Yellowstone Winter

Winter Tours of Yellowstone – Yellowstone and Teton Winter Vacations

Explore America’s first national park as a wonderland of ice, steam, and snowy landscapes on these small group adventure tours.


On these winter tours discover the rivers, lakes, and geothermal splendors that pull visitors from all over the world to Yellowstone, America’s first national park. Animal tracks in the snow; geothermal steam colliding with cold temperatures to coat the surroundings with frosty condensation; golden canyon walls contrasting with snow; bison, elk, coyote, wolves, eagles, bighorn moving in their winter habitat–expect these images as you enter the wintry landscapes of Yellowstone National Park.

Combining the comfort of heated transportation and cozy lodging with the vigor of outdoor activities in winter, this tour offers a once-in-a-lifetime experience of these famous national Parks and winter impressions of Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana.

Enjoy this extraordinary small group tour with no more than 10 participants, guided by a knowledgeable tour guide and a driver.

For further information about our Yellowstone Winter Tours see the Winter Vacations Yellowstone Overview Page.

Yellowstone lake in winter.


Daily Schedule for Yellowstone Winter Tour: 13 days / 12 nights, from Salt Lake City, Utah to Bozeman, Montana

Day 1: Arrival in Salt Lake City

Welcome to Salt Lake City, Utah. Meet and greet in the lobby of our base hotel in downtown Salt Lake at 5:30 pm. Travel Dream West invites you to an appetizer while tour guide and driver distribute travel materials, and you get to know your traveling companions.Optional: Arrival one day early, night in downtown Salt Lake City, free concert of well-known Mormon Tabernacle Choir, viewing of state capitol and Mormon Tabernacle grounds. (price by request).

Arrival in Salt Lake City

Arrival in Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City

Day 2: Park City – Bear Lake – Soda Springs – Alpine

We leave Salt Lake City and visit the site of the 2002 Winter Olympics. Optional shopping at outlet stores. Our journey leads from here along picturesque Bear Lake via Paris, Idaho to the geyser in Soda Springs. We spend the night in Alpine, Wyoming at a beautiful lodge directly on the Snake River.

Bear Lake

Bear Lake

Soda Springs

Soda Springs

Day 3: Teton National Park – Jackson

Today’s highpoint is Teton National Park. We drive through magnificent Snake River Canyon to Jackson Hole, where we embark on a horse drawn sleigh tour to see the wild herds of elk at the Refuge. Enter Teton National Park and head out on a two hour guided snowshoe hike guided by knowledgeable ranger. (Note: snowshoeing does not require any previous skill/experience). Overnight in Jackson Hole, with many great restaurants and galleries.

Teton National Park

Teton National Park

Jackson Elk Refuge

Jackson Elk Refuge

Day 4: Jackson – Harriman State Park – Island Park, Idaho

Today we drive over the Jackson Pass to Idaho. We hike with studded snow grips on our shoes, or, optionally, cross-country ski or snowshoe in Harriman State Park. In late-afternoon we check into our rustic lodge in Island Park which lies directly on the north fork of the Snake River. Evening in Island Park. Optional: At the lodge snowmobiles are for rent.

Harriman State Park

Harriman State Park

Lodge in Island Park

Lodge in Island Park

Day 5: West Yellowstone – Day Expedition into Yellowstone

Take a snow bus from West Yellowstone into the Yellowstone National Park, inaccessible to regular traffic during this time of year. Look for wildlife and stop at the Norris Geyser Basin, the most active geothermal region within Yellowstone NP. Next a visit to the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone with impressive waterfalls which can be surrounded by frozen icicles. Return to West Yellowstone for a comfortable night in this well-located town right by the park entrance.

Grizzly & Wolf Center

Grizzly & Wolf Center

 Gardiner

Gardiner

Day 6: West Yellowstone – Gardiner

Stop at the Bear and Wolf Center in West Yellowstone. Dependent on the weather we continue our drive to Earthquake Lake where visible signs of the last great earthquake can easily be observed. Travelling onward we explore ghost towns in Nevada and Virginia City in Montana. Stop at Livingston, Montana. In the evening we arrive in Gardiner, a small town near the north entrance of Yellowstone NP.

Lodge at Old Faithful

Lodge at Old Faithful

Old Faithful geyser

Old Faithful geyser

Day 7: Mammoth Hot Springs – Old Faithful

This morning we explore Mammoth Hot Springs with its unique terraces and pools. In the afternoon you board a snow bus that takes you on a 3-3/4 hour adventure drive through the heart of the snow covered park (with wildlife viewing opportunities) to Old Faithful Snow Lodge. Spend the next two nights at Old Faithful in comfortable Western Cabins, breakfast included.

Geysers

Geysers

Bison herds

Bison herds

Day 8: Old Faithful Area

After breakfast we recommend independent exploration of the fantastic region around the Old Faithful Lodge, with many bubbling pools and geysers including the famous Old Faithful itself. Optional snowshoes can be rented. Keep an eye out for the bison herds which frequent the area. In the evening we can organize a dinner reservation for those interested.

Hot pool

Hot pool

Option Canyon Falls

Option Canyon Falls

Day 9: Old Faithful – Mammoth / Gardiner

Today you bid farewell to Old Faithful and embark for the snow coach ride to Mammoth Hot Springs. This is a half-day drive through snowy Yellowstone, wildlife included. Met by our tour bus at Mammoth Hot Springs, we check into our cabins with kitchens in Gardiner on the banks of the Yellowstone River for the next two nights. Gardiner has good restaurants and places to buy groceries.

Snow coach

Snow coach

Mammoth Hot Springs

Mammoth Hot Springs

Day 10: Mammoth Hot Springs – Lamar Valley

Today we explore the area around Mammoth then drive into the wildife rich Lamar Valley, home to many bison and elk. With some luck we’ll also spot some of the rarer animals, including wolves.

Mammoth Hot Springs

Mammoth Hot Springs

Option Norris Geyser

Option Norris Geyser

Day 11: Mammoth Hot Springs – Chico Hot Springs

Today we depart for Chico, where a welcoming Resort makes for a comfortable stay, complete with a hot natural mineral spring. Relax and enjoy. Optional activities include a day spa and massage treatment. For those who are more adventerous a mushing class will teach you the basics of guiding a team of sled dogs. After thorough instruction you can choose to take your own team of dogs for a sled ride through the countryside, or hire a seasoned musher (dog sled leader) to take you into the wilderness.

Mammoth

Mammoth

Option Safari

Option Safari

Day 12: Chico Hot Springs – Bozeman

Relax again this morning in the hot springs. Option for the adventurous: participate in a dogsled adventure in the Montana Rockies. After thorough instruction lead your own dogsled team or let an experienced dogsledder take the reins. Now’s your chance to ride a dogsled through the Montana wilds! 9:15 am – ca. 12:30 pm. After lunch we leave for Bozeman, Montana. This medium-sized university town has an appealing old town with many stores and good restaurants. Night in hotel with complimentary airport shuttle.

Hot Springs Lodge

Hot Springs Lodge

Dogsleds

Dogsleds

Day 13: Bozeman (BOZ) – Flight home

Our tour ends today. Transfer to airport and flight home.

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group-goodbye

If you have any questions please feel free to contact us at info@traveldreamwest.com. These Yellowstone winter vacations leave in January 2014 and can be reserved for a group as custom adventure travel tours.