Winter Activities in Yellowstone
There’s no question that Yellowstone National Park is a popular summer destination. Visitors travel from across the globe to see the wildlife, the geysers and to take in the natural beauty of the landscape. And while summer is an excellent time to visit the park, there is plenty to do and see in Yellowstone during the winter as well.
Consider adding a Yellowstone visit to your winter agenda and be sure to try one of these activities:
Cross Country Skiing
Yellowstone is filled with trails for both cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Groomed trails and back-country trails are available and the park offers maps of the five major cross-country ski areas. One area that has proven especially popular for cross-country skiing is near Old Faithful. The trails lead to the Upper Geyser Basin and take skiers to various points of interest.
You’ve seen the park from your own vehicle, now see it from one of Yellowstone’s very own snowcoaches. Described as “a driving machine that may remind you of something the Swiss Army invented,” the snowcoaches provide a unique way to tour Yellowstone during the winter. Tour destinations include the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, Old Faithful and Geyser Basins.
Learn about Yellowstone from the people who know it best – the park rangers. Tours are available in Mammoth, West Yellowstone and at Old Faithful. In Mammoth, take a guided snowshoe walk with a ranger, learn about Yellowstone’s wildlife during the winter through a presentation and video, or enjoy an illustrated program in the evening about the park. At Old Faithful, learn about Old Faithful itself or other geysers through an array of programs. In West Yellowstone, take a snowshoe walk or enjoy an afternoon presentation.
If nothing else, take a drive through Yellowstone National Park this winter and enjoy how different everything looks – just be sure to check the road report to avoid any seasonal closures.