The abundance of warm-weather visitors that make Yellowstone winter the fourth most visited National Park are gone and the wildlife and world-famous geysers as well as the bubbling mudpots, hissing fumaroles (steam vents) and hot springs remain.

Yellowstone winter activities:

Go on a winter photo safari.

The contrasts of clear blue skies, snow-blanketed fields, steamy geysers and woolly animals make for memorable images. Shoot these striking scenes on your own or go on a guide-led photo safari to learn tips that improve your technique.

Enjoy the Mammoth Hot Springs area.

The travertine terraces formed by the hot springs bubbling through the limestone look like frozen waterfalls year-round. With fewer visitors, take your time admiring the formations then ice skate for free on Mammoth’s rink.

Book lodging on shorter notice.

Not everyone can plan nearly a year in advance. For summer, it’s not unusual for certain dates in Yellowstone’s lodges to be booked many months in advance. Except for Christmas week, winter is the one time of the year when you can find rooms even on short notice.