Five Winter Activities Inside Yellowstone National Park

Almost everyone who visits Yellowstone National Park does so in the warm summer months. However, for those who don't mind the cold, a winter visit to Yellowstone is an amazing opportunity to explore the park without the crowds. Here are five winter activities you can do inside the park over the winter months.


Snowshoe the Upper Geyser Basin. Just because it's cold outside doesn't mean the famed Yellowstone geysers go dormant! Strap on a pair of snowshoes and explore the Observation Point Loop Snowshoe Trail. From this snowshoe-only trail, visitors get unobstructed views of the Upper Geyser Basin, the home of Old Faithful and many other park geysers. It is also frequented by bison and elk, so you may get some wildlife viewing in as well!

Winter Camping. Winter doesn't mean an end to camping in Yellowstone - not only is the campground at Mammoth open all year, the backcountry is also open for camping during the winter months.


Watch for Wolves from a Snowmobile. A limited number of snowmobiles are allowed into Yellowstone during the winter months. Traveling the park roads, visitors on snowmobiles have the chance to see the park's famed wildlife, including its wolves.

Ski the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. Put on your cross country skis and head to the Canyon Rim Ski Trail and the North Rim Ski Trail, where you can get unparalleled views into the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone while skiing along its rim.


Explore the Park by Snowcoach. For those who aren't quite as into winter sports as others, snowcoach tours around the park allow visitors to see wildlife and explore the winter park in relative comfort and warmth.


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