- One must be a fox in order to recognize traps, and a lion to frighten off wolves. Machiavelli Niccolo
Visit Yellowstone National Park in Winter
Experience the park as few others do
In winter, with only two hotels open and park-access primarily by guided oversnow transportation, experiencing Yellowstone’s canyons, woods, wildlife and hydrothermal forces can be a much more intimate experience.
See the geysers against the snow
The contrast of the grayish-white steam of the geysers against the snow and the stunningly blue skies creates a heightened sense of the Earth’s powerful forces. In winter when Old Faithful, the geyser that regularly shoots sprays of water more than 100 feet in the air, erupts, the near-boiling water hits the chilly air forming “geyser rain.” Watch as these tiny icy crystals and flakes fall to the ground.
Spot animals easily
Against the snowy background, the elk, bison, wolves and other animals become relatively easy to spot and you can also see their tracks in the snow.
View bison with winter coats
In winter huge balls of snow dangle from the bisons’ beards and especially in geyser basins they get a frosty covering. That, combined with the beasts’ breath hanging in the frigid air like fire, make the formidable animals look even more impressive.
Snowshoe and cross-country ski
Yellowstone offers miles of trails that lead past frosty woods, steaming hot springs and snow-covered meadows. You won’t soon forget gliding within sight of a bison herd or striding near elk tracks. You can learn about the wildlife and the winter ecology on guided snowshoe and cross-country tours. These are available through February.