1. Snowcoach Tour of Yellowstone
Hop aboard a snowcoach for the best wildlife and sightseeing tour in the park during the winter. Tour options can include Old Faithful and the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.
2. Stay at the Old Faithful Snow Lodge
One of the best ways to experience the park in the winter is to stay in one of two park lodges, either Old Faithful Snow Lodge or Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel. Enjoy snowcoach, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing right from your lodge.
3. See Winter Wildlife
To survive the cold winter temperatures and snow, Yellowstone's wildlife
moves to the lower elevations and protection of the Lamar Valley and
Yellowstone's Northern Range. Many commercial guides offer day-trips to
these areas. Winter is the best time of year to spot wolves, moose and
See these options on our winter guided tours page.
4. Soak in the Boiling River Hot Springs
Just north of Mammoth Hot Springs, treat yourself to a warm winter soak where the Boiling River enters the Gardner River.
5. Join a Ranger for a Snowshoe Walk
From Mammoth or West Yellowstone, join a park ranger for a guided snowshoe walk in the park. This is a great way to learn a thing or two about
wildlife, geothermal features, and enjoy the scenery in a blanket of snow. Tours are also offered through in-park commercial guides.
6. Snowmobile the Two Top Trail
Rent your own snowmobile or join a guided tour and explore one of the most popular snowmobile trails around.
7. Cross Country Ski the Riverside Trails
Rent a pair of cross country skis and head into Yellowstone from West Yellowstone via the Riverside Trails. This easy to follow trail follows the Madison River. Do it yourself, or hire a X-Country Ski guide.
8. Spend a day Skiing at Big Sky
Head on up the road from West Yellowstone and spend a day skiing the biggest terrain in North America at Big Sky Resort.
9. Go Ice Fishing on Hebgen Lake
Try something a little out of the ordinary and head up to Hebgen Lake for a day of ice fishing.
10. Go on a Historic Walking Tour through Town
The West Yellowstone Chamber publishes a self guided Historic Walking Tour brochure of town. It's a great way to explore town and learn a little history.