Exploring Yellowstone in Winter
Big Sky, Montana is the perfect launch pad for a Yellowstone National Park winter excursion, just less than an hour from the West entrance. Exploring Yellowstone National Park in the winter means less crowds, less congestion and even more opportunities for wildlife viewing, with shaggy, frost covered bison and elk standing as a stark contrast against the sparkling snow. A winter visit to Yellowstone, our first national park established in 1872, is an unforgettable experience complete with snowy landscapes, steaming geysers, dramatic canyons, unmatched wildlife viewing and plenty of history.
Two lodges are open during the winter season: Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel and Old Faithful Snow Lodge, offering cozy accommodations in the heart of the park. Discover and rediscover the magic of Yellowstone in the winter by partaking in an array of adventures, including cross-country skiing, guided snowmobile tours or heated snowcoach excursions.
Cross-Country Skiing & Snowshoeing
Delve into the winter landscape on Nordic skis or snowshoes, experiencing the solitude and beauty of Yellowstone Park first-hand. With five major cross-country skiing zones, Yellowstone offers many miles of groomed trails for those looking to venture into the backcountry. Several guided tours and interpretive trips are also available through the Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel and Old Faithful Snow Lodge. For more information on trails and backcountry safety information, visitors are encouraged to visit a ranger station or visitor center.
For those seeking more of a thrill, take a guided snowmobile tour, where you will cruise through an array of landscapes, from dense glades with winding creeks to open meadows with dramatic snow-capped peaks. Tours are offered through a number of local outfitters along designated roads between December 15 and March 15, weather permitting.
Snowcoach tours—like a small bus on snow tracks—follow the same roads from December 15 through March 15, also weather permitting. Take a heated snowcoach excursion deep into the interior of the park, including a visit to the world famous Old Faithful Geyser and the nearby historic Old Faithful Lodge. Snowcoaches offer the ideal ride for families and visitors of all ages and physical abilities to experience Yellowstone in the winter.