- By John
- On Oct 22, 2018
- North America
- Travel Tips
If we’ve convinced you to plan a winter trip to Yellowstone, there are a few things you should know before you go. With changeable weather patterns, fluctuating temperatures, snow-covered roads, and seasonal services available, be sure to prepare for winter conditions in order to make the most of your Yellowstone experience.
Here’s why it’s worth bundling up to visit the park from mid-November through March. Yellowstone National Park things to do and see in winter:
1) Experience the park as few others do.
In winter, with only two hotels open and park-access primarily by guided oversnow transportation, experiencing Yellowstone’s canyons, woods, wildlife and hydrothermal forces can be a much more intimate experience.
2) See the geysers against the snow.
The contrast of the grayish-white steam of the geysers against the snow and the stunningly blue skies creates a heightened sense of the Earth’s powerful forces. In winter when Old Faithful, the geyser that regularly shoots sprays of water more than 100 feet in the air, erupts, the near-boiling water hits the chilly air forming “geyser rain.” Watch as these tiny icy crystals and flakes fall to the ground.
3) Spot animals easily.
Against the snowy background, the elk, bison, wolves and other animals become relatively easy to spot and you can also see their tracks in the snow.
4) View bison with winter coats.
In winter huge balls of snow dangle from the bisons’ beards and especially in geyser basins they get a frosty covering. That, combined with the beasts’ breath hanging in the frigid air like fire, make the formidable animals look even more impressive.