Journey to Yellowstone National Park in winter and explore a wonderland where geysers and waterfalls glaze the landscape in sparkling ice, wildlife roams across a white landscape, and mineral pools dazzle against the snows.  

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Yellowstone in Winter

6 days from $5,150

Journey to Yellowstone National Park in winter and explore a wonderland where geysers and waterfalls glaze the landscape in sparkling ice, wildlife roams across a white landscape, and mineral pools dazzle against the snows.  

or Call 855-330-1542

Accommodations

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Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel

Yellowstone National Park, United States

Built in 1937, Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel was the park’s original base for tourists, who would visit Yellowstone by stagecoach. Guest accommodations include a combination of cabins and recently renovated hotel rooms, all simple, comfortable, and clean. All accommoations are equipped with a telephone, coffee maker, minifridge, hair dryer, and writing desk. 

Common areas include a lobby with a fireplace and lounge; a gift shop; and the Map Room, where guests can do puzzles, read books, have a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, and study the impressive wall-sized map of the United States made with wood gathered from nine countries. WiFi is available at the hotel for a fee. The Mammoth Hotel Dining Room is just a few steps from the hotel. 

Number of nights: 1

Old Faithful Snow Lodge

Yellowstone National Park, United States

Old Faithful Snow Lodge was fully renovated and transformed into a hotel in the 1990s, following the architectural guidelines of the Old Faithful Historic District. It received the Cody Award for Western Design and features recycled timber, hand-crafted furnishings, and rustic décor. Snow Lodge is the only lodge inside the park that is open in winter, and it offers a warm and relaxing atmosphere, with space to read and play board games by the fireplace. Rooms feature a telephone, coffee maker, refrigerator, and hair dryer. The lodge has a dining room, lounge, snack bar, gift shop, and laundry facilities, and WiFi is available in the main lobby for a fee.  

Number of nights: 2

Chico Hot Springs Lodge

Paradise Valley, Montana, United States

Chico Hot Springs Resort is a beloved Montana hideaway nestled on the slopes of Paradise Valley. Built around therapeutic hot springs that were discovered in the 19th century, the resort has been a popular spot for over a hundred years. Accommodations range from quaint, turn-of-the-century rooms in the historic Main Lodge to more deluxe rooms in the adjoining lodges, to a variety of cabins, chalets, and houses. Complimentary WiFi is available throughout the property, though cell service is not reliable. There are two hot springs pools on the grounds, as well as the renowned Chico Dining Room and the Chico Saloon. 

Number of nights: 1

320 Guest Ranch

Big Sky, Montana, United States

Located in the heart of the Gallatin National Fores, the 320 guest ranch has a history that dates back to 1898. The log accommodations are comfortable and quiet and provide a mix of modern touches with old west feel.   

Number of nights: 1

Activity Level

Activity Level 2: Moderately Active‚Äč

Expectations: Long touring days with full-day excursions via snow coach or van. Standing and walking for long periods of time during outdoor activities, sometimes over difficult terrain (e.g. rocky paths, stairs without handrails, an absence of elevators). High temperatures are routinely at or below freezing, and travelers should be prepared for snowy and icy conditions. Elevations within Yellowstone range from 6,000 to as high as 10,000 feet.  Details on what to pack and expect on this trip will be included in your Pre-Tour documents.

Appropriate for: Travelers who are physically fit and comfortable with longer days of touring (both walking tours and coach time).

Reading List

Learn more about the lost history of Yellowstone in Smithsonian Magazine.

Highly Recommended

A Weird and Wild Beauty: The Story of Yellowstone, the World's First National Park
By: Peabody, Erin
The Geysers of Yellowstone, Fifth Edition
By: Bryan, T. Scott
Fodor's Compass American Guides: Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks (Full-color Travel Guide)
By: Fodor's Travel Guides
Yellowstone Wildlife: Ecology and Natural History of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem
By: Johnsgard, Paul A.

Also Recommended

Travels in the Greater Yellowstone
By: Turner, Jack
Winter Wonderland in Yellowstone
By: I-Ting Chiang
Empire of Shadows: The Epic Story of Yellowstone
By: Black, George
Yellowstone Has Teeth: A Memoir of Living in Yellowstone
By: Ambler, Marjane
Letters from Yellowstone
By: Smith, Diane
Women in Wonderland: Lives, Legends, and Legacies of Yellowstone
By: Watry, Elizabeth A
Ken Burns: The National Parks: America's Best Idea DVD
The National Parks: America's Best Idea
By: Duncan, Dayton, Burns, Ken
24x36 World Wall Map by Smithsonian Journeys - Tan Oceans Special Edition (24x36 Laminated)
Travel Insurance

For the convenience of our travelers, Travel Guard provides an on-tour Insurance Plan. On-tour emergency evacuation insurance (up to $100,000), medical expense coverage (up to $25,000), dental expense coverage (up to $500), travel medical assistance and worldwide travel assistance (U.S. Residents only). It also includes up to $25,000 medical and up to $500 dental expense coverage, and 24-hour worldwide travel and medical assistance. Please click here to view complete coverage details.

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