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.

Please note that our itinerary is subject to small changes to account for weather conditions.

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

snow show group

Snow Shoeing in Yellowstone National Park with Travel Dream West


Daily Schedule for Yellowstone Winter Tour: 10 days / 9 nights, from Salt Lake City, Utah to Bozeman, Montana

Day 1: Arrival in Salt Lake City, UT

Welcome to Salt Lake City. Meet your group in the lobby of the hotel in the evening. We will do a short tour of the nearby Temple grounds  Travel Dream West invites you to enjoy appetizers and drink.  You get to know your traveling companions at dinner, and your driver/guides who hand over important travel information and travel documents.

Arrival in Salt Lake City

Arrival in Salt Lake City, UT

Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City

Day 2: Park City, Bear Lake – Jackson

After leaving Salt Lake City, we visit the grounds of 2002 Winter Olympics, and historic Park City. Optional shopping nearby. Next, we travel along Bear Lake ans the scenic Star Valley. Travel through beautiful Snake River Canyon to reach the wild west town old Jackson, Wyoming.

2002 Winter Olympics

2002 Winter Olympics

Jackson, Wyoming

Jackson, Wyoming

Day 3: Grand Teton National Park- Jackson 

Today’s highlight is the Grand Teton National Park. In the morning, a horse-drawn sleigh offers a chance to get a close-up look at the wild wapiti herds outside of Jackson. We eat lunch at one of the fine restaurants in Jackson. Weather permitting, we join a naturalist/ranger for a guided snowshoe walk (no experience needed, just like hiking). We discover animal tracks and with a bit of luck some deer or moose. Evening in quaint western town Jackson Hole with its beautiful galleries and good restaurants.

Teton National Park

Teton National Park

Jackson Elk Refuge

Jackson Elk Refuge

Day 4: Jackson, Harriman State Park. Island Park/West Yellowstone

Today we drive over the Jackson Pass to Idaho. Choose between two options, explore Harriman State Park, using shoe-chains, snowshoes or cross-country skis, or rent a snow mobile for the afternoon.  We spend the night in the quiet walk able town of West Yellowstone, Montana.

Harriman State Park

Harriman State Park

 

Lodge in Island Park

Lodge in Island Park

Day 5: Yellowstone National Park Day Tour, Grand Canyon and Norris Geyser

Take a snow coach from West Yellowstone into the Yellowstone National Park, inaccessible to regular traffic during this time of year. Look for wildlife in the snow Madison River area, 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.

 

Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone Canyon

Yellowstone Canyon

Day 6:  Yellowstone National Park – Old Faithful

 

In the morning we take Yellowstone’s snow coach to the upper Geyser Basin.  You will have a few hours at the famous Old Faithful Snow Lodge. In the afternoon we will explore the area around Old Faithful, with it’s many geysers and hots springs and enjoy several snowshoeing and and hiking options.  Keep an eye out for bison who frequent this area this time of year.

Yellowstone Winter Snow Lodge at Old Faithful

Snow Lodge at Old Faithful

Old Faithful Geyser

Old Faithful Geyser

Day 7: West Yellowstone to Gardiner, MT

Stop at the Bear and Wolf Center in West Yellowstone. Depending on the weather, we continue our drive to Earthquake Lake where visible signs of the last great earthquake can easily be observed. In the evening we arrive in Gardiner, a small town near the north entrance of Yellowstone NP.

 

Grizzly & Wolf Center

Grizzly & Wolf Center

Gardiner

Gardiner

Day 8: Yellowstone National Park , Mammoth Hot Springs, and Lamar Valley- Chico Hot Springs

Today we explore the area around Mammoth Hot Springs then drive into the wildlife rich Lamar Valley, home to many bison and elk. With some luck we’ll also spot some of the rarer animals, including wolves. Next we head to 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 adventurous 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 (today or tomorrow.)

Option Safari

Male Elk, Lamar Valley

Mammoth Hot Springs

Mammoth Hot Springs

Day 9:  Chico Hotpsrings – Bozeman, Montana

Spend a relaxing morning at the natural hot springs and enjoy nature walks and optional dog-sledding. In the afternoon we will reach Bozeman, a classic university town with  a historic downtown.

Dogsleds

Dogsleds

bench inside building

Chico Hot Springs

Day 10: Bozeman Montana – Flight Home

Our tour ends today. Transfer to airport and flight home, or extend your stay. Depending on your travel date, this tour can be connected with our National Parks Winter Wonderland Tour (15 days) starting in Las Vegas for an all inclusive Western USA experience.

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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.