Yellowstone National Park offers a number of ways to relax and have fun anytime of the year. You can bring your own gear, rent equipment from concessionaires, or book an all-inclusive package. If you choose to explore the park in winter, you may do so either by guided snowmobile or snowcoach in order to limit disruption to the wildlife and environment.
Launching ramps are located at Bridge Bay Marina and Grant Village. Permits are required for all types of vessels. Only Yellowstone and Lewis lakes are open to power boating, and portions of Yellowstone are reserved for canoes and rowboats. Shoshone Lake is a favorite with canoeists.
Camping is available throughout the year but most campgrounds are open mid-June through mid-September.
Fishing in Yellowstone means trout and plenty of action. Only artificial lures and flies are permitted. A Yellowstone fishing license is required, so before wetting your line, check with any ranger station, entrance station or visitor center concerning seasons and other regulations. Catch and release fishing is the rule not the exception.
More than 1,000 miles of trails lead to remote sections of the park. Some are easy walks of a few hours, while others are strenuous hikes and climbs that require skill and stamina. The self-guided nature trails are easy walks and add to your visit. Most points of interest are labeled. They are located at Mammoth Hot Springs, the Fountain Paint Pots, the Upper Geyser Basin, Norris and the Mud Volcano. Ranger-led walks and hikes are offered at various stops.
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.