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5 Reasons to Visit Yellowstone This Winter

5 Reasons to Visit Yellowstone This Winter

Written by: , November 02nd, 2016
Categories: Winter

Are you planning a winter getaway? Instead of heading south to escape the snow, embrace it and spend your winter vacation at Yellowstone National Park! Winters in Yellowstone are a unique time to explore the park, spot wildlife, and enjoy the best of the great outdoors.


Still not convinced to visit Yellowstone this winter? Here are five great reasons to start planning your winter vacation at Yellowstone.

Ski, skate, snowshoe – the outdoor activity options are endless. If you enjoy an active vacation, you’re in luck. At Yellowstone National Park, you can cross-country ski, snowshoe, or go ice-skating. Explore a trail on skis or snowshoes, such as the Lone Star Geyser trail that starts at Old Faithful Snow Lodge and is a total of nine miles roundtrip. Guided snowshoe tours are available daily from Old Faithful Snow Lodge, and private tours and instruction are available from both winter hotels. Equipment is available for rental from Mammoth Hotel and Old Faithful Snow Lodge.


Choose from exciting winter packages. Book the Frosty Fun package, our base package that offers value and convenience for those who want to chart their own snowy course. Our new package, Couples Winter Yellowstone, takes you into the heart of Yellowstone to experience winter wonderland. Or dive deeper with a lodging and learning package with a Yellowstone Association Institute naturalist guide providing expert instruction. Choose from Old Faithful Winter Expedition or Winter in Wonderland.


Stay cozy in our lodge accommodations. Curl up in front of a warm fireplace with a great book or play a board game with your family. The Old Faithful Snow Lodge and Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel provide cozy public spaces, great dining, and gift shops packed with items for everyone on your list.


Enjoy peace and quiet. During the winter at Yellowstone, you can truly escape from it all. With only two in-park hotels open, there are significantly fewer visitors in the park during the winter as compared to the summer. Yellowstone is a quiet haven where you can relax and renew body and spirit. Give your smartphone and laptop a rest and spend some time reconnecting with nature and the great outdoors instead.


Travel by snowcoach. One of the most unique things about Yellowstone in the winter is that travel within the park is very limited – since most roads are groomed for over-snow vehicles only. So how do our visitors get around during the winter months? By snowcoach, of course! Equipped with tracks, sometimes with front skis, or four oversized low-pressure tires, the snowcoach moves on top of the snow and offers passengers great views of park scenery with guided touring of Yellowstone. Don’t forget – even though our snowcoaches are heated, sightseeing stops during your journey mean that warm footwear and layered clothing should be worn.’


Ready to start planning your Yellowstone winter vacation? Explore the many ways you can experience winter in wonderland.


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