Winter in Yellowstone

While most think of Yellowstone as a place to visit in the summer months, touring during the winter is actually growing in popularity. And those who do experience it are always left wanting more.

Despite the cold, there is a range of activities to choose from: snow-coach tours, guided ski and snow-shoe tours, guided snowmobile tours, and wildlife bus tours.

There is no better place to challenge yourself to an intense cross-country skiing excursion than Yellowstone. Considered one of the coldest places in the lower 48 states, Yellowstone is a snow lover’s dream.

Yellowstone has five major cross country skiing areas within its limits. Some of the trails will take you around geysers - when you ski around hot pools and steam vents you will know why this is one of the most popular trails to ski. No matter the trail you chose, you will not be lacking in either scenery or wildlife.

It is of course important to know your physical limits and come prepared with the proper equipment. You will also need a permit for overnight ski trips. However, once the planning is complete, you will have the opportunity to ski through some of the most resplendent scenery in the country.

If you choose to explore the park via snowmobile or snowcoach, you will be accompanied by a guide at all times. The park does not permit private, unguided tours as a measure to ensure safety at all times.

The focus on visiting Yellowstone in the winter is managed use of snowmobiles and snowcoaches to keep disruption to the wildlife and environment at a minimum.