Yellowstone National Park is a breathtaking destination, no matter what time of year you visit. But there’s something special about visiting the park in wintertime—from the majestic wildlife and geysers to snowmobiling and snow coach tours. Read on to find out why you should plan your next winter getaway to Yellowstone.
Wildlife Viewing in Winter
No matter when you visit, seeing wildlife in their natural habitat is one of the most rewarding experiences that Yellowstone has to offer. In the winter, wildlife viewing takes on an extra special appeal, since it can be harder for them to find food so they are more likely to come closer to roads and trails. Look for elk, bison, moose, deer, wolves and coyotes as you explore the park during your winter visit. You may even spot foxes playing in the snow!
Many of Yellowstone’s geysers are visible year-round—but there’s something magical about watching them erupt from beneath a layer of snow. The park is home to more than 10,000 geothermal features like hot springs and mud pots that create an incredible display of color against a white backdrop. Be sure to bring a camera with you—you’ll want lots of photos!
Snowmobiling and Snow Coach Tours
For those looking for an action-packed adventure in Yellowstone during the winter months, look no further than snowmobiling or taking a snow coach tour! These guided tours will take you through some of the park’s most remote areas where you can see spectacular views that are otherwise inaccessible due to seasonal road closures around the park. Plus, if you go early enough in the season (November – December) there is often plenty of powdery snow perfect for sledding down hillsides!
Getting to Yellowstone from Teton Valley, Idaho
1.5 hour drive to the park entrance
Driving from Teton Valley, Idaho to Yellowstone National Park is an incredibly scenic journey. The route takes you through gently rolling hills and features breathtaking views of the Grand Teton Mountains. At one point in the drive, Mount Moran stands tall right off the highway, providing a captivating view. Wildlife sighting opportunities line the roadway, keep your eyes open for elk, moose, and even bison as you near Yellowstone Park. The drive takes about 1.5 hours to get to West Yellowstone, MT and the West Entrance to Yellowstone Park.