Yellowstone in the Winter: Why You Should Go

Yellowstone National Park is home to some of the most unique and breathtakingly beautiful scenery on earth. Unfortunately, this means visitors from all corners of the planet come to experience its beauty and world-renowned features, creating traffic jams as well has having to bump elbows just to get a glimpse of its famous geyser, Old Faithful. The good news is that in the winter season, travelers have the opportunity to enjoy more of an authentic getaway holiday in the park with quite a bit more peace and tranquility.

Of course fewer crowds certainly aren’t the only reason to head to Yellowstone in the wintertime. Take a look at some of the other reasons to head here when the temperatures dip.


In the quiet of winter, there is often more wildlife than tourists. The park’s wildlife tends to spend the season in the lower elevation valleys making them easier to spot against the blanket of glistening snow. Just a few you might see include elk, bighorn sheep, bison, foxes, coyotes, golden eagles and the gray wolf.

Picture perfect photo opportunities

While it’s difficult to take a bad picture in Yellowstone, the starkness of winter often creates an ideal setting for some especially incredible photos. The steam rises from the hot springs and geysers, Old Faithful performs against the backdrop of snow and the massive bison gracefully cross vast snow-covered fields and streams filled with ice crystals; the opportunity to catch those once-in-a-lifetime moments increases immensely.


Whether you book accommodations in West Yellowstone or in the park at one of the two lodges open in the winter, Mammoth Hot Springs or Old Faithful Snow Lodge, the rates will be much lower than they are in peak season.

Mammoth Hot Springs is the only one accessible by automobile in the winter, while Old Faithful Snow Lodge offers more of an opportunity for an adventure; accessible by snow coach or snowmobile. The Frosty Fun Package is available from January 1 through March 4 – a good value that is available at both lodges, includes two nights lodging, breakfast, a welcome gift, unlimited ice skating as well as unlimited skate rentals and much more starting at $135 per night per person.

Winter activities

The winter wonderland provides the opportunity to participate in many fun activities including cross-country skiing on the miles and miles of trails that wind throughout the park, snowshoeing through a spectacular landscape of erupting geysers, frozen waterfalls and the many brilliantly colored mineral pools or gliding across Yellowstone Lake on ice skates.

Even driving your own dog sled team is a possibility when the snow is on the ground. Get behind a team of Alaskan Huskies from Iditarod blood lines for a unique and exciting adventure.