It’s the perfect hub for your winter vacation at Yellowstone, whether you’d like to explore the park’s snowy landscapes or check out the hot springs and geysers located close to the lodge. Here are a few things to be mindful of before making embarking on your winter adventure in Yellowstone National Park:

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What to expect

Since the land area of Yellowstone National Park is so large, weather conditions, snowfall amounts, and temperatures can vary from one part of the park to another. In general, temperatures range from zero to 20F throughout the day, and sub-zero temperatures overnight are possible.

On average, the park receives 150 inches of snowfall each year, but areas of higher elevation can receive double that amount. On occasion, severe winter weather can result in the temporary closure of park entrances or roads.

Where to stay

During the winter, there are two lodges open for business in Yellowstone: Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel & Cabins and Old Faithful Snow Lodge & Cabins.

Mammoth is the only visitor accommodations accessible by automobiles and buses during the winter, making it a popular destination for wildlife watching, winter sports, and setting off into the park’s interior for snowcoach excursions. For guests who are looking for a little more privacy, Mammoth also offers four hot tub cabins that are winterized.

Travel via snowcoach to Old Faithful Snow Lodge & Cabins, where guests can rent skis or snowshoes and explore the hot springs and geysers of the Upper Geyser Basin. Choose from a lodge room or a Western or Frontier Cabin.