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Park Yellowstone National Park Yellowstone Winter Travel Tips

  1. By John
  2. On Oct 22, 2018
  3. North America
  4. Travel Tips

Located within the interior of Yellowstone National Park, Old Faithful Snow Lodge offers guests a one-of-a-kind winter lodging experience. Accessible during the winter months only by snowcoach, Snow Lodge provides a restful, relaxing and immersive Yellowstone escape. Yellowstone winter travel tips as below:

How to get here and get around

From early November through mid-April, the park’s interior roads are closed and the only way to visit Old Faithful and other attractions is by snowmobile or snowcoach. The road connecting the North Entrance at Gardiner, Montana and Northeast Entrance at the communities of Cooke City and Silver Gate, Montana is plowed, is passable by automobiles.

What to do

Just because it’s cold and snowy doesn’t mean the action comes to a halt during winter in Yellowstone! Winter provides unique opportunities to explore the park on cross-country skis or snowshoes. Rent a pair of skates and practice your pirouette, or set out on a snowcoach journey through the park’s interior, where the scenery can range from gorgeous mountain ranges to steamy geyser basins.

While some animals, such as bears, spend the winter hibernating, many others are roaming the park during the colder months. It’s not uncommon to see bison, elk, coyotes, wolves, eagles and/or bighorns, and more during a Wake Up to Winter Wildlife Tour or Lamar Valley Wildlife Tour. Bundle up and don’t forget your camera!

What to bring

Staying warm and dry is the key to a great winter getaway in Yellowstone National Park! Be sure to pack plenty of insulating layers, including a mid-weight and a heavyweight layer as well as a lightweight waterproof and windproof jacket and pants.

Pack an insulated hat that covers the ears, gloves, a neck warmer or neck gaiter, and heavyweight synthetic or wool socks. Choose insulated and water-repellant boots that fit over thick socks, and remember that your regular hiking boots probably won’t be warm enough to stay comfortable.

Other good items for your pack include a thermos for hot liquids, sunscreen and lip protector, and pocket hand and foot warmers.