill. It was only about 40 feet away, and ON the trail! But like most black bears, it thankfully wasn’t looking for a confrontation. Still, it put things into perspective to see you waving and yelling "hey bear" at a similar bear that must have been, what, 200′ away in this video? Made me realize just how insanely close my encounter was, and I am thankful all it wanted to do was nibble plants and scratch its back on trees. Bear spray was out, though!

  41. Rudy Chavira on June 27, 2020 at 7:28 pm

    Nice I went into thouroughfare twice via eagle creek, by turret mountain and out heart lake amazing

  42. Louie Louie on June 27, 2020 at 7:31 pm

    Those bear would make nice rugs

  43. John Duerk on June 27, 2020 at 7:33 pm

    Why do people give this video a thumbs down? It just doesn’t make sense. Not only does Mr. Mills capture great wildlife shots, but he also allows the viewer to listen to the sounds of nature without obnoxious narration. Well done, sir!

  44. J Jordan on June 27, 2020 at 7:33 pm

    Stan, Thank you for the videos, I have linked youtube to my TV and watch them with the grandkids all the time, very educational and informative.. I have noticed most videos are from the northern pars of the park, have you ever done any hikes in the southern parts closer to the Grand Tetons? thank you for sharing!

  45. David Todd on June 27, 2020 at 7:34 pm

    I’m shocked at the lack of snow for this time of year. I had snow at my house in Paradise Valley till June last spring. All the water ways were very calm too, didn’t appear to be running off.

  46. michelle m on June 27, 2020 at 7:35 pm

    A new subscriber i love nature’s wild all over America.

  47. Bear1926 on June 27, 2020 at 7:35 pm

    Just Awesome. Can you let us know a few of the trails you were on?

  48. UnderseaCaveman on June 27, 2020 at 7:36 pm

    Sub’d…..outstanding video

  49. Burn Dog Australia on June 27, 2020 at 7:37 pm

    do the bears hunt you down.?
    We would love some of that cold weather over here and rain

  50. michelle m on June 27, 2020 at 7:38 pm

    Beautiful video’s ThankU Stan mill.

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