Yellowstone in Winter

Yellowstone's Winter Wonderland

Those traveling through Yellowstone in winter will find a unique wonderland. Imagine steamy landscapes, partially frozen waterfalls, ice cones around geysers, and abundant wildlife on the move doing their best to stay alive. Bald eagles perch near rivers watching for their next meal, coyotes "mouse" in the meadows, and bison trudge through deep snow and swing their huge heads side to side to clear snow from their lunch. Perhaps the best part of a Yellowstone winter visit is the quiet.

Beginning in early December, the park's summer roads are "groomed" for snow travel by snowcoach and snowmobile. Wheeled vehicles are not allowed in and, in fact, would get quite stuck! Guided tours through this winter wonderland begin about mid-December and are an experience you won't soon forget!

Guided Snowcoach Tours

Heated snowcoaches will pick you up right at your vacation rental cabin at Faithful Street Inn and carry you into Yellowstone's winter landscape. Knowledgeable local guides will make plenty of stops throughout the day for photographing wildlife, walking around geyser basins, and interpreting the awesome winter landscape.

Guided Snowmobile Tours

Tour Yellowstone National Park’s groomed trails by snowmobile with an experienced park guide. You will be suited up in gear to protect from the cold. Heated handgrips will help keep your fingers warm as you ride through a landscape full of wonder. Warming huts are set up along the route where you can grab a cup of hot cocoa or coffee.

Non-Commercially Guided Snowmobile Access

Most winter travel through Yellowstone is guided-only, but a lucky few riders can access Yellowstone each day on the Non-commercially Guided Snowmobile Access Program.