Experience the breathtaking natural history of Yellowstone National Park, our first national park in the United States. 

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Winter Wildlife in Yellowstone

7 days from $4,395

Experience the breathtaking natural history of Yellowstone National Park, our first national park in the United States. 

or Call 855-330-1542

Overview

Enter the spectacular world of winter in Yellowstone National Park (est. 1872), when the park is blanketed in snow and the area is serenely ruled by the forces of nature. You’ll go off the beaten path and witness the splendor of winter when fewer people are present.

Highlights Include: 

  • Wildlife: Spot wolves, elk, bison, and bald eagles during daily wildlife excursions.
  • Geologic Wonders: Journey into the park’s interior aboard heated snow coaches to see towering waterfalls and famous geysers. 
  • Active Adventure: Enjoy the opportunity to try cross-country skiing or snowshoeing with guides and lean how to track wildlife or simply relax and enjoy the splendors of the park from your lodge.

A Hidden Gem among many excellent travel opportunities!

- Patrick M.

To see itinerary, please click on an option below.

Itinerary

Day 1 — Bozeman to Mammoth Hot Springs

In the afternoon, arrive at the Bozeman Airport to meet up with tour staff for the drive to Yellowstone National Park. On the way, pass through the scenic Paradise Valley along the Yellowstone River, flanked by the 11,000-foot peaks of the Absaroka Range. A welcome orientation on the week ahead is followed by dinner in the Mammoth dining room. (D)

Please Note: Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel inside the park boundary is closed for the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 winter seasons for renovations.  

Day 2 — Yellowstone’s Lamar Valley

Start the day early this morning searching for wolves, bears and many other wild creatures that live in Yellowstone. The wide Lamar Valley is home to wolf packs, bison herds and wintering elk. Your naturalist guides explain the ecology of wolves and the unique dynamics of the packs. Learn about Yellowstone’s ambitious and controversial wolf restoration project. Discover how wildlife adapts to the harsh winter climate and marvel at all the activity that occurs once spring and baby animals start appearing. Watch for ravens, rough-legged hawks, and eagles soaring overhead. This journey offers maximum field time in one of the country’s best places to see the interactions between predator, prey, and scavenger.

Observe the antics of coyotes and learn how they interact with the wolves. Enjoy a hot lunch in the small mountain town of Cooke City. On the way, stop and browse the gallery of Dan and Cindy Hartman, wildlife photographers who have captured incredible images of animals in their natural environment, including the wilds of Yellowstone. (B,L,D)

Day 3 — Mammoth Hot Springs / Geology of Yellowstone

Start the morning with a visit to the Albright Visitor Center at Park Headquarters and time to explore the marvelous and ever-changing limestone terraces of Mammoth Hot Springs. After lunch, try cross-country skiing or snowshoeing with your naturalist guides in the Mammoth area, learning how to track wildlife along the snowy trails. Equipment can be rented from the hotel. Finally, enjoy a fascinating presentation by Emmy Award-winning cinematographer Bob Landis on his most recent work in the park. (B,L,D) 

Day 4 — Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River

After breakfast, board heated snowcoaches for a journey to Old Faithful. On the way, we stop at the colorful Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone for amazing views of frozen waterfalls. After an adventure through a wintery Yellowstone, settle into cozy accommodations at the newest of the park lodging available, the Old Faithful Snow Lodge. (B,L,D)

Day 5 — Old Faithful

Today is all about geysers! In addition to Old Faithful, guides will point out fumaroles, mudpots, and brilliantly colored hot pools. Wander the Upper Geyser Basin, home to many of the park’s 10,000 thermal features, including most of its geysers, with names like Castle, Beehive, Lion, and Grotto.

See the famous Morning Glory Pool, as well as Beauty Pool, Crested Pool, and Chinaman Spring. Snow is packed down over the boardwalks to allow easier walking. In the afternoon, opt to cross-country ski or snowshoe on trails around the Old Faithful area, or curl up with a cup of tea and a good book at the lodge. (B,L,D)

Day 6 — Norris Geyser Basin to Paradise Valley, Montana

This morning we board the snow coaches once again for a journey back to Mammoth along the famed Firehole River. On the way, we stop to walk the boardwalks at Fountain Paint Pots to see the bubbling, burping pools of hot mud in the Norris Geyser Basin, the hottest and most active geyser basin in the world. 

We arrive in Mammoth by mid-afternoon and exit the park, traveling north through the spectacular Paradise Valley to our final night’s accommodation, the historic Chico Hot Springs Lodge. Enjoy an evening soak in the hot pool and savor Chico’s fabulous food at your festive farewell dinner. (B,L,D)

Day 7 — Depart for Bozeman for Flights Home

Start the day with a morning soak before enjoying Chico’s delicious breakfast buffet.  Return to the Bozeman airport today for flights home in the afternoon. (B)

Included meals are denoted as follows: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Reception (R), Dinner (D)