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Yellowstone
  • 6 days/5 nights
  • Next Departure: Jan 18, 2015
  • From $2,798 / person
  • ($580 single supplement)

Tour Yellowstone’s Winter Wonderland!

One of the most famous and popular adventure destinations in the summer becomes a hidden gem in the winter. On our Yellowstone winter tours you get to explore open trails on snowshoes while hearing only the sound of your breath and the rumble of the geysers nearby. Cross country ski from the top of a mountain pass all the way to your hot chocolate waiting fireside on our winter tours in Yellowstone National Park, the world’s oldest national park!

  • Adult Vacations
  • Hiking
About
This Tour

Dive into a quiet winter wonderland of lodgepole pine forests, geysers, waterfalls, and wildlife as you explore Yellowstone by ski, skate, snowmobile, and snowshoe.

  • After arriving through the Roosevelt Arch, cross country ski to the park’s towering 132-foot Tower Falls
  • Keep a watchful eye for elk, bison, pronghorn, and the ever-elusive wolf in Lamar Valley
  • Snowshoe the Terrace Loop above Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel, taking in the colorful and ever-changing limestone travertine formations
  • Catch a ride by snow coach to the Upper Geyser Basin and watch in awe as Old Faithful geyser erupts
  • Zip by snowmobile to the vast and ice-covered Lake Yellowstone and snow-carpeted Hayden Valley on your way to the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River
  • Wrap up the day by the fireplace in the cozy comfort of the Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel with a hot cocoa in hand
Walking the frozen boardwalk in Yellowstone
Photo: Walking the frozen boardwalk in Yellowstone

This is my favorite trip to guide because when you visit Yellowstone in the winter, you get to experience it like it was meant to be. It's as though you're one of the first explorers to discover this enchanting area.

Corey Meyer Guide

Itinerary
& Map

Tour Itinerary

6 days/5 nights

Bozeman, Montana

Day 1: Bozeman / Mammoth Hot Springs
Bozeman / Mammoth Hot Springs
Meals Included:  L, D

This morning we leave Bozeman en route to Yellowstone through snow covered Paradise Valley. Enter America’s first national park through the famous Roosevelt Arch and head up to Mammoth Hot Springs.

After a welcome meeting in front of the warm fireplace of the Mammoth Hotel, your guides will prepare a fresh and delicious lunch for you.

Shuttle to Tower Fall where you’ll cross-country ski through a cold, wintery wonderland.

This evening at the Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel, enjoy dinner with your guides in the dining room before a restful sleep.

About Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel
In the early days, Yellowstone’s visitors began their park exploration at Mammoth Hot Springs, named after the steaming limestone terraces just above the hotel area.

Today, Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel and cabins offers a warm welcome to winter visitors. Elk routinely graze outside the hotel around the parade grounds of what was once Fort Yellowstone.

Day 1: Mammoth Hot Springs / Lamar Valley
Mammoth Hot Springs / Lamar Valley
Meals Included:  B, L, D

Today, we’re up early with the sunrise to head east to Lamar Valley, a must-visit area of the park for wildlife enthusiasts.

Keep a watchful eye out for elk, bison, pronghorn and the ever-elusive wolf. Then, head back to Mammoth mid-morning to rest before lunch.

This afternoon, snowshoe the Terrace Loop above the hotel, taking in the white, orange and yellow limestone travertine formations, constantly changing over time.

Dinner down in the town of Gardiner at the North Entrance of the Park.

Day 3: Mammoth Hot Springs / Old Faithful
Mammoth Hot Springs / Old Faithful
Meals Included:  B, L, D

Up early again, ride the snowcoach to Old Faithful making several neat stops along the way and keeping a watchful eye out for bison, elk, foxes, and coyotes.

After a hearty lunch at the Snow Lodge, explore the Upper Geyser Basin’s boardwalks and trails by snowshoe or cross country ski, of course taking in an eruption by the world-renowned Old Faithful geyser.

After dinner, opt for a park ranger talk to learn more about your spectacular surroundings.

About Old Faithful Snow Lodge
Completed in 1999, the Snow Lodge is the newest of the park’s full service hotels, and features heavy timber construction, exterior log columns and a cedar shingle roof, making it a significant example of classic “parkitecture”.

In winter, Old Faithful Snow Lodge offers a truly unique experience. From this snowy haven, you can set out on a variety of explorations: cross country skiing, snowshoeing, or snowcoach tours. Enjoy the fire as you sip a hot beverage in the lounge while the snow falls lazily outside.

Day 4: Old Faithful
Old Faithful
Meals Included:  B, D

Take a leisurely morning ski with your guides on the Fern Cascades trail, looping through lodgepole pine forests and over rolling woodlands.

Enjoy lunch on your own back at the lodge.

Then, have an afternoon on your own to take in a few more steaming hot springs, check out the visitor center and gift shops, or head over to the ice skating rink to try your hand at figure skating. This evening, we dine in the Snow Lodge’s dining room.

Day 5: Old Faithful / Grand Canyon of Yellowstone
Old Faithful / Grand Canyon of Yellowstone
Meals Included:  B, L, D

Head out on an adventure like no other via snowmobile as you cruise the “lower loop” of Yellowstone’s figure 8 road system.

You’ll take in the vast and ice covered Lake Yellowstone and the winter wonderland of Hayden Valley on your way to the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River.

Upon reaching the Canyon, take in views of the frozen Lower Falls of Yellowstone from the famous lookout, Artist Point. Continue your journey to Old Faithful passing under towering lodgepole pines and keeping an eye out for wildlife on the roadway!

Day 6: Old Faithful / Mammoth / Bozeman
Old Faithful / Mammoth / Bozeman
Meals Included:  B, L

After breakfast, hop on the snowcoach back to Mammoth Hot Springs, taking in a few fun stops along the way.

Upon arrival in Mammoth, shuttle back to Bozeman, stopping for lunch on the way. Your guides will drop you off at the airport for your post trip flights or hotel stay.

** Trip itineraries are subject to change without notice due to road, weather and other factors outside of our control, for the safety and enjoyment of our guests, as deemed necessary and appropriate by Austin Adventures.

Dates, Rates
& Details

Start planning your next adventure now. See the information below for the rates and selection of available dates. For additional information on dates and availability, please contact our travel specialists.

  • 6 days/5 nights
  • Next Departure: Jan 18, 2015
  • From $2,798 / person
  • ($580 single supplement)

Departure Dates

  • Jan 18, 2015
  • Jan 25, 2015

Additional Trip Information

Departure
  • Please plan on arriving at least one day prior to your trip departure.
  • Day 1 of your itinerary starts at 9:00 or 9:15 am, depending on your hotel.
  • Your trip ends with a drop-off at either the Bozeman airport (5:00 pm) or your Bozeman hotel (5:30 pm).
Activities
  • Snowshoeing: 1.5 miles to 3 miles, easy to moderate terrain.  
  • Cross-Country Skiing: 3 to 5 miles, easy to moderate terrain.
  • Snowmobiling: No experience necessary. Professional guides will provide instruction and a safety talk as well as accompany guests throughout the day tour.
  • Ice skating: No experience necessary. Skate rentals are free and available through the Front Desk.
Meals

The hallmark of an Austin Adventures vacation is our exceptional dining. All meals: breakfasts, lunches, snacks, dinners, refreshments and receptions are included as indicated by the detailed daily itinerary. (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner). Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities are not included in the trip price.

Included in Trip Price
  • Double occupancy rooms with private baths.
  • Meals as indicated by daily itinerary.
  • Fully trained, first-aid certified professional guides and knowledgeable local partners.
  • Any necessary equipment, all safe and well maintained.
  • Vehicle support and land transportation during the trip.
  • Austin Adventures T-shirt, water bottle, luggage tags and luggage service.
  • Pre-departure and packing information.
  • Incidental expenses such as taxes, dining and housekeeping gratuities, local partner and expert gratuities and national park entrance and permit fees.
Not Included in Trip Price
  • Gratuities to Austin Adventures guides.
  • Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities.
  • Pre-and post-trip accommodations and associated expenses.
  • Air and land transportation to/from host cities.
  • All types of personal insurance.
  • Personal expenses.
Photos

A few more reasons why you've gotta go…

  • 1. Yellowstone is the country's first National Park. It's spectacular year-round, but a particular treat in the winter.
  • 2. Dog sledding has been around for over 4,000 years. While it is most commonly known as a sport nowadays, it was originally used by ancient tribes as a way to move loads over long distances. The most famous dog sled race is the Iditarod, a 1,000 mile, 9-15 day trek that takes place in Alaska every March.
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