Yellowstone National Park: Top 10 Things to Do in Winter

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Top 10 Things to Do in Winter

Don't miss our recommended list of Top 10 Things to Do in Yellowstone during the winter season.

Be sure to check out our Winter Guided Tours page!

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 foxes here.
See these options on our winter guided tours page.

4. Soak in nearby Hot Springs

Just north of the Gardiner entrance, the Paradise Valley (leading toward Livingston) offers two unique hot spring resorts for those who love soaking in hot water. Click here for more details

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 Park's roads

Rent your own snowmobile or join a guided tour to explore its geysers, hot springs and wildlife.

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.