Yellowstone
  • 6 days/5 nights
  • Next Departure: Call (800) 575-1540
  • From $3,198 / person
  • ($780 single supplement)

Tour Yellowstone’s Winter Wonderland!

Join us on this action-packed, small group journey into the wild as we explore Yellowstone National Park in the quiet season of winter. Snowshoe, cross-country ski and dog sled across snow-covered meadows by day, while you savor scrumptious regional fare beside a roaring fireplace by night. Our expert guides can’t wait to share one of their favorite places on earth with you on this all-inclusive, custom itinerary through Big Sky Country and the world’s first National Park. With roots deep in Montana soil, it’s no wonder Austin Adventures is the leading provider of best-in-class travel from Paradise Valley to Old Faithful and beyond. Sip hot chocolate, ice skate a frozen pond and bundle up for a snowcoach ride under a crisp, starry sky, all the while enjoying Western hospitality and the finest in guest ranches and iconic park properties. These unforgettable days are complemented with Austin’s signature touch of inspired, thoughtful service so that your only task is simply to kick back and discover this hidden gem of the wild, wild west.

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About
This Tour

A wintry adventure awaits you and yours on this six-day, exclusive itinerary into the wilds of Yellowstone National Park. You're invited to explore this snow-white wonderland animated by lodgepole pine forests, gurgling geysers and curious wildlife before settling into your cozy accommodations with a toasty cocktail and a good book by a crackling fire. This perfectly-balanced vacation sends you home happy, relaxed and awakened by one of America's most fascinating landscapes.

  • 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 snowcoach to the Upper Geyser Basin and watch in amazement as Old Faithful geyser erupts
  • 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

Amazing Destination In Winter

Ken L Ringwood, NJ

Our Yellowstone Winter trip was spectacular, Fulfilling and memorable led by Corey and Kira- two remarkably capable and fun guides.

Vince A Alexandria, VA

Itinerary
& Map

Tour Itinerary

6 days/5 nights

Bozeman, Montana

Day 1: Bozeman / Mammoth Hot Springs
Yellowstone in the Winter
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, wintry 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 2: Mammoth Hot Springs / Lamar Valley
Winter Vacation in Yellowstone
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
Yellowstone snowcat
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 of the world-renowned Old Faithful geyser.

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
Winter Vacations in Yellowstone
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 / West Yellowstone / 320 Guest Ranch
Winter travel to Yellowstone
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: 320 Guest Ranch

Head out on one last snowshoe or cross-country ski trip in the Old Faithful area this morning before lunch at the Snow Lodge • Early afternoon, we’ll hop aboard a snowcoach bound for West Yellowstone, the town bordering the west entrance of the Park • Here, our vehicle will pick us up for a transfer to the 320 Guest Ranch near Big Sky, Montana • We’ll eat a delicious dinner in the western style restaurant onsite at the Ranch, and then head out on an evening sleigh ride to take in a moonlit winter wonderland.

Day 6: 320 Guest Ranch / Big Sky / Bozeman
Elk in the winter in Yellowstone
Meals Included:  B, L

This morning, we head up to Big Sky where we’ll embark on a dog sled tour through the wintry backcountry, with views of majestic snow-covered mountains and frost-laden pines as your backdrop.

After this one-of-a-kind experience, enjoy lunch at the local ski mountain, and then transfer back to Bozeman. Your guides will drop you off at the airport for your post-trip flights or at your local hotel.

 

** 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.

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  • 6 days/5 nights
  • Next Departure: Call (800) 575-1540
  • From $3,198 / person
  • ($780 single supplement)

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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.
  • Dogsledding: No experience necessary. Professional guides will provide instruction and a safety talk as well as accompany guests throughout the morning 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.
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Testimonials
Testimonials

With over 20-years of experience in the adventure travel industry, we've perfected the recipe for crafting award-winning small group trips and custom itineraries on all seven continents. On every departure, we aim to exceed your expectations with best-in-class service, expert guides and the finest in regional cuisine and accommodations. From first-time travelers to seasoned alumni, our guests agree that on each Austin Adventures journey , the hardest part truly is going home. We're happy to share that 99.26% of these travelers say they'd join us again...and again...and again. But don't take our word for it. Our guests say it best:

One of the best trips I've ever taken- stress free for a single mom.

Rachael J, Fletcher, NC

Had a great time-great intro to an area we want to visit again and again.

Lauri B, Stillwater, MN

Excellent guides who made the trip memorable.

Michelle M, Fredrick, MD

It was better than I had even imagined. Very, very nice experience. The best!

Denise W, Cedar, MI
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A few more reasons why you've gotta go…

  • 1. The superlatives: Yellowstone is the world's first National Park. Spectacular year-round, this iconic Park is a particular treat in the winter.
  • 2. Mush! 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. Instead of hauling goods, simply enjoy the brisk air as you're whisked through a winter wonderland by a chipper pack of yelping pups.
  • 3. Elk, bison, bear, oh my! Yellowstone hosts the largest concentration of megafauna in the lower 48. Snow-laden meadows and pine-studded forests are the perfect haven for wild animals of all shapes and sizes, especially in winter.
  • 4. Perfect balance of luxury and adventure: with lodgings like Chico Hot Springs Resort, indulge in natural hot springs and the best gourmet dining in Montana.
  • 5. In-the-field expertise: from spinning fascinating regional interpretation to orchestrating seamless group dynamics, our guides keep their eyes on the details, ensuring that the toughest part of your vacation truly is going home.
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