Yellowstone in Winter

  • 6 Days
  • 18 People Max

    14 people max

  • Activity Level 3
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  • Trip Start: Bozeman, Montana
  • Trip End: Bozeman, Montana
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Experience Montana with its majestic winter coat on via cross country skiing, snowshoeing and dog sledding on our Yellowstone in Winter Vacation.

If you're ready to step into a winter wonderland complete with snow-covered bison, frosted pines, frozen waterfalls and fascinating geothermal features, you've come to the right place. Led by experienced local guides, you'll do what few have the chance to do and spend four nights tucked inside Yellowstone National Park. Travel to Old Faithful by private snowcoach, discovering backcountry landscapes along the way. Spend an afternoon snowshoeing to thundering waterfalls, watch wildlife vie for food in Lamar Valley, and walk boardwalks between powerful geysers. When you're not out traversing the winter-clad wilderness, relax at cozy lodges famous for their jaw-dropping locations in Yellowstone National Park.

Yellowstone in Winter ~ Itinerary

Trip Start: Bozeman, Montana Trip End: Bozeman, Montana
  • Day 1Meet group in Bozeman, snowshoe to Tower Fall

  • Day 2Experience a Lamar Valley winter wildlife Drive, Mammoth Hot Spring Terrace Walk

  • Day 3Snowcoach to Grand Canyon of Yellowstone and Lake Yellowstone

  • Day 4Visit Old Faithful, free afternoon to explore

  • Day 5Snowcoach to Mammoth, relax at Chico Hot Springs

  • Day 6Shuttle back to Bozeman and say your goodbyes

  • Day 1

    Meet group in Bozeman, snowshoe to Tower Fall

    In the early morning hours, your tour begins in Bozeman, Montana. A scenic drive takes you along Old Yellowstone Trail Road, passing Corwin Springs with plenty of opportunities to spot wildlife roaming the frosted valleys. We'll make a short stop in Gardiner, the gateway to the North Entrance of Yellowstone National Park, to stretch our legs and enjoy an early lunch. Be sure to fuel up as our next stop takes you on a fascinating snowshoe adventure to Tower Fall. After a quick lesson, you'll get your first immersion into the pristine winter landscapes of Yellowstone as you snowshoe to the 132-foot icy drop of Tower Fall. A short drive brings you to your accommodation for the night, Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel. Settle in and refresh before a hearty dinner at the hotel.
    Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel (Lunch, dinner)

  • Day 2

    Experience a Lamar Valley winter wildlife Drive, Mammoth Hot Spring Terrace Walk

    We'll wake up nice and early today for a sunrise Lamar Valley winter wildlife drive in Yellowstone's northeast corner. You'll quickly discover why Lamar Valley is deemed the “Serengeti of the West.” Keep your eye out for wolves, bison, elk, moose and bighorn sheep standing against the breathtaking snowy backdrop. We'll stop for lunch in Cooke City before heading back to Mammoth, watching for wildlife along the way. Once back, we’ll head out for a walk amongst hot springs and terraces next to our hotel. The frozen rock formations provide a stark contrast to the steaming geysers, and thermal activity Mammoth is known for. Take time to relax and refresh at your hotel before enjoying a night on your own in the charming village of Mammoth.
    Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel (All meals)

  • Day 3

    Snowcoach to Grand Canyon of Yellowstone and Lake Yellowstone

    As you enjoy a hot breakfast at the hotel, it's easy to forget this corner of Yellowstone National Park is usually buzzing with excited hikers. Yellowstone's busy roads have turned into a frozen wonderland, and one of the few ways to get deep into the park's magnificent landscapes is by hopping aboard a snowcoach - which is exactly your plan for the day. Specially designed to handle the snowy roads, a private snowcoach provides the ideal opportunity to see the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, Hayden Valley, and Lake Yellowstone with their winter coats on. Keep your eye out for frozen waterfalls, snow-covered bison, wolves, and coyotes along the way. After a full day of exploring, you'll be ready for a delicious dinner at Old Faithful Snow Lodge, your home for the next two nights.
    Old Faithful Snow Lodge (All meals)

  • Day 4

    Visit Old Faithful, free afternoon to explore

    Another exciting day is on the horizon! After a delicious breakfast at the hotel, put on your layers for a breathtaking snowy walk along Yellowstone's Upper Geyser Basin boardwalks to Old Faithful. Spot Bison and Elk taking advantage of the warm ground and watch Old Faithful erupt in all its promised glory. Once back at the hotel, the afternoon is yours to spend as you please. Head out and explore the peaceful landscapes with snowshoes on, glide along silently on cross country skis, test your skills ice skating, or simply relax by the fire. When you've worked up an appetite, meet up for dinner at the hotel.

    Old Faithful Snow Lodge (All meals)

  • Day 5

    Snowcoach to Mammoth, relax at Chico Hot Springs

    Today you're back on the snowcoach for a beautiful ride to Mammoth. With no other vehicles around for as far as the eye can see, it's easy to lose track of time as you watch frozen landscapes, snow-covered pines, and fascinating geothermal features drift past the windows. After transferring to Chico, we'll head to the historic Chico Hot Springs resort located in the heart of Paradise Valley. Typically buzzing with summer visitors, you'll find a calmness now greets your arrival. Here you can soak in the rejuvenating mineral waters before or after tonight’s celebratory dinner.
    Chico Hot Springs (All meals)

  • Day 6

    Shuttle back to Bozeman and say your goodbyes

    Wake up early and spend your last morning soaking in the hot springs, or sleep in and enjoy a late breakfast - the choice is yours. We'll then hop into the van one last time for a short drive back to Bozeman. Wave farewell to the magical landscapes you've called home for the past five days, and say your goodbyes to newly found friends. We hope you had an incredible time discovering the beauty of Yellowstone National Park in winter!

Yellowstone in Winter Departure Dates

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  • 3 months
  • 6 months
  • 1 year
USD $4899/pp (+tax)

Our New Zealand trip fares are subject to Goods and Services Tax (GST 15%)

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Useful Info

What's the maximum group size on this trip?

This trip has a maximum of 22 guests, plus 2-3 experienced guides. We tend to average between 12-18 guests on this trip.

Where does the trip start?

On the first morning of the trip, our two pick-up locations are Best Western GranTree at 8:30am, or at The Element Hotel at 8:45am. You are welcome to stay at any hotel in Bozeman for your pre-night, though you must make your own way to one of the two pick-up points at the pre-designated times.

Where does the trip end?

Your trip ends with a drop-off at either the Bozeman Airport at 11am in time for flights below or at a hotel of your choice in Bozeman around 11:15am.

What flights would you recommend?

Arrival: We recommend arriving in Bozeman at least the day before your trip starts. Many guests like to arrive a day or two early to accommodate potential flight delays and/or explore the city prior to your trip start.
Departure: Flying out on the last day of the trip, we recommend departing from Bozeman after 1pm. Earlier flight times will require a separate transfer booked at your own expense.

Will I have contact with my guides before the trip starts?

Your guides will call your cell phone the night before your trip begins to touch base on the first day’s plan. If they don’t get through to you, they will leave a voicemail on your cell phone with all the details you need to plan for your first morning.

What should I bring with me on the first day?

When you speak with your guides the night before your trip, they will give you a detailed description of what to bring with you on Day 1. Typically, this includes a day pack with your rain jacket, sunglasses, hat, camera, etc. Anything you want easy access to during the day should go in your day pack as the rest of your luggage will go in the locked cargo trailer pulled behind the van. Your guides will provide you with a water bottle on the first morning of your trip and will always have water available for refills. There will be snacks available at all times in the van. Your guides will also have bug spray and sunscreen accessible for you to use.

What are your recommended guide gratuity guidelines?

You will have 2-3 guides on your Austin Adventure (depending on group size). We recommend $15-25 per day, per guest, per guide. Typically, gratuities are offered by check or cash in local currency on the final morning of the trip and can either be given to each guide individually or to one guide to be equally distributed. Most of our guides these days also accept gratuities via Venmo (please note this app does not work in Canada). All dining, housekeeping and activity tips are included in your trip price.

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